Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Travel Time

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What do you do when you're on the train, bus, plane? I always feel like the first hour and a bit - whether it's  the sunny morning or the fading afternoon - is so lovely. Rolling out of a city, new songs uploaded to your music player, fresh thoughts, lovely view...but, it can get old fast. How do you  keep yourself intrigued? I'm not overly fond of reading during a trip (although I will) and I don't think I've ever fallen asleep during any form of public transportation, so the initial novelty of being "on the road again" can wear off. Yet, I still always look forward to it.

What I generally do is use the first hour to really soak in the great new music, think nice thoughts, enjoy the passing stretches of highway and zone out. When I start to feel my left leg twitch, find myself flipping from tune to tune or get a little restless - I've learned to pull out a notepad and do some writing. The music becomes less of a encompassing thought process and more of a soundtrack to whatever is else is going on in your brain and filing out onto the page. I generally don't think about what I'm going to write, because I feel like the best things really do come out then. And when that gets tired or my brain feels pooped, I revert back to the first phase of the trip - zoning out, thinking nice thoughts, listening - and it always feels fresh again after that nice little creative break. Because really, how often are you completely alone and forced to do nearly nothing - while you're on your way to doing so many somethings?

But that's just me. What do you do to pass the time? I'm on the road this weekend, for nearly ten hours total - and here are the songs I look forward to listening to most:

(Melt.)


(Haven't heard this one in years - love rediscovering)


(In case I need a lil' groove)


(Oh Lana...this is adorable)


(I think this is a great new JM song...very honest and pleasant/George Harrison-esque, no?)

(More groove to top it off...)

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