I don't know about everyone else, but I spend very little time alone these days. Between clinic, hospital, and home I usually have any number of human and non-human spirits co-existing in the same space as me (colleagues, patients, staff, significant other, parents, dog, cats, and occasional field mice dropped off by cats in my living room). The only time I have any time alone, it seems, is when I'm in my car. The only downside to the Rural commute is that it lasts only ten minutes and I don't really get to explore an audio program and barely have enough time to start singing in the car before I've arrived at my destination. This is why I've been enjoying the occasional trip to San Francisco or Ashland, each of which takes 4-5 hours and is enough time to do some serious listening. Here's what I listened to on the way down to San Francisco yesterday:
- David Sedaris, Naked, narrated by David and Amy Sedaris. Hilarious.
- High points of the Doobie Brothers and their component members (Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins). I can't be the only person who sings along with "Takin' It to the Streets," can I?
- My Guilty Pleasures Secret Music Club playlist of 90s dance hits, which includes Dee-lite, MC Hammer, Coolio, Will Smith, TLC, Right Said Fred, Tag Team, House of Pain, US3, Ini Kamoze, Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Boyz II Men, Digable Planets, George Michael, Digital Underground, and Me'Shell Ndegeocello, among others. Excellent head-bopping, stay-awake-on-the-road music.
- Classic Santana, including good old "Oye Como Va" and "Black Magic Woman," but also "Jingo" and "Soul Sacrifice" and other songs which featured Carlos's virtuosic fingerwork.