I don't think I would've stayed awake driving if it weren't for this awesome mixtape (err, mixdisc) that Tammy made for me (all these songs can be found on MySpace and/or YouTube):
- "Arcadia," by Ash
- "Mixtape," by Tift Merritt
- "My Love," by The Bird and the Bee
- "Party With Children," by Ratatat
- "M79," by Vampire Weekend
- "Percussion Gun," by White Rabbits
- "Joyriders," by Pulp
- "Playground Love," by Air
- "Do It Again," by Chemical Brothers
- "Id Engager," by Of Montreal
- "Strange Overtones," David Byrne & Brian Eno
- "Eponine," by Ozma
- "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing," by Jack Johnson
- "That's All," by Clare and the Reasons
- "I Can Change," by LCD Soundsystem
- "Harmony to My Heartbeat," by Sally Seltmann
- "Imma Be," by Black Eyed Peas
- "If I Ever Feel Better," by Phoenix
- "Do the Whirlwind," by Architecture in Helsinki
- "Never Forget You," by Noisettes
Tammy made the mixtape for me after I created the set list. It's been a while since I've composed a mixtape, and I think this may be one of my favorites. Of course, new mixtapes are almost always my favorites. My strategy is always to have a cohesive mix that changes moods and tempo without having any songs that awkwardly stick out. Plus, I love it when the last track flows into the first track. Anyway, this mix totally received a Mission Accomplished for getting me safely awake to Ohio.
Here's a poem for today (Saturday) to keep the poem-a-day in 2010 going:
149-Don't question your luck
Kiss on the mountain top;
kiss on the counter top.
Then, drop to the kitchen floor;
shed your clothes and kiss some more.
Don't say another word;
don't tell her what you heard
about her reputation--
block out communication.
Just get another kiss;
just give another kiss.
There's time for talking later;
don't be a player hater.
Just let your body move
and feel her body move:
what you want--now you got it;
don't try to use your logic.
Kiss on the easy chair
and kiss without a care.
Take it all and then give it.
Not dreaming if you live it.
Observation #1: There were like a million troopers outside of Dalton, GA, pulling speeders over left and right. I've driven hundreds of thousands of miles (seriously, I have), and I've never seen so many troopers lined up the way these were. In fact, I was speeding in that area and felt kind of like R2D2 and C3PO in Star Wars: A New Hope sneaking past undetected.
Observation #2: I noticed several cars heading out of Georgia with Ohio license plates or Gwinnett county GA plates. Since NCR recently left Dayton for Duluth, I imagined all these Ohio and Gwinnett GA plates belonged to NCR employees heading back up home for Memorial Day weekend. Made me feel a little less lonely driving up this time around to think I was part of some kind of Duluth-to-Dayton caravan.
Observation #3: This is something I've been noticing for a while, but the billboards seem to be getting emptier and emptier along I-75. Not sure if this is a national trend and a move away from billboards for advertising, but it's interesting anyway.
Observation #4: Last one for this post, but Lexington, KY, smelled like either a sweaty sock or a cigarette--or a combination of the two unique smells. It was not a pleasant area to be driving with the window down, for sure.
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