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Driving Music

This is a re-blog from my Driving for Girls blog which I wrote in mid-January 2013.  As I don’t have a lot of traffic to that blog I thought I’d put it on here too with a view to maybe closing that blog and just adding my driving blogs to this one as I seem to blog about driving on here too anyway.

My husband and I were driving to the gym this morning when a song came on the radio with a siren as part of the soundtrack.  This got both of us looking for an emergency vehicle while I turned the radio off to make sure that there was a siren and that it wasn’t coming from the radio.

Earlier this week I read an article on confused.com’s news and views section about the 10 most dangerous songs to drive to.  Unsurprisingly, upbeat rock music is the most dangerous whereas soft music with 60-80 beats per minute are the safest.  I would disagree with this in certain circumstances.  If I am tired, yes I know you shouldn’t drive tired but sometimes it is unavoidable, I need music with more beat and a slower song would definitely put me to sleep.  However, I think that music which uses sirens as part of the soundtrack could be even more dangerous as drivers will be looking around for emergency vehicles which are not there.

You could argue that the solution is to not listen to music whilst driving which, yes, is best practice for good, attentive driving but listening to the radio is also useful to advise drivers of traffic conditions and changes in the weather.

Do you listen to music or the radio when driving?  Do you think it helps or hinders your driving?

Take care and drive safe.

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30 Artists (and songs) in 30 Days – Hank Marvin

I know, there are going to be a lot of people reading this and thinking “Who?”  Hank Marvin, lead guitarist with The Shadows as in Cliff Richard and The Shadows.  They were (still are?) a group in their own right with 35 UK charted singles including “Apache” and “Kon Tiki”.  Since The Shadows stopped providing the instrumental backing for Cliff Richard, Hank Marvin has released a number of albums, the latest of which was Guitar Man in 2007 which reached #6 in the UK album chart.

30 Artists (and songs) in 30 Days – Cliff Richard

OK, so not everyone’s cup of tea and certainly not cool but who else is there who has been around since 1958 and has had a top 10 single in every decade since the ’50s?  He may not get played on the radio but his songs do get chosen by dancers on tv shows like Strictly Come Dancing (Anita Dobson and Robin Winsor danced to Devil Woman for Halloween last year) and Dancing on Ice.

For the humour, I have chosen Living Doll by Cliff Richard with the Young Ones which was released in 1986 to raise money for Comic Relief.  How he kept a straight face, I’ll never know!