May 25, 2006


Drive, She Sang...

I'm taking requests! Today's Power Shift column asks for your drive music favourites.

Fire away! Click on the 'comments' button under this entry, and follow the instructions for posting your recommendations. If you send them to me direct, that's fine...I'll post them here for you.

Join me and Jamie West on 900CHML today just after 1:30 for more music and drive talk...

16 Comments:

Anonymous Moksha said...

First of all, LOVE your column!!!! Best writer in the SPEC...sentiment is shared by a lot of people!

Drive Music Fav: Martha and the Muffins - "Echo Beach" - takes me back to the early 80's...first boyfriend {later ex-husband :-)} driving around in his dark green Gran Torino (what a car!); long drives to Wasaga Beach (before it became trendy)!

Other favs: Queen - "Killer Queen"; "Fat-bottomed Girls" (I think that's the title); Styx - "Mr. Roboto"; "Sail Away"

May 25, 2006 7:29 AM  
Blogger Rainypete said...

It depends on my mood but these are a few for you.

Road Hammer - East Bound and Down
John Lee Hooker - Road House Blues
ZZ Top - LaGrange
Proclaimers - 500 Miles
Almost any Great Big Sea songs

I actually make mixed cd's that contain mixes like above that make passengers either sqeual with delight or ache with the chaos of it all.

May 25, 2006 7:58 AM  
Blogger radeon said...

Years ago, a friend and I drove out to Vancouver Island and back during a two week summer vacation, and did a lot of driving to get there and back to work on time. We had a box of tapes to help pass the hours on the road, but there was one tape we played anytime we needed encouragement to put the pedal to the metal. I don't remember all the songs on that cassette, but some do stand out in my memory. Songs like "Alberta Bound", by Gordon Lightfoot,"Hollywood Nights", by Bob Seger, "Route 66", the version by the Rolling Stones, "Miles and Miles of Texas", by Asleep at the Wheel, and "Going Mobile" by The Who. You'll note that these are all road songs, and if you sing them at the top of your lungs, the miles (ahem, kilometers) will just fly by.

May 25, 2006 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Arlene said...

Now this is going back some...Blood, Sweat and Tears: "And When I Die". I was dating this gorgeous young man and we were heading out to Algonquin Park in his volkswagen van. Yep, it was the 60's and we were going to live forever and stay young while doing it.

May 25, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Great suggestions from J:
Springsteen: State Trooper, Cadillac Ranch, Ramrod, Drive All Night and Stolen Car.

Running On Empty, by Jackson Browne

Another vote for Route 66, and for warm summer night, lots of John Coltrane.

Thanks, J.

May 25, 2006 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Jerome said...

Putting together the ultimate driving cd is probably one of the toughest things to do.....however on a long road trip, it is essential. My sister (age 22) and myself (age 27), usually battle over most cds, but when it comes down to the road trip playlist, we always agree. Just like you and your sister, we can't sing, but that doesn't stop us from belting out each choice tune. That being said, here is what Southern Ontario hears blaring out of the Jetta's car windows....in no particular order....

1) I Get Around - The Beach Boys
2) Crosstown Traffic - Jimi Hendrix
3) Black Betty - Ram Jet
4) Fat Bottom Girls - Queen
5) Vertigo (Live From Chicago) - U2
6) Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
7) New Sensation - INXS
8) Pour Some Sugar On Me - Def Leppard
9) Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
10) Start Me Up - The Rolling Stones
11) Sweet Home Alabama - Lynyrd Skynyrd
12) Summer of '69 - Bryan Adams
13) Living On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
14) Lets Go Crazy - Prince
15) Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
16) Free Ride - Doobie Brothers
17) Baba O'Reily - The Who
18) Crazy On You - Heart
19) Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
20) Soul Man - Sam and Dave
21) Get Up Offa That Thing - James Brown
22) A Little Respect - Erasure
23) My Sharona - The Knack
24) Everybody Have Fun Tonight - Wang Chung
25) Pusherman - Curtis Mayfield

I could continue but I shall show some restraint. I hope this helps you in your song list decisions.

cheers.

May 26, 2006 12:08 AM  
Blogger Gen1GT said...

A little info for you Lorraine: Cassette tapes were available in lengths of 120 minutes(or longer). CD's have a max length of 80 minutes.

Music is the most subjective enjoyment humans have. Asking others to tell you what's good, is like having strangers do all your grocery shopping for you.

May 26, 2006 12:15 AM  
Blogger Bob V. said...

I have always enjoyed listening to music in the car and have fond memories of many selections including "Beds are Burning", "Forever Young" and several by "Teenage Head".

May 26, 2006 7:55 AM  
Blogger the Cat's Cupboard said...

Lorraine
The summer of my first real kiss (Herbie, at Crystal Beach, in the Tunnel of Love), the hits were Palisades Park and Sherry Baby. Those songs still bring back memories of bombing across the Niagara Penninsula in my cousin's boyfriend's green chevy. A few years later, and the Beatles song Norwegian Wood got into my blood - it evokes to smell of hot July nights with the dust kicking up between my toes, walking along London, ON, streets.

May 26, 2006 10:16 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

From Maureen:
The Boys in the Bright White Sports Car, Chuck E's in Love, The Boys are Back in Town, anything by Queen, Aerosmith and The Cars.

And of course some BeeGees and Abba to mess with the kids...

May 26, 2006 10:20 AM  
Anonymous as signed said...

Hi Lorraine,
I'm going into my sixtieth year this Summer and as you did in your teenage years, so did we of the old do-wop era listened to our cherished favourites on drives to the cottage on Lake Erie and back. If you really want to here selections that you remember from the past that don't seem to be aired all too often anymore, you are a prime candidate for satelite radio. I had downloaded numerous CD's of my own choice of music, but, now that I have 'XM' radio in my car, I get to listen to all kinds of great music that I didn't even know existed.
You gotta try satelite. I would be most interested in hearing your opinion of it.

Frank G.
Ancaster, Ont.

May 27, 2006 12:04 AM  
Blogger blog-gal said...

I still love Easy Lover by Phillip Bailey and Phil Collins. We also used to listen to Lido Shuffle by Boz Scaggs (and sing very badly at the top of our lungs - remember Rainey?).

May 28, 2006 2:03 PM  
Anonymous Howie said...

Spirit in the Sky by Norman Greenbaum just makes you want to drop the pedal on the open road!

May 28, 2006 9:53 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

Had lots of great feedback from everyone, both here and directly. Thanks for the new stuff, the old stuff and reminders of other lives...

May 29, 2006 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

Hi, love your columns, especially this one about the music! Lots of interesting choices. There is a website called AllMusic Guide or AMG and they have all sorts of stuff. They have all sorts of different categories like summertime, road songs, Christmas, etc. Then they have lists of songs and albums in that category. Being a certain age myself, I can't remember all my favourites, now I have to look it up!!

May 30, 2006 4:21 PM  
Anonymous Kap said...

Look forward to your column - love it. A couple more to add to your list are Born to be Wild
and Bob Dylan's CD Nashville Skyline.

May 30, 2006 10:16 PM  

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