Even though I could write an entire article about fall JAMMIES, which is about all I'm wearing right now, I needed to share with you some super amazing music that I'm listening to right now. As in, my Fall JAMS.
First of all, let's talk about Spotify. If you don't have Spotify yet, GET ON THAT. It's the most amazing music website in the world. If you have a desktop, you should be on Spotify. You can listen to any song on any album EVER. You can make playlists. FOR FREE. I will never, ever listen to radio ever again. Sure, there are commercials on Spotify like every three songs, but WHO CARES? That's so much better than listening to the same 6 Train songs on Alice all day with 15 commericals between each one, no??
I hate radio. SO MUCH.
On Spotify, you can literally listen to everything. You can discover new bands, new singers, new people to love. Before Spotify, I hadn't even heard of The Civil Wars - and now I'm their biggest fan. (Probably not, but I really, really like them.) Because of Spotify and my friends that I follow on there, I've become a fan of exciting new bands like Lorde (Katie), The Fourth Wall, Daft Punk ( Liz), Emeli Sande (Cindy), Hey Marseilles (Erin), Future of Forestry (Tony), Gungor (Hannah), The Postal Service (Ryan) and a dozen talented others.
You can make playlists.I take great pride in my playlists in the same way I'm caarrazzy about my Pinterest boards. I craft my playlists carefully for ideal playing enjoyment, like a huge nerd. Really, all I need is a red stapler and I'm there. The Milford of the Spotify World. I don't have a ton of time to work on the playlists right now, but I'm sure it will reach OCD level soon enough.
Also, I can see what my friends are listening to. Before this freaks you out, let me just say that you can "Private listening", but unless you listen to some REALLY WEIRD STUFF, I can't imagine that you would need this. It's so fun, and it totally opens your music taste to influence of others, which can only be used for good. The other day my friend Dave said to me, "I saw you were listening to Jay-Z the other day. That totally shocked me!" I told him it was only because I was listening to the Great Gatsby Soundtrack (amazing!), and Jay-Z is on there. Still, it opened up the conversation to all sorts of cool music connections.
*GREAT JOB ON THOSE PLAYLISTS, COLLEEN*
My playlists include:
Memory Lane: This playlist is all the music that I rocked out to in high school: Runaway Train, Satellitel, Where Have All the Cowboys Gone, Hand in My Pocket, Colorblind....it totally takes me back to roaring around Federal Blvd, with the windows open and listening to Alanis and thinking that maybe someday I could be as wild as she was. This day has not come yet.
Dance Jams: Okay, I'm not cool enough to know many dance jams, but I'm getting there. I have Blurred Lines and a few songs by that Macklemore guy who I thought was two people, Mackle AND More. Told you I'm cool. I also have Selena Gomez on this playlist, so you know, be jealous.
Folk Jams: This is pretty much made up of The Lumineers, The Civil Wars and a handful of Alabama Shakes and a lot of Mumford and Sons. Okay, that's a lie, it's pretty much it's just the Civil Wars and Mumford and Sons. I'm OBSESSED with the Civil Wars. If you want to go download some amazing songs, start with: Barton Hollow, Poison and Wine, Tip of my Tongue, Kingdom Come, The One that Got Away, EVERYTHING. I love them. And I think they just broke up. SADDEST DAY.
Mellow Chicks: Filled up with the likes of Sarah Bareilles, Tori Amos, Regina Spektor (just a little crazy for my taste), Christina Perri, Plumb, Lana Del Ray, Missy Higgins, this is great for those days where you just want to cry and eat chocolate in a corner and be a woman who has a lot of feelings.
Favorites: This list speaks for itself, because it's just all my favorite songs in one place. It's fantastic.
Dramatic Writing Music: This list is just for overly dramatic movie scores. ..It's pretty much the entire Hans Zimmer /James Horner playlist with some Gregson-Williams I have recently found a writing buddy who shares my love for overly dramatic movie scores, and he recommended the song "Flight" from Man of Steel. OH MY GOSH. It's so dramatic, it might as well be packaged with a huge thunderstorm. It's the kind of music that can inspire an entire novel. Hint, hint..
All this and I'm just getting started on Spotify. I'm loving all this introduction to new music. And Christmas Playlists? The sky is the limit there...
Readers, who are your favorite artists? Songs? Fall jams? Who MUST I be listening to on Spotify?
Come find me on there!!!