Traffic sucks, so why not start your morning off with some music? You provide the toast and we'll provide the jams.

Tomorrow Travis and I set off for a long-distance drive up America's east coast. Every long distance drive in the US is incomplete without some introspection about the nature of this nation. The drive from east to west is my favorite - horizons open, roads straighten, and you crest the Sierra Nevadas like the Joad family looking out on the land of promise (and my home state) California.

I've never driven from Florida to New York. I'll find out a bit of what America means by crawling through some of the densest parts of the country, and I'll have Curtiss A on my mind. Springsteen wasn't the only person to sing bitter songs about America that particularly inept politicians could mistake for positive odes. I don't feel too good today, but I'd rather live in the USA.