Playlist: Home Is Wherever I’m With You

Our music collections are vast and expansive.  Always growing.  As Willy Wonka would say, “Yes, the danger must be growing, for the rowers keep on rowing. And they’re certainly not showing, any signs that they are slowing.” Take pause, and stop hitting shuffle. Then take a listen to a playlist I made for you.

The temperature is creeping higher as we enter June, while summer songs and vibes start hitting my memories.  That kind of music wants to make me sing a little, dance a little, and smile a little.  I want to hit play for, and have it be one consistent good time.  That’s what these tracks do for me.  Especially when it’s not the weekend anymore, and it’s time to go to work.  My commute is just a little bit happier. I hope you enjoy it as much as some of these friends already do.  Also noticed after the fact that there seems to be a loose thematic love story hiding in here.  Let’s hope it all comes out alright.

“The best thing in my life right now (other than [my wife]) is the CD you made and passed out.  Love it!”
-Dan Eric, via text

“I love u[r] CD”
-Emmy, via text

Pure Imagination – Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory)
Just a little snippet to set the mood.  Come along with me.

Home – Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
I can’t stop listening to this song.  It’s like a folk revival that makes me want to get everyone together to hop and dance around.  The chorus soars with the jangly tune and I dare you not to whistle along.  If you have the opportunity you must see this band live.  You will not be disappointed.

Song Away – Hockey
Who is to know if Hockey will go the distance.  But this song says it all with it upbeat kick reminding you that tomorrow is just a song away.

Dec. 4th, Oh What A Night – Jay-Z vs. Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons
Oh What A Night with poetic rhymes over top?  Yes please.  I dropped this at a wedding I DJ’ed for a friend and it was a hit with both young and old.

History Town – Mos Def vs. Desmond Dekker and The Aces
Here we slow it down a bit.  If you’re in the car, just bounce your head and float along.  Mos Def pairs great with this dub style remix.  You can actually get the whole Mos Dub album for free.

Don’t Break My Heart (Build Me Up Buttercup) – B.O.B.
B.O.B. is killing it out of Atlanta.  He’s especially doing well on the charts with Nothin’ On You, but he’s been making great music long before.  Here’s one of his earlier mixtape singles where it’s almost as if he’s channeling Andre 3000 from 2003’s “Hey Ya!”.  Sing-alongs are encouraged.

Something Good Can Work (Ted & Francis Remix) – Two Door Cinema Club
This group already has a great electropop sound, and with this remix we get a beach gilded tune that would do well as the ending credits for a movie.

Dog Days Are Over – Florence & The Machine
This song hit me like a nice Hawaiian punch when I saw it performed live at the Coachella Valley Music Festival 2010.  It’d been a while since I’d seen a female lead with so much energy pour out into musical emotion.  Try to sit still, and you will fail.  This song makes me want to punch the sky.

A Juicy Intro (Ha! Yes Mashup) – Notorious B.I.G. vs. The XX
Now let’s take it down a bit.  The night’s almost over.  This mashup of Juicy and Intro is killer sexy cool.

Big Jet Plane – Angus and Julia Stone
Finally we’ve reached the end, but we’re not saying goodbye.  It’s a promise to take you a little further the next time.  The Stone siblings leave us calm with this easy, breezy, dreamy floating promise of romantic adventure.

Victor Sent Me – DJ Victorious June 2010 by victorsentme

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