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.
While I’ll stop short of calling this a protest playlist, I’m super comfortable acknowledging that we are all feeling compelled to use our voices (and our hearts and minds) a bit more these days to stand up for what we believe in – no matter what that is. So wherever you stand, and whatever you believe, here are some tunes on this “Using Our Voices” playlist to motivate, inspire or perhaps even calm you. (And if it’s peace and positivity you’re after, I’ve got you covered with a different playlist here.