LA traffic is there. You just have to deal with it.
My answer is a combination of things: don’t live on the West-side, don’t travel at rush hour, know the streets, be patient, and have good tunes.
I was picking up the Che at LAX a couple of days ago, and had to drive through all of Downtown at 8 AM. At times like that, taking the streets would have taken longer, so I spent the night before making a CD I’ve always wanted to have: the best of the Oldies. A mix of Rock, Motown, Disco and Soul. This is what I came up with, and it works magic when you’re stuck in traffic. Plus, you already know all the words to the songs!
Sample the mix here:
1. That’s the Way (I Like It)—KC & The Sunshine Band
2. Oh, Pretty Woman—Roy Orbison
3. Do You Love Me—The Contours
4. Celebration— Kool & The Gang
5. I Get Around—Beach Boys
6. Sugar And Spice—The Searchers
7. R-E-S-P-E-C-T—Aretha Franklin
8. You Can’t Hurry Love—The Supremes
9. Stayin’ Alive—The Bee Gees
10. Cecilia—Simon & Garfunkel
11. Midnight Train To Georgia—Gladys Knight & the Pips
12. Dancing Queen—ABBA
13. Brown Eyed Girl—Van Morrisson
14. Bad Moon Rising—Credence Clearwater Revival
15. I Want You Back— The Jackson 5
16. Get Down Tonight— KC & The Sunshine Band
17. Mrs. Robinson—The Beatles
18. Hit the Road Jack—Ray Charles
19. Twist And Shout—The Beatles
20. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)— The Four Tops
21. We Are Family—Sister Sledge
22. I Want To Hold Your Hand—The Beatles
23. James Brown – I Feel Good—James Brown
24. Game of Love—Wayne Fontana
The full story is that you need at least five mixes. You need your basic, sunny day mix (my favorite Bob Marley tunes), you need your comfort songs (for me, it’s the 90’s) and your late night driving songs (Bob Dylan). I also have two or three WXPN mixes, of all the newest and greatest indie rock that’s out there now.