I thank my parents for my love for music. I got a good of dose of music from the road trips we went cross-country. We lived in Virginia and my grandparents lived in Idaho. It was a three-day trip in the Silver Bullet, the Toyota Previa, we owned to get there (later that was to be my high school car… eh van… I’m cool). My two brothers, two sisters and I would sprawl out over the seats and claim our territory. We’d eat gummies, chips and Dramamine (which I called dramabean), which we guzzled down with sprite.
I remember once sticking gummy bears up my nose so there little shiny faces pocked out the bottom of my nostrils. I then proceeded to heckle cars we passed by on the freeway. I’d make faces ugly enough to make babies cry. This went on for long enough that the gummy bears melted by the warm of my breath. I had to use baby wipes to get the sticky green and red goo from out my nostrils. They were long twelve-hour days, three of them in a row, and we were inventive with our activities.
I really enjoyed getting swept away in the lyrics and melodies of the songs that filled the long hours. I remember singing softly hoping no one could hear but I couldn’t stop myself from singing. I’ve always been shy about others hearing me sing. That remains the same to this day.
My parents took turns driving thus taking turns with their diverse music tastes. I loved the switch and loved each song. I also remember listening to the soundtrack of Les Miserables a thousand times over. Castle on a Cloud was “my song” (I still have dibs on it if you want to fight me for it). We also listened to The Hobbit on Book on Tape quite a few times. I envisioned the dragon in the sky so vividly. I knew exactly where he needed to be shot to come tumbling down from the sky.
Here are the names of the sounds that graced my ears and pierce my memory of being carsick, having gummy nostrils, or softly singing along.
When my mom was driving:
Zombie by the Cranberries
Alone by Heart
I Do by Lisa Loeb
She’s in Love with the Boy by Trisha Yearwood
My Sharona by the Knack
Dimming of the Day by Bonnie Riatt
Jealous Bone by Patty Loveless
My Baby Loves Me by Martina McBride
When my Dad was driving:
Jack and Diane by John Mellencamp
Mary Janes Last Dance by Tom Petty
Sandman by America
Hard Days Night by the Beatles
Losing my Religion by R.E.M.
Still the same by Bob Seger
After the Gold Rush by Neil Young
Money by Pink Floyd
Message In a Bottle by The Police
All I Want is You by U2
What did you grow up listening to in the car?