Sometimes, like today, you just need to take a break and re-center yourself. For this, I typically turn to music. Here is a listing of songs that genuinely matter to me.
“She’s Got A New Spell” – Billy Bragg
I just love these lyrics. She took the stars out of the sky and baked them in a pie. I hear that line and smile. If I were to have a sitcom that needed a theme song and Alan Thicke was too busy to write something new, this would be it.
“Am I Loud Enough?” – Bis
It might be the writer in me, but I’m a sucker for lyrics. This is another song that I just love the message. I’ve been through everything, and you can’t bring me down. Bitches. Something like that. I’ve been known to listen to this song in the car and scream along. It’s way cheaper than therapy when you’re uninsured.
“Doing The Unstuck” – The Cure
Come on… Robert Smith sings, “Let’s get happy.” “Wish” is probably my favorite The Cure album. It’s great from start to finish, but this song is a stand-out one for me. The Cure is a strange band. I can hear “Sleep” and automatically start to cry. And then I hear this, and I smile.
“Counting Blue Cars” – Dishwalla
Ok… Ok…. I never owned this record, but this song reminds me of a certain day in high school that was a particular good one. So, for some reason, this song has a positive effect on me.
“The Ballad of Larry Bird” – Vermont
Love Larry Bird. Love Vermont. Love The Promise Ring. Also love “Indiana Jones” by Vermont.
“Rocket” – Smashing Pumpkins
The moon is out. The stars invite. Think I’ll leave…tonight! I saw them perform this song live numerous times, and it’s rocked my socks clean off.
“Simple Things” – Belle & Sebastian
This simple under-two-minute song beautifully sums up my love for Belle & Sebastian.
“With Arms Outstretched” – Rilo Kiley
“In My Life” – The Beatles
My last dying wish will be to listen to this song. It’s perfect. Love it so much.
“Femme Fatale” – The Velvet Underground
“Freelove Freeway” – David Brent (from The Office UK)
One of the greatest moments of TV history. I still want to hear the song with the line “She’s the serpent that guards the gates of hell.”
“Blue Girls” – Pulp
“Time” – Marion
“Excuses” – Minus the Bear
This song reminds me how amazing love is… And how exciting and scary a new relationship can be when you don’t really know exactly how the other person feels. There’s a song for that. It’s “Excuses” by Minus the Bear.
“Putting Out Fires” – The Bluetones
I had the biggest crush on Mark Morriss, the lead singer of the Bluetones, when I was in high school. I even made my former sister-in-law buy me a Bluetones shirt when she visited London in 1996.
“Say Yes” – Elliott Smith
The most optimistic Elliott Smith track.
“Carolina In My Mind” – James Taylor
This is a very sentimental song for me. Whenever I’m planning/traveling to North Carolina to visit my sister and her family, I listen to this song on repeat. And then some more. It reminds me of my family there. I wish I could be there right now. My sister, my brother-in-law and their three boys are amazing.
“Lessons in Love” – Kaskade feat. Neon Trees
If Jon and I had a song, this would be it. <3 #bieberfever