I know it hasn’t been very long since I shared my last playlist, but that one wasn’t really an everyday playlist like most of my others. It was meant for sleepy quiet times. I love it, I listen to it often, but it’s not exactly appropriate driving music. (Unless you like to doze off while you drive – I definitely do not.)
So here’s my latest selection of upbeat tunes. This one has been percolating for a month. Every time I looked at it, I re-arranged the tracks, deleted a bunch, and added a bunch of new ones. It didn’t really begin to come together until last week when my mother gave me free reign with her collection of oldies.
In the end, I chose three of her songs, and three of my own old tunes, and filled in the rest with modern songs, many of which have obvious 60’s and 70’s influences. I wanted the whole thing to have a vibe that would be right at home 40-50 years ago, but was still modern enough to feel fresh and new.
Even with these self-imposed guidelines, I still found myself being really picky about the sound, re-arranging, deleting, and adding, until this morning I finally just said “Enough! It is what it is!” And with that, I burned the CD for the car, and uploaded the playlist to 8tracks to share. Phew.
I went for a drive this afternoon, music cranked up nice and loud, and I’m pretty happy with it. I guess all of my fiddling worked out for the best. It really could have gone any way 😉
I’m listening to it right now as I type. Still enjoying it on the second time through. This is a good thing, since I tend to listen to each of my playlists ad nauseum until I make the next one. Would you like to listen, too? Click here or listen in the widget below.
At the risk of sounding like 8tracks is paying me (they are not), I have to tell you how cool I find their service. You create playlists from your own music collection (or you can use tracks on their servers, but I’ve never tried that) and then you can access them anywhere there’s an 8tracks app. I listen on my laptop sometimes. Other times I play on my phone.
And then there’s tonight where I am taking advantage of Google’s Cast technology to send the music from my phone to my television via Android TV. Isn’t technology cool? (And Google is not paying me, either.)
The cover image is from that April day in 2011 where my Mom and I went to Branch Brook Park and took pictures of the cherry blossoms. A very nice day that I’m happy to immortalize in CD cover form ❤
Here’s the track list, if you’d like to know ahead of time what you are listening to (if you prefer to be surprised, then stop reading here, scroll up, and press ▶ already!):
1: Paloma Faith – Upside Down
2: The Bird And The Bee – Witch
3: Tahiti 80 – Silently Walking
4: Todd Rundgren – I Saw The Light
5: The Clientele – Here Comes The Phantom
6: Camera Obscura – French Navy
7: Petula Clark – Downtown
8: Friends of Gemini – Somersaults In Spring
9: The Innocence Mission – Spring Is Written on Your Door
10: Judy Collins – Sunny Goodge Street
11: Blind Pilot – Keep You Right
12: Iron & Wine – Flightless Bird, American Mouth
13: The Association – Never My Love
14: The Folk Implosion – Mechanical Man
15: Augie March – Thin Captain Crackers
16: Cat Stevens – Moonshadow
17: Rocky Votolato – Streetlights
18: The Decemberists – The Harrowed And The Haunted
19: Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street (Edit)
20: Turin Brakes – Radio Silence
21: Elbow – What Time Do You Call This?
22: Supergrass – Alright
By the way, the title, “Summer Waits in the Leaves” is a lyric from “Here Comes the Phantom” by the Clientele, which is track #5.