Sure. I sing. Just not in public. Except when I have had too much to drink, then I imagine that I can sing. And my husband reminds me the morning after that it was just my imagination. I’d hang my head and feel sorry for a moment that I never did quite make it as a rockstar. (It was my dream as a first-grader; to become a rockstar like Mango Groove and drive a Lamborgini Countash… a red one.) Again, I hang my head but this time in a little bit of shame. Thankfully we change, right?

I do sing to my child and hope that one day he will stick up for me too like I did for my dearest granny’s voice. My go-to songs for bedtime are Leaving on a Jet Plane by John Denver and Hard Candy by the Counting Crows.

Apart from overindulgence and bedtime hymns, I only do solitude solo-pieces. Now is your chance to thank me for that, and to remember not to request an encore.

So what is the point? Firstly, I am analysing The Sunscreen Song – Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)  – and secondly, well, there is no secondly. Singing just makes me feel better. Screaming also helps, that’s why my playlist normally includes an ACDC hit, along with a bit of System of the Down and Prodigy. But serious now, singing is really an emotional outlet that just makes you feel better. For the next week or so I will test this theory again. I will let you know if my opinion about this changes.

Yours in humming,

Hit the road…I think it was Jack?

Hit the road…I think it was Jack?

Music is a powerful thing. I remember making cassettes for every road trip I ever went on. Making CDs was hardly ever as much fun, and now, quickly copying a couple of mp3’s onto a flash disk ruins the entire sentiment about it. I am not going to have a verbal vomit on how video killed the radio star, but I would like to share my 50 favourite musical escorts I plan to take on my next road trip.

  1. Alannah Myles – Black Velvet (because I think it is an awesome song)
  2. Korn – All in the Family (because it’s funny and makes me happy)
  3. Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (because it makes me feel like tying up my hair in two ponies and be a kid again)
  4. Waterboys – The whole of the moon (because it is a classic)
  5. 50 cent – in da club (because it instantly puts me in a good mood)
  6. Fokofpolisiekar – Ek dink aan jou (as dit reën) (because I love s(inging)houting with them “ek is nie meer lief vir jou nie”)
  7. Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench (because it manages anger well)
  8. Paris Hilton – Nothing in this world (because I am a chick)
  9. Counting Crows – Sullivan Street (because it is my all-time favourite song)
  10. Meatloaf – Rock and roll dreams come true (because I changed the words to fit my needs)
  11. Lily Allen – The Fear (because “everything’s cool as long as I’m getting thinner”)
  12. Lady Sovereign – I’m still human (because I think it is one of the best covers ever done)
  13. U2 – With or without you (because you can’t leave without it)
  14. Nine Inch Nails – You make it go away (because it makes me happy)
  15. Kris Kristofferson – On the Sunday morning sidewalk (because I can relate to it…sometimes)
  16. Kimya Dawson – My Rollercoaster (because home is where the heart is)
  17. Kings of Leon – I want you (because I think it is a super sexy song)
  18. Muse – Butterflies and Hurricanes (I truly believe it was actually an ode to the graphic designer)
  19. Moist – Leave it alone (it makes me feel as if I am flying)
  20. Remy Zero – Fair (because it lets my mind wanders and keeps me quiet for my fellow-passengers’ sake)
  21. Neil Diamond – I am I said (I think it is one of the best songs ever written)
  22. System of a Down – Toxicity (the memories are priceless)
  23. Frou Frou – Breathe In (because it is awesome)
  24. Tegan and Sarah – Where does the good go (because I get to sing along – loudly)
  25. Britney Spears – Lucky (I get to pretend I am a princess)
  26. Queen – Under Pressure (need I give a reason?)
  27. Violent Femmes – Blister in the sun (another classic you can’t leave behind)
  28. Die Heuwels Fantasties – Nare Kaskenades (because it is my favourite Afrikaans song ever)
  29. Scott McKenzie – San Francisco (I think I am a hippy at heart)
  30. Faithless – Crazy English Summer (it’s Faithless!)
  31. Liquido – Play Some Rock (because it makes me feel like a rock star)
  32. Offspring – Bad Habit (well, because it is about driving and all)
  33. Robbie Wessels – Hou vas jou matras (want ek is van Pretoria af)
  34. Goo Goo Dolls – Here is gone (because I luuuurv the Goo Goo Dolls)
  35. Nirvana – In Bloom (all our pretty songs….)
  36. Scatman John – Scatman’s World (just for the sake of remembering it)
  37. Joe Purdy – The City (’cause it keeps on goin’)
  38. Guns N Roses – Paradise City (ooh, yeah)
  39. The Killers – Indie Rock and Roll (because it rocks)
  40. Simon and Garfunkel – Mrs Robinson (because everyone knows a good song when they hear it)
  41. Kim Carnes – Betty Davis Eyes (it was written for the road)
  42. Greenday – When I come around (I might as well add the entire Dookie disc on here)
  43. Beth Hart – Summer’s Gone (another one written for the road)
  44. MGMT – Time to pretend (because they have some pretty good ideas here)
  45. Butthole Surfers – Pepper (because it is needed)
  46. Radiohead – Creep (’cause I’m a wei-hheeer-do)
  47. Eagles – Hotel California (because you can never leave)
  48. Counting Crows – Holiday in Spain (because I want an engine driver in a bunny suit)
  49. Blink 182 – All the small things (because we all love people who leave us roses by the stairs)
  50. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have you ever seen the rain (you thought we were leaving without them, hey?)

I would love to know who your musical companions are when you hit the road, Jack.

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