“I’m driving [from Michigan] to North Carolina with a car narcoleptic!”
What to listen to?
My first suggestion is, of course, to listen to Raise Up by Petey Pablo on repeat the entire drive (aprx. 165 times!). Spin it like a helicopter, Rebecca. That’ll keep your car narc awake!
If that’s not your thing, we’ve put together a list that will at least keep YOU awake. And give your passenger trippy dreams:
Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch.
This book is exactly the length of your trip, one way. You can split it up or listen to it in one take, which you may want to because it’s pretty thrilling. Here’s the publisher’s review:
“It all started the previous summer. Marc, his wife, and their two beautiful teenage daughters agreed to spend a week at the Meiers’ extravagant summer home on the Mediterranean. Joined by Ralph and his striking wife, Judith, her mother, and film director Stanley Forbes and his much younger girlfriend, the group settles in for days of sunshine, wine tasting, and trips to the beach. But when a violent incident disrupts the idyll, darker motivations are revealed, and suddenly no one can be trusted…A controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.”
When you need to change it up, try some of these records. It’ll put a little bounce in your drive:
Teen Dream by Beach House (50 min.): This type of music is typically called dreamy pop. It’s mellow and imaginative. Ease into your trip by playing this album first.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band by the Beatles (40 min.): This is where the trippy dreams come in.
Arular by M.I.A. (40 min.): With M.I.A.’s hot beats to listen to, you won’t care if you’re the only one awake. You’ll be too busy shouting, “‘Scuse me little hombre. Take my numba, call me!”
Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming by M83 (75 min.): A double album dose of synth music. Fans say it’s best to listen to if you’ve got some nighttime driving.
Who Is William Onyeabor? by William Onyeabor (70 min.): Speaking of super crazy awesome synth music…
How about some stand-up? Try Sarah Silverman or, my personal favorite, Sinbad: Brain Damaged.
First Band on the Moon by The Cardigans (40 min.): This is the one with “Lovefool” on it so you can jam out like you’re in seventh grade again.
While you feel like singing along (this is the portion of trip where your road-trip buddy wakes up and scolds you), pop in some Lily Allen. She’s fun and bratty.
Lungs by Florence + the Machine (70 min.): If you’re feeling driving fatigue, these big pounding rhythms will help you recharge.
Young Americans by David Bowie (40 min.): How cool are you going to feel after 11 and a half hours, cruising into North Carolina blasting “Young Americans”?
Drive safe Rebecca!