Consuelo Bernardi: The B Sides


Road Trip Music

Hit The Road With Great Tunes

This past summer my family and I took our very first road trip, followed quickly by a second - we like to live dangerously. Suitcases, snacks, bags, books and toys packed, we hit the open road with two very long drives ahead of us.

There was the usual excitement and anticipation in the air of adventures but as I got comfortable in the passenger seat tuned into my favourite satellite radio station, it started.

'Mommy we don't like this music. Mommy change the station. Mommmmmmy pleeeease we don't like this. It's too loud Mommy. Mommy'

And then cue my husband - 'Well there's no way I'm listening to kids music for the next couple of hours...I'll lose my mind. If you kids don't.........'

A four hour car trip, not including bathroom and snack breaks, and we barely made it out of the garage and down the driveway.

Needless to say it was a LONG long, really long.  Excruciatingly long.

So a couple of weeks ago when I was introduced to the new Honda Odyssey I felt like the world of impossible road trip expectations had finally been lifted off of my shoulders.   Especially when it came to the whole 'music in the car while we're driving' drama.

For me the huge standout feature was the audio system. Come on, I live and breathe music on a daily this revelation should come as no real surprise.

The official marketing description from Honda Odyssey on their audio system goes something like this: "Available 650-watt Premium audio system with MP3/Windows Media® Audio playback capability with 12 speakers including subwoofer and 5.1 Surround Sound and available XM® Satellite Radio. Steering wheel-mounted audio controls make playing your favourite song a snap, and you won’t have to search the dashboard just to change the volume. Two available wireless headsets with personal surround sound lets kids stay tuned to their own channel."

In Mummy speak it means the kids can listen to their own music in the back with wireless headsets, while Mommy and Daddy listen to their music in the front.  Everyone is happy. Everyone is in their own musical trance.

Cue family road trip bliss.

I must confess that the song played in the Honda Odyssey TV spot (yes I'm one of those geeky music people that listens to the music in TV commercials) totally caught my attention. Le love it I do.

The song was written for Honda but it fits that whole laid back, no cares in the world, we're on vacation road trip vibe. The song is 'Pinhole Sky' by Nathan Kreiswirth and it totally belongs on every road trip playlist.

You can check out the commercial on the Odyssey website and if you like the song as much as I am currently loving it - you can download it for free and Honda Canada will donate $1 to Safe Kids Canada for each song downloaded.  So really, go check it out and spread the word...the track is that good.

With thoughts of road trips and music on the brain I figured it would only be fitting to do two customized play lists for the open for Mom and Dad and one for the younger kids in mind.

The reality is there are a zillion songs that could be chosen for a road trip...but my mission was to capture the excitement, freedom and adventures of travelling the open road.

