The video for this song reminds me of the long drives I would make to go see my, at the time fiance, now, wife (go me!). I would leave straight from work around 5 p.m. and often pull up to my in-laws driveway around 12-1am. That’s a 6 hour shot, non-stop, baby! And I would make that trip weekend after weekend.
After awhile, doing that kind of driving wears on you in some way or another. For me, I became desensitized. Desensitized to the facts that I was sitting still for 6 straight hours, fighting off drowsiness, and sheer boredom. In the end, your brain goes into an autopilot of sorts, and you’re not really travelling anymore, you’re just “waiting.” Blissfully and patiently waiting.
There’s a great sense of drama and urgency in making drives like that. What lies at the end of your destination becomes your “real” fuel in actually making it there, be it a town you’ve always wanted to visit, your favorite vacation spot, or your favorite girl/boy. After a while, it becomes a “point A” to “point B” scenario with the time elapsed in between blurring more and more with each journey.
I have to admit, all of this may not have been true had I not had some kind of auditory stimuli to massage my brain and keep it awake all those long hours. Thanks to music, I can travel long hours and not give it a second thought.
In a way, Loney Dear’s “Airport Surroundings” is an homage to all of this. The Swedish songwriter captures the emotion and adrenaline that runs through you in your pursuit. I love the dramatic elements of this song, there’s a real urgency about it, an urgency that’s really captured well on film in the song’s video. This song is a great tool to have in your arsenal of traveling aids. Don’t leave home without it.