Traveling in Canada is all about the road trip. And a road trip is nothing without the music. What tunes get you through those long stretches of the Trans-Canada – one of the world’s longest national highways at 8,030 km? These days, we’re all about Jeremy Fisher mixed in with some Matt Mays and, just to round things out, a little Arcade Fire.
Catherine Ford commented:
Around the top of Lake Superior, more years ago than I care to remember, the only radio program I could pick up was the exhortations of an evangelist. All else was static. I had to sing to myself, a compilation of all the Broadway musicals I could remember. That took me across the Canadian Shield until I could pick up CBC. Since then, both radio and my musical choices have changed. Notwithstanding a car-based CD collection of Beatles, Blossom Dearie, Tony Bennet and Brahms, we rarely listen to music on the road, since I discovered audiobooks. Our latest is Oliver Sacks’ The Mind’s Eye. We’ve dabbled in non-fiction: Blink by Malcolm Gladwell; The Big Oyster by Mark Kurlansky; Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt and Electric Universe by David Bodanis, and managed to keep all the characters straight in our favourite mystery author’s Commissario Guido Brunetti series set in Venice. Even though I’ve actually read all of her novels, it was a treat to listen to Donna Leon’s Through A Glass, Darkly; Doctored Evidence and Uniform Justice. For both my husband and me, listening to audiobooks reminds us of the great radio dramas of the past, now almost non-existent.
My new favourite road trip music – Black Mountain – a fab new(ish) band from Vancouver!
David Tetrault commented:
Steely Dan Can’t Buy a Thrill (trip in 70s, and it was on 8-track!)
Now, Joe Cocker, Animals, Eagles, Beatles—anything with some keeping-awake type rhythm. Now I have an MP3.
Hugo Germain commented:
Love to do road trips! Great one was between Kelowna and Whistler through the small winding roads…wow
Best road trip songs
Hootie and the Blowfish- only want to be with you
Dave Matthews Band – Crush
The Black Keys – Brothers album(all of it)
The Killers – Day and Age album
Pearl Jam – Vs album
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Cabron
Sam Roberts – Bridge to nowhere
Metallica – One and Master of Puppets
And so many more…
Nora Cumming commented:
Must have Blue Rodeo!