February Playlist

February is an unfairly short month to have so much awesome in it.  President’s Day, Valentine’s Day, mine and several groovy people’s birthdays – just noting that there is a lot of punch packed into those 28 (sometimes 29) fabulous days.

Following the first of the month though, it got busy for me.  A trip to see the Who with two of my favorite people, my 32 birthday, and the fight to complete a yearbook on time have kept me pretty busy and exhausted.  That being said, here is my February playlist based on the music popping in my vehicle right now.     More

January 2013 Playlist

Now, on to the music!

As stated several posts ago, I have plans of making a playlist for each month of the year.  These playlists will reflect a variety of things, like a good playlist/mix tape  should.  At the height of my mix tape making years, with good old analog technology, I was able to fit 15-20 songs per side of the tape.  Yes, let that soak in all of you who also made mix tapes and know how crazy that number is.  I was a mix tape making goddess!!!!  Well, let’s just say I was pretty good at it.  Moving on.  I freely admit that my playlist making in this digital age gets a little long (for a Pool Mix I had over 30 songs and that was after I edited down…my school list has 106 songs….you get the idea I’m sure). So, for the sake of expedience, I will limit my lists to 10 songs.

There is just something so great about taking songs that mean something to you and sharing it with someone else – especially when your words fail.  A good mix tape can make someone laugh, let them know you care, and express feelings you might otherwise be afraid to put out there.  Isn’t it amazing that something so simple as a 3min song can say so much about our lives, our personal moments in a world so vast?  They remind us that we aren’t the only one in the world that feels the way we do and that’s fantastic.

So anyways, here it is, Playlist #1 for 2013: “New Beginnings From Some Other Beginnings End”

1. Nrrrd Grrrl – MC Chris  In many ways, this is my theme song.

2. Just the Way You Are – Bruno Mars  While I may be different, I think I’m pretty okay the way I am.  Plus, I love dancing to this song!

3. This Too Shall Pass – OK Go This song is great to get you through a rough day.  (Also, it makes me think of the Vernon family which is always great and welcome!)

4. Cut My Hair – the Who  From Quadrophenia, this song is one of my favorites of all time.  I love the lyrics,  particularly “Why do I have to move with the crowd/of kids who hardly notice I’m around/I work myself to death, just to fit in.”

5. Ho Hey – the Lumineers This song is just great – I’ve noticed a theme here in my music this month….hmmm….

6. Why Am I So Dizzy? – featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt  Move on the Sun has been a happy discovery for me and this is a song I can relate to at least figuratively.

7. The Weight – the Band  If you can listen to this song and not tap your feet, sing along, I don’t know what to do for you.

8. These Are the Fables – The New Pornographers have been a happy find for me.  While all the lyrics aren’t always the clearest, I love that the tunes are always interesting and thoughtful.

9. Doctor Who – Parry Gripp  I have recently become fascinated (some say obsessed) with Doctor Who and this song makes my day when it comes on my iPod.

10. Stoop Sale – MC Frontalot This is just a fun song – smart and funny like I how I imagine MC Frontalot to be in “real life.”

I hope you’ve enjoyed the variety of music listed here.  I have purchased some new tunes recently and look forward to broadening my music horizons.  Suggestions are welcome!

I’ve been trying to write for two weeks now…

and I have nothing but “fail” to put here.  Not that I feel personal failure, not really…I just have been jumping from one subject to another and can’t seem to focus on one theme.  Finally, I’ve decided that I’m not going to focus on a single theme.  We are going to do some free-form writing baby – watch out!

Let me share how excited I am to have finished Pete Townshend’s autobiography, Who I Am.  Pete Townshend, and the Who, have long been a part of my musical holy trinity (the Beatles and the Kinks round out my analogy).  This book provided an insight into the life of one of rocks most private individuals.  Reading about the man’s thoughts on how he created some of the most amazing music EVER and how he dealt with issues that haunted him throughout his life was inspiring.  A side note, it proved my paper I wrote as a freshman at UK that dealt with how Tommy was about Pete Townshend’s spiritual journey – bonus!!