And these are my thoughts on a few songs that hold significance for me:
“Emmylou” by First Aid Kit: Oh gosh. I used to listen to this song a lot when I first had Emma. It made me cry then and it makes me cry now. Especially because we now have a Lucy who we often call “Lou.” (When I realized this, I had a freakout. 😆) Anyway, this is one of the most beautiful songs in existence, and I can’t recommend giving it a listen more.
“Darkness” by Pinegrove: I seem to have a song every month that I play on repeat because it lifts my spirits, and this one’s this month’s. Of course, the actual subject matter of the song is a little depressing, haha, but the tune is upbeat and cheery and I find myself dancing around the kitchen when it comes on.
“At Your Funeral” covered by Ruston Kelly: Love this cover, which is much more aligned to my mid-30s music taste. Though to be clear, I was a HUGE Saves the Day fan back in middle/high school. Anyone else?! I went to middle and high school in Princeton, New Jersey, so Saves the Day was deeply rooted in my upbringing. I also had a lot of teenage angst and they seemed to get that. 🙈 I remember one year my Uncle Alex asking me what I wanted for Christmas, and I told him “Through Being Cool” by Saves the Day. I listened to that album on repeat for years. Thanks, Uncle Alex. And for the record, you were always super cool. ;)
“Champaign, Illinois” by the Old 97’s: Mitch went to college at the University of Illinois in Champaign, and we try to get back every year or so! The first time I visited his family out here, actually, he took me. And I remember being in a state of belief as to how happy I was to be in Illinois, seeing his world, if that makes sense. Next year, once the virus is over, we hope to bring the girls to a football game there!
“Harmonia” by Cass McCombs: I was listening to this in the car the other day and was overcome by how how beautiful it was. A nice soothing to song to play in the morning.
“Dreams” by Chloe Moriondo: “Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac made a resurgence this year because of TikTok. Kind of hilarious but as a longtime fan of the song—who isn’t?!—I loved it. (And apparently so did the band!) I particularly love this cover by Chloe Moriondo.
“Crash Into Me” by Dave Matthews/Tim Reynolds (Live at Luther): Okay, we don’t need to talk about the subject matter, ha. But gosh. “Live at Luther.” What an album! Like most people, I think I overdid Dave back in the day. “Live at Luther” is timeless, though, and whenever a song from it comes on, I can’t help but smile. Even if it’s a creepy one. I probably should have chosen a different song from that album for this playlist.