Today in Nashville, it is a dreary 48 degrees, but I have taken it upon myself to be incredibly productive while cuddled up in my dorm room. I am quite proud of myself. While I’ve been finishing up applications and speech outlines, I’ve been listening to the same playlist on repeat for 4 straight hours. Care to know what’s in my headphones?
1) “Pool Mashup” from Pitch Perfect (Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream)
2) “Bellas Finals” from Pitch Perfect (Price Tag/Don’t You (Forget About Me)/Give Me Everything/Just the Way You Are/Party in the U.S.A./Turn the Beat Around)
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you are sorely missing out. As a fan mourning the cancellation of The Sing Off, I appreciated Pitch Perfect for it’s funny script, predictable plotline, well-casted actors, and depiction of acapella music. These two songs were my favorites, because they make me want to be in an acapella group RIGHT NOW. The vocals aren’t necessarily the best (the actors actually did the vocals), but I appreciate the effort, and Lord, I love that movie.
3) “Home” by Philip Phillips
First of all, that’s a terrible name to try and spell. The first Philip has one L, and the second one has two. Poor kid. This is a feel good song with nice lyrics “Settle down, it’ll all be clear/Don’t pay no mind to the demons, they fill you with fear”. It’s also got a steady beat that you want to tap your foot along to.
4) “Pulled” from The Addams Family
I cannot, for the life of me, get this song out of my head. I heard it for the first time at the beginning of August, and it gives me chills and makes me want to dance simultaneously. Apparently, it was one of the most popular female audition songs last year. I can see why. Basically, this song is Wednesday Addams realizing that she’s falling in love, and it’s causing her to change her typically dark disposition. It’s hilarious. My favorite part is the bridge. Here’s a line: “Puppy dogs with drooping faces, unicorns with dancing mice, sunrise and wide open spaces, Disneyworld, I’ll go there twice!”
5) “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
“Is love alive?”
I love both of these women, and this melancholy song makes my heart ache. It’s one of those “Dear God, I really need a good cry right now” or “I’m dancing with my boyfriend in the kitchen” songs. I don’t how it works for both, but it does. Listen to it. You’ll understand. Beautiful line: “This is my winter song to you/The storm is coming soon/It rolls in from the sea/My love a beacon in the night/My words will be your light/To carry you to me”
6) “Nashville” by Noah Gundersen
This guy is incredible. If you haven’t heard of him, you need to spend some time on YouTube listening to his stuff. Don’t be thrown off by the dreadlocks. This guy is the hippest hipster, and his super chill acoustic sets are highlighted by some really powerful, really raw lyrics. Look up his song “David,” also, for some good listening. And of course, living in Nashville, I completely fell in love with the chorus: “It’s a long, long way back to Nashville.” I expect to sing this every time I head home to Texas, torn between my home and my “home.”
7) “Somewhere Only We Know” by the Glee cast (specifically Darren Criss)
I’m afraid that my little sister might love Glee more than she loves me. In particular, she’s a huge fan of Darren Criss and Chris Colfer. I don’t particularly encourage the obsession, but I do think they are very talented guys. She played this song for me once, and I secretly fell in love with it. I can describe it perfectly in one word: passionate. It makes me want to weep and dance around and kiss somebody (single girl problems). I have no idea who sings the original, and frankly, I don’t care. Darren’s rendition is perfect, and I’m in love.
8) “Be OK” by Ingrid Michaelson
This song is in, like, a million and two commercials, and for good reason. It gets stuck in your head, and you find yourself bobbing your head and humming hours later. Ingrid’s the cutest soprano to ever grace the earth, and I want to be her when I grow up.
9) “City” by Sara Bareilles
The opposite of the last song, this is a slower, sadder song. I’m particularly fond of Sara’s sad songs, like this one and “Gravity.” My favorite line is: “These boys only listen to me when I sing” (single singer problems).
10) “Tennessee” by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons
This song kind of falls in the same camp as Noah Gundersen as the chill acoustic track with nice lyrics. I could listen to this song on repeat for hours. It’s so simple, but it’s really beautiful. Enjoy.
11) “What I Did for Love” by Lea Michele for Glee
The classic A Chorus Line song gets an incredible make-over, because honestly, Lea Michele does everything right. I remember listening to this song around my high school graduation and weeping (wow, I cry a lot). And the second she starts belting those high notes? Lord, help me. I want that girl’s pipes.
12) “Die Vampire, Die!” from [title of show]
If you know me, you know that I don’t tolerate sketchy language in my music. But if you go to listen to this song, you’ll be concerned that college has changed my mind. No. It hasn’t. The reason I love this song, despite the language, is because, as an artist, it hits really close to home. If you are a fellow artist who needs a pick-me-up, go listen to this, and then go pick up your book/song/painting/whatever and get to work!
13) “50 Ways to Say Goodbye” by Train
Can we talk about the fact that I start singing “The Phantom of the Opera” every time I listen to this song? I don’t know how they’re getting away with that. Regardless, I LOVE THIS SONG. I cannot sit still when I listen to it. That may be because we do a routine to this in my Zumba class. I blame my Puerto Rican blood. The thing that’s great about this song is that the music is fantastic, but when I finally listened to the lyrics, I realized that they are hysterical.
Happy Saturday, and happy listening!