While it's not the most fuel-efficient thing to do, a fall drive in Colorado is an exhilarating and beautiful experience. Whether it's the glory of the Peak to Peak Highway or the joy of driving the length of Colfax Avenue, fall is a time to get out and bask in Colorado's glory before we hunker down for the soul-crushing cold of winter. And, well, winter is coming...
Before that, though, we wanted to present ten songs from Colorado artists to make your fall road trip a little better.
"Colorado" Paper Bird
This whimsical jaunt takes you through all the things that make Colorado beautiful. The group's magnetic harmonies have long drawn listeners in, and as these musicians sing about "rivers flowing, huge pine trees, and mountains as far as you can see," you may start to feel a sense of tranquility and calmness. Don't get too peaceful, if you're the driver. If you are, it's time to get out and stretch your legs for a bit...or keep playing these songs...
"This Is How We Do Things in the Country" Slim Cessna's Auto Club
Sometimes on a road trip, you take a wrong turn and find yourself in a less than forgiving situation. SCAC's tale of shallow graves and garden-tool murders can serve as a reminder that not all destinations are welcoming ones. Make sure, on your journey, you stick to the main roads, follow your GPS and don't talk to anyone with crooked eyes.
"Teenage Acid Party" Ned Garthe Explosion
This song sets the stage for a different type of fall "trip." While fall colors may be enhanced by certain chemical "variables," we must insist you do not combine the two types of trips if you're behind the wheel. To be clear, DO NOT DRIVE WHILE ON LSD. You should have already known this.
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Andy Thomas is a music journalist who hopes other music journalists write nice things about the music he performs. He lives in Denver with his wife, their two cats and a massive pile of unfinished projects.