My mother always told us that music sounds much better the louder it gets.
I think that goes double for songs you listen to at full blast in the car.
My company moved offices in January and it added about 15 minutes to my morning commute and almost a full half hour on the way home. I try not to complain to much because every day I drive through Laguna Canyon and then along PCH. It would be tough to find a prettier place to spend 45 minutes. Especially around 6:00 when the light gets really warm and the ocean looks pretty spectacular. There is this point right after Laguna Beach where you come around the curve in the road and you are at the top of the cliffs by Crystal Cove and it knocks the wind out of me every time.
Still, a commute is a commute and it can be boring and after a long crazy day at work I usually would rather just BE HOME. So I try to make that curve at Crystal Cove into a dramatic moment every day. And that usually involves some sort of music.
Lately it's been this song by The Commodores.
The first three minutes are all sad and smooth-perfect for having your windows down and watching the sun set. But then go ahead to about 2:58, and it REALLY comes alive. You've got this awesome swell and horns coming out of nowhere and then at 3:39, all hell sort of breaks loose. If I can time it just right, and come around the curve right around that moment, I've got the waves rolling in to my left, the sun slipping out of the sky in front of me, hair blowing in the breeze and me singing my guts out at the top of my lungs. It's pretty much enough to get rid of whatever lingering work stuff is in my brain. It'll come back as I'm falling asleep don't you worry, but if I have to be in my car anyway, I might as well enjoy it right?