Songs To Stay Awake To, A Playlist

5. “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” by Al Green

You play it for the 47th time since last Tuesday; Al Green’s voice blares in your ear while his words resonate in your heart. You’re driving home after seeing The Ex-boyfriend.  I-95 at night does little to hold your interest and you’re alone with your thoughts.  For the 47th time since last Tuesday, you think about what you could have said or done to change the course of the history between you and he.  Not you and The Ex.  That history is one you’ve resigned yourself to.  You’re thinking of “the one that got in the way.” The catalyst for change.  The Hurricane.  For the 47th time since last Tuesday, you think about the fine lines in his lips that you’re never going to trace again.  You think about all of the things that you haven’t said, the things that you’ll probably never get an opportunity to say.  You think of, for a moment, this silly alternate reality in which you and he can be happy, consisting of walks in the park and matinee horror flicks.  You sigh.  You change the song.

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What Are YOU Listening To? // Top 5 Autumn Drive Tracks

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We’ve been having beautiful autumn days here in Maryland!  The sunshine and temperature is perfect for early afternoon drives with the windows down.  And because I’m a big proponent of cranking my music up on long drives, here’s a brief smattering of the songs I’ve been jamming to recently.

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Top 5: Songs for a Rainy Afternoon

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According to the most recent forecast, it’s going to be a rainy week for us Marylanders.  I’ve made myself a cup of tea and I’m dogsitting my boyfriend’s brothers dogs for the next three days.  We’re hanging out in the living room and watching the rain pitter-pattering outside.  This moment calls for some chill tunes to enjoy the rain to.  I present you with today’s top 5: the rainy afternoon mix.

1. “Ends of the Earth” by Lord Huron, from their album Lonesome Dreams. The album itself has a lot of depth to it.  My aim for this playlist was to create a mellow, low-key vibe without sounding too “down.”  This song achieves just that.

2. “One of These Things First” by Nick Drake, from his album Bryter Layter. I love the piano in this song: it’s not formulaic, but meandering (for lack of a better word).

3. “Elephant Gun” by Beirut, from their album Lon Gisland EP. This song skirts the line between mellow and melancholy.  I’ve always been enamored with Zac Condon’s vocals and Beirut’s sound in general.  Also, trumpets do it for me.  This song almost makes me want to stomp puddles and dance in the rain.

4. “Shangri-La” by M. Ward, from his album Hold Time. Again, another puddler-jumper.  M. Ward makes great folky tunes that can be subtly uplifting.  This is one of them.

5. “Never Look Back” by Slow Club, from their album Paradise. Different from the tracks preceding it, “Never Look Back” is a sweet makeout jam.  It’s pretty much perfect for some rainy day canoodling on the couch.  The boyfriend is due back soon; I think canoodling is on the agenda.

Complete playlist via YouTube below!

Today’s Top 5: Chronic Pain Mix

Today has been pretty miserable for my body.  BUT, seeing as how it’s NaBloPoMo December, I can’t not post.  When my pain flares up, I like to listen to mellow music to take my mind off of it.  Here’s a rough sample of what I have been listening to today.

1. “Re:Stacks” by Bon Iver
2. “Love Vigilantes” by Iron & Wine (New Order cover)
3. “Between the Bars” by Elliott Smith
4. “Let’s Dance” by M. Ward (David Bowie cover)
5. “Scythian Empire” by Andrew Bird

If you have Google Play Music, go on and click here to listen.

If not, check out the YouTube playlist I made.

Goodnight, y’all.

Top 5 – Sunday Loving Playlist

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Good morning, y’all.

It’s a sunny, blustery day here in Maryland.  My boyfriend has been doing yard work with his brother since 8 AM, leaving me in bed to rest following yesterday’s madness.  I slept in, for the first time in what feels like forever.  When I got up, I threw a pork roast in the slow cooker and by 6 PM, I should have some Korean barbeque ready to be eaten.  The ease of slow cooked meals has changed my life for the better, as now I have more time to write, read, and listen to music

My boyfriend should be coming back to the apartment soon.  In honor of his return, I give you the “Sunday Lovin’ Top 5.”  Enjoy some slow jams perfect for a morning cuddling with your partner.

1. “Lion’s Mane” by Iron & Wine
2. “No Name #3” by Elliott Smith
3. “Holocene” by Bon Iver
4. “Rave On” by M. Ward (Buddy Holly cover)
5. “Fade Into You” by Mazzy Star

Once again, I have two listening formats.  Google music users, click here!

Everyone else?  Check out the playlist on YouTube!

Today’s Top 5 – Spooky Jams for Spooky People

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All Hallows’ Eve is upon is! Time for some sweet spooky jams!

I’m pretty excited to be dressing up for Halloween this year. Admittedly, the boyfriend and I waited until last-minute to put our costumes together. The good thing is that we didn’t quite “phone it in” and managed to come up with something tastefully distasteful.  Here’s a preview:

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Eat your heart out, Stanley Kubrick (RIP).

Anyway, I digress. Here’s my top 5 songs for a great Halloween:

1. “Lullaby” by The Cure
2. “Werewolves of London” by Warren Zevon
3. “The Witch Queen of New Orleans” by Redbone
4. “Dig Up Her Bones” by The Misfits
5. “I Put a Spell on You” by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

BONUS: “Thriller” by Michael Jackson. Because you can’t have a truly wonderful Halloween without listening to “Thriller” at least 13 times on the radio.

Let the jams move you! For any Google Play Music users out there, click here.

For anyone who doesn’t have a firewall set up at work, here you go:

Jagged Little Reality // “Hand In My Pocket”

Last Friday, my best friend visited my apartment equipped with lilac wine and Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” on 180g vinyl, a re-release nearing the album’s 20th anniversary. I provided the turntable, comfy couch, plush blanket, and space heater for the experience. Once we were both mildly inebriated, I placed the album on the platter, put the turntable into motion, lifted the tonearm, and lowered the stylus. My best friend’s intention was to listen to the album to gain inspiration for a personal essay she was in the process of writing. While the lilac wine left something to be desired, the album did provide my best friend and me with some fuel for creativity.

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