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In the car? If it's not NPR its one of:



Suzanne Vega


Vanessa Daou

Basement Jaxx

Various Soundtracks


Nora Jones


On the trail? I have a great soundtrack:


The Wind in the Trees


Ruffed Grouse


Blue Jays


Pileated Woodpeckers

Trickling Brook / Rushing River




Trudging of Feet on Gravel / Leaves / Detritus

And my favorite "Where Is That Darn Thing???"


EDIT: I can spell "pileated". No really I can!

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While I'm in the car on the way to the trail, I listen to Sirius satellite radio: The Vault, Folk Town, Sirius Disorder, Raw Dog, one of the classical channels, or whatever strikes my mood at the time. Depending on who's in the car, it might also be Kid Stuff.


Upon locking the car door, it's the sound of the woods all the way! This weekend, even my chatty six-year-old said, "I can't believe it. When we're hiking I hardly say anything at all." The fact that we're absorbed in all of the sensations of the woods makes every cache sought a success, even if we end up logging a DNF.

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I'm going through a Ray Charles phase right now.

I go through one of those every few months. You gotta love Ray.

Tell me about it. A couple of months ago I picked up Genius Loves Company. He and Norah Jones were made to sing together and the tune he does with Van Morrison......amazing.


To quote Ray talking about a song he liked; "It sends me man....it just sends me."



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Right now this is what I'm listening to:


Beastie Boys

Velvet Revolver

System of a Down

Dave Matthews Band

Parliment Funkedelic

The Mars Volta

Coldplay (old)

Billie Holiday



There's no good rap/hip hop out right now. Usually I listen to that too.

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Hmmm I gotta listen to stuff that gets the juices flowin.....


A little Elton John

Michael Jackson

Tina Turner






It's a little Bit of



Thousand Foot Krutch

Kids in the Way

Santus Real

Better Days Ahead


That's what gets me in the GEO mood!!!



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I'm going through a Ray Charles phase right now.

I know what that's like. From time to time I go through a celtic phase. Chieftains, Loreena McKennitt, Flogging Molly, that's all I'll listen to for weeks. I'm kinda going into that again now. :unsure:

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I take the oppurtunity to listen to Books-on-CD when I am in the car. My In-Dash CD player is broken, so I have a DiscMan. When I get to a cache location, I put on the headphones and take the CD player with me. It's kind of funny, but if I think back to the books I've listened to, I can tell you what caches I was doing at the time.


In the past few months, I have completed all 5 Hitchhiker's Guide books, the first 11 books to "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket, the first 9 books to the Aubrery-Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian, "Ender's Game" and "Shadow of the Giant", both by Orson Scott Card.


I have a 50 minutes commute to work, so I get plenty of time to listen each morning and each evening. And if I stop to grab a cache, I get more time to listen.



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In the car?  If it's not NPR its one of:


. . .

Ditto about NPR.


Lately when I'm out of range of the radio, I've been listening to Alice Stuart. I saw her last year at Humphrey's where you can watch the entertainers for free if you have a kayak or boat. :unsure:.


I also listen to:


Shawn Colvin

Nanci Griffith

Jen Chapin (Harry Chapin's daughter)

Cheryl Wheeler

Vienna Teng

Melissa Etheridge

Lyle Lovett

Bob Dylan (Wonder Boys soundtrack) among other albums

Chris Issac

Moody Blues

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A while ago in a similar thread I came up with a list of songs with geocachie sounding titles:


This Must Be The Place - Talking Heads

Signal In The Sky - The Apples in Stereo

Sattellite - The Replacements

Dig Me Out - Sleater Kinny

The Closer You Are - Guided By Voices

The Walk - The Cure

All We Ever Look For - Kate Bush

Roam - B52's

Go For It - Stiff Little Fingers

How Far - Beth Orton

Nowhere Near - Yo La Tengo

Grab It - Dinosaur Jr.

Letterbox - They Might Be Giants

Walk On By - Cake / The Stranglers / Dionne Warwick

Searchin' - The Coasters

Obsessed - 999

I Still Have't Found What I'm Looking For - U2

The Thrill of It All - Roxy Music

Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers

Following - The Bangles

Sattelite of Love - Velvet Uderground

Go West - Liz Phair

Police and Theives - The Clash

Take a Walk - Spoon

The Climb - No Doubt

Exactly Were I'm At - Ween

Dead Leaves and The Dirty Ground - White Stripes

Somewhere - Husker Du

Many Roads - Clannad

The Adventure and the Resolution - Frank Black

Hiking Stick - Barbara Manning

The Boy With The Thorn In His Side - The Smiths

LOST - Iggy Pop

Searchin n Hidin - Paul Westberg

Its So Obvious - Wire

Side of the Road - Lucinda Williams

Using Our Feet - Badly Drawn Boy

We're Here - The Meat Puppets


And for plundered caches:

Only the Stones Remain - The Soft Boys

Gone For Good - Morphine


And in honor of McToy's:

Trash - The New York Dolls

Total Trash - Sonic Youth

This needs to be one of those celebrity playlists at itunes.com! B)

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When I'm outdoors, especially when I'm away from the city, I'd rather hear the sounds of what's around me. I can listen to music in my car or at home.


