Admin Post Road tunes! With a 5000 mile drive ahead of me and a meager 4GB of storage on my San Disk Sansa I knew I would have to choose carefully or I'd get pretty bored when driving through the wide open spaces of New Mexico and west Texas. If I were ever accused of being a musical chameleon I would have to plead guilty, I tend to cover a lot of ground musically everything from Rockabilly to Jazz with stops along the way at Country Rock, Blues and even Classical. (The folks that heard me blunder through Mozart's 40 when we jammed up at Jukebox's place may dispute that last category.) Still, I find myself most drawn to music I heard when I was in my 20s; Eagles, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Firefall, Steely Dan etc. With this in mind I loaded the MP3 player and set out for my first day's drive which took me from Tucson to the extreme northern reaches of the Texas panhandle. At the end of day one I dumped some of my roots Rock (sorry Cadillac Angels, I still love you but for some reason t just doesn't work for me as road music) and concentrated on finding some late '70s R&B such as the Doobie Brothers Michael McDonald era output. Thus prepared I continued my drive refining my MP3 player's library continually adding more classic Rock. My great-nephew asked for some help copping Emerson Lake & Palmer's "From the Beginning" and that led me to purchase their greatest hits CD along with a number of others, all being road-tested along the way. The net effect of all of this was to re-introduce me to some classic Rock songs that don't get much airplay on the classic Rock stations. When I got home I went on a feeding frenzy buying CDs for bands I had been aware of but had never investigated to any depth. I found, for instance, that Ambrosia did a lot of very R&B sounding material that never made the airwaves but is still very worth music. I tightened up my collection of late '70s Doobie Brothers CDs and bought greatest hits collections of several other classic Rock stalwarts. At the end of it all I find that I'm still the same guy I was 30 years ago. I like to listen to many of the same bands and to the extent that I broaden out from just the greatest hits I am rewarded by finding 30 year-old music that it brand new to me. The sameness of sequencers and other synthetic musical instruments is not as common in '70s music as it became just a few years later. While I won't be so foolish as to argue that all of it was good I will sugest that the ratio of diamonds to gravel looks pretty good when compared to some of the more recent musical output.