I love my car, I really do. It is practical and in pretty good condition. If I had to have one complaint it would be that it came out the year before they started putting iPod jacks in cars, but after they stopped installing tape decks. This puts me in quite the pickle for what to do about music, because I can’t do radio.
My solution to this quandry has been to make a mix CD (or two, or three) every month, just to keep things fresh. The mixes are usually a mix of new songs and old favorites that I want to listen to that month. While it can sometimes be a pain, it is also kind of fun to sit down and reflect on what is jiving with me. It also ends up being like a sort of musical journal entry, because I can go back to my May 2012 playlist and be taken right back to that month.
I thought I may as well write about some of my top picks for each month, because I like to think I have somewhat good taste and it is certainly eclectic enough to strike a chord with a wide range of people.
“Thrift Shop” Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Wanz – Yeah, I know. Me and everyone else on planet earth. But just in case, this one hasn’t ended up on your radar yet, you need to change that. I have been listening to this while walking to my office from our parking garage and I have a really hard time not dancing. I sneak in some moves and let people think I am moving to fight off the cold.
“All For You” Sister Hazel – Whatever, don’t hate the playa, hate the fact that 90’s music is awesome. This one came on my Pandora last week and I went and downloaded it right away. It’s happy. If you don’t end up singing and/or bouncing along to this song, you need to get over yourself.
“Boys and Buses” Hayden Panettiere – Something you will quickly learn about me is that my TV/movie viewing dictates a lot of my music discoveries. If you told me last year that I would be downloading a whole lot of country music, I would have laughed in your face, but that’s just what happens when you watch a whole lot of Nashville. I enjoy the lyrical simplicity of this one. Yeah, Juliette. Boys and buses, DO have a lot in common.
“Brooklyn We Go Hard” Jay-Z Feat. Santogold – Another download that came about after hearing it on TV, this one coming from the trailer for the upcoming 42 (the Jackie Robinson movie). Side note: As an extremely white girl, do I need to feel weird about blasting this in my car and bopping my head like I’m gangsta?
“Silver Springs” Fleetwood Mac – Confession: this song was a blind spot in my Fleetwood Mac listening until it popped up on the recent covers album, Just Tell Me That You Want Me, being covered by Lykke Li. While I discovered the song through that cover, nothing is going to compare to Stevie, right? Right.
“How Come You Don’t Want Me” Tegan and Sara – I just got this album (Heartthrob) and I am liking it quite a bit. I picked this song specifically because haven’t we all thought this at one point? (It’s also a really good song).
“I’d Rather Go Blind” Etta James – I may be weird, but there is nothing sexier to me than old school R&B. There’s something about it that just… just… just watch this dance to see what I mean without making things awkward. This is a perfect of that languid, sexy, vibe that I’m talking about. I’d rather go deaf than never get to listen to Etta James again. (See also “Sunday Kind of Love”)
“Shelter From the Storm” Bob Dylan – Let the record state that I do not like Bob Dylan. His voice and general attitude usually annoy me, but when I heard this song in Warm Bodies I reluctantly fell in love with it. There was just something about a zombie playing it to express to his human crush that he would protect her that really got to me. (Another reason to not like Bob Dylan is that apparently he won’t allow YouTube play his music, but Vimeo got him somehow even if it isn’t the version I like).
“Suit & Tie” Justin Timberlake Feat. Jay-Z – You guys, I love Justin. Did you see him at the Grammys? He is just so… cool! Then Jay-Z just ambles up and does his thing and then goes and sits back in the audience with Beyonce. No biggie. I know that a lot of people are disappointed with this song, but let’s respect it for what it is: a pretty dang infectious hook with JT’s swagger. I’m all in.
“Yer So Bad” Tom Petty – I’ve been on a Tom Petty kick lately. Well, really, for my whole life, but I’ve been digging into some of the B-Sides and this one is my current jam. That strum in the chorus gets me rocking out every time and I love “Yer so bad, best that I ever had.” Once you get past all the divorce and suicide, it’s a pretty sweet song.
Whew. Click on the links and watch some videos (official and fan made). What is your current jam? I’m also interested in recommendations. Aside from all those I have just listed, I am downloaded every song that is featured in Warm Bodies and I am loving all of them. Check out the music and the movie.