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Playlist: 2018 – Best of the Back Half

Wow  – so much good music has been released this fall and winter that it took me by surprise when I started pulling this playlist together. You’ll find some new folks (Jade Bird, The Revivalists, Amanda Shires, and Darlingside) and of course, some favorites (The Avett Brothers, Lone Bellow, Mumford & Sons, and Florence and the Machine) and everything in between (Death Cab for Cutie, Imagine Dragons, Edie Brickell, and John Prine)!

I’ve left everything from the “A Star Is Born” soundtrack off so that it stands alone.

And if you need to remember what was new and good earlier this year, check out my “Thus Far into 2018” playlist from June. 


So if you get tired of Christmas tunes, pull up any of these and hit “Shuffle Play” and enjoy!

“A Star Is Born” Soundtrack – October 2018

I am obsessed. Seriously obsessed. I think I have listened to the A Star Is Born soundtrack nearly 20 times over the course of the weekend having only just seen the movie the first Friday it came out. It is raw, soulful, emotional, soul-stirring and gut-wrenching. And I mean that about the movie, the chemistry of all of the characters and most certainly about this soundtrack. It certainly helps if you have seen the movie, but the music on this soundtrack will stand alone and stand the test of time for many years to come. Come to listen and love Bradley Cooper and leave like a Lady Gaga fan you never knew you could be! And the best songs IMHO are the duets! Enjoy!



“Hey I just want to take another look at ya . . . ” kills me every time!

Playlist Fun at 50

Playlist: Fun at 50 – September 2018

Drum roll please…I turned 50 early this month! Phew – it is so much easier to be on the other side. It truly is a celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a playlist? I can’t take credit for this one – it was shared by a friend. But as you will see, this collection of 100 songs pretty much covers all of the bases for those of born in 1968 and really got our music grooves on in the 80’s and 90’s! Enjoy!






Playlist - Four Bands Two Nights

Playlist: Four Bands in Two Nights – July 2018

Evidently, going to concerts on a regular basis can increase your lifespan. If that’s the case, I’m in good shape, especially this past week, when I went to back-to-back shows in New York City, seeing 4 bands in two nights! Both evenings were terrific: Dispatch and Nahko + Medicine for the People were on Wednesday at SummerStage on a lovely perfect evening. Then on Thursday night, Beck headlined at Madison Square Garden with Jenny Lewis as his opening act, and we were on the floor—so close! I’ve loved Beck for years, been following Jenny Lewis for a while, but only this year did I discover Dispatch (in Tempe at Innings Festival—don’t know what took me so long to find them).

Still on my “high” (figurative, not literal) from the shows, I’ve mashed together some of my favorite songs from each of the bands into a nice little playlist here. You’ll find a range of genres (you’d get that from Beck alone—ha) but I think you’ll also notice common themes of discord, nostalgia, passing time, concern about the world, and yes, some hope.



Isn’t that why we go to shows and listen to music in the first place—to be inspired and feel a little better about the world? Anyway, get to a show soon, it’s good for you. And if you need a concert partner, hit me up!



Playlist: Thus far - June 2018

Playlist: Thus far – June 2018

Things are heating up around here, whether it’s the weather, the BBQ or politics (yikes!). So here are some new tunes in 2018 to help you cool down, find your groove, seek joy and look for the good!



If you are seeking more good music, check out New Music Matters Spring 2018 Playlist and Summer 2018 Playlist – great stuff here!