For as much importance as I place on music in my life, you’d never know it from this blog. The fact is, I am constantly listening to music. My iPod, Carna (name THAT book!), is a constant companion, even part of my out-the-door-pat-down when I’m making sure I have all the necessities (phone, keys, wallet, iPod, sunglasses).
Because I use my iPod in the car, I spend a lot of time making playlists to get me from point A to point B with minimal fussing at Carna. They’re never really finished, but this particular playlist is pretty complete. It’s at a point where I just add songs as I encounter them; I’ve already included anything from my current iTunes library. It doesn’t really have a name… There’s a smaller version I call “Love Songs for the Hopeless Romantic,” but that really didn’t apply to the full one. I just refer to it as “Guys” because it’s composed entirely of songs by male vocalists.
It’s a very mellow playlist. I wish I had another word for it, but my vocabulary fails me. It’s calming, and it’s thoughtful, and it’s lovely. If you want a copy of any of these to try, let me know, and I’ll see what I can do.
Highlights of this playlist include: “Ride” by Cary Brothers, “Love Will Come Through” by Travis, “Home Life” by John Mayer, “Put Me In the Car” by Ryan Gosling, “After Tonight” by Justin Nozuka and “Tears and Laughter” by Jonathan Czerwik.
Cary Brothers – “Ride” is beautiful. I love to drive to this one. Brothers is known better for “Blue Eyes,” featured on the Garden State soundtrack, but Lord have mercy, this song is so quietly… uplifting? It’s one of those songs that just makes me feel better.
Travis – “Love Will Come Through” has pretty guitar. It’s a bit more energetic than some of the other songs in the list, and it’s one of Travis’s prettier tracks.
John Mayer – “Home Life” features one of my favorite lyrics ever. “I can tell you this much: I will marry just once, and if it doesn’t work out, give her half of my stuff. It’s fine with me; we said eternity.”
Ryan Gosling – “Put Me in the Car” …yes, that Ryan Gosling. I love him. A lot. A lot? A lot. I loved him, and then I learned that he sang, too, and my soul melted a little. Or a lot. Yeah. This song is beautiful. It’s so heartfelt and almost broken. There’s so much soul in it.
Justin Nozuka – “After Tonight” is just romantic. It’s so softly protective.
Jonathan Czerwick – “Tears and Laughter” was at the end of an episode of Bones. When I heard it, I felt my a sad little tug at my heartstrings. It’s a bit sad but, again, wonderfully pretty.
That does it for this playlist; send me a message by comment, e-mail or even instant message, and I’ll help you find any of these if you don’t have them or can’t find them.