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Travel Music :: Molly’s Playlist

December 8, 2013



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


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