In 2014, I made three trips back to my native home of New Orleans and its surroundings. That’s about an 11-to-12 hour drive, and one that I enjoy (except for the pain in my neck that develops in the ninth hour or so, resulting from me being stuck in the same seating position for so long). I’ve always been a music fan, but not of any one type of genre; I like almost everything. And when taking those three trips last year (two to help a friend’s election campaign in my hometown suburb of New Orleans), I put a lot of thought into picking out the tunes I’d enjoy on the way, probably spending more time selecting the music than I spent packing.
Just choosing favorites isn’t part of the process, though. I’m not claiming these to be the best albums of any genre or of all time – these are simply the ones that I can listen to nonstop during that long drive. I don’t have to skip any songs – each of the tracks in succession seem to develop and follow one another in a progressive sequence without changing the theme – and I can enjoy the long drive a lot more, too. I also skip out on the “best of” and “greatest hits” collections, too. They seem to lack in sequence.
(And, yes – I *do* know how to burn CDs, and I also have an MP3, but for me to go through that in prep for these long trips would take me just about as much time as the drive itself, dammit. I want it simple.)
These are my favorite long-drive selections, in no particular order. These aren’t exactly rare releases or things you’ve never heard of before. You probably know most, if not all, of them, in fact. But for those you’re not familiar with, enjoy the selections picked for each.