Mix Tape 2010

I was having a conversation with a friend, recently, over knitting, of course… We were talking about our playlists and how important and necessary, a good playlist is. We promised to exchange playlists in the near future. Well, it’s 2010 already and as I sifted through my iTunes, the following list is what has been taking up most of my ipods’ time.

Some are songs that make me smile, make me want to get out and move. Others came to me at pivotal moments in 2009 and bring me back there every time I hear it. I love all of them for different reasons.

I’ve noticed a few things about myself in these songs. First of all, break up songs are just more fun to sing along with. Next, I really miss running because most of these songs mention something about wanting to run. I hate waiting for anything… the songs that aren’t talking about running are talking about having to wait. Finally, there is a pervading sense of happiness throughout. Several songs are about uncertainty but on the whole, there is joy.

Here they are:

Charmed Life by Joy Williams from “One of Those Days – EP”

“Don’t even let it fool you, we’re living in a charmed life, charmed life.”

Stolen by Dashboard Confessional from “Dusk And Summer”

“You have stolen my heart.”

-I think this one was after my first asthma attack and subsequent ER visit. I felt like someone had stolen my breath but not in a good way.

Safe by Britt Nicole from “The Lost Get Found”

“I’m so tired of turning and running away when love just isn’t safe.”

Break Me Out 2 by The Rescues from “Crazy Ever After”

“Break me out tonight, I wanna see the sun rise, anywhere but here, come with me, this could be, the only chance we get…”

-Who hasn’t had a day or week like this?

Never Say Never by The Fray from “The Fray”

“Don’t let me go, picture you’re the queen of everything as far as the eye can see under your command, I will be your guardian, when it’s all crumbling, I will steady your hand.”

-Suddenly it felt like I had become allergic to all of Los Angeles… but there was still, The Fray.

Closer to Love by Mat Kearney from “City of Black & White”

“She got the call today, one out of the gray and when the smoke cleared it took her breath away. She said she didn’t believe it could happen to me, I guess we’re all one phone call from our knees.”

-This came as I was recovering from my car accident.

The Chain (Live from Webster Hall) by Ingrid Michaelson from “Be OK”

“So glide away on soapy heels and promise not to promise anymore and if you come around again then I will take the chain from off the door.”

Always by Peter Bradley Adams from “Leavetaking”

“She’s familiar with the sound you make every time you go, always she waits for you… she leaves the lights on the tree and though the  new year has come every night they’ll stay on for you to see. Always she waits for you.”

-Summer vacation with the Family.

Incomplete by Alanis Morissette from “Flavors of Entanglement (Deluxe Edition)”

“I have been running so sweaty my whole life for a chance at a finish line, I have been missing the rapture this whole time of being forever incomplete…”

-I was always running sweaty when I played this at exactly a mile to go.

Darling Don't Be Frightened by Ellery from “You Did Everything Right”

“Darling don’t be frightened, there’s a sea down in your soul, as deep as wide as soft and kind as earth is old, such an ocean when it finds you, it might swallow you whole, but if it does then darling, what a lovely way to go.

-This was on repeat as we waited for Mom’s biopsy results.

Marked In the Valley by J. Tillman from “Year In the Kingdom”

“Heaven and earth filled the room til the windows broke… imagine the end, gathered in praise the girls voices are fierce in their wonder with hands on my face, they say you finally came.”

-Spencer played this one for me on Christmas morning, loudly. Thank you for sharing!

Safe To Land by Jars Of Clay from “Closer (EP)”

“Getting tired from all this circling not much grace left on a broken wing, feel the wind trying to push me down it happens every time I get to town…”

-Jars of Clay never disappoints.

I Run to You by Lady Antebellum from “Lady Antebellum”

“I run my life, or is it running me, run from my past, I run too fast, or too slow it seems, when lies become the truth, that’s when I run to you.”

-This one was all over the radio, I just couldn’t resist.

Wild At Heart by Gloriana from “Gloriana (Deluxe Version)”

“That rebel moon is shining, those stars burn like diamonds I’ll follow you where you’re leading, to the first sweet taste of freedom, you got me running baby, wild at heart.”

-The 70’s power chords bring a smile to my face. I dare you to resist singing along.

Half of My Heart (with Taylor Swift) by John Mayer from “Battle Studies”

“I was born in the arms of imaginary friends, free to roam, made a home out of everywhere I’ve been, then you come crashing in…”

We Run by Sugarland from “Love On the Inside”

“Lips like gravity, pulls me under, reckless weather on his breath, smells like rain, hits like thunder, a storm is coming I got nothing left, so we run…”

-I couldn’t help myself! It’s just so fun to sing this one.

Big Blue Sky by Sandra McCracken from “Red Balloon - MP3”

“All of the walls of the rooms of the house are the usual shape and size but I’m just a person who can’t be for certain if I’m gonna fit inside. Oh I’ve been trying and trying but it makes me tired…”

-I’ve been listening to Sandra McCracken for a long time now. She just keeps getting better.

Everything's Right by Matt Wertz from “Under Summer Sun (Bonus Track Version)”

“Windows down the night blows in, tap beat on the wheel as the tires spin, until we’re there crank the radio, we’ll join in with the songs we know.”

-I listened to this while Pasadena was on Fire. Fun summer songs, not so fun in reality.

City of Black & White by Mat Kearney from “City of Black & White”

“I don’t want to wait until tomorrow to tell you how I feel for the rest of my life, you don’t want to waste another minute when you realize…”

-All his songs have this sense of urgency, like he has to tell you right now.

Defying Gravity by Glee Cast from “Defying Gravity (Glee Cast - Rachel/Lea Michele Solo Version)”

“It’s time to trust my instincts, to close my eyes and leap. It’s time to try defying gravity.”

-I’ve never seen “Wicked” but I am a huge Glee geek. They take my breath away and make me laugh out loud, every time.