January is usually the month of exams, unrealistic New Year’s resolutions and severe seasonal affective disorder.
Therefore, there’s no better time than the most depressing of months to go on a road trip far, far away from your grey, snowy hometown or at least to pretend to do so with your eyes closed and headphones on.
Imagine broad Californian freeways and press play on the following playlist:
- Shuffle Your Feet – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
- You’re Mine – The Black Angels
- Tombstone Blues – Bob Dylan
- Six Days on the Road – Taj Mahal
- Roadrunner – The Modern Lovers
- The West – Ty Segall
- Brick by Brick – Arctic Monkeys
- I Feel Love (Every Million Miles) – The Dead Weather
- No One Knows – Queens of the Stone Age
- Salute Your Solution – The Raconteurs
- Have Fun – Bleeding Knees Club
- Back of your Neck – Howler
- Ride ‚Em On Down – The Rolling Stones
- Long Journey – Allah-Las
- Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
- Paradise City – Guns N‘ Roses
- Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- Who Drove the Red Sports Car – Van Morrison
- Angel Dust – Odyssey
- Take Me Out To The Coast – Waters
Read: Obviously anything by the Beatniks, especially Kerouac’s classic “On the Road”. Also: Allen Ginsberg’s Howl-Collection, „Lost Continent“ by Bill Bryson, „Roughing it“ by Mark Twain and „Travles with Charley“ by John Steinbeck.
Watch: A roadmovie! You might wanna go for a classic here too, like Thelma & Luise, Paris Texas, Easy Rider or, if you’re in a more cynical mood: Natural Born Killers, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, Wanda, or God Bless America.
I also highly recommend: My Own Private Idaho, Wendy & Lucy and Alice in den Städten (Alice in the cities).