Cross Country Songbook: The 101

Cross Country Songbook: The 101

If you’re traveling from Seattle to San Francisco there’s no better way to do it than the 101. It might be quicker to take the inland route, but the vistas you’ll find along the Oregon coast are more than worth it. With the Pacific Ocean as your constant companion, throw this playlist on and enjoy the view, but make sure you don’t take your eyes off the road for too long.

Deep Sea Diver – “One By One”

If you’re making this trek down from the Pacific Northwest chances are you’ll come across the music of Jessica Dobson, the former Shins and Beck guitarist whose work as Deep Sea Diver provides the perfect segue from the Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean.

Pacific Air – “Float”

I’ll let the artist and song names do all the talking for this one.

Millionyoung – “Hammock”

A wistful indie-pop jam to carry you into the mountains and along the winding roads of the Oregon coast.

Clive Tanaka y su orquestra – “Neu Chicago :: Side A :: For Dance”

The steel drums and floating synths set the scene for a beachside pit stop along the highway.

Pearl Jam – “Given To Fly”

Here the playlist takes a turn to capture the ruggedness of the coastline. Whenever I listen to this song I always imagine Eddie Vedder standing on a cliff above the ocean, the wind blowing through his beautiful man-mane, and the waves crashing high up on the rocks as he belts out the lyrics to this epic late-90s classic. And now you will too.

The Long Winters – “The Commander Thinks Aloud”

Though the lyrics are quite tragic (inspired by the fateful descent of the Space Shuttle Columbia and detailed in one of my favorite episodes of the Song Exploder podcast), the music is airy yet powerful in a way that matches the scenery for most of this drive.

Woods – “Moving to the Left”

After pulling yourself out of the emotional journey of the previous song, relax and let these beautiful guitar melodies bounce around your head while you contemplate the coastline.

Funeral Advantage – “Gardensong”

It wouldn’t be an oceanside sunset drive without lots of reverb right?

Here We Go Magic – “Over The Ocean”

Where ‘Given To Fly’ captures the power and frenetic energy of the coast, Luke Temple and co. encapsulate its serenity and peacefulness.

Mulatu Astake – “Ené Alantchie Alnorem”

As the sun meets the horizon line after a long day of driving, let the breezy flutes and whimsical soundscape of this tune whisk all your worries into the ocean.

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Posted on by Eric in Cross Country Songbook, Playlists

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