Some people sing in their cars.
I conduct orchestras with the music on full blast.
(Nothing like a little Stravinsky to get weird looks from the car full of guys next to you at the stop light.)
I should not, however, be allowed to listen to certain pieces of music, because I get too wrapped up in them, and forget to drive.
On that list?
Respighi’s Pines of Rome
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue
Aaron Copland … anything.
Bruckner’s 4th Symphony
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (bonus points for 4th/5th movement)
Just about anything by Beethoven
Movie soundtracks are just as, if not more susceptible, especially the good stuff – Hans Zimmer, Klaus Badelt, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, even a little John Williams.
Today the culprit was the aforementioned Respighi, whereby I missed not one but TWO turns on the way home from the grocery store – a trip I make about once a week. Apparently where most people shouldn’t be allowed to have cell-phones in cars?
I need to un-install the speakers.