Guys, summer is finally here. And although Rona might not be going anywhere anytime soon, it’s time for us to move around a bit and get out there and explore. Safely, physically distanced, of course.
Grab your map and sunglasses, or rather your Waze, Cheddar Bunnies, apple slices, water bottle, sunscreen, lovey, paci, books, mask, and a whole lotta patience, and let’s do this.
In our family we torture our kids by making them sit in the car without any screens whatsoever. Can you imagine those poor tender youthlings with nothing to do but stare out the window?
I know. It’s modern day torture.
But gosh darnit the car is our time to sing together, listen together, learn and explore, and I’m not about to give that up.
So this week I’m solving for one part of your car ride equation. Behold the ultimate family road trip playlist.
It’s got Kindie, grown up, mine, and anything that I think feels like the top down and the wind in our hair.
Before you go ahead and listen, or maybe even while you listen, here is a quick recap of what you’ll find.
1.Movin’ Right Along from The Muppet Movie
When I was about 6 my parents took us on a road trip. I think we listened to the Muppet Movie Soundtrack 1,257 times. This song was our fave. There was no way I was about to do a road trip playlist without it.
2. Through the Woods by the Okee Dokee Brothers
These guys are the explorers of the Kindie (kid indie) scene. They explore nature like I explore family dynamics. Each of their albums takes you to a different nature landscape. And they’ve got a great vibe too. You might recognize Justin Lansing’s voice from my song More of a Baby.
3. Lovely Day by Bill Withers.
Something about Bill Withers has always touched me to the core. His effortless voice, no frills singing, and good vibe yet profound songs.
4. Unhurried Journey by Elena Moon Park
Elena was once a part of Dan Zane’s kids band before she went off to do her own thing. It’s a good thing she did because her music is beautiful. This is from her new album and Elizabeth Mitchell joins her on this title track.
5. It’s My Mother and My Father and My Sister and My Dog by Barry Louis Polisar
You probably know Barry from the song All I Want is You on the Juno Soundtrack. But besides writing a kick ass movie title track he is also a kindie pioneer and this song is pretty entertaining.
6. Coniferous Trees by Molly Ledford and Billy Kelly
I’ve told y’all about this album before. I love it. It’s all about trees and its done so tastefully with humor, educational details, and beautiful melodies and production by Dean Jones. I particularly love this one. It’s like we are in the studio with them as they sing it.
7. You’ve Got a Friend in Me by Micheal Buble
Obviously this is a Randy Newman song and we all know and love it from Toy Story. But I felt compelled to add this version. Michael Buble is just so ridiculously perfect in his vocals. As much as I try to hate him, I really do love him. He always sounds easy going and upbeat and his singing makes me smile.
8. Rosie Darling by Joanie Leeds
If you make it all the way to the end without a bathroom accident, trantrum, fight with partner, or wrong turn I want to hear about it. I’ll send you a Vered shirt. Seriously. But if you do you’ll make it to this lovely song by my friend Joanie Leeds. This is from her new album produced by friend Lucy Kalantari.
So let’s do this. Let’s pile into the car, even if just to head from one side of town to the other, and play some tunes that will inspire, tickle, move, and groove.
What are your favorite road trip tunes? Please share them below.
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