Mom & Dad's Play List
Kid's Play List
The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony
Travis - Sing
Nathan Kreiswirth - Pinhole Sky
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
The Eagles - Hotel California
311 - Amber
Bad Religion - Sorrow
The Killers - Somebody Told Me
Coldplay - Viva La Vida
The Kill Van Kulls - Wooden Heart
Oasis - Go Let It Out
U2 - Beautiful Day
Steelers Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
Mumford & Sons - The Cave
Ashely MacIsaac - The Devil In The Kitchen
The Commitments - Mustang Sally
Phantom Planet - California
Uncle Kracker - Drift Away
Bryan Adams - Summer of 69
Bon Jovi - You Give Love A Bad Name
Tom Cochrane - Life Is A Highway
Tom Petty _ Free Fallin
The Killers - Mr. Brightside
Oasis - Lyla
Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate Love Song
Mumford & Sons - Little Lion Man
RHCP - Road Trippin'
Alabama 3 - The Sopranos Theme
Blur - Girls and Boys
Sum 41 - Still Waiting
Finger Eleven - Paralyszer
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Our Lady Peace - Naveed
Florence & The Machine - You've Got The Love
Fatboy Slim - Rockafellar Skank
Kanye West - Gold Digger (feat. Jamie Foxx)
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground
Alien Ant Farm - Smooth Criminal
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream
Crazytown - Butterfly
Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Michael Franti & Spearhead - Say Hey (I Love You)
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
LL Cool J- Mama Said Knock You Out
Run DMC /Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Notorious B.I.G - Mo Money Mo Problems
Rihanna - Disturbia
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Jane's Addiction - Been Caught Stealing
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
K'Naan / Chubb Rock - ABC's
Warren G - Regulate feat. Nate Dogg
2Pac - California Love
Young MC - Bust A Move
Tone Loc - Funky Cold Medina
Kazzer - Pedal To The Metal
Beastie Boys - Intergalactic
Green Day - Hitchin' A Ride
Pearl Jam - Alive
Sass Jordan - Make You A Believer
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama
Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
Deep Purple - Hush
The Doors - Break On Through (To The Other Side)
Nickelback - Burn It To The Ground
Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings
Crash Kings - Mountain Man
Guns 'N Roses - Paradise City
Rob Zombie - Never Gonna Stop
AC/DC - Thunderstruck
Wolfmother - New Moon Rising
Aerosmith - Ragdoll
Madonna - Vogue
Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten
KT Tunstall - Black Horse & The Cherry Tree
Madonna - Hung Up
Def Leppard - Pour Some Sugar On Me
Kathleen Edwards - Back To Me
John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John - Grease Megamix
Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive
Elwood - Sundown
Weezer - Island In The Sun
Sublime - What I Got
James - Laid
Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl
Simon & Garfunkel - Cecilia
Don McLean - American Pie
Eagles - Hotel California
Blondie - The Tide Is High
Bob Seger - Against The Wind
The Ataris - Boys Of Summer
3 Doors Down - Kryptonite
Matthew Good Band - Hello Time Bomb
Prince - Little Red Corvette
P!nk, Christina Aguilera, L'il Kim, Mya - Lady Marmalade
U2 - Elevation
Billy Idol - Dancing With Myself
Andrew W.K. - Party Hard
AC/DC - Hells Bells
Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round
Glee - Thriller/Heads Will Roll

Chris Patterson - Small Potatoes
Chris Patterson - SuperFunCrazyRidiculous
Chris Patterson - Dance Dance Dance
The Monkey Bunch - Boris The Spider
The Monkey Bunch - Don't Let Your Cars Idle
The Monkey Bunch - Poopie Diaper
Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights - I'm A Rockstar
Coldplay - In My Place (Lullaby Rendition)
Coldplay - Yellow (Lullaby Rendition)
Coldplay - The Scientist (Lullaby Rendition)
Barenaked Ladies - La La La Lemon
Barenaked Ladies - Eraser
Barenaked Ladies - I Can Sing
Sarah Mclachlan - The Rainbow Connection
Remy Zero - Bright Eyes
Ziggy Marley - Ziggy Says
Ziggy Marley - Stand Tall ( feat. Paul Simon)
Ziggy Marley - Family Time (feat. Judah Marley)
Jack Johnson - Upside Down
Jack Johnson - My Own Hands
Jack Johnson - We're GoingTo Be Friends
Jack Johnson - 3 Rs
Johhny Cash - One and One Makes Two
Johhny Cash - Dinosaur Song
Johnny Cash - Call Of The Wild
They Might Be Giants - Four of Two
They Might Be Giants - Lazyhead and Sleepybones
They Might Be Giants - Clap Your Hands
Bob Marley - Three Little Birds
Bob Marley - One Love/People Get Ready
Bob Marley - Stir It Up
The Beatles - Yellow Submarine
The Beatles - Blackbird
The Beatles - When I'm 64
U2 - Beautiful Day (Lullaby Rendition)
U2 - Angel of Harlem (Lullaby Rendition)
U2 - All I Want You (Lullaby Rendition)
Bleu - Snow Day
Butterfly Boucher - I'm Different
Matthew Sweet - Goodnight
Wilco - Just A Kid
Lisa Loeb - Going Away
Lisa Loeb - Best Friend
Lisa Loeb - Catch The Moon
Lisa Loeb - Free little Bird
Elizabeth Mitchell - Little Sack of Sugar
The Flaming Lips - The Yeah Yeah Yeah song
Frances England - Family Tree
Frances England - I Scream, You Scream
Frances England - Animal Inside You
Dan Zanes & Aimee Mann - Night Owl
Cake - Mahna Mahna
The Shins - They'll Soon Discover
Will Stroet - I'm Gonna Walk
Mr. Seley - Cupcakeasaurus
Jam Toast - Make Some Noise
Jam Toast - Shoelace Soup
Maggie G. - Lets Bake Cookies
Maggie G. - Do The Hoover Manoevre
Uncle Rock - Magic Carpet Ride
Rhythm Child - Oh Susanna