Passions, like people, come in all varieties. Some people love exploring the nooks and crannies of their community. Others delight in discovering a long lost tale of a time gone by. And some strive for the moments they can escape from their daily life and just be themselves. A person’s passion might be their single greatest defining quality; certainly not something to be wasted.
With all the time we spend in our cars going from one place to another, why can’t cars also be a vehicle for our passions? The Chevy Cruze might just be that vehicle. Thanks to features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the things that inspire you can be heard through the airwaves on your way to your next meeting, your friend’s birthday party or wherever you’re headed. For those moments, when it’s just you and the road, hit play and remind yourself why it is you get out of bed in the morning. Whether you’re a history buff, love to explore or just need a moment to jam out, the Chevy Cruze is where you…can be you.
History never really says goodbye. History says, ‘See you later.’ – Eduardo Galeano, journalist.
While we are often preoccupied with where our future will take us, it’s easy to forget where we came from. As metro Detroiters, learning about the history of this great city is just the first step to being the next great thing that happened to it. If you’re learning on the go, what better way than a local history podcast?
“Tim Kiska does a fantastic job bringing to life stories about the city that might otherwise be forgotten,” The D Brief Podcast host Seth Resler says of The Detroit History Podcast. “A must-listen for anybody who wants to dig into Detroit’s roots.”
Sometimes, you need to get lost in order to find yourself. That’s kind of the premise of See You in the Cosmos, a novel by Detroit author Jack Cheng. The novel charts the journey of 11-year-old Alex Petroski as he records moments from Colorado, New Mexico, Las Vegas, L.A. and more on his golden iPod. Throughout his journey, he hopes to capture humanity, learning quite a bit about himself along the way.
“Jack Cheng is an absolute gem,” said Drew Philp, author of A $500 House in Detroit. “His book, See You in the Cosmos, just won the Golden Kite award, one of the highest awards in youth publishing. I would heartily recommend the audiobook version.”
Next time you get in the car, take a page from Cheng’s book and get a little lost in a good (audio)book.
With a nickname like Motown, there’s no shortage of local music that can take you away. Whether you’re a fan of the classics or constantly discovering something new and unheard, sometimes all you need to spur your passions is a good tune. But, what do local musicians like Motown/garage-rock band Double Winter listen to for inspiration?
“Living in a four-season state, our music choices tend to differentiate,” the band said. “We really like bonny doon and the Craig Brown Band for long, warmer days. Also, stef chura and Anna Burch help us get through those moodier moments.”
Whatever drives you, whatever you’re passionate about, don’t ever stop seeking it out. That includes the time you spend going from point A to point B. Plug in with a podcast or a playlist in your Chevy Cruze and let the inspiration fill the airwaves.