I think we all meet people in life that try to shove us into boxes we don’t fit into. It’s easy to let those people hurt us or tell us who we are, but today’s playlist is all about pushing back against those preconceived notions, and continuing on toward the life we want.
Most of the songs on this playlist are used to inspire me to write, to show the people that told me I wasn’t a good enough writer or tried to use my writing for their own gain. As the inspirational Kelly Sue DeConnick once said:
“Sometimes spite is the only reason I get out of bed in the morning.”
When you get blocked or frustrated, I hope you’ll listen to this playlist and use a little bit of that fury within to get yourself back on track. Here’s the track list for this week:
- Wild Things – Alessia Cara
- You Will See Me – Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip [Explicit]
- Giving up the Gun – Vampire weekend
- Renegades – X Ambassadors
- Cheap Sunglasses – RAC featuring Matthew Koma
- (All Along The) Watchtower -Devlin featuring Ed Sheeran
- Superstar – Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos
- Through the Roof ‘N’ Underground – Gogol Bordello
So this playlist was going to be angsty one, about ditching bad friends and moving on, since that’s where my head has been at this weekend thanks to a dream I had about a person no longer in my life.
Instead, you’re getting light, fluffy, electronica-ish music. Partially because I need a pick-me-up since it’s been sort of a rough weekend. I had a blast with friends at the Superbowl and our monthly game night, but the Mr. has been working night shifts at work, so we’ve been ships in the night for the last few days, passing each other by and sleeping on opposite schedules. I’m the kind of girl that loves a good routine, so it’s throwing me off in all sorts of ways.
So yeah. Let’s float on and drift away. Here’s the track list:
- How Did I Get Here – Odesza
- This song has been out awhile, but I only recently discovered it. The music is sort of fills you and wraps around you, like you’re entering some kind of Alice inspired Wonderland.
- Pretty Thing – Broods
- Broods plays with form a lot, which is why I love them. What might sound like indie or pop songs takes on a different shape entirely.
- Illuminate – Afrojack, Matthew Koma
- I fell in love with Matthew Koma when he sang on Zedd’s Spectrum. He seems to work with a lot EDM artists. Illuminate feels really positive to me, “Somewhere, you keep all your halos, scared of what they don’t. Open your window shades and illuminate. There’s nothing in your way. Go on and shine on.”
- Professional – Halou, Robin Guthrie
- This is probably the most chill song of the playlist, but the lyrics are really interesting. They’re probably about a butcher, but the first time I heard the song it reminded me strongly of a blue-haired ninja/assassin character a dear friend writes about. Despite the implied violence, this song always makes me feel tranquil.
- It’s Alright Now – Bombay Bicycle Club
- This song has a very airy feeling, compared to the other songs from this band that I’m familiar with.
- Serotonin – Audien, Matthew Koma
- If you don’t know, Serotonin is thought to be the chemical in your body that induces feelings of well-being and happiness. And it’s Matthew Koma. So I dig it.
- Soon Come Soon – Young Fathers
- I’m not sure where I found this song, but it’s one I’ve come back and listened to over and over again. It’s got a vibe that combines both hip-hop and electronic elements and they jive really well.
- Fantasy – Kozoro
- If you like the kind of music in this playlist and you haven’t checked out MrSuicideSheep on Youtube, you definitely should. There are no lyrics on this song, just really lovely flow.
- Shadows – Camikaze ft. Zoe A’dore
- I’m a sucker for light, airy vocals over electronic backing. This song is super lovely.
- Heartbeats – Grum
- And we end this one on a high note. Dance-able and upbeat, this is the kind of song I find myself tapping and jumping around to now and then.
Here’s the Spotify Link:
My love of music was definitely something that I got from my parents, especially my Dad. As early as I can remember, he’d challenge us to name a song, the artist/band or something else about a tune on the radio. Usually he’d reward us with a quarter or fifty cents for a correct answer. I’m sure the incentive helped, but it was more than that. My father loved music in a way that ran deep in him. We’d sit in the car and wait until the song finished before going in the house. He’d have things you just “needed to hear” and he would play them for you and listen in wonder.
