PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) - For Pigeon Forge Mayor David Wear and his family, car rides are less about getting somewhere and more about the time it takes to get there.
"I'm in the front!" Sure, the kids may argue about who gets to sit in the front seat—"No, I'm in the front!"
But, when the music starts, the Wear family is in perfect harmony.
"We were probably running some errands and thought we could do something fun," said Mayor Wear.
Since then, carpool karaoke has turned their car rides into quality family time.
"We have a lot of good memories, it's really great," said the mayor's son, 11-year-old Graydon Wear.
Instead of spending the car rides playing on their phones or plugged into their headphones, they sing together.
"I don't really let anybody else pick the songs," laughed 7-year-old Addison Wear.
Mayor Wear's wife, Keesha Wear, posts the videos to Facebook and Instagram, but there is a family favorite.
"Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers," said Addi. "Boys be Kenny and girls be Dolly," added Graydon.
The whole family knows all the words to every Dolly Parton song.
"They're very important people in my life. They helped with the fires, especially Dolly. And I have all their records," said Addi.
"It's just fun times, this is what it's all about to make memories with each other and not be so serious," added Mayor Wear.
So, as Dolly notes, 'out on the street when traffic starts jumping,' that's their cue to tune into each other.
"Spend time with your family, as much as you can," said Graydon.