I took a break from posting playlists for a little while because (1) I listen to Christmas music for the majority of December and (2) I hadn’t found any songs that really jumped out at me that I wanted to put in a playlist. However, the winter blues have hit hard. I know that music is one thing that makes me feel better, even if it doesn’t necessarily cheer me up. It’s okay to not be able to change that. It’s nice to recognize that other people get that “blue” feeling and that some even sing about it.
This playlist starts with a song I first heard performed live at the Newport Folk Festival. Glen Hansard has a startling ability to croon a truth that hits you like a punch to the gut. Follow him up with a few new melodies by Jade Bird, Maggie Rogers, and the Head and the Heart and you’ve got a great mix to cry to. I love the song “Hello My Old Heart” by the Oh Hellos and “Amsterdam” by Gregory Alan Isakov. Finally, I’m working on leaning Ira Wolf’s song “Waves” on the piano because it’s poetry set to music.
My Little Ruin – Glen Hansard
The Funeral – Band of Horses
Amsterdam – Gregory Alan Isakov
Hate the Way You Love Me – John Paul White
Waves – Ira Wolf
I Can Change – Lake Street Drive
Part of Me – Good Old War
Something American – Jade Bird
Love You For a Long Time – Maggie Rogers
Honeybee – The Head and the Heart
Heartbeats – Jose Gonzalez
Paint – The Paper Kites
Hello My Old Heart – The Oh Hellos