Monthly Mixtape: May

Here In My Car

Automotive humanism is a proposed critical theory postulated by the YouTube channel Regular Car Reviews. It theorizes that the relationship between people and automobiles reflect their overall personality. Cars are a culmination of what makes us human. Cars display the potential of our minds as they are marvels of engineering capable of casual cruising and thrilling speed. Cars are sculptures of steel, aluminum, plastic and rubber not unlike the work of Michelangelo. They are also destructive, pouring toxic gas and oils in the air and ground respectively. Cars are significant to humanity, whether it be for pleasure or freedom, and what better format to express this symbiotic relationship than music?

Both a fan of driving and music, this months mixtape takes thirteen of my favorite songs about driving. From the mechanical music to the tune of freedom of a V12 in Red Barchetta to the desire to run away and start over in Fast Car. Cars and music are a perfect pairing like Astaire and Rogers, Magic and Kareem, and peanut butter and jelly. One without the other feels wrong.

The j-card

The j-card for this month includes a picture of my first car, a 1985 BMW 318i, with obvious Frank Ocean influence. The peppy four door Autobahn native served me well for over six years until it was time to say goodbye. This one is dedicated to my first automotive love.

The List

  1. Jerry Was A Racecar Driver – Primus
  2. Heading Out To The Highway – Judas Priest
  3. Red Barchetta – Rush
  4. I’m In Love With My Car – Queen
  5. Little Red Corvette – Prince
  6. Cars – Gary Numan
  7. Drive My Car – The Beatles
  8. Ridin’ In My Car – She & Him
  9. I Get Around – The Beach Boys
  10. One Headlight – The Wallflowers
  11. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  12. White Ferrari – Frank Ocean
  13. Take Me Home Country Roads – John Denver

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Jose Diaz

Collector of analog media.

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