It seems that I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole. The other day, when I added my April Showers playlist to 8tracks.com, I got pulled into a world of playlists and new music, and I have barely looked up since.
I’ve been a member there for several years, but I never really looked at it much until this week. And now I find myself looking up all kinds of tags to help me find music for all kinds of occasions: “mornings” “coffee break” “happy” “workout” “cooking supper” “sleepy” …
There are so many cool playlists put together by people who seem to need only the slightest provocation to compile a musical salute to a particular feeling, place, or action. And everyone adds snappy cover art to their playlists, too. These are people after my own heart! happy dance
So, anyway, all of this listening has put me in the mood to put the finishing touches on a couple of playlists I’ve been thinking about for years.
The first is going to be a collection of older tunes (I feel weird calling 70’s and 80’s songs “oldies” but I guess the term fits…). Jilly’s arcade on the Ocean City boardwalk usually has the South Jersey oldies station playing. Hearing those tunes always brings me back to the good times we spend at the shore every spring.
I should have no problem composing that mix on my own. I actually listened to the station online this afternoon to help jog my memory, and I now have a nice long list of possibilities.
On the other hand, I could use your help with this one. I’ve got a very specific feeling in mind: Imagine a mild and breezy summer day. You’re in the kitchen with the window open, wearing an apron and baking something frivolous just for fun – cherry cupcakes, maybe? a strawberry crisp? blueberry pound cake?
Anyway, the music you are listening to is heavy on the Innocence Mission and Madeleine Peyroux. (I realize those two don’t really represent the same genre, but they are compatible in my mind.) Mellow but upbeat, old-fashioned or folkey, classic. The breeze comes in the window, and you sing along while you stir the batter…
I don’t know if I can explain it properly, and I’m feeling super picky about this mix, but maybe you have some suggestions for songs and/or artists that would fit the bill? I love the idea of including some more obscure acts, but I also want to see some very classic artists represented. I’ll probably throw a little Ella Fitzgerald in there, for example, followed by an Over the Rhine tune.
Does that help communicate the feeling I am after? What other tunes do I need to hear while I’m twirling around my breezy kitchen with a mixing bowl and a wooden spoon?