You know how people always say that taking a long walk helps clear your head or how you can find all of the answers that you are looking for in nature? Well for me, clarity comes while I have my windows down with the crisp night breeze blowing through my unkempt hair; driving into the comforting and unplanned darkness while a great song blasts through the speakers of my car’s radio. The music always seems to correspond with my current mood and as the night goes on the tunes seem to lighten and brighten, almost as though a healing is taking place.
Whether it is a new catchy pop song or an old classic, there always seems to be some key element (the words, the music, the beat, or a combination them all) that draws you in and carries you down the road. The sadness, loneliness, and confusion slip away mile after mile.
I find that during these long night drives, I have more meaningful conversations than I do with actual physical people throughout the week.
It’s in the three minute timeframe of a song where there is nothing but sheer honesty and vulnerability, no fronts or filters, just raw art. The music is unassuming and unselfish. It provides us with the connection that so many of us desperately seek in our relationships with family or friends.
It is in these moments of darkness that I become completely understood and transform into the person I want to be. My car radio gives me the confidence to look over at the cute guy beside me at the stoplight, and says all of the things that I am unable to physically put into words myself. I think that is part of what gives music so much power; it is never written specifically for us, but it always feels personal and speaks directly to our situation.
Music helps to transcend us into the people and places we aren’t able to be in reality.
This is a long-winded way of saying: the next time you have something weighing on your mind, try going for a long night drive. Roll the windows down and turn your music up LOUD!! Don’t worry about the person beside you... They’ll either ignore you or roll their eyes dramatically while giving you a very kind hand gesture. Both are things you can live with. This is your time to feel release and clarity; to become reenergized and understood in a way that can only be experienced during a moonlit drive.
Happy Cruising Friends!
PSA - always drive responsibly, even while jamming to the coolest music on the planet.
Author: Kearsten Jones