We put a couple of thousand clicks on the vehicle this month, during a family trip that took us west, north and back again. A few months ago, I bought an inexpensive adapter at Canadian Tire that lets us stream my iPod on an FM frequency. Some distortion mars the sound when it's pumped up, but otherwise it may driving on the highway much more pleasant to have a continual stream of good tunes ... without getting tired of CDs. Some of the songs below are from that very, very long playlist.
John Legend: Slow Dance. Apart from a naughty word where I had to hit the volume control, lest my little fella pick up some language I'd rather he not yet have, I really liked the retro-ish groove of this tune, which fit the sweltering feeling of the hotter days.
Flight of the Conchords: The Most Beautiful Girl In the Room (Live). I picked this up last week as a free single from iTunes. I really like the show, and this song - filled with minimally romantic lines ("When you're on the street, depending on the street, I bet you're definitely in the top three") - is a hoot. You can watch the segment from the TV show where this song is performed here.
Mexican Institute of Sound: El Microphono. A pickup from the KEXP song of the day podcast. I have no idea what the song is about (no hablo espanol), but I've been humming to the "ooooh-ooooh" chorus anyway. This song also gets added to my mental list of songs featuring unbeatable cowbells. (I, you know, have a fever for the cowbell.)
Black Eyed Peas: Power to the People. I found Instant Karma - an album of John Lennon covers which benefits Amnesty International's work in Darfur - a bit disappointing, although I've been finding (a bit of a surprise) that I've been playing this more often than others. Perhaps because it sounds contemporary, even though the original is a bit of a timepiece from a very different era.
Aretha Franklin: The House That Jack Built. It's just 2:20 long, but it's as solid a single as anything Aretha ever recorded. Definitely a pick-me-up for long stretches of highway!
Click below to see other notes filed in the Saturday Playlist queue.