Music Monday: Spring? Is that you?

It’s been a while since I’ve thrown together a little list of what I’ve been playing recently.

With spring just around the corner (hopefully…) I thought it might be a good time to offer up some suggestions if you’re doing a little spring cleaning on your playlists.

Since I got my record player for Christmas, I’ve been heavy into the vinyl game. I’ve picked up some nice additions to my collection with the help of a fantastic local shop, but it’s nice to piece together a web-based playlist to share about.

So, grab yourself a nice pair of headphones, sit back, and enjoy.

Like what I’ve got lined up here? No? That’s cool too. I’d love to hear what you’ve got on rotation in the comments below. 

Check out the playlist on Spotify here.

Gimme All Your Love- Alabama Shakes
True Affection- Father John Misty
One Time- Marian Hill
I’m On Fire- AWOLNATION
Falling Short- Lapsley
The Business of Emotion- Big Data
bodyache- Purity Ring
Lifted Up (1985) – Passion Pit
Make You Better- The Decemberists
Lips- Marian Hill
The Party Line- Belle & Sebastian
Hummed Low- Odessa
begin again- Purity Ring
Gooey- Glass Animals
Giving Up- HAERTS
Warm Water- Banks

A Year in Music: Top Tracks of 2014

For the last Monday of the year, I figured there was no better way to close out than with an edition of Music Monday. L I S T E N

Last year, I published a playlist of my fifty favorite songs of 2013. I always love sharing my music tastes, and it made for a nice little wrap-up for me.

This year, Spotify had a feature to download a pre-made playlist with your top played tracks in the year. It shapes up to be a bit different than last years- not all of these tracks were released in this calendar year. You’ll find some tracks tucked in here that don’t typically fit in with my tastes… the downfall of using Spotify as I teach a variety of dance classes.

So sit back, relax, and have a listen. To save the playlist, simply follow me on Spotify and hit Subscribe on the playlist itself.

Cheers to more great music in 2015!

Celebrating Songs

Disclaimer: Sigh. It didn’t take too long for me to get behind on this Writing 101 course. I might be a little late on some posts, but they’re still getting published! 

Day Three: Today, celebrate three songs that are significant to you. For your twist, write for fifteen minutes without stopping — and build a writing habit. Write about the three most important songs in your life — what do they mean to you? 

Three songs that play(ed) a big role in my life. Well, that’s a tough one for me. I am one of those people who can’t recognize a movie quote even from the biggest blockbusters. But give me a song lyric? I’m set to go. I am constantly listening to music, whether it’s in my car, at my desk, at home, or in the dance studio. Get me talking music and you’ll never hear the end of it.

Bruce Springsteen- Dancing in the Dark
My parents were always big Bruce Springsteen fans. I remember my mom playing cassette tapes in the car when I was younger on the way to and from the dance studio. The lyrics go “you can’t start a fire, you can’t start a fire without a spark.” Of course, 6-year-old me thought that was a pretty silly lyric, as I didn’t understand that it wasn’t referring to a literal fire (or really what a spark was, for that matter). I thought it made so much more sense to sing “you can’t start a fire without some wood.” Clearly my witty side started at a young age…

Music that I heard my parents listen to most definitely rubbed off on me. I love me some Bruce, and even treated my parents to a concert two years ago (exactly two years to this date, to be precise). Those car rides with my parents might not have seemed like much fun then, but I’m thankful for the memories now. Roadtrips to the beach, to dance competitions, to visit family- those are times that really stick out.

John Butler Trio- Ocean
I guess everyone probably has a go-to song that they put on loop when they’re feeling stressed out. Or maybe not? Regardless, this one is mine. I love the way that it builds as the song progresses, starting out with just some simple chords and expanding into a whole other realm. It’s really amazing to hear what can be done with just one instrument.

Usually, I love lyrics. I love to learn them, break them down, and find a way that they relate to my own life. But with Ocean? I love that there are absolutely none. You create your own meaning for the song. There’s no literal words to tell you how you’re supposed to feel about it, you just react naturally.

Whenever I’m feeling stressed out or particularly stuck on something, I give this a nice play or two. By the final chord, I’m feeling a little bit more refreshed than I was when I started, and I’m ready to tackle whatever the task is at hand.

And I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that all this sound comes from one man on one guitar.

Timeflies- Under the Sea
Alright, this one might seem silly, but I promise it has a real meaning to me. A little bit of backstory first…

I stumbled across these guys on YouTube a handful of years back (Under the Sea is the first song of theirs I ever heard). After constantly looping the videos on my own, I shared them with my friend Kelly and we were instantly hooked. I made sure I was sitting beside my computer (or at least my iPhone) every Tuesday night at 10:10 when their new YouTube installment, fondly referred to as Timeflies Tuesday, would be released. Fast forward a few months, and I reached straight-up fangirl status; something that I definitely laugh at now. I became entrenched in this fandom that was so so strong, mostly based on Twitter. I went to countless shows (really, it’s too many to even begin to count), singing and dancing along to every single word.

While that whole phase was fun, the most powerful impact on my life hasn’t really been the music, but the friends that I met via this crazy fandom. I know, it sounds insane to say that I have amazing friends that I met because we all talked about some random duo of musicians on Twitter, but it really is true. We all live hundreds of miles apart, but I consider them some of my closest friends in the world. While I don’t get to see them that often, we talk constantly. Some of the craziest stories have come from it all, and I would never go back and do it differently.

Music Monday: Back to Work

Feeling a little down now that you’re back in the office after a gorgeous Fourth of July weekend? Don’t worry, you’re not the only one.

I haven’t put together a new Music Monday playlist in quite a while, and today seems like a good opportunity to do so. With this edition, we’ve got some chill sounds to help you power through a Monday back in the office after a long weekend.

Buckle down and get to work!

Music Monday: Volume 4

Alright so, I’ve been buried under work recently. Running from the office, to the studio, to looking at a potential house– the last month has been crazy! Things are finally settling back into normal, at least for the next couple of weeks until I pack up and move to a new house.

At least the weather has been absolutely beautiful these last few days. I’m happy be kicking off a new week with some music, my favorite dress, and a new bow in my hair! Here’s to a productive Monday (and maybe even a short work week for Easter)!