If movies have taught us anything, it's that road trips and mixtapes go hand in hand. Planning on escaping into the wild, frozen tundra? Bring a little acoustic Eddie Vedder with you. What if you expect to run into a crew of yacht rockers? Better bring your "Radar Love." Going across the Prairies? We suggest a good mix of death metal acts in order to keep you awake. But what if you were headed to space?
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who is currently on the International Space Station orbiting Earth (the ultimate road trip), has just the thing.
On the ISS, "We listen to music while we're working out, and then in our sleep station at night," Hadfield says in the video above. "I tend to listen to the music that has meaning for me. I listen to some of the music I listened to growing up," such as Peter Paul and Mary, the Kingston Trio and Crosby, Stills and Nash.
"I just love the ability to take voices and join them together," he says. "Individual pieces, but joining them together into something that is far greater than each of the pieces may have been."
Which sounds to us like the perfect approach to making the ultimate mixtape to the moon (we know he's not on the moon, per se, but we like alliteration). Watch the video to find out what else would be on Hadfield's mixtape, and how he balances his love of singer-songwriters with the rock of the Guess Who, Nickelback and Rush.
Hadfield and the Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson will premiere "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)" on Feb. 8, which is part of Music Monday.
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on Jan 31, 2013