Each year I compile an iPod playlist for the Charlotte race weekend tailgating crew. Perhaps somewhat like an artist with his canvas, I spent a bit of time trying to find the right tunes, how they're arranged, tweaking the MP3 volume levels, etc. OK, so comparing it a true artist may be a stretch, but I do put a good bit of effort into it.
Some songs seem to have tenure on the playlist. Their sequencing may change, but their presence is guaranteed. Others come and go - maybe a one and done while others make it a couple of visits before being shelved.
For a few years, I tried to make as many of the tracks race-related or... err, ahem, uh... "large time" related as possible. However, I've backed off that stance a little bit and just add ones I think folks will enjoy.
One principle I've stuck to is including a handful of artists that aren't familiar to folks. Aside from racing, the hobby I may enjoy most is finding new artists and songs. Whether the singer/band is brand new or one who I'm late in finding doesn't matter. So a fun thing for me to do is then share them with our race crew.
Here's what I've got at the moment - with a handful of links to YouTube vids or song samples:
- Schaefer Beer theme song *
- Thunderstruck - AC/DC *
- Go Faster - Black Crowes *
- The Talladega Song - Tim Wilson (YT)
- Pocono Joe - Mark Miklos # (song sample)
- NASCAR Superstar - Haven Quint (song)
- Cold Beer - Colt Ford # (YT)
- Tide & Skittles - Tim Wilson *
- White Liar - Miranda Lambert #
- Drunk All Around This Town - Scott Miller & The Commonwealth
- Time To Switch To Whiskey - Corb Lund (YT)
- Barlight - Charlie Robinson
- Bar Exam - The Derailers # (YT)
- Whole Lotta Liquor To Like Her - Pete Schlegel (YT)
- I Came To Drink - Chance # (YT)
- Jeff Gordon's Gay - Tim Wilson *
- Indianapolis - The Bottle Rockets # (YT)
- One Bud Wiser - John Rich
- Drunken Poet's Dream - Hayes Carll
- Talladega Shuffle - The Backstretch Boys
- You Wreck Me - Tom Petty *
- All I Wanna Do Is Play Cards - Corb Lund
- Rednecks, White Socks, and Blue Ribbon Beer - Johnny Russell # (YT)
- Chicks Dig It - Chris Cagle
- Boom - P.O.D.
- The Ward Burton Train - Tim Wilson
- Sweet Lady Vegas - Hair Of The Dog #
- Oh Atlanta - Little Feat #
- Richard Petty Blues - Al Tackett
- I Love NASCAR - Cledus T. Judd *
- Darlington - Ron Pestana
- The Girl With The Biggest Hair And The Longest Nails - Red Meat # (YT)
- Dale Jarrett's Car - Tim Wilson
- Earnhardt - Tim Wilson *
- Under The Wrench - Red Meat
- Steve McQueen - Sheryl Crow
- Dale Darrell Waltrip Richard Petty etc. - Tim Wilson
# Rookie tracks for 2010
Any other suggestions?