We all like music. Anything from a cell phone ring to a commercial jingle to an Italian opera can make our toes tap and our hearts sing. I love music. When Laura and Jenn asked me to put together a playlist, I opened up my iTunes and got to work, collecting some of my favourite songs into this one crazy list!
But the thing about music is that everyone has their own taste. Some lean towards Eminem and some listen to nice, impressionistic Debussy. If you like my music, cool! If not, no worries. Everyone has their favourite songs, and everyone rocks out to their own sounds. I hope you enjoy my version of a spring pump-up list to get the snow melting and the flowers blooming, bringing everyone (finally) out of hibernation!
"You I Want (Radio Edit)"
– Jesse Thomas
I recently found, and immediately fell in love with, this track. I love alternative music, mainly because it always changes and it's so original, and Jesse definitely fits that description. I especially love how she's so honest with her lyrics but the song is still super upbeat!
"Baby Love "
– Diana Ross & The Supremes
"Baby Love" is definitely a blast from the past, but it's a classic. I also love older music like this, particularly for the clarity. It's not synthesized or changed at all; it just has great harmonies and wonderful singing.
"Dog Days Are Over"
– Florence + The Machine
This song is now a little more famous but I actually started listening to it last year. The rhythm and instrumentation is amazing.
"Such Great Heights"
– The Postal Service
The power of techno! I find no matter where I am, whether in my room at home or on an endless plane ride, this song still gets me pumped up and excited. One of my favourite lyrics is "Everything looks perfect from far away." Every time I hear it, it makes me think.
"I Love My Car"
– Belle & Sebastian
This song always makes me giggle. Belle & Sebastian's lyrics (talking about loving gloves and rats) never cease to amaze me. Oh, and of course there are the singing birds near the end. Truly great.
– Diane Birch
The gospel stylings of Diane Birch are always a great way to get you out of bed. I love it because at the end of the song, you're ready for anything.
"Gonna Get Over You"
– Sara Bareilles
The way I found this song is kind of funny. I didn't know who Sara Bareilles was when I first heard it in the mall. After Shazaming it, I realized that this wasn't just some underground band. This is the writer of the Top 40 hit "Love Song". I had no idea.
"She's Got You High"
This song is awesome! I heard it during the credits of one of my favourite movies and immediately decided that I needed to own it. The way it starts off so simple and ends in this crash of sounds and chords is fabulous.
"In the Dirt"
– S. Carey
This is one of those songs that gets you inspired. I'm a huge fan of piano (I play a bit myself), and the transition at the beginning from the piano to the clapping along with the incredible rhythms always gets me smiling.
Not only are the beats amazing, but so is the video. This song is sweet because it gets you pumped. It might sound strange at first, but by the end you can't help shaking your hips and bopping your head.
– Said The Whale
Here's a song that will win your heart, starting off as a sweet little lullaby, ending in a classic saying from the children's book, and the ultimate ukulele riff.
"You and I"
– Ingrid Michaelson
This is actually my favourite song. I was only introduced to Ingrid's work last year and fell in love with it. The lyrics make you stomp your feet and sing along. And you can't beat a sing-along.
"Comme des infants"
– Coeur de pirate
All right, I'll be honest. I can't speak French to save my life, but this song makes me want to learn. The piano and voice seem almost effortless. It's beautiful, especially the violin at the end.
– Jack Johnson
Adorable. That's all I can think when I listen to Jack Johnson's lyrics. The idea of pretending it's the weekend, sleeping in and making "Banana Pancakes" is the dream. The raw guitar and talent is incredible. And he's right: If you're not ready to get out of hibernation quite yet, "There ain't no reason to go outside."
– Kate Nash
To wrap up the playlist, this song is another one of my favourites. It's catchy, honest, and perfect for any kind of heartbreak. Kate says "I can watch a sunset on my own," getting you away from that winter gloom and into the upbeat feel of a fresh new spring.