Saturday, January 28, 2006

600 Miles of Music

At least two Saturdays a month I leave my house at 4am and drive to Lincoln to pick up my kidz. I then drive them back to Harrow (via McDonald's at Baldock Services for breakfast). On Sunday afternoon, around 4pm, I reverse the process.

One of the things that makes the travelling bearable is my Previa's entertainment system. The GameCube and 15" screen keeps the boyz entertained. And the girlz flit between GameCubing, browsing saved emails and MSN conversations on their PowerBooks and reviewing the contents of their mobiles. Dozing is an optional 'activity' shared by all siblingz.

My iPod is linked to the A/V system. My favourite 'Smart Playlist' for the sections of the journey when I am by myself is 'genre ≠ spoken word, humour, bad taste, smileworth, comedy, classical, background, chill, kids, parody + has not been played in last 9 months', which provides a wonderful mix of stuff I have never heard before, and stuff I love that I haven't heard for ages.

When the kidz are in the car I have a playlist called 'kidz journey' which I compose based on old favourites and new stuff that I think they may like. Those that gain their approval get put into a 'kidz' playlist which, as I type, stands at 3130 songs.

Harrow to Lincoln:
Rainsquall - Richard Buckner
Mr. Smith - Nina Simone
Devil in the Detail - The Broken Family Band
So Wrong - The Pink Swords
Angel At My Table - The Frames
Help Me Lift You Up - This Mortal Coil
Hurricane Blues - Linton Kwesi Johnson
The Bitch Is Back - Elton John
Photographic - Depeche Mode
To Go To Sleep - British Sea Power
Show Biz Kids - Steely Dan
The Tide Is High - U.Roy
Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way?) - Maria McKee
Loving You Is Easy - Charlatans
Unwanted - The Other Two
Rare, Precious And Gone - Mike Scott
Metal Heart - Garbage
Nowhere - Linus Pauling Quartet
No More Mr. Nice Guy - Alice Cooper
Are You Afraid To Die - Ricky Skaggs, Intro by Rev. Dr. Billy Graham
Cecilia - Simon & Garfunkel
He Is Lord - Bryn Haworth
I'm a Believer (radio version) - Smash Mouth
Pizzeria - Marah
Cocaine Blues (live at Folsom Prison) - Johnny Cash
So Good to Be Back Home Again - The Tourists
Catfish Blues - R.L. Burnside
I Guess I'll Always Love You - The Isley Brothers
Rendezvous ( Live Version ) - Jean Michel Jarre
Headbutts - John Otway
Here Comes The Sun - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
Margarita - Traveling Wilburys
She Walks In Beauty - The Black Peppercorns
Just In Case - Mindy Smith
Chewing Gum - Annie
Secondary Modern - Elvis Costello
One Of The Guys - Terri Clark
Song for the Dumped - Ben Folds Five
Boots Of Spanish Leather - Martin Simpson
Confusion - Electric Light Orchestra

Lincoln to Harrow:
You Can't Hurry Love - The Concretes
Trains To Brazil - Guillemots
Beat of My Heart - Hilary Duff
Dance Music - The Mountain Goats
Red Light Spells Danger - Billy Ocean
Funny Little Frog - Belle and Sebastian
Elmo's Rap Alphabet (Elmo Sings Rap Alphabet) - Cast Of Sesame Street
When I Grow Up - Garbage
Pass This On - The Knife
Tell More Lies - Republic Of Loose
I Can't Help Myself - Orange Juice
Lottery Winners On Acid - The Crimea
Don't Bother - Shakira
I Write Sins Not Tragedies - Panic! At The Disco
The Truck Got Stuck - Corb Lund Band
Don't Be Stupid (You Know I Love You) - Shania Twain
Fish Heads - Barnes & Barnes
Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
Computer Camp Love - Datarock
Repeat To Fade - The Shortwave Set
Early In The Morning - Vanity Fair
You've Got Your Troubles - The Fortunes
I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor - Arctic Monkeys
One Thing - Amerie
Get It Right Next Time - Gerry Rafferty
One Thing - Elbow
All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down - The Mavericks
Analogue - a-Ha
Emerald City - U.S.E.
It's My Life - Gwen Stefani/No Doubt
Particle Man - They Might Be Giants
Talk - Coldplay
Luck Be A Lady (From Guys And Dolls) - Peter Gallagher & Company
Judy Teen - Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
When She Smiles She Lights Up The Sky - Plantlife
I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
There's A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet. - Panic! At The Disco
Give It (Radio Edit) - X-press 2 featuring Kurt Wagner
P.S. I Love You - The All-American Rejects
Commercial Breakdown - The Sunshine Underground
So Right, So Wrong - Linda Ronstadt
Girlfriend - The Darkness

