The past three days, I drove more than 1,000 miles: Dubuque to Des Moines and back on Friday for some newspaper-related meetings (400 miles) and Dubuque to St. Louis and back Saturday-Sunday (600 miles). We delivered our youngest child for another year of college, caught up with some friends and relatives and visited the new Lincoln museum (Springfield, Ill.).
All this driving came a couple weeks after completing our driving trip to Colorado -- which added more than 2,000 miles on the odometer.
Anyway, with more than 3,000 miles behind the wheel in August, I carefully packed my CD case. Some were old favorites (lots of Beatles), but most were "greatest hits" and compilations.
I also packed several CDs that, for whatever reason, I hadn't played in a while.
At the top of that list was the Jason White's "Tonight's Top Story." White is a singer-songwriter working out of Nashville who was part of the Freedom Sings troupe that played Dubuque in the Spring of 2004. (White wrote "Red Rag Top," which Tim McGraw recorded four years ago.)
Other CDs that received play time in the Cooper van this month were various "greatest hits" compilations, including those by ZZ Top, The Guess Who, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Creedence Clearwater Revival.
In the Jazz genre, I had CDs by Tierney Sutton (who played Dubuque's Winter Jazz Fest earlier this year), Dave Brubeck Quartet, Eddie Daniels and a duo effort by Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.
A forgotten gem was the two-disc set of The Alligator Records 25th Anniversary Collection.
Then, there were other CDs that I packed but never played this trip. Those will be up first when I am on the road between Dubuque and Des Moines for a couple of trips in September.
Audience participation time: What CDs have helped you pass the miles this summer?