Car rental soundtrack: Cincinnati

Spent part of the Christmas holiday driving a wonderful, white Dodge Caravan mini-van, which means it was time for a car rental soundtrack.

This one is a blend of old and new. It’s interesting to see the ruts I get into with my musical tastes; it’s just when I know that I’ll be stuck with music for a week, I want to make sure I can live with the choices.

  1. Block After Block, Matt & Kim. A new one. I liked the ‘Sidewalks’ album because it sounded kind of retro, but with a huge bass for dance-ability.
  2. Where’s Your Head At?, Basement Jaxx. Speaking of dance-ability … I think I was re-introduced to this song, I think, from Girl Talk’s free download of “All Day.”
  3. Walk On, U2. Ok … a veteran of car rental soundtracks nationwide.
  4. Stone Cold Yesterday, The Connells. Was happy to see that their music was now available for download on Amazon and iTunes. Got this gem to celebrate.
  5. All My Friends Are Insects, Weezer. This is on the Yo Gabba Gabba Soundtrack, Volume 2. Yes, Volume 2. It’s still a pretty cool song..
  6. Don’t Wait, Dashboard Confessional. Another veteran.
  7. Stay Young, Go Dancing, Death Cab for Cutie. A lot of people don’t like the new Death Cab for Cutie, but this song shines.
  8. mon désir, the violet burning. Love this band. Love this song.
  9. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right [Demo-Version], Bob Dylan. Subtly sarcastic. Yum.
  10. Sounds Like Hallelujah, The Head And The Heart. This album was my favorite download from 2011.
  11. Boomin’, TobyMac. It’s better loud.
  12. You Make My Dreams, Hall & Oates. Some songs capture a time period so well that they’re timeless. This may be one of those songs.
  13. Web in Front, Archers Of Loaf. With a lyric like “You’re not the one who let me down / but thanks for offering,” it’s hard not to like this song.
  14. Don’t Stop Believin’, Journey. This one sounded out of place on this soundtrack. Sometimes hindsight being 20 / 20 sucks.
  15. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall, Coldplay. A new one. I like the whole electric-guitar-as-bagpipe thing. 
  16. Who’s Got The Action, Dean Martin. I think every mix cold be the right mix for a little Dean.
  17. Road Regrets, Dan Mangan.
  18. If It’s Love, Train.
  19. Shake It Up, The Cars. Another song from the 80s … Is this a theme?
  20. Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (Single Version), Bruce Springsteen. Since it was a Christmas trip, it seemed appropriate to end the mix this way.

So, there you have it. If you happened to get a white minivan and this CD was stuck in its player, let me know.

What songs would you have replaced/included?

We’re headed to Detroit in about a month … I’d better start planning for the next one.


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