My newest playlist has been accompanying me on my drive to work every morning. I find that starting the day with a few really good songs helps me adjust from my mornings at home to the mad rush that starts the moment I enter my classroom.
I was having a conversation with a friend the other day about how universal folk music is. The smooth, soft melodies and plucky rhythms seem to satisfy even the harshest of critics. It doesn’t have to be your favorite- it’s still easy to listen to.
Playlist .06 has a solid mix of tempos. I found I was savings songs that started slow and built, like the Avett Brothers “Laundry Room” and “How To Be Yours” by Chris Renzema. Then, if you need a nostalgic kick to the gut, listen to “All Your Favorite Bands” by Dawes. Finally, use “As We Run” to pace a good, long run, and then book a trip out west. Listen to this playlist on your way there and thank me later.
Keep Your Head Up – Ben Howard
As We Run – The National Parks
Sounds Like Hallelujah – The Head and the Heart
Georgia – Vance Joy
Furr – Blitzen Trapper
Peace – O.A.R
Coming Home (Oregon) – Mat Kearney
All Your Favorite Bands – Dawes
How To Be Yours – Chris Renzema
Fulton County Jane Doe – Brandi Carlile
Settled a Down – Mandolin Orange
Heavy – Birdtalker
Laundry Room – The Avett Brothers
After the War – Branches