Harrow to Lincoln:
Breathe In - Lucie Silvas
You Don't Love Me - Kooks
School Uniform - The Pipettes
Where's the Pleasure? (Radio Edit) - Protocol
Lady Writer - Dire Straits
He's Going the Distance - Cake
Mardy Bum - Arctic Monkeys
Rich & Strange - Cud
Dirty Mind - The Pipettes
Baby Please Don't Go - Them
Juicebox - The Strokes
Tango - Lady Sovereign
Your Kisses - The Pipettes
Fake Tales of San Francisco - Arctic Monkeys
I Love This Town - Nanci Griffith feat. Jimmy Buffett
Dogs Were Barking - Gogol Bordello
Breakin - The Music
ABC - The Pipettes
In the Middle of Nowhere (Remix) - Dusty Springfield
Ride a White Horse - Goldfrapp
When the Sun Goes Down - Arctic Monkeys
Judy (Wotcha Gonna Do?) - The Pipettes
Why Is It Raining Raindrops? - Dorothy Collins
Going Nowhere - Cut Copy
Start Wearing Purple - Gogol Bordello
Turn This Thing Around - El Presidente
Sleep - Texas W/Paul Buchannan
Everthing's Odd - Misty's Big Adventure
Nobody - Sylvia
Sale of the Century - Sleeper
Simon Says - The Pipettes
Doin' What Comes Naturally - Ethel Merman
Hitchin a Ride - Vanity Fair
Rockin the Suburbs - Ben Folds
Change Your Mind - The All-American Rejects
Sheltered Life - Erlend Oye
Knock Knock Who's There - Mary Hopkins
Everything I Want - Jace Everett
It Hurts to See You Dance so Well - The Pipettes
I'll Be Ready (Radio Version) - Sunblock
Play Something Country - Brooks and Dunn
That's the Kind of Love I'm In - Jace Everett
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Mavericks
You Can't Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl - Brooks & Dunn
What Was I Thinking - Dierks Bentley
Cold River - A-Ha
Walk Away - Franz Ferdinand

Lincoln to Harrow:
Catch a Falling Star - Perry Como
Chelsea Girl - Simple Minds
Fantastic Day - Haircut 100
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Radio - Pitty Sing
Girl Talk - Starky
I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man - Prince
Rock Me Gently - Andy Kim
Too Young - Phoenix
Chasing Strange - Lizz Wright
Lawrence of Euphoria - Skip Spence
Komakino - Joy Division
Tin Soldiers - Stiff Little Fingers
Nobody's Twisting Your Arm - The Wedding Present
Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen
Can't Stop This Thing We Started - Bryan Adams
Interplanetary Janet - Schoolhouse Rock
You Love the World (And You're Avoiding Me) - Keith Green
All I Want - The Offspring
Under Attack - Abba
Warm Love (Live) - Van Morrison
Another First Kiss - They Might Be Giants (Tmbg)
The Fisherman - Leo Kottke
Streets of Philadelphia - Bruce Springsteen
A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knockin' Everyday) - Ike & Tina Turner
Telegraph Road - Dire Straits
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way - Waylon Jennings
The Love You Give - The Stands
Small Change - Tom Waits
Eden (Edit) - Talk Talk
Gangster - Electronic
Denis - Blondie
She Gets Away - Crash Kelly
The Delivery Man - Elvis Costello
Barrel Chested - Slobberbone
One Night in Bangkok - Murray Head
Erotica (Radio Edit) - Madonna
What I Get Paid For - Shawn Colvin
Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack


Teifion said...

How do the girlz check their email on a motorway?

brett jordan said...

'browsing their emails and MSN conversations' = emails and msn messages they have already received... although they could use their mobiles as modems via gprs and bluetooth :-)

Major Look said...

Where was 'Nellie the Elephant' and also 'I Thnk I love you'?


brett jordan said...

Dear Mr Look,

Both Mandy Miller's and the Toy Doll's versions of Nellie the Elephant are on the Kidz playlist, as are both the Partridge Family's and Voice of the Beehive's versions of I Think I Love You.

I can only apologise that none of them were selected on this occasion, and would like to point out that this programme is far too busy to do requests for the likes of you.

Yours Sincerely

Brett 'B is for Bangin' Tunes' Jordan

pastor mike said...

I loved our Previa - 1991, 450,000km before we put it down