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Music I Listen To When I Travel


My Favorite Travel Music

I listen to a lot…. A LOT of music when I travel. Music makes everything better. It’s a universal language. I could insert one hundred quotes here about the power of music, but I won’t – there are too many that capture perfectly why I listen to music. As I’ve said in a previous post, the simplest of acts are enhanced substantially when music is involved. Music transforms the ordinary into the profound. Some of you may be thinking, “well, isn’t this kind of a bad thing? Can you not enjoy life without music?” Well, of course you can. And you can enjoy traveling, too. But, again, music just makes it better. Taking off on another airplane, looking out the window on a long distance bus, walking the many kilometers that a traveler typically walks, having a glass of wine with a new friend, writing for your blog, making love, for any situation. Happy, sad, arriving, departing, anytime – if fact, I’m listening to music as I write this. However, I try not to listen to music when there are other sounds to pay attention to – walking through a market in India, sitting in a common room in a hostel, cruising on a moped, and although it’s nice to listen to music on the beach, you won’t get to hear to the sound of waves crashing if your headphones are in.

Below is a list of the music I listened to over the last 8 months during my 3rd RTW trip. I’ve decided to separate the list into two parts: the music I listened to during the first part of my trip, and during the last part of my trip.

I truly hope you’ll find some listening bliss in this list.

First of this trip – Single songs:

Alan Parsons Project – Eye In The Sky

Alberto Zilotto – Frenesia

Andy McKee – The Reason

Beach House – Zebra

Billy Bragg and Wilco – Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key

Blonde Redhead – 23

Boards Of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy

Daniel Voth – Brazil

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – 40 Day Dream

Ewan Dobson – What Is Love (cover)

Fred Flake – The Golden Cage (cover)

Guitar Republic – Mediterrane

Hans Zimmer – Time

Luca Stricagnoli – The Last Of The Mohicans (cover

Luca Stricagnoli – Braveheart (cover)

Mathieu Fiset – Fight

Moby – Honey

Moby – Natural Blue

Moby – Bodyrock

Niall Byrne – Cairo Time (Cairo Time soundtrack)

N’to – Tramua

Radiohead – Reckoner

The Rosenberg Trio – For Sephora

Sergio Altamura – Before The Sea

Sergio Altamura – Les Mille Lumieres D’Anita

Sergio Altamura – Luna

Sergio Altamura – Mr Art Valnades

Beginners Soundtrack – Suite Theme

The East Soundtrack – Doc’s Song

Whole albums:

Air – Talkie Walkie

Bombino – Nomad

Devendra Banhart – Cristobal

Diana Krall – The Very Best Of Diana Krall

Eddie Vedder – Ukelele Songs

Jesse Cook – The Blue Guitar Sessons

King Of Strings – First Step

Ludovico Einaudi – In A Time Lapse

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor – The Colonel and the Governor

End of this trip – Single songs:

Johan Johannson – City Building

Alberto Zilotto – Akiti Mani Yo

Beethoven – Moonlight Sonata (full version)

Claude Debussy – Clair De Lune

Billy Bragg and Wilco – Way Over Yonder In The Minor Key

Declan Zapala – A’song

Deep Purple – Highway Star

Duke Dumont – The Giver

Janapriya Levine – Bicycle

Ella Fitzgerald – They Can’t Take That Away From Me

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne

Leonard Cohen – Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

Leonard Cohen – Sisters Of Mercy

Leonard Cohen – So Long Marianne

Lucas Michailidis – Dig This

Lucas Michailidis – The Farthest Shore

Lucas Michailidis – Jewels

Lucas Michailidis – The Lucky One

Lucas Michailidis – The Muse

Ludovico Einaudi – Oltremare

Makyo – Pura

Michael Chapdelaine – Take Me To Church (cover)

Michael Chapdelaine – Mad World (cover)

Moby – Everlong

Moby – Inside

Moby – The Sky Is Broken

Moby – My Weakness

Piotr Restecki – New Song

Steffen Shackinger – ElectricGuitaritry

Whole albums:

Ludovico Einaudi – Divenrie

Moby – Play

The Rosenberg Trio – Gypsy Swing

White Antelope  – Self Titled/Covers

 “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy” – Beethoven

“Without music, life would be a mistake” – Nietzsche

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” – Victor Hugo

What do you listen to when traveling?


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