28 days of music

I’m going to steer clear of my typical playlists this month so I can do something a little different.  Music challenges like the one I procured have been floating around for ages, but since they’re always set up as 28 day challenges, I figured why not make mine in February? That way every day gets a little love….

Day 1: Reminds you of summertime:

Day 2: Favorite to slow dance to in the kitchen:

Day 3: Favourite from an old movie:

Day 4: From a favourite movie:

Day 5: From a favourite musical:

Day 6: Would make the worst elevator music:

Day 7: One you enjoy, but can never listen to all the way through:

Day 8: A favourite instrumental:

Day 9: A favourite in another language:

Day 10: You recently heard again for the first time in a long time:

Day 11: #1 the year you were born:

Day 12: #1 the year you graduated:

Day 13: A favourite theme song from your childhood:

Day 14: You memorized with the wrong lyrics, but it’s too late to change:

Day 15: Few people know, but you love:

Day 16: Good cooking music:

Day 17: A cover you like better than the original:

Day 18: A favourite classical:

Day 19: A favourite jazz:

Day 20: Currently playing on your iPod:

Day 21: One you enjoy singing in the shower:

Day 22: From a singer that’s dead:

Day 23: From a singer who’s still alive:

Day 24: A favourite Coldplay song:

Day 25: A favourite Beatles song:

Day 26: From your last date:

Day 27: One someone else recommended to you:

Day 28: A favourite road trip song:

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Gratitude Lately

Lately I’ve been thankful for my inherited love for music and how it’s a perfect example of how we should never stop learning.

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For these lovely journals that have been my constant companions.

And my new comfy leggings that have kept me warm many-a-night during the storms.

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For a sunny day in the midst of a typhoon and picnic lunches with friends.

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For church that sang a song in English and how that always blesses my heart.

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For this piece of home. Not once have I regretted the space it took up in my luggage.

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And for FaceTime, which allows me to have late night chats with these beauties.

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Lately I’ve been working on intentionally finding reasons to be thankful and seeing how much my attitude on life has improved. I didn’t even have to look hard.

What are you thankful for this week?

music to keep you warm

Although there is no shortage of warm weather where I live this holiday season, I know the climate to be quite ghastly this year for the majority of my readers – and I thought, what better way to combat the wintry blues than with some marvelous winter tunes?

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the days are cold; have a warm heart.

Christmas in Southeast Asia began in July and has built in a crescendo. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for listening to Christmas ditties year-round, it’s just been going on for so long in public, that I feel I’m committing an injustice if I play the same same tunes at home. For that reason, I’ve decided to steer mostly clear of traditional holiday tunes and instead share with you what I enjoy listening to on gloomy days.

{If for whatever reason it doesn’t work to view it on there, here is the set list}

  • Emmylou – First Aid Kit
  • Living in Colour – Frightened Rabbit
  • Lucky – Kat Edmonson
  • It Never Entered My Mind – Miles Davis
  • Winter Song – The Head & the Heart
  • I Put a Spell on You – Nina Simone
  • Live Forever – Drew Holcomb
  • White Winter Hymnal – Fleet Foxes
  • Moon River – André Rieu
  • O Tannenbaum – Vince Guaraldi Trio
  • Winter Birds – Ray LaMontagne
  • Let’s Be Still – The Head & the Heart
  • Ghosts That We Knew – Mumford & Sons
  • Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Ingrid Michaelson
  • La Vie en Rose – Louis Armstrong
  • Pillow Talk – Wild Child
  • Fairytale of New York – Walk Off The Earth (pardon their butchering of the pronunciation of Galway)
  • Pretty Face – Sóley
  • High Hopes – Kodaline
  • What Are You Doing – Zooey Deschanel & Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Cheers!

Music To Travel Asia By

Every few months I like to make a playlist of whatever tunes I’m currently listening to at the time. It’s a good way to document my life through the years and see how my collection has expanded and become more eclectic over time. Each playlist is like a time capsule into my younger self. The mystery still remains as to why I chose to put an embarrassing amount of Jesse McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, and Queen in my junior high mixes. {not actually embarrassing}

I am enclosing my Asia playlist in case you get the urge to do a little spontaneous traveling; or if you would just like some recommendations to listen to from home. I know there’s some way to add a playlist to your blog so you can listen to it from here, but I’m not a smart enough cat for that. Do with them what you may. In random order, here are some of my present favourites: