Monday, January 4, 2010

Playlist of the Week: Airport Commuter

Since I don't get laid as much as this guy while traveling, great airport music is a must.

I can feel your collective sigh of relief as your musical guiding light returns to shine rays of ecstasy and justice all over your ass!  Since I type these revelatory words while sitting at the gate at OKC waiting for the 1230 to CVG, what better way to start off a new year's worth of playlists than with an airport commuter playlist.  Now make no mistake, I'm using the term "commute" here to refer to time spent at the gate, time spent walking between gates, etc.  Over the last year or so, I've walked dozens of miles in airports all across this great land.  And I've figured out a few things:

1.  Get to your gate!!  No matter how much or how little time you have between connections, get to your gate first.  This requires you to be both agile and attentive all while being singularly focused on navigating through a maze of elderly people, slow bastard walkers, strollers, etc.  Either way, get to your gate first, make sure your shit is taken care of, and then go have that drink or find this month's copy of US Weekly-er I mean, The Economist.

2.  The sounds of the airport SUCK.  There's nothing you can do about some of the smells (see aforementioned children in strollers), but you can drown out the deafening sounds of dozens of people talking on cell phones, gate attendants making assorted announcements, and those dicks working at the booths trying to get you to sign up for another credit card.  A great playlist can ease some of this pain and allow you to be focused on accomplishing the objective outlined in #1.

3.  Finally, you don't really want to talk to anyone in the airport unless they can give you relevant information about your flight.  Trust me, the "single serving friend" concept outlined in Fight Club can certainly ring true, but I've found you make yourself vulnerable to getting caught in a long drawn out conversation that makes you want to put a revolver to your temple.  Well guess what, Cheech?  They don't allow guns in the airport last time I checked, so put on those earphones!  People with earphones in typically look distant and off-putting and are thus typically overlooked by those targeting a random ear or shoulder to bitch on.  Music can truly be your savior.

So in that spirit of kindness and rad, here's my first of what are sure to be many airport commuter playlists.  I've got to board soon.  Leave me some feedback to read.  Even travel bitches like me need love and validation.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to see some Why? on there.

    Also, do you ever listen to Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports while at you're actually at the airport?