Summer is in full swing and though I’ve lived in New York for many summers now, this weather makes me long for the summers I spent back in Massachusetts, spending hours on long highways with the windows down and the music up. But now my summers mostly consist of sweating my way to work, freezing my butt off in the office, then sweating my way back home again. With maybe some outdoor day drinking here and there.
This summer, however, my friends and I are going on a ROAD TRIP!!! My two friends, both named Nic, and I are to Toronto to go to the Wynonna Earp convention called EH Con (because I am and will forever be exactly who I am) and when we were looking up the oddly high prices for flights we half-joked that it would be cheaper to drive. And as we thought back on some of the shorter road trips we’d taken, usually from New York to or Connecticut to Boston, and how chill and fun they were, we decided to crunch some numbers. And it turns out we were right! So we’re going on a road trip and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.
My job on road trips, short or long, tends to be one part navigator, five parts DJ. And I pride myself on being able to select tunes I know will please the group. With me and the Nics, it’s extra easy, because we’re close enough in age that we overlap in a lot of nostalgic tunes, all love Broadway, aren’t afraid to rock out to a Disney classic, reluctantly admit we still listen to the best of Glee, and are queer af. It makes it so basically all I have to do is pick songs I’ll like. However, there are other things to consider! You have to time it so that you’re not listening to the same type of music the whole time. (I like to do “blocks” – a Disney block, then a queer pop block, etc.) You have to make sure if there’s a slow song it’s a belter. You have to be willing and able to pivot if a conversation takes you down a certain road.
So let’s make a metaphorical playlist! (WHO KNOWS if this goes well maybe we’ll make it a real one!) Do you have a pre-made playlist you use or do you make a new one every time? I used to just add to queue on the fly but this time I decided to plan ahead and I already have over 19 hours worth of songs for our 16 hour road trip.
What are your go-to artists, songs, radio stations. Do you dust off your big ol’ binder of CDs? Do you sit in silence and just talk? And hell while we’re at it, tell me your standard snacks or stops or traditions. I’m really hyped up for this road trip and I want to talk to you about it!
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