No two things can be more different than music and cars. Music is this intangible thing that evokes our emotions and feelings in incredible ways that set the soul to flight, while cars are heavy mechanical objects subject to the laws of physics. But put these two together, and music and cars give you a recipe for epicness, similar to a floor jack [floorjackkiller.com].
Music and cars evoke moving memories. When I was growing up, I never missed a single episode of 'Knight Rider.' Who can forget the epic opening scene? Michael Knight racing his black Pontiac Trans Am across the desert with its epic music which has now become legend. While most of us may have forgotten the young David Hasselhoff, the "Knight Rider" tune is a classic and will always stir the memory of KITT, his car which at the time was artificially intelligent and very advanced.
Cars and Music have also served up some hilarious moments like Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing "Good Vibrations" in Don John. He drives along filled with spirit, feeling the good vibes singing at the top of his lungs only to be very embarrassed when he pulls up next to a car of girls at the traffic light.
One of my funniest favorites of all time is Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson driving along in an open-top car with their 'Get psyched mix" pumping Alanis Morissette's Ironic. It's hilarious.
Perhaps the most memorable classic funny car and music scene of all time is the opening scene of the 1992 classic "Wayne's World." Mike Myers as Wayne Cambell, and Dana Carvey as Garth Algar open the film with the epic Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody” while driving in their tiny little blue ramshackle of a car. If you haven't seen it, watch it. It's a classic and will have you rolling on the floor with laughter.
While the movies have served us with many unforgettable moments, sad ones, funny ones and downright classic ones, there have also been a few serious fails. Most notably Tom Cruise singing 'Free Fallin" by Tom Petty while cruising in his car in the movie "Jerry McGuire." While the music is great, Tom Cruise just made it all seem very awkward, which is not what I believe the intention of the scene was. This scene was just wrong in an otherwise great movie.
Cinema has indeed conjured up some great moments with music and cars, but musicians have also served up their fair share of awesomeness. My favorite music about cars include tracks like "Low Rider" by War, "Get Out of My Dreams, Get into my Car" by Billy Ocean, "Drive" by 'The Cars' and "On the Road Again" by 'Canned Heat.'
There is something uniquely liberating and emotionally charging about combining cars and music that really can not be described. Try it for yourself. Get into your car with a playlist of your favorite music and just go for a drive. Enjoy the experience; you are bound to feel fantastic!