Sunday, 4 June 2017

Journeys With My Dad

*This post was written in collaboration with The Car People. All words are my own.

If you could pick a couple of albums to listen to on a long car journey, what would they be? Would they be classical or heavy metal, compilation or your favourite singer? Could you not possibly choose? I'd like to think I could.

See, when I was younger, my Dad and I would have this exact conversation before every long drive. The way we saw it, the 4 hour trip to see family in Scotland was pretty much a golden opportunity to listen to best albums from some of the biggest names in rock. But it wasn't always so simple. 

The first time we made this journey, I was probably about seven years old. Seven years old and very dedicated to Steps, Spice Girls and all things Britney Spears. As you could imagine, I wasn't going to be allowed to listen to those. So on this one particular journey, we got into the car and before we'd even hit Chester we were three songs into Guns N Roses' Appetite for Destruction. With 3 hours 50 minutes to go I knew I was going to have to get used to this - See Dad regularly put on 'his music' on drives, even if it was just across town, but most of the time I could either flick on MFM Radio or turn it off and we'd have reached our destination before he'd even noticed - I knew that wouldn't fly so I sulked and got on with it. 

Before I knew it, the CD changed and we were onto The Who's My Generation. As the three minute songs went by, I realised that I knew a few of these songs and that actually, they weren't half bad. 

We drove on to Lancaster and as always, we stopped at the services - It was the first place we were allowed to stop for a toilet break otherwise we "Wouldn't make good time" as Dad said. Then he put on an album that changed my life. It was Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell. I fell in love. The songs were so loud and so powerful. I couldn't get enough. I clutched the lyric book and read every line as the songs played on. I begged so much for him to put it on again and he did. 

We arrived in Scotland in the early evening, finishing off Number Of The Beast as we pulled into Troon. As an excited seven year old, I couldn't wait to tell my family the journey we'd had and the songs we'd listened to. It was brilliant. These days I'm twenty-two and I still love Meat Loaf just as much as that first day I listened to him. 

It's not often I think about that journey but thanks to The Car People's campaign, all the memories of listening to some of the most amazing music for the first time came flooding back to me. That trip shaped how I saw music, what I listened to and what I did later on in my life and I do sometimes wonder what my life would be like without it - Thank you Dad.
So, if I had to choose some great albums for a car journey, you could guarantee that the four I've mentioned in this post would be top of the list. What would yours be?


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