Driving between caches: Enigma, Foo Fighters, The Offspring, Mozart (strings).... Anything but Country Music or Opera.

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I just picked up two great CDs that are going to be a part of my Geocaching soundtrack.


First, The Duhks, a group out of Winnepeg, Manitoba, caught my attention. Produced by Bela Fleck, they can best be described as alternative bluegrass with incredibly close vocal harmonies. These guys really rock, from the opening cut "Death Came A-Knockin'", to some very traditional fiddle tunes. The only letdown was a cover of Sting's "Love is the Seventh Wave." They are much better when they do their own (or at least own arrangements of traditional) stuff.


Putumayo is a label best known for compilations of world music. I've got several CDs of Afropop and Carribean music from them. This evening I found "Blues Lounge", which features some excellent remixes of traditional blues tunes. Generally, I don't care for remixes, but these complement the originals, adding a rhythmic vitality that keeps interest and a driving impetus to the music. Excellent for the drive to a cache.

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Usually, after breakfast and driving to the first cache Car Talk is on, so we listen to Click and Clack. From there, it really depends...


If Sarah is along, we have to listen to Sirius Satellite's "Kidstuff." With that, we'll get anything from Shirley Temple to The Wiggles. I've noticed "the wheels on the bus" seems to be a recurring song.


When Sarah is not along, or if she starts hollering "pipes, daddy, PIPES!" we will listen to


The Rogues


Steve McDonald,

Silly Wizard or

Gaelic Storm,

The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards


Otherwise, I'll flip in some weird CD I have bouncing around in the Jeep like the following that's in there now:


Johnny Horton's greatest hits,

Setnimento by Andrea Bocelli,

Led Zeppelin "Physical Graffiti",

Hilary Hahn plays Bach,

Big Bad Vodoo Daddies "This Beautiful Life",

Anne Sophie Mutter "Four Seasons,"

Brobdingnagian Bards "Do Virgins Taste Better?"

Some Loreena McKennit,

Some Enya,

Depeche Mode "Violator"

Sheryl Crow "The Blobe Sessions",

Every album by U2,

Clearance Clearwater Revival "Chronicle,"

Lynrd Skynrd "Millennium Collection,"

R. Carlos Nakai "Canyon Tilogy."


Yes, I am always this nuts and all over the place with music...


Usually have Sirius Satellite tuned up to 1st Wave, Buzzsaw, Octane, The Roadhouse, or Hair Nation. Soon this summer we'll have Radio Margaritaville, and being a former Parrothead, I'm sure that will be tuned up quite a bit.

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On the way to caches it's usually NPR, but Jack Johnson's or Donovan Frankenreiter's summer tunes seem to be fitting for the season. If you want specific tracks, JJ's "Mudfootball" or Donovan's "It Don't Matter." They have smooth summer sounds that no one can complain about. Another song is "Dream Life of Rand McNally," by Jason Mraz. If you look around the internet audio archives, you can find multiple versions of the song, as he rarely will play it the same way twice. Traveling the world, going on adventures... Seems fitting.

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Jane's Addiction had a song called, "Three Days". Thats how long it took me to find a film cannister micro hidden in a rock pile ... :blink:


As already mentioned, Ray Charles is the man. Also, old Iggy and the Stooges is fun stuff along with Frank Black and the Catholics/Pixies. I could also listen to Van Morrison anytime ... At 42, I've started to slow down in my music buying. I must be getting old cause now I love to listen to sports radio, oh yeah baby !!!!


PS- I forgot about Fishbone, these guys are great and get very little attention ...

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There have been so many great suggestions on this thread that I've printed it out. I see a lot of stuff here in common with our own tunes - Nanci Griffith, The White Stripes, They Might Be Giants, Ben Folds, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips (we, too, are particularly fond of "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots"). All that plus NPR. So, I figure y'all have some good taste.


We're always looking for good music, which can be hard to find on local radio. KCRW (Los Angeles) is great, but we don't have satellite radio to listen in the car, so we find stuff we like (mostly on KCRW's morning show), and download off of iTunes (or other legal sources). Recent faves include:


- Gorillaz, "Feel Good, Inc."

