Happy Old School Friday! Today we're going on a Road Trip! That's right, today's theme is all about those songs that keep you bopping behind the wheel (and awake) as you make your way across this great country.

Now there are literally too many great songs out there that can be included in this category, so I've decided to break it down into segments. They are (1) Getting Underway, (2) Cruise Control, and (3) The Last Mile. As you've probably figured out, each segment corresponds with a portion of your trip, no matter whether long or short. So here we go.

Leaving town is always hectic and when you finally get out there on that open road, you need something playing that conveys that feeling, helps settle you down from the frenzy of the departure, and alludes to the promise of what's in front of you. Something like a live version of Jimi Hendrix' All Along the Watchtower.

Alright, nothing but road in front of you, the cruise control is set, and now you're in maintenance mode. Just driving, and you need your music to work with you here. Something that keeps your mind active and your body relaxed. Electric Relaxation by Tribe Called Quest fits the bill perfectly.

Man, the last part of the trip is usually the worst. You've been driving for hours (or days), you're tired, you've pretty much had it with whoever else is in the car with you, and all you want to do is just get there. This part of the trip calls for complicated music that can energize, relax, and provide the hope that you're going to arrive, period. Time to go live again with Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Before I Let Go.

There, that should take you the rest of the way in. Now hop out, stretch your legs, and try to have a little fun for a minute. Because you know you have to turn around and do it all over again in a few days.

Hope you enjoyed this little trip, and don't forget the rest of the Old School Friday Crew. BTW, it's been a while since I've posted, so if there are new participants or your links have changed, let me know in the comments.

Electronic Village - Chatting Over Cocktails - Ms Grapevine - Quick - Marcus LANGFORD - Cassandra - Danielle-Lisa C -Chocl8t - DP - Kreative Talk -MarvalusOne - Regina - LaShonda -AJ - Sharon - Invisible Woman - Believer 1964 -Dee - SJP - sHaE-sHaE - Songs In the Key of Life - Shawn - Hagar’s Daughter - freshandfab - Creole Pimp - Wonderland or Not

  1. Hagar's Daughter September 19, 2008 at 7:12 AM  

    Good choices; such an ecclectic blend.

    Happy weekend.

  2. ShAĆ© - ShAĆ© September 19, 2008 at 10:37 AM  

    I'll go wherever you need me to go if you're playing All Along the Watchtower. Nice selections with TCQ & Maze.

    [Please note new URL for next week: heyshae.com/blog. Thanks.]

  3. MrsGrapevine September 19, 2008 at 11:32 AM  

    Great choices, especially FB&M. When you are on a road trip, you need all those modes of music...What's a raod trip with out Tribe...especially World Tour...

    Before I let Go, is good for so many things, it my favorite FB&M song, I just the tempo...

  4. Regina September 19, 2008 at 1:09 PM  

    Great picks! Someone else also posted Tribe Called Quest. I like how you broke that down!!
    My pick was definitely in the last few miles! We needed that extra push to get there!
    The last mile always needs something with some bass that you can bump!!
    Have a good weekend!

  5. Invisible Woman September 19, 2008 at 3:20 PM  

    I love that people are choosing tribe.

  6. MsMarvalus September 19, 2008 at 8:20 PM  

    I can certainly appreciate your choices! Love the Jimi, love the Tribe, love the FB&M!

    I wanna ride with you...

  7. iriegal September 20, 2008 at 9:04 AM  

    Great picks this week! Love Frankie Beverly and MAZE..that would surely keep me awake.

  8. Quick September 20, 2008 at 2:18 PM  

    Hendrix is my boy! Great picks

  9. Believer 1964 September 24, 2008 at 1:52 AM  

    Before I Let Go is it—on a road trip or in front of my computer. Thanks!