Every motorist and music lover has a favorite driving playlist. This is the music that turns any Manila traffic into a colorful musical adventure. This is the music that makes you want get out and drive nonetheless. It could be a certain program in your favorite FM station, or it could be a collection of songs in your digital music player. Heck, it could even be a mixtape!
This is my “Rock of the Road” playlist on my phones . It’s a playlist I constructed way back in 2014 or 2015, and I don’t think I’ve added any music to it since. This is my perfect collection of guitar-based music that always brings me to the big arena stage whenever I put it play during my drives to… anywhere. In the morning and on the way to class, this is playlist provides me a much needed wake up and pump up. Singing to the songs in this playlist gives me a vocal warm-up that sets the tone of my voice for the rest of the day. The baritone of David Bowie to the soaring tenor of Freddie Mercury are covered in this morning sing-along.
Much of this music is what inspired me to further my studies in the guitar. Nothing wakes me up and gets my mind running than a complex guitar part by the likes of of Alex Lifeson of Rush or a syncopated riff by Adam Jones of Tool. The groundbreaking electric blues of Hendrix is a no-brainer for inclusion in this playlist. There are many clips from my grade school life, including my favorite tracks by My Chemical Romance and Fall Out Boy. These are the songs that I have spent more than a decade with, and these are the songs I sing the loudest!
While my current schedule of studying, working, and acting at the same time barely allows for any casual guitar playing and, much less, further studies in my first love, this playlist reminds me of where I came from. It was my interest in music and in guitar that opened me up to the creative world. It got me into writing, audio-visual production, and even theater.
With this playlist, the drive is always good. It makes the traffic a little more bearable, and it puts me in a fine mood. It’s really the singing that helps put the worries aside and helps me sink into my private space among the hundreds of cars.
Here are some choice cuts from “Rock of the Road”: