Five Musical Ways to Cope With Your Long Commute
3. Get down with podcasts.
Perhaps you want a little variety in your audio entertainment. Maybe you're in a shitty mood, and you need something that simultaneously cheers you up and makes you contemplate your own life. Perhaps you want to learn something obscure to pretentiously recite on your next night out with friends. Podcasts help with all of that.
I truly believe in the depths of my soul that there is a podcast out there for everyone. You name it, some nerd is out there talking about it. In an episode of Marc Maron's WTF, we hear of his life and his struggles, paired with his stellar interviews with comedians and musicians.
Throughout his years with the podcast, we've heard conversations with Mel Brooks, Thom Yorke, Larry King, David Sedaris, Nick Cave, and the list goes on and on. His comedy chops make it funny, and his emotional availability make him relatable and perfectly real. If I could, I'd gush about it in five more paragraphs.
If you're looking for something a little more profound (though comedy can be that for you too!) then podcasts such as Radiolab, Tangentially Speaking, and Probably Science are an ideal soundtrack for the seemingly endless expressway that haunts our dreams and realities.
2. Straight up comedy albums work too!
Like the above, these are highly entertaining and take literally no effort to enjoy. Since they tend to be longer, they might require more commitment. But that's what makes them so great. Specials such as Maria Bamford's Ask Me About My New God!, Anthony Jeselnik's Caligula, or Louis C.K's amazingly sharp and perceptive Oh My God, flourish in their ability each to remain one unbroken, fascinating voice. Listening to these albums feels like an event in itself, which makes even driving something to look forward to.
1. Read with your ears.
Like comedy albums, audiobooks make driving seem like a special occasion. A good one will take a few drives to get through, but once you get hooked on a good story and the emotive voices that narrate it, you'll find yourself lingering in a parked car, anxiously waiting the next plot point to unfold.
There's hardly a real trick in finding a good audiobook besides choosing one you'd want to actually read. Though you can skim reviews and decide from there. Memoirs, nonfiction with personality, and books read by the author, such as Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) tend to be the most entertaining and enlightening. Remember, driving time is your time, and you deserve to have a good one.