Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Flyover Blues

Yes, it's old but it allows me to carry
5,000 songs in my pocket!
I love to travel. I get excited when I get to travel by myself, seeing as how I don't get a lot of time away from my responsibilities. The way I look at it, I get all kinds of time to hang out, so I brought my loaded music player, a few notebooks, magazines and tablet with movies and e-books.

So, naturally, instead of reading or writing, I spent all my airport time creating an epic playlist to relax to. I arrived hella early at the airport and shuffled a few songs to get warmed up. I didn't want to carry my laptop but wanted all my music—you never know what you might need to hear—so I pulled my old iPod out and ensured it was locked and loaded. Standing in line waiting to board, I was inspired to start the playlist.

A little pre-ceremony interpretive dancing with
a handkerchief, as one does.
Then I spent the pre-takeoff time loading up the list, tweaking it here and there. It kept my ears happy for the bulk of my trip, except for the detour I took into the Turned Out A Punk podcast, which I love because I realize that I wasn't the only uncool kid who didn't find punk right away.

After listening to this thing all weekend, I still ended up with a Rihanna earworm—Bitch Better Have My Money!—and no idea why. I was gratified when it was played at some post-ceremony, pre-reception wedding bar hopping, a Wisconsin tradition. 

Now I'm home and I'm hitting the ground running after a fantastic weekend in Wisconsin with family. But before I dive in, I thought I'd share the playlist (for best results, press shuffle):
  1. Ain't No Easy Way (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club)
  2. Light of the Morning (Band of Skulls)
  3. Castles Made of Sand (Jimi Hendrix)
  4. Catch Hell Blues (The White Stripes)
  5. Phenomena (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  6. Got Nuffin (Spoon)
  7. Think I'm in Love (Beck)
  8. I'm Amazed (My Morning Jacket)
  9. Sweet Jane (The Velvet Underground)
  10. Ain't No Sunshine (Bill Withers)
  11. About a Girl (Nirvana)
  12. Aeroplane (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
  13. Again (Alice In Chains)
  14. Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)
  15. Ball and Chain (Social Distortion)
  16. Beast of Burden (Rolling Stones)
  17. Bleeding Me (Metallica)
  18. Disconnected (Rancid)
  19. Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard)
  20. Should I Stay or Should I Go (The Clash)
  21. Rusty Cage (Johnny Cash)
  22. Rumour Has It (Adele)
  23. Ruby Soho (Rancid)
  24. Royals (Lorde)
  25. Portland, Oregon (Jack White / Loretta Lynn)
  26. Pardon Me (Jonathan Tayler & The Northern Lights)
  27. Only a Memory (Smithereens)
  28. Renegades of Funk (Rage Against the Machine)
  29. Santa Monica (Everclear)
  30. Time (Pink Floyd)
  31. Too Damn Bad (Buddy Guy)
  32. Tuesday's Gone (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
  33. Turn You Inside-Out (REM)
  34. Jezzebella (Vintage Trouble)
  35. Jealous Again (Black Crowes)
  36. Ex's & Oh's (Elle King)
  37. Everyone's In Love With You (Steve Earle)
  38. Give Me Some Water (Eddie Money)
  39. You Know I'm No Good (Amy Winehouse)


  1. Pre-reception bar hopping? How much fun does that sound?! Why don't we do that here?

    1. I highly recommend this tradition! :)