As a software trainer for Daxko, I travel a lot…and I mean a LOT. Before I started in this role, I’d been to eight states, and I’ve now been to 30. With a lot of travel comes the need for entertainment…how else can you face a long flight or drive from the airport?
Ever since I was young, my main source of entertainment has been music. I’m not easily pigeonholed into liking a certain genre – anyone who knows me can speak to the fact that I listen to almost everything. I’d like to share ten “must listens” that I always have on my travel playlists. These songs are some of my favorite in the world, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Artist: Josh Ritter
“So before you start talkin’ ’bout the wonders of the world again
The Taj Mahal, the Great Wall, the places that I never been
Take a little drive, take a little trip to Heaven and
Wonder for a while if it’s Paradise or Cumberland”
Josh Ritter is one of my all-time favorite artists, especially when it comes to live performances. He’s a total ball of joy when he’s on stage. This song reminds me of a Graceland era Paul Simon, and always makes me sing along.
Artist: Billy Joel
Song: We Didn’t Start the Fire
“Hemingway, Eichmann, Stranger in a Strange Land
Dylan, Berlin, Bay of Pigs invasion”
This song is a total classic, and always reminds me of the “Ryan started the fire” episode of The Office. I learned all the lyrics to this song a few years ago, and can’t help myself from singing when it comes on. I chose my favorite lyrics because of the way Joel makes “dylANberLINbayofpigsinvasION” one big word. I sing it the exact way he does, and it makes me laugh every time.
Artist: The Beatles
Song: I Want to Hold Your Hand
“Yeah, you got that somethin’
I think you’ll understand
When I say that somethin’
I want to hold your hand”
Come to our office and stop by my desk, or the favorites wall, and it will be pretty evident that The Beatles are my favorite band of all time (and you can reference this culture blog post for proof). This is one of those essential Beatles songs that I can’t help but love.
Artist: The Avett Brothers
Song: Ain’t No Man
“There ain’t nobody here
Who can cause me pain or raise my fear ’cause I got only love to share
If you’re looking for truth I’m proof you’ll find it there”
The Avett Brothers are a long -time favorite band that I’ve seen perform more than once. The music video to this song is set in an airport/plane, which is pretty representative of my professional life, so you’ll often catch me listening to this as I’m speedily walking towards my gate.
Artist: Tears For Fears
Song: Everybody Wants To Rule The World
“I can’t stand this indecision
Married with a lack of vision
Everybody wants to rule the world”
I’m the daughter of a woman who grew up in the 80s and loves all 80s music, so I grew up knowing this song. It always reminds me of summertime and the bouncy beat puts me in a good mood, no matter what.
Artist: Joshua Radin
“Everybody’s too loud, I can’t listen to myself.
I need somewhere I can go.
Underwater is where I’ll go.”
Joshua Radin is the first artist I remember really latching onto in my teens. I’ve seen him perform FIVE times, and I love him more each time. When the album this song is on came out, he explained to the crowd during his performance that when he was a kid, he had ear trouble that prevented him from going underwater. When he was an adult, he was finally able to do so, and wrote this song. This song reminds me of one of my favorite launches in Arizona. I took lots of videos and put them together, with this song playing over them. It still makes me a little teary!
Artist: My Morning Jacket
“And you always told me.
No matter how long it holds me
If it falls apart
Or makes us millionaires”
Maybe it’s the backing percussion that sounds like a train that makes this song such a “road trip” song for me, but you’ll find me listening to it no matter where I’ve traveled. I actually remember listening to this when I was at the Grand Canyon, so you can say it’s followed me everywhere.
Artist: Justin Townes Earle
“Yes, oh lord, I’ve seen your oceans, I’ve seen your mountains high.
I’ve been lost inside your cities, I’ve seen the underside.
Yeah, I know the troubles that plague a troubled mind,
But they can’t catch me I’m a wanderin'”
I probably don’t have to explain this one, but man, I love Justin Townes Earle’s folksy sound. This song is more frequently played when I’m traveling somewhere down south, but it rings true wherever I am.
Artist: St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Song: All I Ever Wonder
“I can’t tell what side I’m on
I can’t tell what’s right or wrong
We ain’t ever gonna sing one song”
You know I couldn’t leave out a hometown band. Enough said.
Artist: Cat Stevens
Song: Peace Train
“Get your bags together,
Go bring your good friends, too
‘Cause it’s getting nearer,
It soon will be with you”
The first time I ever remember hearing this song was while watching Remember the Titans when I was a kid. My fiancé lived in Auburn, Alabama (about two hours from Birmingham) when we first started dating, and this song somehow ended up on the playlist I listened to when driving to visit him. Since then, it’s kind of been an “us” song, so it always reminds me of him when I’m traveling.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little glimpse into music that I love. What are your favorite songs to listen to while traveling?
Deeanna is a Software Trainer, cat mom, and Tudor history buff who loves the outdoors.