Radvent Day 4: Rocking Out
Write down the soundtrack of your year so far. Play it for someone who loves you.
January: "I Still Care for You" - Ray LaMontagne
If "they" ever wrote a love story about me and Ben and then adapted the story for screen, this is the song that would play when they did a montage of our sweetest moments.
February: "In a Tree" - Priscilla Ahn
I chose this song for a photo montage of Eli's first year. I love that it has a playful innocence to it. It was the perfect fit for a collection of pictures detailing the first year of one of the most playful people I know.
March: "Us" - Regina Spektor
I don't think I listened to any other song on my Ipod for days after buying this song. I couldn't believe that I didn't already know about it prior to 2010. It's such a whimsical song. I love her.
April: Three-Way Tie
"I Already Know" - Mandy Mapes
Thank you, Rachel Parton for suggesting this song. April was a tough month, and this song was a comfortable reminder of God's unrelenting grace and protection.
"Your Hands" - JJ Heller
Another great one during Awful April (the official name of April 2010). Favorite lyrics, "When my world is shaking, Heaven stands. When my heart is breaking, I never leave Your hands."
"...And As the Ship Went Down" - Woodpigeon
This song is orchestral perfection. I love the vocals, I love the instrumentation, I love everything about it. It was on repeat a lot. And I actually think I did something to the speakers in my car b/c I blasted this (when Eli wasn't in the car, of course...cough...cough).
May: (don't laugh) "Sweet Dreams" -Beyonce
I started running outside in May, because that's when it was warm enough for me to run outside without getting that blood taste in the back of my throat thanks to frigid temps. What? That doesn't happen to you? Me neither. Aaaanyway. This song was my first song during my runs. EVERY.TIME. It's actually not a really good running song, but it got me on the road.
June: "Rebellion (Lies)" - Arcade Fire
This was another running song which became an Eli/Mama dance party song. Fun song. My hope is to see Arcade Fire in concert before I get so old that people think I'm there to drop off my teenage kid.
July: "Curs in the Weeds" - Horse Feathers
Great lazy summer day song. If I had a front porch and lived in Montana during the summer, this song would constantly play. I don't, though, so it played in my Element on repeat.
August: "Don't Rain on my Parade" - Barbara Streisand
I went through a Babs revival in August. I simply adore her and wish we could be friends. But she's pretty liberal and we'd probably get in arguments. If I ever win a karaoke contest, it will be to this song.
September: "Beg, Steal or Borrow" - Ray LaMontagne
This is off his latest c.d. It definitely has a country twang to it, but I am still in love with it, as September can atest.
October: "Go Do" - Jonsi
Musical nirvana. That's it. I love this whole album and "Tornado" was a very close second. Go buy this c.d. right now (unless you don't want to...it's cool).
November: "Dog Days are Over" - Florence + The Machine
This is a good dance party song. You can't help but smile when you listen to it...which is great during stressful holiday times...like when a woman yells at you on Black Friday at Target...just as a random example.
December: "O Holy Night" - Sufjan Stevens
One of my favorite Christmas songs sung by one of my favorite artists -- it's beautiful.