Commuting Soundtrack [From 42-500]

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“It's the unknown around the corner that turns my wheels.” — Heinz Stücke

from BA 42-500

Name of cyclist _______________________________________________

10 songs* I would include in a playlist called “My Commuting Soundtrack”:

1 “____________________________” by ___________________________

2 “____________________________” by ___________________________

3 “____________________________” by ___________________________

4 “____________________________” by ___________________________

5 “____________________________” by ___________________________

6 “____________________________” by ___________________________

7 “____________________________” by ___________________________

8 “____________________________” by ___________________________

9 “____________________________” by ___________________________

10 “___________________________” by ___________________________

*It's not generally considered safe to listen to music while riding your bicycle, but that's usually because music gets into your ears by way of earbuds or headphones, both of which make it difficult to hear dangerous traffic and beautiful nature that surround you on all sides while you ride whether you notice them or not. But what if there was just music playing somewhere nearby, softly from around the corner, but louder as you approach? You're not sure why, exactly, or how, but you like it.

This is what you're hearing when you ride. This is the soundtrack to your commute, and by extension, your life, or at least the last ten years of it, in a neat little album full of meaning, just for you.


A 42-500, we asked readers to submit 10 songs you would include in a playlist called “My Commuting Soundtrack.” Below is the winning list submitted by Ms. Judith Feist of Fargo, North Dakota:

1. "Lawn Knives" by Gobble Gobble

2. "Daylight" by Matt & Kim

3. "Down Boy" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

4. "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel

5. "VCR (Matthew Dear Remix)" by The xx

6. "My Boys (Animal Collective Cover)" by Taken By Trees

7. "The Greatest" by Cat Power

8. "You Mean So Much To Me (Acid Redux Mix)" by Blondes

9. "Turnpike Ghost" (Cover) by Tegan and Sara

10. "Pumped Up Kicks" by Foster the People

Bonus track:

11. "Heartbeats (Live)" by The Knife

Put this on repeat daily. Great musical accompaniment for your next ride to work or home.

Evan P. Schneider