Let me introduce one of my very best, and definitely oldest of friends. Molly has been one of my greatest creative influences, all the way through high school, college, art school, and now beyond. She is my “go to girl” for music, books, art, good food, cozy coffee shops, great book stores… which are all small things in comparison to the great gift of friendship she offers. She is one of the greatest sarcastic minds I know, and shares a deep love of dry British humour with me. Oh, and she still gets embarrassed when I sing loudly in public, which is fun to do.
I think it only proper to start my “Travel Playlists” with Molly B, and I love that I have not heard most of the music on her playlist. Oh, and make sure to check back in a few weeks for Molly’s book list– my iPad will be blissfully happy as I get on an airplane!
Most of this playlist was created for a road trip I took a year and a half ago from Southern California to Illinois. We drove my friend Jenny’s car, only to find that her car wouldn’t play my burned CDs. Since then, it’s become the most frequently played compilation in my car, for the 20 minute drive to work or the 2 hour drive to visit my sister. Usually I judge driving music by how fun it is to sing along to, but these are soundtrack songs, the kind that suggest one is living in a more compelling story than one had realized. A few songs have been added since I first put it together, but they were added for the same reason. They serve as reminders to live more richly. To choose better. To keep your eyes open.
(FYI, some of the best were saved for last. If you listen to nothing else but Nina Simone, you’ve done well.)
Sweet Disposition, by the Temper Trap
Chicago, by Sufjan Stevens
Why Does it Always Rain on Me, by Travis
Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl, by Broken Social Scene
Home, by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Call Your Girlfriend, by Robyn (this is also the song you should start dancing to with your headphones on in the airport [see music video for appropriate moves])
Locked Up, by Ingrid Michaelson
See These Bones, by Nada Surf
TrainWreck, by Matt Kearney
Black Horse… (radio version), by KT Tunstall
The Calculation, by Regina Spektor
Smell of Coffee, by Greg Brown
Lover, You Should Have Come Over, by Jeff Buckley
Good Arms vs. Bad Arms, by Frightened Rabbit
The Crane Wife 3, by The Decemberists
Who May Be Lazy, by M. Ward
Cosmic Love, by Florence + the Machine
Oh Night, by Christian Kjellvander
Feeling Good, by Nina Simone