Jen's Playlist: Winter

I’ve always loved winter because winter makes me feel hidden, less exposed. The world is a little bit quieter, and though the weather outside is ruthless, our hearts thaw faster. We feel warmer at home, surrounded by family, because we know what it’s like to be out in the cold, and we can appreciate not having to endure it alone, indefinitely, in whatever context that may be appropriate. For me personally, winter brings me back in time to memories that are cold and warm. I’m glad that I have both. 

This playlist is my version of what winter feels like. Give it a listen, and see what you make of it. I hope you enjoy.

Sundance Resort

Sundance Resort

1. “There Tonight”
Every Avenue

2. “The Story Left Untold”
Every Avenue

3. “You and I Tonight”
Faber Drive

4. “Unkiss Me”
Maroon 5

5. “Fall Apart”
Every Avenue

6. “Everbody Lies”
Jason Walker

7. “Dear Daughter”
Halestorm

8. “Echo”
Jason Walker

9. “Only Place I Call Home”
Every Avenue

10. “No Surprise”
Daughtry

11. “Cry”
Jason Walker

12. “Broken Over You”
Vertical Horizon

13. “Song for Someone”
Vertical Horizon

14. “Down”
Jason Walker

15. “Frost”
Vertical Horizon

Jen's Playlist: Flashback

When I hear the songs from this playlist, I think back to everything that led me to study abroad at 15. I remember moments and feelings that I never wish to go back to but hope to never forget. Three years ago, I changed my life, and SafetySuit was there. The Script was there, giving me courage and comfort to do and to be better for myself.

Every time I listen to these songs as I’m walking down the streets of downtown Chicago, I flash back to the days I’d sit on a chair by my open window and stay until my cheeks felt numb, waiting for a sign to tell me it was time to break free. These songs, I think they were my sign. Because I broke free.

Every one of these songs spoke for me and spoke to me. I hope they can do the same for you.

Urban Garlic

Urban Garlic

1. “Dead Man Walking”
The Script
2010

2. “For the First Time”
The Script
2010

3. “Exit Wounds”
The Script
2010 

4. “If You Ever Come Back”
The Script
2010

5. “Science & Faith”
The Script
2010

6. “One Time”
SafetySuit
2012

7. “These Times”
SafetySuit
2012

8. “Gone Away”
SafetySuit
2008 

9. “Stay”
SafetySuit
2008

10. “Anywhere But Here”
SafetySuit
2008

Jen's Playlist: Fall

I don’t know how to feel about fall. It’s my favorite season, but it’s also the toughest one for me to get through. Yes, school starts up again, but it’s not really about that. Fall is overwhelming enough on its own. Maybe it’s the changing colors of the leaves or the spices and aromas that are tossed together by the wind. I don’t really know. All I know is that, for me, summer is “country,” and fall is “a little bit of everything.”

I’m not sure how to characterize my music selection. It’s just my fall mood…

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wall2born.com

1. “All the Faint Lights”
Steve Moakler 
2009

2. “Beautiful With You”
Halestorm
2012

3. “Gotta Be Somebody”
Nickelback
2008

4. “Keeping Me Alive”
The Afters
2008

5. “Should Have Known Better”
Hinder
2012

6. “Break In”
Halestorm
2012

7. “Far Away”
Nickelback
2009

8. “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”
Iron & Wine
2007

9. “Element”
Moses Mayfield
2007

10.  “Put Your Arms Around Me”
Texas
1997

Jen’s Playlist: Cable Girls Soundtrack

Cable Girls is a Netflix Original featuring excellent Spanish actors and great music that don’t exactly go together… But I’ll focus on the good music, because you don’t need to know about the show to like the songs, and this soundtrack just really compliments my end-of-summer, beginning-of-fall mood. 

I honestly don’t even know what genre these songs are, but they’re worth listening to, so press play, relax, and enjoy.

