30 Days, 30 Songs: Day 7 – Driving Tunes

Welcome to my new musical series for 2021, “30 Days, 30 Songs.” Follow me this year as I blatantly steal this Instagram challenge all in the name of good music and good fun. Every other week, I’ll cover one or two or more topics from the list (see here for a refresher), allowing them to percolate over musical memories, nostalgia, and whatever else comes to mind in the moment. And now, gimme a beat boys to free my soul, I wanna get lost in this rock and roll!


Day 7: A song to drive to

Grammatical nonsense aside, a song that I like to drive to is Prodigy Present: The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One by Liam Howlett.

Buckle up for 51 minutes of aural enjoyment.

So yes, once again, I am fully cheating here…though, am I? After all, couldn’t one consider a mix tape to be “one” song, especially when it is, in fact, a continuous mix?

And really, what exactly is a “driving song?” I mean, I like Lindsey’s Buckingham’s “Holiday Road” and Kenny Loggin’s “Danger Zone” as much as the next person – both songs are ones that I might think of a traditional “driving songs,” as they reference roads and such. (Even though Loggin’s song was used in a movies about jets.) So sure, if I was forced to create a playlist of songs for a road trip, then both would probably be on it. But, I can only be so on-the-nose.

Hence choosing the amazing Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One. Because the thing of it is, if I could only choose a single album for a road trip, this would be the one. Its array of musical literature is truly outstanding, and every time I listen to it, I hear something new, something I never caught before, something that makes the album even more special. And even though this album is magical in close-listening quarters, which is exactly what a car is, it’s also the kind of album that can serve as a non-distracting background soundtrack. It makes the time go by so fluidly that the miles just seem to casually drift behind you. So much so that, before you know it, you’re a hundred miles closer to your destination, and happier for it. There’s a wonderful duality to most The Prodigy/Prodigy albums – they can be your soundtrack or just a soundtrack, whichever need suits in the moment.

Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One is testament to Mr. Howlett’s musical prowess, that’s for sure, and I will always accept more Prodigy into my life. Speaking of which, as of a couple years ago, it was rumored that a follow-up to this album was in the works. This was glorious news that came a several months after it had been revealed that Prodigy member and number one Firestarter Keith Flint has passed away (RIP). Nothing more as been in the news about this, but maybe, just maybe, the world will be given Dirtchamber Sessions Volume Two someday, I will be totally there for it.

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