WHIMSY Music to Drive By

Everyone knows I like a jam session. That is, I like it when it’s music that’s involved and it’s not just another Bali traffic snarl.

South Bali’s traffic is now legendary for all the wrong reasons. Anyone who doubts this from afar, not having actually experienced the joys of eight lanes of traffic in a two-lane space, should consult my Other Self – Hector, whose scratchy diaries are posted on this blog as well as meeting with actual printer’s ink – for the full briefing.

But anyway, just for fun I’ve created a “Music to Drive By” playlist on the iPod. It’s chiefly designed to create an atmosphere of inner calm in the cabin of the feisty little Suzuki SX4 we drive here – dear girl, she’d love to really vrooooommmm, but that’s difficult  here – while all around Manic Moments play loudly.


Here’s my list. It’s all classical music. (Though, OK, sometimes I’ll play Jimmy Barnes or Warren Zevon if there’s a real traffic snarl.)

  1.  Elgar’s Elegy, Op. 58
  2. The Planets, Op. 32. IV: Jupiter
  3. The Goldberg Variations BWV 998: Aria
  4. String Quartet No. 2 in D Major: III Notturno
  5. Turandot: Nessun Dorma
  6. The Four Seasons (Vivaldi): L’Inverno (Winter)
  7. The Four Seasons (Vivaldi): La primavera (Spring)
  8. Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major. K467: Andante
  9. The Valkyrie: Ride of the Valkyries
  10. Radetsky March: Op. 228
  11. Messiah. HWV 56: Hallelujah Chorus
  12. Gymnopedie No. 1
  13. Panis Angelicus
  14. Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Op. 46: In the Hall of the Mountain King
  15. L’Arlesienne Suite No. 1: Prelude
  16. Boléro. M 81
  17. Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra: II. Adagio
  18. Thaïs: Meditation
  19. Suite No. 1 in G Major for Solo Cello, BMV 1007 I. Prelude
  20. Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C-Sharp Minor. S. 244

 That’s nearly two hours of music, which should be just about enough to ride out the worst.

 Ride of the Valkyries is in the list just in case Suzy spots a gap in the traffic.

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