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perk me up playlist

I couldn’t sleep for a few hours in the middle of the night Thursday. I was kind of cold, and not exactly awake enough to get out of bed. But not really able to sleep either.
I thought about the positives and negatives about my day. I considered ways I could trick myself out of this emotional state so that the old adage ‘feelings follow actions’ might just come true. I thought a load of other things too, but kept coming back to this one.
How can I jump start myself into a healthier emotional place?
And a song came into my head.
Or rather the way it feels to play the song in the car with the windows down singing my heart out.
I caught myself smiling.

I decided then and there to create a playlist filled with songs that perk me up the moment I hear the first chords. Obviously I did this in my head because I just told you I didn’t get up.
I did eventually fall back asleep, but when I woke, I remembered most of the songs I’d considered in the middle of the night. So I did the only thing I could possibly do.
I made a list. In my brand new List Whore notebook.
A quick list of songs that perk me up the moment they begin to play.
Please listen responsibly.

Zero to Hero

Balance Beam
Blue October

Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Crosby, Stills & Nash

Platinum Blonde Life
No Doubt

Justin Timberlake

Dancing Queen
Mamma Mia! (the movie)

Saw Doctors

California Gurls
Katy Perry

A Punk
Vampire Weekend

Wild Wild Life
Talking Heads

Who Do You Think You Are
Spice Girls

You Can’t Stop the Beat
Hairspray (the movie)

They’re not in any real order. Which is OK, because this isn’t a play list you can listen to in order. You gotta hit shuffle and turn it up! They probably don’t make much sense to the average listener, but that’s OK too. These are my perk up songs so they make sense to me.
Now I’m curious, what do y’all listen to to perk yourselves up?

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Summer Slam ’16 (a mixtape)


I made a new mix.
Turned out a little differently than I originally expected.
It started with Alexi Murdoch…a soft, slow, sad sounding song. (Gah! Accidental alliteration!)
Then it grew…and fleshed out a bit. I’m still not sure it’s quite right. But I’ve been listening to it for the last three days straight, and either I can no longer hear the flaws in the mix…or it’s flawless.
Either way, enjoy!
It’s tentatively titled “Roby’s Summer Slam ’16” (even though it’s not terribly “slammy”)
Please listen responsibly.

Tori Vasquez
Tori is a girl from Texas that opened for Blue October when I saw them two years ago. Girlie Thing and I like her song “Bitch Switch”, it’s our little Auntie-Niece thing. I like the lyrics. I love when Tori scats.
This is from her debut album Go Thank Yourself.

And She Was
Talking Heads
Little Creatures was the first album I ever bought with my own money in my own hands. I wore it out. I still love it more than thirty years later.
This song has always reminded me of Thing 1. She’s kind of dreamy like this song.

Punch This Heart of Mine
Skipping Girl Vinegar
Melbourne based band I totally heart, named for “Little Audrey” the Skipping Girl sign.

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The Great Wave.
I love this entire album, but this song is fun and I like the idea that love punches you in your heart…cause it’s kind of true.

Doing it to Death
The Kills
Y’all’ve already seen this one. But it’s on the mix, so you can watch again.
This is from their new album Ash & Ice.
Love Love love Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince. (Sour Cherry is my all time fave Kills song.)

Immigrant Punk
Gogol Bordello
From the album Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike. I got this album from Thing 2. She has very eclectic musical tastes. She comes by it honestly and then she tweaked it to fit herself.
Interestingly enough, this is YBW’s favorite song on the mix.
I just think it’s fun.

Finger Back
Vampire Weekend
From Modern Vampires of the City. This song is catchy, as are all their songs, but there are underlying statements being made. The song was written about friends of the band, and the trouble others had with their relationship.

Cold Hands (Warm Heart)
Brendan Benson
From my absolute favorite of Brendan’s albums, The Alternative to Love.
The entire ablum is perfection. I chose this one because…well I just like it.

