Soundtrack for Trip #16: New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania

From the bright lights of the big city that is New York, to the infamous Jersey Shore to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia there were so many songs to choose from it was a bit difficult to narrow down the list. So many iconic songs and performers that are instantly synonymous with the region-Frank Sinatra, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi ... just to name a few. After careful consideration, here's the list we're taking … [Read more...]

Soundtrack for Trip #8: Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin

From the land of Lincoln, to the Gateway Arch, through Iowa farmland, the wilds of Minnesota to the home of Harley Davidson. Here's a music playlist to keep you humming along as you explore the great Midwest. Enjoy some St. Louis Blues, and a bit of Polka from Wisconsin along with some other hits as you hit the road. "Chicago" Frank Sinatra "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" Jim Croce "You're The … [Read more...]

Soundtrack for Trip #12: Hawaii

Just looking at this picture I am instantly taken back to the soft breezes, the gentle rolling waves and the wonderful calming sounds of Hawaiian music. As you cruise around the islands, here's an awesome list of inspired sounds to capture the spirit of Hawaii, tunes that will stay with you long after you have returned home. My personal favorites are the songs by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. Sadly he is no longer with us, … [Read more...]

Soundtrack for Trip #15: Alaska

Alaska is definitely one of the most beautiful, remote and wild places we have ever experienced. I've tried to come up with songs that inspire that wild spirit, but also included some fun choices dealing with cold, ice and anything else that kinda sorta relates to the frozen north of the last frontier. Enjoy this eclectic group of songs if you are lucky enough to hit the road through some of the most beautiful and … [Read more...]

Soundtrack for Trip #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma are the center and the heart of America. Representing a way of life that seems to have disappeared from larger urban area, these three states celebrate wholesome values, family, and hard work. Get in touch with your All American heart with these tunes that celebrate the center of the USA also known as "Tornado Alley". While you are humming along, be mindful of the twisters and the "Dust … [Read more...]

Soundtrack for Trip #5: North and South Dakota

 North and South Dakota may not be tops on most peoples road trip destination list but anyone who ventures to explore here will be blown away by the natural beauty and the amazing array of uniquely interesting activities. Here's a list of songs that celebrate the spirit of the Dakotas as you drive along the prairies and through the Badlands, from the faces on Mt. Rushmore to the roaring motorcycle towns of Sturgis … [Read more...]

Soundtrack for Trip #9: Florida

Florida

Ahhh, the beach, the sunsets, and a slice of key lime pie-these experiences make up our fondest memories of The Sunshine State. Florida is a magical place where you can swim (or jetboat) with dolphins on the gulf coast, hunt for treasure on sunken ships in the Keys, or delight in any fantasy you can imagine at Disneyworld in Orlando. Wherever you're headed from Jacksonville to the Everglades and everywhere in … [Read more...]

Soundtrack for Trip #4: New Mexico and Colorado

Soundtrack #4

There is something so incredibly peaceful as you travel through the magnificent and unique landscapes of New Mexico and Colorado. These states share a natural spirituality but each is vastly different. Just like John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" and The Champs "Tequila!" The painted desert of New Mexico is vibrant and almost otherworldly. Home to many Native American Indian tribes, it is also known as home to some … [Read more...]

Soundtrack for Trip #10: Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

Assembling the playlist was so much fun because our theme for this trip was Civil Rights and American Music. I felt this trip was a golden opportunity to introduce my kids to Elvis Presley and learn about the roots of Rock and Roll which by the way is rooted in Gospel and Country music. I had no idea until we hit Stax Records in Memphis where we also learned about Rhythm and Blues and it's evolution into Soul music. … [Read more...]

Soundtrack for Trip #13: Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina

Ray Charles

Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina are not only famous for launching some famous bands like R.E.M., the B-52's and Hootie and the Blowfish but they are also famous for inspiring some truly memorable tunes. Here's a list that runs the gamut from extolling the virtues of the romantic south and it's alluring charms, to songs by artists who were influenced by these states in which they were born and raised. We've … [Read more...]