Playlist fo da summah

Sometimes I get really tired of all of the music on my iPhone. And then I’m greatfuil for Pandora and for the iPhone’s capabilities to let me listen to music through THAT rather than the songs I spent money on.

Because that makes all the sense in the world.

I don’t make mixed CDs anymore, because that is so 2000 and late. Plus I have one of those cars where you can plug in your iPod and play music. ‘CAUSE I’M RICH, BEEEYOTCH.

Ha. I wish. Would solve several problems I’ve had as of late and get that pit of anxiety out of my stomach. Unless it’s not anxiety and it’s just residual meat from my weak week in Savannah.

Wanna know what’s on my playlist? I bet you do.

There’s a lot of repeat performers on there and some I’ve written about before, but all do the same – make me smile. Or feel relaxed. Or want to be taking a nap in a hammock with sounds of waves crashing in the background. I don’t ask for much.

1. “Be Calm,” Fun.

2. “Be Here Now,” Ray Lamontagne

3. “Bein’ Green,” Damian McGinty

4. “The Cave,” Mumford and Sons

5. “Concrete Wall,” Zee Avi

6. “Cry,” Lea Michele

7. “Falling,” The Civil Wars

8. “Fix You,” Coldplay

9. “Frank D. Fixer,” Jason Mraz

10. “I Guess I Should Go To Sleep,” Jack White

11. “Meg White,” Ray Lamontagne

12. “Hannah,” Ray Lamontagne

13. “One More Night,” Maroon 5

14. “Shake It Out,” Florence and the Machine

15. “Talk Show Host,” Radiohead

16. “Thistle and Weeds,” Mumford and Sons

17. “To Whom It May Concern,” The Civil Wars

18. “Wide Awake,” Katy Perry

19. “93 Million Miles,” Jason Mraz

20. “Giving Up,” Ingrid Michaelson

21. “Until You,” Dave Barnes

22. “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” Pink

23. “Your Song,” Ellie Goulding*
*Elton John’s is, of course, the best, but this is giving the Moulin Rouge version a run for its money when it comes to second place.

24. “Hey Jude,” The Beatles

25. “Love The Way You Lie, Pt. III,” Skylar Grey

26. “Wipe Your Eyes,” Maroon 5

27. “50 Ways To Say Goodbye,” Train

You’re welcome. Now get to downloadin’.

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B.A. (Before Adele)

Long before I discovered counseling, I had my own version of therapy. It was called “listen to this song because it’s about exactly what you’re going through so someone GETS you right now, it’s like they KNOW.”

And then I turned 16 and wised up.

Just kidding.

Throughout my teenage years, then college to now, I’ve always been one to find that song or that playlist that just fits. It fits my mood, it fits my life, it fits my situation, its like someone looked inside my head then wrote it.

I have like, 4 CDs from college I made when I was on the low side of the depression spectrum and I listen to them now and know exactly what was going on then. And, strangely, a lot of them were full of country music. (The Roommate will be so proud.)

Nowadays, most of the songs I listen to or have on my selected playlist are for their quality. Or their cool lyrics. Or the fact that they are rap songs from back in the day and I still know all the words and want to sing them loud in my car.

Every once in a while one will come along that I really grab on to. It seems to read my mind.

And sometimes, my mind, like almost anyone else in the world unless they are a robot, is angsty. Not about any one thing in particular really, but when it’s love-related, it’s Adele. Except, B.A. (Before Adele) nobody did angsty like Maroon Five. And they’re apparently still at it.

Because I am hooked on “Payphone.” Not because I’m hung up on a boy or because it brings back memories of having to use an actual pay phone once upon a time, like when I needed my parents to come pick me up from the movie theater.

Nah. It’s just a catchy, angsty song. And it has my two favorite curse words in it. And Adam Levine’s sweet, sweet voice. So that can’t hurt.

day 19 – a song from your favorite album

My favorite album of the past 10 years – which is still protecting its title – is Maroon 5’s “Songs About Jane.”

I was given the CD (remember those?) randomly. One night in college I was riding around in Jason’s truck and noticed he had it. And apparently, he didn’t think to much of it so rather than burning me a copy of his already burnt copy, he just gave it to me.

Background on me and M5: I’m pretty sure I discovered them. Or at least loved them before anyone else. I heard “Harder to Breathe” on 102.3 and hunted it down on Limewire (remember that?), downloading it and another few songs from the album.

Since I’ve owned the CD it’s been played too many times to count, so many that it has scratches on the back of the disc and I had to download the songs legally off iTunes.

No worries though. I wanted to. Because if you’ve never heard that album, you’re missing out. There’s not a single song on there I’ll skip through – and I can count on one hand the number of CDs I feel that way about.

My absolute favorite song – that may also never be replaced – from the album is called “Sunday Morning.”

I’ll let you watch the video and decide for yourself, but I love it.

It’s the kind of song you want to listen to on a Sunday morning (see what I did there?) when it’s raining outside and your bed is comfy and you just wanna snuggle and nap and not go anywhere or do anything. Oh and when you’re in love. Because love is always nice to hear about.