Badly Drawn Boy
Badly Drawn Boy (Damon Michael Gough) created the soundtrack for the movie based on Nick Hornby’s book of the same name, About a Boy. I’ve loved this album since I saw the movie in 2002. I can’t recommend it enough…it really tells a story, you should listen to it from start to finish if you can…and see the movie!

Northern Sky
Nick Drake
From his Bryter Layter album, released the year I was born. I adore this man’s music. It is my “go to” playlist. The lyrics! His voice! Oh I just adore him! The opening line of the song is: Never felt magic crazy as this. How perfect is that?

Through the Dark
Alexi Murdoch
A desperate love song from his album Towards the Sun. I think it’s lovely.

Amber’s Song
Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam
A very cool guy shared this band with me. I love love love Davy Knowles voice. I love their bluesy sound. Listen to them, then listen again. No song will disappoint. This is from their album, Coming up for Air.

Umpqua Rising
Blind Pilot
Brand new album from this band. And Then Like Lions.
My all time favorite song of theirs is called Paint or Pollen. The instrumental version was played as the recessional for our wedding in October. The new album has so much promise! Releases tomorrow! Pick it up, you won’t be sad.

Scream (Funk My Life Up)
Paolo Nutini
I love me some Paolo! He’s kind of like the boy version of me. A little bit sassy, a little bit sexy, a little bit naughty. Well behaved enough to get by, but always out for a good time. This is from his third album, Caustic Love.
My favorite song of his is called New Shoes. Perhaps Paolo is my spirit animal…

From the album About Love.
These French girls don’t mess around. The first line is: I’m a bitch when I brush my teeth. I discovered them on my guilty pleasure tv show, Gossip Girl. They were the band at Cotillion episode 9, “They Shoot Humphrey’s Don’t They?” in season 3. (originally aired November 9, 2009)
I think the song is fun…I think every girl is a bitch sometimes. I’m a bitch when I paint my lips.

I Get Along
The Libertines
I’ve shared this one with you before. I love this song!
I get along singing my song, people tell me I’m wrong…f**k ’em. It might be my anthem.
This is from Up the Bracket, their debut album. Carl and Pete and the guys have been through hell and back together and now that Pete is clean, they’re making music again. Yay!

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laundry, sushi, fresh produce, and Cousins on Friday

It’s Friday.
Laundry and grocery store day…only I’m having some difficulty getting motivated to leave the house. Laundry is well sorted because laundry is my “jam”.
YBW requested sushi because my plan is to go over Wegmans to grocery shop. It’s cloudy and I’m feeling lazy. I just want to snuggle up with a good book. But I think I want fresh produce even more…so off to Wegmans I’ll go.

Perhaps a bit later though.
Right now I’m going to listen to a little Vampire Weekend.
You can too!
This is ‘Cousins’ from their sophomore album, ‘Contra’.
Please listen responsibly.

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getting my stuff mix (a mixtape)

I’m excited to share with you my new ‘mixtape’.
Interestingly enough, it began as two mixes that I combined into one. I made one in July, then another in November. Neither one struck me as exactly perfect, but I realized I loved certain things about each one so much that I just cut the superfluous songs and rearranged these to come up with ‘getting my stuff’ mix.
I call it that because the day I finally finished it was the day I came home from Richmond with my mother’s things.
Please listen responsibly.

Smile ~ Tori Vasquez
Funk Shop ~ Keegan Smith
Nothin’ But a Woman ~ Robert Cray
One Chance ~ Skipping Girl Vinegar
Bitter Pill ~ Billy Idol
That’s All Right ~ Elvis Presley
Freckle Song ~ Chuck Prophet
Everlasting Arms ~ Vampire Weekend
Chello Song ~ Nick Drake
Tip of the Tongue ~ The Donnis Trio
Oblivion ~ Bastille
Vespa’s Song ~ Ben Taylor
Farmer’s Daughter ~ Babyshambles
I looked Away ~ Derek and the Dominos
Lost in the Supermarket ~ The Clash
Everybody’s Dancing and I Want to Die ~ Deaf Havana
Hard Candy ~ Blue October
Your Wife is Calling ~ Lee Ving, Dave Grohl, et al.

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