1. ”There There” by Radiohead
SOMEWHERE OVER THE PACIFIC, 2009 — The woman sitting next to me talked loudly to her friend through the plane seat in front of us. A baby screamed behind me. The man on the other side hogged the armrest, so I sat, scrunched and concave-chested, as the plane hit a vacuum and suddenly dropped what must have been 50 feet. People screamed.
I thought, “I’m about to die,” and then I realized that the song playing on my iPod was Akinyele’s “Put it in My Mouth.”
The plane leveled out, and I thought, “What if I had died with the words ‘Well you can lick it you can suck it you can taste it, I’m talkin’ every drip drop don’t you waste it, baby slurp it up’ running through my head?”
I decided if I was going to die surrounded by assholes that I would at least be listening to good music. So I put on Radiohead’s “There, There,” which I had a click away for the rest of the flight.
I have since made a tradition of picking a single “Crash Song” for every plane ride.