I’ve never been a big planner, which is why I’m always the odd mom out when it comes to big holiday weekends. Without a Hamptons home to call my own, our weekends are usually filled with exploring the local area (shops, fairs, etc.). So I was quite impressed with my newly discovered mom foresight; for realizing that yes, the holiday weekend was a week away and no, we didn’t have any plans.
I settled on Mystic, CT, just a 2.5 hour drive, which of course turned into a 3-hour plus trip. Fortunately, I had even more foresight; to bring music that would not only please my son but also my husband and I. Here are the top musical contendors for road trip survival.
Imagine That! (photo above)
Billed as” Music for Hip Moms and Dads,” this two-volume CD compilation couldn’t have come at a better time. Created by Brian Gossett after taking a road trip with his family through Portland, OR, each track was carefully selected for its appeal to both parents and kids. Think Feist, Donovan, and Charlotte Gainsburg. And the best part of all, you could download Volume 1 and Volume 2 directly from his site.
Click through for more summer music ideas…
Putumayo Rock & Roll Playground
With the exception of our nightly electro dance parties, my son and I only listen to a handful of CDs. And all of them just happen to be from the world music geniuses at Putumayo. The beat, the variety, the worldly attitude – my son and I can’t get enough. Our favorites are Picnic Playground, European Playground and now Rock & Roll, which provides a fascinating look at the early years of this genre.
Preview and order at Putumayo
Best of the Laurie Berkner Band
To be honest, I never got into the whole kiddie rock scene. But at some point I had to break down and join the Berkner bandwagon. Fortunately, Laurie saved me lots of time and money by putting out an amazing “best of” CD that is sure to be on your permanent family playlist this summer. Check out Laurie’s interview here and click through to buy CD.
Photos: Brian Gossett, Putumayo, Laurie Berkner