Guys. I don’t know where Spotify has been my entire life but I just indulged and now I’m #ded.
If you have been following my blog from the wee beginning you may recall my ramblings on the importance of music in my life and how it has shaped me as a person. I’ve always wanted to share with you some of my favorite playlists. Let’s get started, shall we?
But first, let’s back up a second here. Disclaimer: I am well-aware that music is very personal for each individual. I am sure that there are some songs on this playlist that some of you may not like, or heck, have ever listened to before. And that’s totally okay! I’ve said this time and time again, I love ALL genres of music (okay…maybe except for awkward elevator music & 80s pop, no thanks.) Largely what I listen to depends on my mood for the day.
When I think of summertime, the genre always shifts back to country.
I grew up in a safe, beautiful home nestled between farms and wide-open fields, where I frolicked barefoot from dawn to dusk. As a young child I spent many summers reading story books in the grass, jumping on the hay bales, playing Kick the Can with the neighbors, and spending my weekends up north at Lake Metonga. As a teenager, my summer nights consisted huddling around a bonfire with my best friends, many of whom I can still thankfully call my best friends to this day. I can almost taste the lingering stiff stench of smoke on my varsity softball sweatshirt while driving home trying to make that midnight curfew. These songs remind me of working at the icecream drive-in, countryside drives, and Dennis Lasky’s garage parties (Dennis, I don’t think you’re reading my blog, but if you are, those parties were the bomb!) A lot of these songs bring me back to those happy memories.
And then I have included a few songs that are pertinent to this stage of my life that remind me of my recent summer adventures with Trevor; traveling, attending concerts, and experiencing life with the love of my life. I close my eyes and it’s almost like I’m there again; driving for miles through the desert listening to Eric Church and the Rolling Stones, holding hands.
I may be getting older, but summertime never gets old.
This playlist could be described as sweet nostalgia. Each of these songs are special to me and serve as memories from my past. They represent a bittersweet time in my life, summertime; a season of freedom, new beginnings, and change.
As Eric Church so candidly puts it in his Springsteen, “Funny how a melody sounds like a memory.”
What songs make you nostalgic? Leave me a comment below!