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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Playlist for the road

Traveling abroad is all about experiencing new cultures and learning about the local customs, cuisines, peoples, landscapes, and flora and fauna.  However, for those who have done extended travels, you know that after having spent so much time in a world away from home, sometimes you just need a little bit of something to remind you of home.  For me, music is that "little bit of something."  It helps me relax after something stressful and re-energizes me for the next segment of my journey.  It also helps when I'm bored out of my mind - e.g., during my 12 hour train ride from Bangkok to Chiang Mai a few years ago.  Unfortunately, I was not very well prepared back then.

Here are a couple of the tunes I'm taking along with me this time around.  What's on your traveling playlist?

Bob Marley - Three Little Birds


This song is my natural sedative.  It's so much cheaper than Ambien.

One Republic - Good Life


"When you're happy like a fool / Let it take you over"

Stealers Wheel - Stuck in the Middle with You


We've all been there before - whether it's on a plane, train, or automobile.
"Clowns to the left of me, / Jokers to the right, here I am, / Stuck in the middle with you"

U2 - Beautiful Day


"See the world in green and See China right in front of you 
See the canyons broken by cloud 
See the tuna fleets clearing the sea out 
See the Bedouin fires at night 
See the oil fields at first light 
And see the bird with a leaf in her mouth 
After the flood all the colors came out"

Carlos Santana - Maria, Maria (among others)


Of course I can't go to LatAm without a bit of Carlos Santana in my back pocket.

The semi-full list in alphabetical order by song...

  1. Across The Universe, The Beatles
  2. Ants Marching, Dave Matthews Band
  3. Bad Day, Daniel Powter
  4. Beautiful Day, U2
  5. Big Yellow Taxi, Counting Crows
  6. Black Magic Woman, Carlos Santana
  7. Blowin in the Wind, Bruce Springsteen
  8. Boys of Summer, Don Henley
  9. Carry On, Fun.
  10. Crush, Dave Matthews Band
  11. Dani California, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  12. Don't Stop, Foster The People
  13. Don't You Worry Child, Swedish House Mafia - thanks HC!
  14. Drive Me, Phillip Phillips
  15. Eh Hee, Dave Matthews Band
  16. Every Morning, Sugar Ray
  17. Fireflies, Owl City
  18. Fly Away, Lenny Kravitz
  19. Fly Like An Eagle, Steve Miller Band
  20. The Game Of Love, Carlos Santana
  21. Get Up Get Down, Phillip Phillips
  22. Gone Gone Gone, Phillip Phillips
  23. Good Life, One Republic
  24. Grace for Saints and Ramblers, Iron & Wine
  25. Gypsy, Shakira
  26. Highway To Hell, ACDC
  27. Ho Hey, The Lumineers
  28. Hotel California, The Eagles
  29. I Got a Feeling, Black Eyed Peas
  30. I Need a Dollar, Aloe Blacc
  31. I Will Buy You A New Life, Everclear
  32. It's My Life, Bon Jovi
  33. It's Time, Imagine Dragons
  34. Keep Your Head Up, Andy Grammer
  35. The Lazy Song, Bruno Mars
  36. Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts
  37. Little Talks, Of Monsters and Men
  38. Long Cool Woman In A Black Dress, The Hollies
  39. Losing My Religion, R.E.M.
  40. Make The Most, Brett Dennen
  41. Man On The Moon, Phillip Phillips
  42. Many The Miles, Sara Bareilles
  43. Marching On, One Republic
  44. Maria Maria, Carlos Santana
  45. Mirrors, Justin Timberlake
  46. My Oh My, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  47. On Top of the World, Imagine Dragons
  48. One Week, Bare Naked Ladies
  49. Paradise, Coldplay
  50. Radioactive, Imagine Dragons
  51. Roam, B-52
  52. Santa Monica, Everclear
  53. Semi Charmed Life, Third Eye Blind
  54. Sexy Back, Justin Timberlake
  55. Ships in the Night, Mat Kearney
  56. Smooth, Carlos Santana
  57. Soak Up the Sun, Sheryl Crow
  58. Some Nights, Fun.
  59. The Space Between, Dave Matthews Band
  60. Spaceship Coupe, Justin Timberlake
  61. Strawberry Bubblegum, Justin Timberlake
  62. Stuck in the Middle with You, Stealers Wheel
  63. Suit & Tie, Justin Timberlake
  64. Sweater Weather, The Neighbourhood
  65. Sweet Disposition, The Temper Trap
  66. Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  67. That Was a Crazy Game of Poker, O.A.R.
  68. Three Little Birds, Bob Marley
  69. Thrift Shop, Macklemore
  70. Ticket To Ride, The Beatles
  71. Tonight Tonight, Hot Chelle Rae
  72. Under Pressure, Queen
  73. Walk On, U2
  74. We'll Be Alright, Travie McCoy
  75. We Are Young, Fun.
  76. Where The Streets Have No Name, U2
  77. Whistle, Flo Rida
  78. Young Homie, Chris Rene

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