Whenever I hear these songs I feel like running away. Even if I’m on already on the road, I feel like throwing my pack on my shoulder and wandering to the corners of the map to find something new.
More than scent, sight, taste, or touch, it’s sound that does it for me. Many of these songs bring me back to past trips and past perspectives of the world. Others are my life’s theme songs. And for that, they are some of my favorite.
In the words of Kerouac, “The only truth is music.”
I Need Sunshine By Maverick Sabre
I first heard this song at a concert in Norway. It was 11 at night and raining but as soon as he sung the chorus, “I need sunshine,” the clouds parted and a ridiculous ray of midnight sun shone over the entire crowed. Everyone went nuts, and ever since, I always put it on when I’m in need of the sun. So if you’re suffering under overcast winter skies, be sure to give it a listen.
Flight BA 0247 by Mystic Diversions
This is one from the Buddha Bar series. I listened to this thousands of times while traveling India. I love the ambience. It make me feel like I’m sitting in a really cool airport lounge.
Globe Trekker Theme
Globe Trekker was and still is my favorite TV show. Every time I hear the theme song, I get so excited I start researching flights.
New Day by Arno Elias
This one comes off of Buddha Bar as well. It helps to relax and keep me looking forward.
Shiva Moon By Joshua Prem
I picked up this album in Pushkar, India. Mix a Sitar with a chill lounge beat and I can listen to it for hours.
Ever since I went to Ethiopia, and heard him on repeat for hours in a cramped mini buss, I’ve been hooked on Teddy Afro. Every time I hear this album, it brings me back and makes me want to dance like an Ethiopian.
Biggies Smalls and Frank
You just can’t beat this beat and epic synthesis of musical masters. It’s my go to beat for walking city streets.
The title says it all. Thanks Sweden!
Run Run Away
Finally, I couldn’t not include this 80’s hit. The lyrics are ridiculous, but the chorus is great, and the beat definitely grows on you.
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