Teen and Young Adult author Leila Sales shares her ultimate track list for summer travel. Her book, "This Song Will Save Your Life", is available now.
As the trainers at my gym who want me to spend more money keep shouting, summer is almost here! And with summertime comes many responsibilities—very few of which, it turns out, are getting “the perfect beach body.”
Some items on my pre-summer to-do list include stocking up on Lactaid pills so I can drink too many milkshakes; throwing away the twelve-foot inflatable backyard pool that I tried to set up last July but couldn’t figure out, so it’s been sitting there in a pathetic twelve-foot rubber heap ever since; and creating my summer road trip playlist. Let’s start with the playlist, because it’s the one that least requires leaving the house.
Making thematic playlists is one of life’s great joys. That’s part of why I wrote my most recent novel, This Song Will Save Your Life, about a teen DJ who becomes the star of the local indie rock nightclub. Music is her passion and salvation, an escape from her day life, when she’s mercilessly harassed and feels almost completely alienated. Music is the thing that makes her feel like she’s not alone, like her people are out there. I got to come up with lots of playlists for the book, and now I get to come up with another, because it is SUMMER ROAD TRIP TIME.
This would be a terrible song choice if you were stuck in traffic, but I can’t think of anything better if you’re cruising down an open highway with all the windows down. Or maybe you’re in a convertible? This song sounds like you’re in a convertible.
This one is particularly good for driving at night, like maybe on your way to a dilapidated neon motel in Dewey Beach, for example. Your windows should still be rolled down, though. It’s summer. Your windows should always be down.