95 for 95: More songs for the road

Since I decided nearly three months ago to get on the road again — that I was going mobile — I’ve reached a few conclusions: Life is a highway. Every day is a winding road. And, though I may not be a highway star, or king of the road, I have been runnin’ down a dream, and I think, just maybe, I can see paradise by the dashboard light.

Or is that a Waffle House?

We’ve discussed songs and the road before, and how they intertwine. Now NPR has come up with a road mix of its own — in celebration of Interstate 95 and the beginning of a $1.4 billion construction project that will fill in it’s missing link.

The nation’s most traveled Interstate, I-95 stretches nearly 2,000 miles from the top of Maine to the southern tip of Florida — but there’s a hole in it. It disappears for a few miles near the border of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, forcing travelers to divert onto other roads.

Now, the missing 12 miles is finally going to be built, prompting NPR’s Weekend Edition‘s to produce “I-95: The Road Most Traveled,” a series exploring the social, cultural, economic and environmental impact of the I-95 highway renovation project.

As part of that, Philadelphia’s WXPN — as part of putting together its 885 Ultimate Road Trip Songs Countdown — has put together a mix of 95 classic road songs in honor of the Interstate. The mix is available via the NPR Music iPhone app (just select “Streams” at the top of the “Rock/Pop/Folk” channel).

A few days from now, Ace and I — lacking both iPhone and app, but with our own collection of road music — will be hitting I-95, northbound, to head back for a visit to Baltimore, where we hope to rest up and contemplate the next leg of our journey, and the pros and cons of continuing it.

The cons include being weary of motel rooms, and short on funds. The pros include the people we’ve met and the places we’ve seen, and that, even if we do sometimes wake up not being sure what town we’re in, we get to spend virtually all of our time together.

Which is good, because, as you might know, we’ve got a thing that’s called radar love.

2 comments for “95 for 95: More songs for the road

  1. Eighteenpaws
    August 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    The older I get, the more I just want to spend any free time with my dogs. Not fawning over them, mind you, but just hanging out and experiencing each other’s days and nights 100%. My “best” weekend is where I park the car on Friday after work and never leave the house again until Monday morning. Beyond your insightful, informative and deeply touching tales of dog-friendly people and places across the U.S., the real story here, I think, and it is probably yet to even bubble up in you, is the unique comaraderie and inter-dependence of spending practically 24/7 with Ace. It’s rooted in emotions like the brief guilt you feel when you slip away for fifteen minutes in the Waffle House. There is a book in just that, I am certain. You have ventured emotionally where most of us just dream we might go. Welcome back to Merryland, JW & Ace. We truly LOVED your tails!

  2. Lakota, Sophie, Charlie, Cleo's mom
    August 22, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Oh, but you must come back this way. West is the best, guys.

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