My Travel Soundtrack

When the lovely & talented Cathy of Traveling with Sweeney nominated me to participate in the Travel Soundtrack exercise that is floating around the travel blogosphere, I gratefully accepted, as being nominated for these is always an honor. But, as Cathy shared in her travel soundtrack post, this was much harder than I originally imagined. I had a couple songs that bring back very specific memories from a trip, but not enough for a proper post. In truth, while I do enjoy a wide range of music, I have spent the hundreds of thousands of miles I have spent driving on my travels more listening to audiobooks than I do music. They are a great way to pass the time. When I started thinking back over my trips, I kept coming up with the books I had listened to, and not the music.

So a few weeks went by. I listened to my ipod on shuffle at the gym, and every once in a while, I would catch a song that brought back strong memories from a trip. I actually felt quite relieved- the thought that I only associated trips with audiobooks was a little depressing (while I do love my books, I can’t be that big of a dork…) 🙂

Here’s the list of ten songs of the twenty songs I came up with, and a short explanation as to why I chose the song and how it is special. 

Walking on the Sun- Smashmouth

In 1998, during my two month trip to Europe, I still had a cassette walkman (yes, I’m old) and since cassettes were bulky, I only carried a few with me, and this was the first song (and really one of the only ones I liked) on that album.

Michelle Branch- Everywhere

By the time I went to Australia for my epic two month adventure in 2001, I’d finally bought a few CDs, and Michellle Branch’s The Spirit Room was one of them. I loved the whole CD, and listened to it over and over again on the trip. This is still one of my favorite songs ever.

Filter- Take a Picture

I still can’t place where I first fell in love with this song, but it became the unofficial theme of my 2002 trip to the Benelux countries I took with my friends Marc & Josh in 2002.

Eddie Money- Walk on Water

This cassette was one of the one I bought in London and listened to on my family’s bus trip around continental Europe during the summer of 1987, my first overseas trip.

Thomas Newman- End Title (from The Shawshank Redemption)

This is a great movie, and I downloaded the film’s brilliant soundtrack right before my trip to New Zealand earlier this year. It’s dramatic sound became a perfect theme for the awe-inspiring landscapes I saw everyday there. I especially remember playing it as I drove away from Cape Reinga, a deeply spiritual experience I will write about when I get to that day (sometime in the next year 🙂  )

John Denver- Thank God I’m a Country

I’m not a fan of country music, but I had to throw this one in because it reminds me of my family’s holiday trips from our home in Michigan to my grandparent’s home in South Carolina. My dad had this cassette and I remember listening to it over and over again on those drives. I think this was during my later grade school years (10-12 years old). 

Deep Blue Something- Breakfast at Tiffany’s

During May of 1997, after not traveling a ton in college, I took a three week bus tour arounf continental Europe with a tour company called Contiki. I did a few subsequent bus tours with them, and the guides always picked a theme song for the trip, and played it every morning when we first got on the bus. I have no idea why Brad, our guide, picked it, but I still remember bonding with the song like the rest of the group did, and we played it (and sang along with it) more time than I can remember.

Ben Folds- Best Imitation of Myself (Live)

I’m a huge Ben Folds fan, and right before the second of my long driving tour visiting the National Park units of the American West, I purchased Ben Folds Live, a collection of some of his best songs preformed live. I still list this CD as the one CD I would pick if I was stranded on a deserted island and could only have one. 

Jennifer Lopez- Let’s Get Loud

This is the only song on the list I truly dislike. This was the song my guide for Contiki’s Bohemian Rhapsody tour of Eastern Europe in 1998 picked. I’m sure it was because the group I was with were a heavy drinking group (I think it was almost half Australian) and the loudness of the sing emphasized the many hangovers on the bus every morning. 

Crowded House- Four Seasons in One Day

I rediscovered this album, Woodface, during my 2008 trip to New England in September. I actively searched it out in my digital library after having a few days where I actually did experience four seasons in a day. I listened to it again quite a bit in New Zealand earlier this year, not just because I visited the hometown of Neil & Tim Finn, two of Crowded House’s members, but because, as I’ve said over and over again in my summary posts about the trip, New Zealand has the wackiest weather. (Four Season in Ten Minutes) It’s my turn to nominate a few of my favorite bloggers for this. Since I’m probably one of the last ones to do this, I have no idea if these people have been nominated or done it already (although I read all of these blog pretty religiously and don’t remember any of them doing it.)

Lisa of Chicky Bus
Elle of Veni Vidi Vici
Scarlett of Scarlett Wonderland
Jeremy of Budget Travel Adventures
Toni of Reclaiming My Future
Aaron of elATLboy

4 Responses to “My Travel Soundtrack”

  1. eriksmithdotcom says:

    You're post was great, Jeremy. Thanks for participating.

  2. eriksmithdotcom says:

    Thanks for the nomination, Cathy. I was worried I wouldn't find enough songs, now I'm worried I found too many!!!

  3. Catherine Sweeney says:

    Erik – so sorry that I didn't see this post earlier. I was traveling most of August and missed a lot! Thanks for sharing your song list. I love Michelle Branch and that's a great tune. I really like Breakfast at Tiffany's, too — never heard that song before. Happy Travels!

  4. Thanks for the nomination!  It will take me a while to come up with these but I will see what I can do.  I am passionate about music but I will have to think about how much relates to travel memories.  I love the Eddie Money song “Walk on Water” – it's been a long time since I listened to that one.

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