October 30, 2020

Driving While Listening

Sometimes you want to get out, meet up with your friends, and go on a drive through your local twisties. There are other times where you need to work some stuff out, so you hit those roads solo, at night. And then there are the drives we have to take because we have to: go to work, the store, a roadtrip, etc. For this week’s CAMcast I want to talk about what you listen to during on those drives.

I’ll start because, well I’m writing this thing. When I would go drive with my friends (nobody invites the mini mini, and I totally understand this), I would listen to something up tempo: any of the Maximum Tune albums, this playlist from All Fantasy Everything, anything that gets me pumped to do wild stuff with my friends.

When I’m driving around in my day to day life, I’m usually listening to podcasts. I have a weird relationship with music, which I’ll get to in a second, but I need SOMETHING going. It used to be NPR, but now it’s podcasts like All Fantasy Everything, The Geek Show Podcast, Bodega Boys, The Right Time with Bomani Jones, anything where people are talking about something for a length of time.

There have been a lot of times where I needed to clear my head, and get out of the house. The rhythm of hitting the same stretch of road over and over again helps me with that. And certain albums help get my head in the right space. See, a lot of times I’ll hear a song and my hair will stand on end, and my skin gets all goose pimpley. My girlfriend has noticed this, and has pointed it out on occasion. It’s weird. Some songs also get my mind running down a bad path, bringing up all sorts of bad memories and dark thoughts. Like I said, music and I have a weird relationship. When I set out at night, to the loop I drive when I need to get my head right, I’m listening to Midnight Marauders, or The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest, or Random Access Memories by Daft Punk. I don’t know what it is about those albums, but they help get my mind on the right track.

So what do you listen to when you’re out driving? Let us know, and we’ll get your choices on the podcast!

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Michael Chandler

Director of Photography, writer, man about town and owner of Big Ronda, the Mk3 Toyota Supra project

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