Medium

Medium

1. “Awake”
Andrea Perry & Lily Hickman Waldon

2. “Rags to Riches”
Timothy Elliott Larcombe, Wayne Anthony Murray

3. “Hush Baby”
Lana McDonagh, Timothy Elliott Larcombe, Wayne Anthony Murray

4. “Sirens”
Hannah Wildes

5. “Wires”
Amanda Leigh Wilson, Stephen William Cornish

6. “It’s You”
Martha Bean, Chris Lewis

7. “Slipping Away”
Jacob Miller, Matt Naylor

8. “We Could Cry”
Nineoneone, Tony Lee Stafford Jr, Michael Dennis Smith, Hannah Christine Parrott

9. “Different Worlds”
Jes Hudak feat. George Arthur

10. “Standing Tall”
Amanda Leigh Wilson, Stephen William Cornish

BONUS: “Hablarán de Ti y de Mi”
Vanesa Martín

Nicole's Playlist: Reflections of Regret

I’ve always been the nostalgic type – because, you know, a seventeen year old girl just has so much to be wistful about – but I let regret consume me. I’ve constantly lain awake at night thinking about what I should have done or could have done or would have done differently. There were times I felt cemented in one event from the past. The world zoomed onward, and I was helplessly left standing there reliving the same mistakes again and again. I let regret run rampant within me, leaving my stomach to repeatedly fall victim to being twisted up in giant knots.

If you can’t tell by now, I was a nervous wreck. A complete spaz. Always worrying and contemplating and making myself sick. I had to do something, or I was going to die from stress before I reached twenty. So, I turned to music. I figured, why should I regret if I could listen to someone do it for me and not risk the health problems? I mean, at least those people get paid for it, right?

Anyway, I found these songs and listened to them over and over again because I thought the music fit my mood. But once I really listened to the words, I was captivated. The situations were all different, but the theme of regret was in each one. That’s what really spoke to me and would eventually change me. They taught me that living in the past won’t make the past any different because it can’t be changed. However, just because you aren’t in the past right now doesn’t mean you can’t look back once in a while and learn from it. I learned to reflect, not regret.

I hope you enjoy these songs, and I will greatly appreciate anyone who takes the time to listen to my music. Whether or not you care to listen, please check out the last song on the list because I believe it captures regret beautifully.

Flickr

Flickr

1. “Let U Go”
ATB
2001

2. “Long Way Home”
ATB
2003

3. “The Storm”
Jerry Ropero featuring Cozi (Inpetto remix)
2008

4. “Come Home”
Above and Beyond presenting OceanLab
2008

5. “Lonely Girl”
Above Beyond presenting OceanLab
2008

6. “If I Could Fly”
Above and Beyond presenting OceanLab
2008

7. “Empty Streets”
Late Night Alumni
2005

8. “Beautiful Things”
Andain
2003

9. “Breaking Ties”
OceanLab
2008

10. “Can’t Sleep”
Above and Beyond
2006

Jen's Playlist: Remember

Music is not necessarily complicated, but I feel that if we listen to it for a reason and in a way that isn't mindless, it is. It's complicated because it mirrors and speaks to and even exasperates the way we feel, and feelings can be messy. Music is emotional. It's personal, remedial.

In my case, the music that I listen to changes with me and with the ways that I'm changing. It changes with the mood that I'm in and with the passing of each year. That's probably why I have a gazillion playlists and a headache-inducing take on the philosophy of music...  

Anyways, I've decided to dedicate this playlist to remembering the summer I first came off my long break from music. Though it was five years ago, these songs will forever be special. They got through to me and showed me that it's okay to feel music again during a time when I was afraid to open my heart. I learned to accept bittersweet.

It's funny because this playlist mostly features love songs (although most songs are about love anyways) that I can't relate to, but somehow I still understand the emotions and the heartbreak in them. They're impactive songs, and they impacted me.

Maybe they'll mean something to you, too.

Odyssey

Odyssey

1. "Fast Car" 
Tracy Chapman
1988

2. "Nothing Left to Lose" 
Matt Kearney
2006

3. "Kiss Me Slowly" 
Parachute
2011

4. "Leave Out All the Rest"
LINKIN PARK
2008

5. "It’s Only Life"
Kate Voegele
2008 

6. "Stop and Stare" 
OneRepublic
2007

7. "Love Is Waiting"
Brooke Fraser
2006

8. "Scars"
Papa Roach
2004

9. "18th Floor Balcony"
Blue October
2006

10. "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
Poison
1988