Sounds of 66
I recently completed a cross-country driving trip from Seattle to Miami. Not as challenging as one would believe, thanks to the good old Route 66. Although the route has a new designation, it is still in operation. The terrain changes when traveling from state to state affect one’s mood and taste in music. The lush, green, mountainous areas of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California made me pine for classical, and opera to reflect the openness of the country. The dry, remote and barren deserts of the southwest are enough to strike a sense of awe and wonder, forcing my listening habits towards classic Hard Rock. The hot and swampy climate of the southeast made me crave The Blues.
When traveling through these different places, it is easy to understand how the locations inspire artists to create their own sounds based on their surroundings. When I stopped by Vegas, I clearly heard the voices of The Rat Pack and Wayne Newton. For the video game fans out there, yes the Fallout: New Vegas soundtrack did accompany me on this trip and perfectly fit the scenery!
Driving on “The Mother Road” is a trip that every American should take. You can feel the history, view the wildlife and other natural phenomenon as you speed by the open country. Next time you feel like buying a plane ticket to get to a destination across the continent, try driving to the beat of your playlist and hit the 66 for a great experience.