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Songs For When The City Lights Fade

Driving here in New York City can be a frustrating experience — all traffic and lights and horns. Nothing sounds good. But get out on the highway, and you can shut off the damn traffic reports and listen to a different kind of horn. From John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" to Deep Purple's "Highway Star," these five songs are brimming with the kind of energy that frees the mind. Even if you're held hostage at home by the crushing cost of gas, this music is enough to propel your imagination down the road on virtual wheels.

For more entries in this summer's weekly Road Trip: Songs to Drive By series, click here.

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John Schaefer
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