When I was a kid, my parents were just starting to become financially stable, so we couldn’t really afford to fly anywhere for summer vacations. Instead, we would rent a van (at the time, we didn’t own one of our own) and drive a couple of hours to Pennsylvania or Virginia. Though we are much more well off now, (yes, we have a van of our own, haha) we still drive around a lot. In fact, for me, our family road trips are my favorite. It forces everyone out of their busy schedules, and into our metal box with wheels. During these trips, there was no question whose music would be playing, my parents’, of course. I didn’t quite appreciate it when I was a teen, usually opting to put my headphones in and play whatever indie/alternative or emo band I was listening to, at the time. Now that I’m older, the songs of my parents’ favorite musical groups always remind me of home.
Another song that my dad played a lot while driving is:
My dad loves Billy Joel, and honestly, Billy Joel is a classic. I can almost guarantee that everyone knows, likes or has at least heard, one of his songs.
My mother definitely got her turn DJ-ing the ride, as well. She was a huge Dionne Warwick fan, so we heard a lot of her music. Also, being that my brother has Jose in his name, we played “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” a lot (mostly to get on his nerves). However, I personally love “Walk On By” (pictured below). Maybe, I’m dramatic or a sap who loves sad songs, but I just think this one is amazing.
Another one of my mother’s favorite songs is this one by Elton John:
Every time this song comes on, everyone in the car has to shut up. My mother is a kind and gentle woman, but for the few things she is passionate about, she must have her way. She so rarely puts forth her wants and needs first, that we let her enjoy these small moments, without questioning what is asked of us.
I love these artists and songs because they remind me of my childhood and of home. If I had more time, I would have added Air Supply, America, and so many others but I’d rather not clutter you with so much. These are simply some of the sounds of the road for me, the tunes from my childhood. What about you? What songs do you hear, and automatically feel transported back in time?