by Dorice via Tsururadio

Photography by MamaTepley (circa the 80s)

“I realize that I will never fully understand the millions of bizarre ways that music brings people together.”Rob Sheffield

I remember driving from Winnipeg to Yorkton, SK. A 500km (300m) and approx 8 hour drive. I can only vividly remember doing the trip twice but the journey there & back felt like we could’ve been travelling 20 times over. The one trip I remember the most was when my dad and I went by ourselves (it is his side of the family after all). My mum had a busy summer working at her beauty salon (Tiara Coiffures, with its yellow swirled glass & giant bamboo/wickery chairs to fake wood paneling, her shop was untouched from the 70s till the day she sold it when I was in high school). You could only really make the trip (or so my parents would say), during the summer as the winter drive would have been dangerous. For whatever reason going in the fall or spring was never a logical option either. Since it would be just me and my father on the grand open road for 8 hours (but back then it might as well have been days long the way that time easily slipped through my mind), I had prepared myself with adventuring provisions. In my wee plastic suitcase: Archie and Betty & Veronica comics (Jughead ones too!), Mad Libs, game boy & games (Dr. Mario was my life, also this Kid Icarus game that I never could finish), undoubtedly some little treat my mom would’ve snuck in outside of our healthy road tripping snacks, and my Fisher Price portable tape player.

Photography by purpleplaid

Continue reading the piece on Tsururadio – I highly recommend, it’s a fantastic recollection of childhood roadtrips, and the relationship we all have with the music our parents gave us when we were young.  And to give you a sampling of some of the cruisin’ tunes you can find there…

“Blue Moon” – The Marcels
Blue Moon – The Marcels by purpleplaid

“Oh, What A Night” – The Dells
Oh, What a Night – The Dells by purpleplaid

“Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” – Jerry Lee Lewis
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis by purpleplaid