Soundtrack to Our Lives

This post is inspired by:

” ‘I just won’t sleep,’ I decided. There were so many other interesting things to do”.

Happy Monday — first time I’ll ever say that. Today ends a national holiday, Martin Luther King JR Day. This is important because, if you had the day off, it’s important to realize why, and never forget why. My quote for the night however is not about MLK, instead a quote from one of my favorite books On the Road, by Jack Kerouac.

Yes, there are so many more interesting things to do than sleep, sometimes we forget that. A little road trip starts tonight’s post, where to you might ask? I guess that’s a little relevant, but I have to keep some things to myself, right? Anyway, a friend asked me to come with him on a mission, and I took the opportunity. What an adventure it was. For starters, he allowed me to DJ, a very important job. Now, this is something that is important to note: I never get to play DJ. Even in my own car; I have a very vast iTunes selection that could keep one on their toes, and drive another one crazy. Anyway, I got to play DJ. I like playing DJ, but there is a lot of pressure that comes with it, you have to play the right thing to set the mood for the occasion. Let’s just say this occasion had many different components to it.

My friend (who’s a musician) and I have very similar music tastes, so I just decided to go with it, and we wound up with hours of Dave Matthews, Jack Johnson, a little Coldplay, AC Newman, and I threw in some Kayne for good measure. One of our favorites because he insists on rapping every lyric — then pulling out his guitar to sing along to others.

Once we turned the music down and started talking, we started talking about driving with friends, an interesting concept. We came to the conclusion that a lot can happen when you drive around with friends, more than you could ever expect. As the driver, you’re in control therefore you have to spend your time focusing on the road — so, like we experienced, you don’t have a lot of time to think before you speak. Therefore words come more naturally. The passenger has the best job of just sitting and listening. Chiming in here and there, but mostly listening, and hearing to whatever comes out.

This was an important experience for us as friends, because we realized that the car is one of the only places where you can really truly speak your mind between friends. When you’re driving and looking at the road, you don’t have to make eye contact, therefore it’s the perfect setup if you hate confrontation – like I do. What is nice about driving around with friends, or just a friend, is that it’s such a small place, so each conversation — whether it be meaningful, intelligent, or a stupid silly conversation, it stays between you two. We also came to the conclusion that you can really get to know someone in the car.

“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road”.

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