- Robyn Hitchcock, "We're Gonna Live in the Trees"

- Louden Wainwright III (of "Dead Skunk" fame), "Here Come the Choppers"

- Louis XIV, "Finding It True Love Is Blind" (but not if my daughter's in the car)

- Jesca Hoop, "Seeds of Wonder"

- The Chemical Brothers, "Galvinized"

- William Shatner (yes, him), "Common People"

- Scissor Sisters, "Take Your Mama"

- Joanna Newsom, "Sprout and the Bean"

- Franz Ferdinand, "Take Me Out"

- Dresden Dolls, "Coin-Operated Boy" (but not if my daughter's in the car)

- Beck, "Loser"

- Ben Lee, "Catch My Disease"


...I could go on and on. It's amazing, now that you raise the topic, how important the music is when you're on the road.

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I load the MP3 player for bear!


Easier to just list groups.


Pearl Jam



Linkin' Park


Peter Murphy (surprised I saw that on this post earlier - that just.... "cuts me up"

Tim McGraw

Dierks Bentley

Jay Z

London Symphony Orchestra - (The Planets rocks for caching).

Vivaldi if it's a nice day - Nigel Kennedy Versions


If it's bear season, I listen to the sounds of nature.


If it's hunting seasons - I make lots of noise.... well.... not enough that they want to use me as a trophy piece "that's that dang geocacher - teach him to scare my buck away!" - I would not look good on a wall!



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XM Radio....Anything you want to listen to all the time commercial free. I love the Bluesville channel as well as Xcountry, The Torch, Fred , Ethel, Lucy, and the Mix, And lets not forget the Ryme for thug Thursday! As far as CD music... Richard Johnston...Hill Country Troubadour.....incredible blues music to the core! :P

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Does somebody or GC.Com write an official song or music for geocaching???

Baseball has "take me out to the ball game", and what's ours?

I vote for this one:


All My Life


by Foo Fighters



All my life I've been searching for something


something never comes never leads to nothing


nothing satisfies but I'm getting close


closer to the prize at the end of the rope


all night long I dream of the day


when it comes around and it's taken away


leaves me with the feeling that I feel the most


feel it come to life when I see your ghost


calm down don't you resist


you've such a delicate wrist


and if I give it a twist


something to hold when I lose my grip


will I find something in there


to give me just what I need


another reason to bleed


one by one hidden up my sleeve


Don't let it go to waste, I love it but I hate the taste


weight keep pinning me down


will I find a believer


another one who believes


another one to deceive


over and over down on my knees


if I get any closer


and if you open up wide


and if you let me inside


on and on I've got nothing to hide


then I'm done done on to the next one


done and I'm done and I'm on to the next


Sn :(:blink: gans

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Does somebody or GC.Com write an official song or music for geocaching???

Baseball has "take me out to the ball game", and what's ours?

How about this one:


Signal (:unsure:) In The Sky (Let's Go) - by The Apples in Stereo


Would you like to play a game of hide and seek now?

If you have X’ray eyes please promise no to peek now

Well first we count to ten and then we’ll have some fun now

Or will you fly away before we count one now?


Signal in the sky’oh

That’s when you know that you have to fly’oh

Signal in the sky’oooooohhhhhhh!!!!


"let’s go! You know you have a lot do’ ooh

"let’s go! And everything depends on you’ oooh


Hey girls’ hey girls’ come out and play now!

Or do you have to hurry off and save the day now?

Can’t you come over’ watch a movie with your friends now?

Or will you fly away before we see the end now"


Signal in the sky’oh

That’s when you know that you have to fly’oh

Signal in the sky’oooooohhhhhhh!!!!


"let’s go! You know you have a lot do’ ooh

"let’s go! And everything depends on you’ oooh

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Not in any order. Radar Love is a great driving tune.


Carlos Santana - No One To Depend On

Anthrax & Public Enemy - Bring The Noise

Crusaders – Street Life

Earth Wind & Fire - That's The Way Of The World

Garth Brooks - The Thunder Rolls

Godsmack - Awake

Golden Earing - Radar Love

Incubus - Whatever Tomorrow Brings

Linkin Park - In The End

Manfred Man - Blinded By The Light

Marvin Gaye - Lets Get It On

Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon Man

Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster

O'Jays - I Love Music

Parliament Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove

Puddle Of Mud - Control

Rick James - You & I

Run Dmc & Aerosmith - Walk This Way

Sade - Your Love Is King

Sheila E - The Glamorous Life

Soundgarden - Spoonman

Staind - Its Been A While

Stevie Wonder - Superstition

Third World - Try Jah Love

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I love Fela Kuti. He is the originator of Afrobeat - a combination of his english music studies / nigerian heritage / and james brown inspiration. All of his albums are consistently satisfying - I recommend anything from the Afrika 70 band. His life story is as interesting as his music. (good for driving to a cach or cleanin the house)


else: Kinks, Beach Boys, The Who, Stones, The Zombies, FZ, ...

oh, and here are some more special recommendations:


60s pop fans: Margo Guryan

Jazz fans: Charles Mingus

bluegrass fans: John Hartford

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