What’s On Your Travel Playlist?

Music is essential for any trip. It entrances us on long journeys by bus or rail, occupying the conscious mind and allowing insight to float up from the depths. You listen to those same songs over and over, and they soak up the landscape, the smells and the very feeling of the place. They colour the way you see it just like different shades of glass colour a sunny day.

Here’s what’s on my travel playlist right now:

Won’t Leave Home Without It

These albums have been on my travel ipod for years. Each has formed the backdrop to many trips. And each—for whatever reason—has earned a permanent place on all my journeys.

Some provide exactly the right atmosphere. Some make me think. Some are upbeat. And some are ambient and perfect to write to.

Priest=Aura – The Church

Damaged / Controlled – GB3

Kenotic – Hammock

Somersault – Decoder Ring

Swordfishtrombones – Tom Waits

Remindlessness – Steve Kilbey

…Because I Can – Mice

Deadman’s Hand EP – The Church

Untitled #23 – The Church

Greatest Hits – The Cure

Happy Unbirthday EP – Brix Smith

My Way Vol 1 – Frank Sinatra

Operetta EP – The Church

What Are You Going To Do With Your Life? – Echo & The Bunnymen

Current Rotation

In addition to the “permanent content” above, I rotate a few other favourites through the mix, depending on the type of journey I’m about to set off on. Most of these albums have been there for the past 6 months. And a couple just came out and were recently added.

The Wilderness Years – David Neil

Life Somewhere Else – Isidore

Rubber Soul – The Beatles

Abbey Road – The Beatles

Bellavista Terrace – The Go-Betweens

Born Sandy Devotional – The Triffids

Disintegration – The Cure

Sonic Temple – The Cult

Infidels – Bob Dylan

Greetings From Asbury Park – Bruce Springsteen

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie

Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones

White Magic – Steve Kilbey & Martin Kennedy

Darklands – The Jesus & Mary Chain

Doubt Seeds – Bluebottle Kiss

Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division

So tell me, what music forms the background of your vagabond dreams? What essential albums do you never leave home without?

Please share YOUR favorite travel music in the comments below.


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