Play We made the trip to Disney World from North Carolina and have awakened to day two of our vacation. To mark the end of the first day at the park, I thought I would create a musical diary to trace the experience. Below you will find each song and its reason for being added.
1. “Vacation“ by The Go-Go’s - I selected the Go-Go’s "Vacation" for obvious reasons, but in addition to being the first song that pops into most people’s heads when thinking about a vacation, due to its super-hooky chorus, it also has a childlike optimistic tone, perfect for a road trip to Disney World, despite the true meaning of the song involving a broken heart.
3. “Alligator“ by The Grateful Dead - We would have made it to Disney in eight hours, but it took us ten due to an accident on I-95 and a stop for lunch. We pulled off the highway as soon as we decided lunch was in order. It was about 30 miles North of Savannah, GA. The place we found was on a small lake filled with fish, turtles, and an alligator, who was impressive enough to get a song dedicated to him in this playlist.
4. “Welcome To Orlando“ by Kilowatt Hours - This song is a good example of how playlisting can help you discover music. I had never heard of the band Kilowatt Hours before, but the title of this track brought them to my attention as I searched for music to be included in this playlist. “Welcome To Orlando” is an obvious choice to mark our arrival at our destination.
5. “Hotel Room“ by Richard Hawley - To mark the arrival at the hotel, I selected a track by another artist I was not familiar with, and it’s my favorite discovery of this list. “Hotel Room” by Richard Hawley sounds like Chris Isaac’s band backing Bryan Ferry. A cool combination to these ears.
6. “Wake Up Early“ by Starflyer 59 - This song is included because of our decision to wake up as early as possible to 1) have a good selection at the free breakfast buffet, 2) get to the park before the crowds, and 3) beat the heat. Well, we accomplished all of the above, but this morning it’s already past 9 AM as I write this.