April 2019 Road Trip Playlist

by Stephanie Withers
Self Portrait at Randyland in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

April, at last! The month of April is my absolute favorite! The world is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, my veggies are starting to grow, and – oh yeah, it’s my birthday! Check out my birthday road trip playlist packed full of all of my favorite car karaoke songs.

A word of warning… my tastes are incredibly eclectic. My husband cracks up every time we listen to my music library on shuffle. Music has always played a huge role in my life and my tastes have been ever evolving.

April, at last! The month of April is my absolute favorite! The world is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, my veggies are starting to grow, and - oh yeah, it's my birthday! Check out my birthday road trip playlist packed full of all of my favorite car karaoke songs. #roadtrip #usroadtrip #roadtripmusic

Basically, if a song can move me (either physically or emotionally), has an interesting rhythm, or is fun to sing – I’m into it. There isn’t a genre, decade, or scene that I don’t like something from.

The playlist at the bottom of this post follows along with these sections… I thought that might be fun.

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Childhood Favorites

My dad, to this day, is obsessed with the Beatles. His love started in his childhood and continued on with him… forever. The Beatles are still the highlight of almost any conversation I have with my dad. Sometimes, at family parties, he’ll grab his guitar and play different Beatles’ songs and dare me to guess which one it is. You guys…he taught himself guitar and, for a long time, ONLY KNEW BEATLES SONGS. He is the ultimate fan boy.

Thanks to Dad, The Beatles are one of my favorites. Along with other classic rock artists my dad loved.

On family road trips with my grandparents, we always listened to the oldies stations. At that time, it wasn’t classic rock and 80s music. It was the music of the 40s, 50s, and 60s. And I WAS IN LOVE WITH IT.

My husband calls me a lyrical savant. I know every word to almost every song I listened to in my life – television jingles included!

Musical Theater

my best friend and i in front of nederlander theatre

I love to sing. Most singers really enjoy musical theater and I am no exception. When I was younger, I actually wanted to have a Broadway career. I did acting classes and singing lessons… and then quickly realized that my stage fright was never going to allow that to happen.

Now my car is my stage. I sing to the road, to my passengers, and sometimes to cars who pull up alongside me. That usually brings about a mixed bag of reactions.

Rap, Hip Hop, and R&B

I grew up in Philly in the 90s. This style of music was our world. When I was 11, I went through a brief phase of wanting to be a rap star. I’d print out the lyrics to my favorite songs, sit in front of my boombox, and practice again and again until I memorized them and could get my lips to move that quickly. I still love to rap along to my favorite artists, but I don’t think I’ll be starting a career in music anytime soon.

Emo as Heck

emo kid hair

By 13, I was dealing with heavy depression. That followed me through to….well, now. In high school, I chopped off my hair and dyed it black, wore leather jackets, and put patches on just about everything. I liked my music angry and loud.

My best friend and I went through an eclectic rotation of loud music- punk, 80s metal, hardcore… some of it I still listen to (will Dio or Judas Priest ever not be awesome?), but the angry sad Stephie shrinks smaller and smaller as I age.

My tastes today…

A lot of the music I listen to today (other than the mishmash of favorites from the past) focuses on storytelling. It’s calm, melodic, and takes me on a journey. You’ll find all of these songs on the various playlists that I listen to while I’m driving because I really like variety!

My Spotify Playlist – WARNING – Explicit Lyrics… Enjoy 🙂

What’s your favorite road trip song? Comment below!

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