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This is your road trip

elizabethtownRecently, I’ve had the great pleasure of catching up to some old movies I watched a billion times. Among them being The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Say Anything, and you know the rest. Basically romantic comedy necessities. I’ve been converting a lot of them to mp3 because of a project I started so long ago where I recorded all my favorite movies onto cassette tape. It all started out with Breakfast Club really. That movie is one where you can listen to it and just picture the scene easily. Other movies not so much. But I’m experimenting.

A recent one I just converted is Elizabethtown. I know, I know, not everyone liked this movie. I admit it was probably not one of Cameron Crowe’s better hits (Jerry Maguire, Say Anything, and Almost Famous being some of his greatest). But I enjoyed it. I liked the quirkiness and annoying character of Claire (who I imagine is exactly like Kirstin Dunst), the dark and broody Drew (who I can relate to the most in this film), and even Chuck and Cindy the marrying couple because they had the same exact pens we had as favors for my wedding, which consequently was on the same exact date. (June 25th, 2005)

Anyways, you’re probably wondering what in the world all this has to do with a road trip. Well if you did watch the movie, it’s all about love and comedy and death and failure and all that, but what I took away from all that is the road trip. The road trip is something I know quite a bit about. I’ve taken quite a few. I’ve driven from the shore in New Jersey to the desert of Southern California. I’ve lived in a few cities here and there and have seen quite a bit. Elizabethtown made me get quite nostalgic about all that time spent on the road, and the great memories.

With all road trips comes great music. You almost have to have a great mix tape playing while you’re driving, but it’s ok if you’re listening to the radio too. I remember so many songs I’ve never heard before which I loved and never remembering the name of the song or the artist. They were quite vague enough to never be played where I lived, but easily could be heard in some other part of the USA where I drove. Anyways, for anyone that enjoys road trips as much as I do, you will know the feeling of driving down the road just watching the scenery pass by, not really caring where it is except to note to go back there again someday.

Honestly, I don’t know what the original point of this post was. Sometimes I get so nostalgic I get caught up in the moment of that emotion. But there isn’t much better than the feeling of being on the road and listening to great tunes. Maybe having a beer while you do it, but let’s be responsible. You can’t drink and drive. That may be the only drawback of a road trip. You can’t be on it while you’re drinking.

My Supernatural Mix Tape

Drivers picks the music, shotgun shuts his cakehole.

supernaturalEvery Supernatural fan knows that the show is predominantly about the music. Eric Kripke even mentioned it. So I thought I’d set some time aside and get some of my favorite songs that were in Supernatural and make a mix tape. You remember what those are right? Mix tapes I mean. I’ve made so many of those, it’s insane. Anyways, I’ve compiled a few songs. It wasn’t easy, let me tell you. But I think I got most of the “good” songs that definitely make me think of Supernatural.

  1. Carry On Wayward Son – Kansas
  2. Thunderstruck – AC/DC
  3. Fly by Night – Rush
  4. No One Like You – Scorpions
  5. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly (the shorter version)
  6. Road to Nowhere – Ozzy Osbourne
  7. House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
  8. The Crystal Ship – The Doors
  9. I Put a Spell on You – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  10. Lonely is the Night – Billy Squire
  11. Back in Black – AC/DC
  12. Walk Away – Joe Walsh
  13. “Turn Over” – Tom Petty – Okay, this isn’t in the show. But it’s Tom Petty telling CD listeners to take a few seconds to wait for the Tape listeners to turn the tape over. It’s kinda funny.
  14. Renegade – Styx
  15. Eye of the Tiger – Survivor – Wait for the video of this song at the end of this post.
  16. Heat of the Moment – Asia
  17. Back in Time – Huey Lewis and the News
  18. Ghostfacers Theme Song – Ghostfacers
  19. Hell Hound on my Trail – Robert Johnson
  20. Highway to Hell – AC/DC
  21. O death – Jen Titus
  22. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan
  23. Rock of Ages – Def Leppard
  24. Don’t Look Back – Boston
  25. Green Peppers – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
  26. End Credits – Jay Gruska

That’s it. I tried to put them in order from the beginning of the series to current, but in the end, I made it mix together so it would sound good. I think if you were to compile this mix and listen to it, you could probably go from the beginning of the series to now easily. You can listen to the soundtrack by going to this link:

http://tape.ly/my-supernatural-mix-tape

If you’re a hardcore Supernatural fan like me (well, I’m not really hardcore, but I like to think so) you’ll know that TNT shows Supernatural 3 times a day from 9am to Noon on weekdays. You can currently watch Season 1 through 7 this way if you wanted to. The greatest thing about this is that when the shows end at the last episode of Season 7, it just starts back up again the next day. What fan would not love this? I think I’ve seen a lot of their episodes at least 5 times each.

Anyways, I hope this mix tape gives you as much joy as it did for me. I love my music, and I love my Supernatural. In a future post, I may even explain why I put those songs on this tape. If you’re interested. Stay tuned for Eye of the Tiger by Survivor, lip synced by Dean (Jensen Ackles).

What song always puts you in a good mood?

I know I’ve answered this question before in another post, and you know, it’s still the same song. The name of the song is “IKEMEN Boogie” from the Japanese Dorama called “Hanazakari no Kimitachi E”. I just love this song. If I knew how to add audio to this post on plinky, I would. I might have to share it on my own site to do so.

I loved watching this drama not because it has so many “IKEMEN” (good-looking men) but because of Horikita Maki who happens to be one of my favorite Japanese young actresses.

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Remember when mix tapes were the bomb?

Remember when making mix tapes was cool? Probably not if you’re one of my younger readers. And seemingly not too young either! CD’s were pretty damn popular just as I was in high school. The lovely 80′s! Anyways, on Google+, Zannah has asked about playlists and how we organize them. This got me to thinking how much making these “mix” type collections has changed! Seriously!

Nowadays, we all seem to lump songs by mood or by whatever kind of organizing system we might have. Do any of us even make mixes for people? I like to sort of think I still do. Really though I remember the last mix CD I made for someone. Of course it was for Meesh. I called it The Promise from the song by When in Rome of the same name. I love that song!

Anyways, I found it pretty interesting how people seem to put their playlists in such similar ways. Similar to Zannah, I have playlists based on just about everything. I still make “mix” type playlists. They can be about anything really. That’s why they’re mix tapes, right? I also have playlists based on moods. I have playlists that are coupled together because of soundtracks too. I’m a big soundtrack collector. For instance, I have a Harry Potter playlist as well as a Lord of the Rings playlist. eg. Because I sort everything in my music list by album order, I won’t have all the LOTR in one place.

So, what kind of playlists do you have? Do share!