I have a 1988 Chevy Celebrity station wagon. It was my grandfather’s and it, chronologically, was his last car so there is a lot of history and memories attached to it. It’s in okay condition, although the reality that it will probably cross the 200,000-mile mark in the next week means it is coming closer to its end than its beginning. I don’t have the money to resurrect it should this happen soon, but for now it gets me where I need to go, provides me with a place to listen to my music and to sing along, and one day it will occupy an honored place in my recollections.

Whether it’s your living room, the bedroom where you can put on your iPod and collapse into your personal selection of tunes, or your four-wheeled listening booth, here’s to the personal audio oasis each of us need, if just to function in this insane world.

Dreaming Light – Anathema, We’re Here Because We’re Here (2010)
Meanwhile – Daniel Amos, Mr. Buechner’s Dream (2001)
Under Fire – Enchant, Blink of an Eye (2002)
Evil In A Closet – In Flames, Soundtrack to Your Escape (2004)
Up To Me – Jethro Tull, Aqualung (1971)
The Other Me – Joe Jackson, Laughter & Lust (1991)
I’m Cryin’ – Journey, Departure (1980)
Dust Devil – Madness, The Liberty of Norton Folgate (2009)
Could It Be The Same – Pugwash, Almond Tea (1999)
Grandfather’s Song – Randy Stonehill, Between the Glory and the Flame (1981)
Static – Tiles, Presents of Mind (2004)
The Healing Tree – Vanden Plas, Beyond Daylight (2002)

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Dw. Dunphy

Dw. Dunphy is a writer, artist, and musician. For Popdose he has contributed many articles that can be found in the site's archives. He also writes for New Jersey Stage, Musictap.net, Ultimate Classic Rock, and Diffuser FM. His music can be found at http://dwdunphy.bandcamp.com/.

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