Back when Tyler was a young lad (aka when he was in college), he played for the Williams Ultimate Frisbee team (WUFO). While I, myself, had nothing to do with frisbee in college, my sense of WUFO was that it was a unique organization with a quirky and often unconventional set of practices and traditions.
Over the past six years (the time I’ve known Tyler), I’ve broadened and refined my sense of what these rituals actually entail. While I will not divulge them all, I do have to share that my favorite happens to be one that developed during Tyler’s post college career. At WUFO weddings, the alumni in attendance all take a few minutes to serenade the bride with a boisterous rendition of “You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling” by The Righteous Brothers. It’s quite the scene.
But I digress.
While playing for WUFO, Tyler actually went on a number of road trips with his teammates. One of the traditions they practiced was to play a “state song” each time they entered a new state. Tyler insisted we do the same.
Although there really aren’t any official rules, Tyler informed me the song wasn’t supposed to be something super popular. Instead, it had to be upbeat, a little cheesy, and something that you could sing along with really badly. To that end, as we pulled away from home, we began to go through about
forty two hundred songs on Tyler’s iPod to determine which song would become our “state song” for the upcoming trip.
We narrowed down our selections to the following four:
1. “Magic Carpet Ride” by Steppenwolf
2. “I Want It That Way” by The Backstreet Boys
3. “Inside/Out” by Eve6
4. Some song I can’t remember anymore. Sorry!
Although I was pushing really hard for The Backstreet Boys, we ended up going with “Inside/Out” by Eve6.
Although singing along to it four times in one day was trying, overall, we’ve enjoyed chanting along each time we’ve crossed a border. Believe it or not, Tyler is usually singing louder than I am; he knows the words better. As you might imagine, however, this is not always the case. For a more accurate view of our musical interludes in the car, I thought I’d share this video Tyler took after 2.5 days of driving. Can you tell who’s ready for a break? =)