Happy happy summer! This month’s playlist, “BBQ” was first heard at a graduation celebration and created by the guest of honor, Stina Arstorp. Start playing it now – it’s so good! Seriously, no Spotify “discovery” list could do as good a job as Stina has in creating the perfect mix of easy listening tunes best enjoyed hanging out with friends on the patio, deck or beach!
It was high school graduation time last week around here. On a drizzly Friday June afternoon, we enjoyed the pomp and circumstance, watching our son receive his diploma, switch the tassel, and throw his graduation cap in the air. I can’t believe that we have a child going to college in the fall. I don’t know about you, but I feel as though I only just graduated myself a few years ago. So as I always do at times of emotion and significance, I “playlist”. Here’s a crowd-sourced list of tunes for that very special time in a young person’s life when anything seems possible! Good luck to grads everywhere!
This playlist was inspired in Mexico earlier this month, when my mom started digging on Thievery Corporation playing in the background at a Sayulita beach cafe. We (my mom, sisters and I) were chilling out for the afternoon enjoying the weather, taking surfing lessons, getting massages and very much enjoying lots of coffee, cervezas and margaritas (not necessarily in that order). So enjoy “May Mex Mish Mash”, which brings a south of the border feel along with some new chill tunes.
With arrival of spring upon us (finally), I’ve got some “Fave New Tunes” released this year. No surprise – there are some old guard names (Sting, The Shins, Ben Sollee) and some new-ish bands that I’ve been following (Strand of Oaks, Real Estate, Local Natives, Father John Misty, Lucius) and some new to me (Temples, Broken Social Scene, and The Wild Reeds).
What’s new to your playlists this year? Who would you add?
As I was just about to start compiling a new playlist of recently released new faves (because it’s been a while – right?), and I remembered that my friend Jane Seymour of New Music Matters had just done a similar thing with many of the very songs that I would have shared. So check out her “Early Spring 2017 New Music” playlist on Spotify. I will be back next month with more songs to round out this great list.
In the meantime, what are your new favorite songs? Please share in the comments.