I arrived back in Charlotte (from Florida) yesterday at exactly 6:35pm. I ran into the house to brush my teeth, my husband removed the bike rack off my car and I zoomed out to my book club meeting at McCormick & Schmicks. Here’s the deal: I paid for the book, read the thing and I’ll be darned if I wasn’t going to get there to talk about it! (It was ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’ btw- easy read, nothing too deep or profound.)
When I got back home, I slipped into a hot, epson salt bath to soothe my aches from the 10 hour drive. My husband brought me a bourbon (yes, he’s wonderful) and I just soaked there for a good long time. I thought about my many road trips up and down Interstate 95 and why I hate but also love them..
I hate them for the obvious reasons: trucks, traffic, gross restrooms, bad coffee, stupid drivers and my sciatica (which I have to say has NOT been acting up lately- a true miracle from God.)
I also love the long drives because of: gas station m&ms (they just taste better) and the music on my i-phone. My playlist spans years of my life, and as I listen to the songs they invariably bring back memories of the past.
KC and the Sunshine Band…”Get down tonight” still gives me goosebumps. I can remember being too shy to sing along when he belted out “Do a little dance, make a little love..” That was 1975..I was 13.
Philip Bailey…”Chinese Wall” 1984- I used to prance around our little apartment in Washington State with my newborn daughter in my arms singing this tune..still love it.
Bon Jovi…”Dead or Alive” Have to watch my speed when this is playing. Even though it came out in 1986, I didn’t listen to it much until after 9-11 and when I did, I sang it loud and guttural and angry and I meant it.
Adagio for strings..another song inexplicably and forever tied to 9-11 in my mind; possibly the most heart wrenching music on earth..I rarely make it through.
Nicki Minaj..Super bass. Definitely a fast lane song along with “Walk this Way”(Aerosmith) and “Payphone” by Maroon 5 ( must be the uncensored version because hey, sometimes it feels great to hurl out expletives for no reason in the privacy of your own vehicle.)
No trip is complete without “In Caelum Fero” which was one of the songs my eldest performed to with her HS color guard team.
I round it all out with some Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Peter Frampton (I’m in you) The Police, Elton John, Mandisa (God speaking) Journey, Supertramp, ELO, Elton John (of course) Cheap Trick, Steely Dan, Crosby Stills Nash & Young and a little Andrea Bocelli (to keep things balanced.)
Like I said, it’s a physical trip through space and a mental trip through time..
..and no matter where I’m headed, it’s always a bonus when the journey safely ends in a steaming-hot tub.