Road Music

Road MusicAugust 4, 2009

Drive Time Radio

In my six weeks of drive time across the United States of America this summer, geography was not the only thing I covered. I was all over the musical map, too…

Road MusicJuly 25, 2009

My iPod – RIP?

My iPod bit the dust. At a Motel 6 in Kansas, I went to update my hallowed Road Trip playlist in order to delete “Smokin’ in the Boys Room.” The nostalgic novelty of that song, I had found, turns out to be rather paltry. Grating, even. But when, in room 116, I connected my digital drives and mashed “sync,” I received, OMG, a stop-sign, exclamation point, “Error 1429” pop-up warning that my device was “corrupt.” Well!

Road MusicJuly 12, 2009

Wish They All Could Be California Classical Radio Stations

It’s 9:30 at night in Palm Springs, Calif., and I realize I have had the Southern California classical radio station, KPSC 88.5 FM, on the radio all day. OK, I set it for the dog, truth be told, since classical music on WDAV 89.9 FM is what they play for him at Camp Wagging Tails back home, and what I play for him at my condo while I am at work, on account of his mild (now) separation anxiety.

Road MusicJuly 11, 2009

Palm Springs, California: Another Saturday Night?

We ended our San Diego stay, a petite week, by one more festive visit to Dog Beach before heading up the coast. Sure enough, exiting the accursed I-5 to the Pacific Coast Highway, we saw signs to Doheny Park and Laguna Beach, and the Beach Boys started belting out “Surfin’ Safari.” I did not plan it, honest, my playlist did it on its own.

Road MusicJuly 2, 2009

The Hoover Dam

WDAV announcer, producer and work buddy Jennifer Foster, will you please compile me a personal mp3, iTunes compatible, to download for the road?

Road MusicJune 26, 2009


Yesterday, I was 26 years old again, just for about 20 miles on U.S. 190 back to I-40. You can flat haul ass on that road, and I did, just for a little, in my 1967 Mercury Comet Caliente ragtop.

Road MusicJune 25, 2009

Memories of the Future

I have learned that road-trip music provides an ear to the future, as well as to the past and present.