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Driving across America with three people you barely know is fascinating.

It starts more or less like when you begin to date someone. People are careful about what they say. They are cautious about when they even open the window. You make sure these people think you're exactly what you wanted them to think you were. And then, like magic...

You start making weird noises at each other, laughing uncontrollably at things that aren't funny, and you play the same 20 songs over and over again because it starts to sound like "you guys." And for some reason, that's cathartic and comforting.

I can't write much more while I'm on this trip. But I figured it'd be really interesting to catalog the songs that you listen to with four strangers that start to feel like family. Because they sound like "them" to me.

I'll write more again when I'm back to San Francisco in a few weeks. Until then, here's what four strangers in a car listen to.

About 4,389 times a day.

And as if I haven't blabbed it out enough, here's the first half of our trip. They even let me write and say the words.

Rocket Shoes Mixtape 46: Songs That Sound Good When Only Four People Listen To Them.

Stream the whole thing at that link.


Download the entire thing in adorable little MP3's right here.


9 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Songs That Sound Good When Only Four People Listen To Them. (A Road Trip Mix)”

  • Sharron

    May 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Loving the mixtape. Years ago (when cars had cassette players..) I drove from West coast to East with a fellow Au Pair. Road trip rules one cassette each. I cannot even remember what mine was now, because 2 days in the other choice – Roxette- Look Sharpe! got jammed in the cassette player….not to be removed until about 1 day before our trip ended…by then we missed it and put it back on. So enjoy your next 4, 389 listens..

  • Linda

    May 23, 2011 at 6:56 am

    Carry On . So glad it made the cut!
    Looking forward to reading your next chapter!

  • lis

    May 23, 2011 at 8:16 am


  • Drea

    May 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I love this mix. Proud on multiple levels, Little Drewface.

  • Cankles

    May 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    drew! this is amazing! what a rad opportunity. and, hey, your narration is pretty snazzy too.

  • Kristin

    May 24, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this!!! Fantastic video. Fantastic photos. Fantastic photos. Feel young and alive. Jump off things cause you can. It’s all perfect. Thanks for sharing :)

  • kelsi

    May 25, 2011 at 7:09 am

    Hi Drew- Awesome video. I really enjoyed it. Your blog is equally as great. You totally have a fan base in Cali, Colombia. Totally random, I know, but your posts always crack my friends and I up. And we are wondering: what exactly IS your job? – Perplexed in Cali

  • Whitney

    May 31, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Great clip, beautiful words. Very moving. Thank you.

  • stranger

    July 19, 2011 at 9:11 am

    what a wonderful video :)

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