#910 When you arrive at your destination just as a great song ends on the radio

There’s really nothing like pulling up in the driveway and shutting off the engine just as that final cymbal crashes or that wailing guitar solo slowly fades into perfect silence. If you time it just right, you’ll miss the start of the commercials, and you’ll be dutifully rewarded with the song replaying itself in your head all day.


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77 thoughts on “#910 When you arrive at your destination just as a great song ends on the radio

  1. Hell yes! I’ve had that happen many a time, and sometimes I time my arrival just right to have the song end.

    Some good ones: Tom Sawyer, Enter Sandman, Bohemian Rhapsody.

    What seems to be better is when you start the car, and it’s the opening licks to said songs! Awesome to the max. I know how outdated that is, but it really is that awesome.

    1. Awww. This always makes me smile.
      Sometimes, I time it that way…knowing that the song would end just when I have to get out of the care.

      Hehe…AWESOME :P

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  2. It happend to me this morning, whild driving my daughter to school, we both bounced to the beat and as we pulled into the school parking lot the song finished. Excellent way to start the day!

  3. I had a buddy in high school and he exercised what he called the “Zepplin Rule”. If a Led Zepplin song was playing on the radio and you arrived at your destination, you had to wait until the song was over before you could get out of the car. Kashmir was sometimes a bitch if we were late for class!

          1. English is not my native language (i live in Scandinavia), but to misspell “Led Zeppelin” is just…..bad. :))

    1. I first read this post when it first went up 3 years ago, but I remembered your comment and thought of it while I was sitting in my driveway last night waiting for Tom Sawyer to end. It took me several hours to remember where I had heard someone talk about the Zeppelin Rule (I mean obviously, mine is the Rush rule, but same idea). Just made me chuckle to remember a comment on a blog three years later and wanted to share.

  4. Love it when this happens. Particularly good if the song in question is Zorba the Greek!

    Awesome blog by the way. Probably the King of Blogs! I’m pretty positive by the time you get to #1, this blog WILL BE THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER and therefore will probably score #1 for itself.

    Quite the paradox

  5. I’ve always been more of a listen-to-NPR-as-you-drive kinda guy.

    But there’s nothing like a really interesting story finishing up right as you get where you’re going.

    1. If you listen to NPR you maybe get to hear The Vinyl Cafe from CBC. If the story doesn’t end just as I arrive at my destination, I usually sit in the car until it’s finished. Ditto with a good interview. Why is it that so many people don’t actually recognize listening as an activity?

    2. On the way home from church, Prairie Home Companion is on and I don’t leave the car until it’s over or until they play another song… I can’t miss out on Garrison Keillor’s beautiful voice!

  6. I have those days.
    My mom turns off the car, before my favorite song ends, bummer.
    Cool blog by the way, I’ve just started mines,
    and these things are so new to me.

  7. This happens to me all the time. Strangely enough, it’s the same song every time. She Builds Quick Machines by Velvet Revolver. When I show my pass at the neighborhood gates, Weiland is on the next to last “I’d take”. Then Slash rips into the solo as I turn the first corner. As I pull into the driveway, the song is at the pinnacle. When I get to the house, it ends. This has happened at least three times. Now, I drive a whole hell of a lot, but this doesn’t happen with any other song. I guess it could be worse. If it was Three Days Grace or Nickelback, I’d have to kill myself. Then again, I’d probably shoot the station manager if he played faggot music like that.

  8. You know what’s the antithesis of this? Arriving at your destination and an AWESOME song just starts. I’ve sat in my vehicle, for example, to listen to Pink Floyd’s “Time” as the clocks just started going off.

    1. Yea, but its even better when you start the beginning of that album, drive around and get to the destination at the very end of the album.

  9. hahahaahah.

    whenever In-a-gadda-da-vida is on and my friend mac is in the car, we HAVE to sit and listen to the whole thing……

    great great great times

  10. When this happens, I tell my son, who’s seven, it was “good timing” and now he’s learned what “good timing” means and uses it all the time for various things.

  11. Once I caught the Mission Impossible theme on the radio (weird!) and I was cruising a FULL parking lot at school. It made my day as the last notes were playing that I was pulling into the ONLY available spot out of 500+ spaces!

  12. I hate turning off the vehicle right in the middle of a song! If I have time, I sometimes just sit there and let it play out (without the vehicle running, of course).

  13. how bout when you arrive at your destination just as a great song starts and you stay in your car just to rock-out to that song, before you go inside :)

    1. YES! totally agree w/ you! It makes me feel that maybe i was meant to be at that place for a reason!! Actully I drove to school library this morning and it did happen. yes i know i ment to be here to STUDY!

  14. I don’t have a car so this awesomeness happens in a different way. It’s like this: I read about something – and on that same day, some channel is showing a programme on it – or a song is playing on that theme – or a close friend gets jabbering excitedly on that same topic. Once, I was reading the book Where Eagles Dare – and the same day I began reading, they screened the film on TV. Will never forget the excitement.

  15. It’s even better when you got sum really spacey dream trance playing and as you pull into your driveway are a night of adventure the final stabs of synth echo through your speakers and blissfully fade into the night. It make me shudder. ^_^

  16. I had a driving playlist and somehow when driving to my g/f’s our song would come on right as I got off the highway and finish right as I pulled up into her driveway.

  17. On your way to your very challenging job and Muse’s Uprising has just pumped you up….oh inner teenager, she just can’t be ignored :)….awesome!

  18. Wholeheartedly agreed.

    There is also nothing like turning the ignition and hearing the intro to Prince’s When Doves Cry on the radio.

  19. Personally I love it when things like my turn signal and bumps in the road sync up with the beat of the song.

  20. Once I was driving from Arizona to California to go to Disney land!! About three miles from the border, my iPod (which was on shuffle) changed to California Girls and ended at the exact moment my car crossed over the border. I was so happy!

    (PS, read my blog Artistic Scientist)

  21. I think its even better when you first get IN your car and your favorite song is just starting, it makes the ride instantly a good one!

  22. Synchronicity………its the worlds way of letting us know how powerful we are we create our reality we all think that it is the coolest thing when this happens!!! Thats why it does because you want it to!

  23. not totally the same, but when my dad’s beat-up station wagon went from 99,999 to 100,000 miles, The Byrd’s “Turn Turn Turn” was playing on the radio. :)

  24. Hi..

    Me too…

    When i just arrived at the destination, the song at radio just running… Sometimes i don’t care to spend 3minutes in car to listen before i left.. hehe

  25. It’s sooo cool, it seems that I came from a movie, open the car door and go out like star, Woohoo.

  26. I absolutely LOVE when this happens. Some things my dad and I have in common and we will listen to and leave the car running, like Zep and Queen and things like that, but whenever Bowie is playing my dad never lets me listen :( I know Bowie was slightly before his time, but still, you gotta give him a chance… Anyway, when a great song ends just as you’re pulling in, you gotta smile. And it makes your whole day so much better.

  27. My spouse and I call this phenomenon being “rockupied.” There’s nothing more fun than being occupied by rock.

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