Living in New York, I use my MetroCard more than my iPhone.
Actually, that’s a lie – I’m always on my phone but I’m also constantly traveling. Whether by train, ferry, bus… you name it and I do it. Twice daily. (No helicopters…yet). I’m underground on the 6 train more than I’m above ground at work or school. As annoying as accidentally holding hands with a stranger is, I like commuting. It’s one of the few times I’m by myself. 45 to 120 minutes – twice daily – of forced distraction-free productivity. Time to read, write, and have exciting or boring conversations with myself. It’s great, therapeutic and the commuters near me don’t seem to mind.
Typically, I read or do work for class or write. Right now, however, I’m between books and still on winter break and so have been listening to music when I travel. I realized that my only criteria for a good song to commute to is that it must make me feel like I’m in a music video and/or TV show or a Hollywood feature. There are few things I love more than staring out the window of a car/bus/train and pretending I’m the lead in a hit movie and this is the opening scene as the title credits pop up in the corner (fade up to a wide shot of a train rolling over a landscape as we slowly zoom in to see a young woman looking out the window of the third car). Assuming I’m the lead is a bit narcissistic, especially when my ability to act is nonexistent, but it’s so much fun. And I can totally pull off staring blankly out of a window.
Enough about me…here are some songs that are fun to commute to!
What songs do you listen to when you travel? Share in the comments below and feel free to send me song or theme suggestions for next week’s playlist!