So this week’s playlist for Music Monday is dedicated to the bands he loved and the work they’ve done with some of the bands that I love.
- Read My Mind (Pet Shop Boys Stars are Blazing Mix) – The Killers featuring the Pet Shop Boys
- If you listen closely, you can hear Neil Tennant’s voice echo that of Brandon Flowers, each time he says “Can you read my mind?” Tennant is of course the singer for the Pet Shop Boys.
- Who – David Byrne and St. Vincent
- David Byrne, known for his quirky 80s pop hits with Talking Heads, pairs up with one of my favorite ladies in the music industry for this one. It’s just as quirky as you’d expect from the two of them. There’s actually a full album to go along with this one “Love this Giant” which is definitely worth a listen.
- Reflektor – Arcade Fire (with David Bowie)
- Arcade Fire tends to have a running nostalgic theme in their music and Reflektor definitely holds true with that. Bowie plays mostly a background role in this song, but if you listen closely, you can definitely feel his vibe in there. He can be heard clearly in the line “Thought you were praying to the resurrector, turns out it was just a reflektor” as well as some of the backing vocals through out the song.
- Speaking in Tongues – Arcade Fire ft. David Byrne
- I think the title of this track may be a nod to the Talking Heads album of the same name, and toward the end of the song you can hear Byrne’s voice sing “Ahhhh, speaking in tongues.”
- Rise Above 1 – Reeve Carney, Bono and the Edge.
- This song is actually from the Spider-Man Broadway Musical. Though it perhaps is meant to be about Peter Parker and his father figure, Uncle Ben, you can definitely hear Bono’s own connect to his father in the song. For me, this song reminds me a lot of my own father and what’s left in his wake now that he’s gone. “You’re silence in a crowded room, louder than the loudest tune, I hang on every word.”
- Save Rock And Roll – Fall Out Boy ft Elton John
- I don’t think my dad was a huge Elton John fan by any means, but I do remember a few tracks he enjoyed from John. Like most slightly rebellious people my age, Fall Out Boy resonates with me. I specifically love this line: “You are what you love, not who loves you.” It’s become a personal motto of mine.
- I can change – Brandon Flowers
- Another collaboration, sort of, between the Killers and the Pet Shop Boys, or at least from their singers. I didn’t even realize Neil Tennant was on this track until I watched the lyrics video for this song. After further research, apparently Tennant recorded the spoken line “And when you’re looking for a change…” onto Flowers’ voice mail, and then they added it later to the track in the second verse.
- Clocks – Rhythms Del Mundo and Coldplay
- This is more of a bonus track, since it does not feature musicians from two different generations. This song used to play in a cafe I worked in, and I loved the re-invented sound of it. My father spent 2 years in Chile and kept up his fluency in Spanish until his death. I like to think he would have enjoyed this song.
Here’s the Spotify Link/Playlist for this week:
Next week I hope to do a full playlist of at least 10 tracks. I’ve got a lot of ideas for themes but I’d loved to hear what themes you’d like to see. Leave them in the comments and I get working on a playlist to match!
Also, what tracks did you share with your parents or your parents shared with you? What bands did they love that you now love? Which of their bands inspired your favorite bands?
So in addition to loving writing, geeky things and comics, I’m a huge fan of all kinds of music. I regularly make playlists for what I’m working on or have playlists about random things that help me get into the right writing mood.
Each Monday, I’ll give you my recommended tracks for the week, as well as a link to a spotify playlist for your listening pleasure. Sometimes there will be a theme, other times there won’t be.
This week, I’m just going to share some of stuff I’ve recently discovered, or found myself listening to all over again.
- Force of Nature – Bea Miller
- Somebody New – Joywave
- The Ghosts of Beverly Drive – Death Cab for Cutie
- Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
- Cream on Chrome – Ratatat
- Compass – Zella Day
- Lose It – Oh Wonder
- Run – Daughter
- I Found – Amber Run
- Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Part 1 – The Flaming Lips
Here’s the Spotify Link/Playlist:
Let me know what you liked, or share a track you fell in love with this week.