This week, editor-in-chief Isabelle Williams and student life editor Ashley Meza wanted to share their go-to songs for long travels; seeing that the holidays are coming up and some students will be traveling home, whether it be down the street, across the country, or across the globe.

Space Song – Beach House

Whether you listen to this song in a car, plane, train, or just laying in bed, the song will leave you feeling like you’re literally falling through space. A while ago I read a post that said how this song is dangerous to drive to at night. I think that statement is true every time I listen to the song over again; that’s why I recommend listening to this song as a passenger on a road trip. That way, you can really zone out to the music. The slow guitar throughout the song entrances you, and when combined with beautiful scenery under the stars of a late trip, can really leave you feeling like you blacked out from reality for five minutes. — Ashley Meza

Hot Wind Blows – Tyler, The Creator (feat. Lil Wayne)

Pretty much every song off of Tyler, The Creator’s 2021 album CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST is great for traveling, but this one hits especially hard when jetting off to a new place. My family lives in Florida, so usually when I hop on a cross-country flight to go see them, I just press “shuffle” on this album and fall asleep. 

The album, on the whole, tells the story of Tyler, The Creator’s personal growth and resulting changes in his musical stylings and public image, which have provided him the means to travel around the world and, as Pitchfork’s Matthew Ismael Ruiz describes, come into a sense of “worldliness”. As a result, this particular song, which celebrates the artist’s newfound sense of self and ability to jet around the world in style, features jazz flute and piano layers reminiscent of 1970s jazz style. Tyler, the Creator also samples Penny Goodwin’s “Slow Hot Wind” from her 1974 album Portrait of a Gemini on the track. Overall, the song just gives me a sense of lavish, retro 70s luxury to vibe to while I fly across the country in economy class. — Isabelle Williams

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Ashley Meza was born and raised in Portland and is a senior studying journalism. She is currently the student life section editor and hosts the Index Podcast. She holds the DACA Coordinator position at the Student Multicultural Center and enjoys making short films in her free time.

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Isabelle Williams is a junior at Pacific University who is majoring in Journalism and minoring in Theatre. She is from Astoria, Oregon, and enjoys writing about music and entertainment as well as investigative reporting.

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