So the most amazing thing happened to me recently. Well, not just to me but all Sirius XM subscribers. They put out a temporary station on Channel 31 that is a tribute to Yacht Rock. If you don’t know what that is I’m not sure how you’ve been able to get through life thus far. It’s people like Steely Dan! Michael McDonald! Christopher Cross! And a bunch of people you’ve never heard of. When you listen to this playlist you are instantly transported to the 70’s and 80’s on a yacht out in the harbor with a wine spritzer in your hand. It’s easy listening. It’s jazzy. It’s brilliant.
This picture cracks me up. This is from a road trip we took a few Spring Breaks ago. It was our first time in the car for a LONG time and the kids did really well. But we definitely knew that we needed to stop mid-way home and stay in a hotel for a night instead of pushing all the way through. Growing up, we drove as many hours as you possibly could before staying in a hotel. And I remember, for much of my childhood, the only thing we would listen to on these trips was a tape of the Doobie Brothers. I can remember one trip, the only time we drove to Loreto, MX, I wanted to throw that tape out the window. Of course, many years later I learned to love them again but back then, I needed variety in our travel playlist.
This playlist includes songs that all the people in the car will like. A long car ride is a great time to share music that you think your kids would love, music from your youth and also their favorites. But I promise you this list does not include ‘What Does the Fox Say.’ Not this time. But it does include a song from the Spongebob movie soundtrack. Because Pharrell.
So here is over 2 1/2 hours worth of songs for you. Where are you driving to this summer?
Hey Orange County peeps! Looking for something cool to do this weekend? Come check out the Style Festival at Brea Mall this Saturday, June 20th from noon to 5 pm! Refinery 29 and Simon have teamed up to bring you the latest in fashion, rad DIYs and the best in summer music! Check out the Style Stage to find out what the hottest trends for summer are. Visit the DIY and Beauty Stage to have your hair braided or make a DIY band tee! And don’t even think about missing MS MR play live! (I LOVE this band!) I’ll be there so come say hi! And be sure to follow Brea Mall on Instagram. I’ll be taking over their account from 12 – 1 pm sharing what is happening at the event!
Not in California? This event will be traveling around the country so head to one near you! And visit the Style Festival website to see all the details, like who is playing in your mall (Just an FYI, I’m seriously thinking about flying to Miami just so I can see my favorite IN LIFE, Twin Shadow). And be sure to check out the Style Festival Spotify playlist. It’s really all you need for summer.
Hope to see you Saturday!
Saturday, June 20th, 2015 . Noon – 5 pm . Brea Mall . 500 Brea Mall Way
At the moment we don’t have any plans for Memorial Day weekend. But I know it will include some time outside, some yummy cocktails and of course, music. So I created a Memorial Day Playlist that you can all use. It’s upbeat, pop-y, easy to listen to and I think it will appeal to everyone. Except my kids. My oldest is super in to that song “Sugar” by Maroon 5 and only sings in a super high-pitched voice. It’s fantastic. In small doses. What does your long weekend hold?
Looking for more Memorial Day ideas?
Take a look at this post I did a few years ago with a yummy Iced Tea Cocktail and yummy BBQ ideas.
Or how about a Strawberry Moscow Mule?
I don’t love 80’s music. I mean, of course, I like some songs from the 80’s but it is one of my last choices if I have to choose a musical decade. But I’m SUPER in to music that sounds like it’s from the 80’s but was really made in the last few years. Haim and Twin Shadow were the two that really got me in to this sound. So I made a summer music playlist for you. I realize it is just spring, but CA has been feeling decidedly summery these past few weeks. These songs are perfect for warmer weather, hanging out by the pool or just hanging out with friends. I’m pretty dang obsessed with the Brandon Flowers song, ‘Can’t Deny My Love.” It’s my JAM! Play it loud! P.S. I don’t know how to center the Spotify playlist. Can anyone help a sister out? It’s driving me crazy!
You guys. My birthday is coming up. You know, in about a month. But this is one of those years where I am really in to celebrating. Some years you just want it to pass without a lot of fanfare. But this year I’m celebrating. Over the last few months I’ve really needed to lean on my friends and they have been there for me in every way. So I just want to spend time with them. Maybe some food. Maybe some drinks. It really doesn’t matter. I just want to be with them, hug them, thank them and enjoy. My birthday is often an excuse for us to take time out and get together, it’s not all about me. And I love that. One year we took trapeze lessons. One year we celebrated at my favorite restaurant followed by an overnighter at a local hotel. What should we do this year? I have a month to figure it out!!!
And since my birthday is coming up, I thought I would give you a little insight in to who I am through a playlist of my all time favorite songs. This is not ALL of my favorite songs, but when I sat down to put this list together, these are the songs that immediately popped in to my heads. Chances are I’ll keep thinking of songs and I’ll just keep adding them to this list.
Also, this is my first time trying out Spotify. Do you guys like this better than how I’ve been sharing my other playlists on Rdio? I’d love to hear your thoughts!
This playlist is all over the place. And it’s everything I love about music. ‘Big Country’ and ‘Case of the P.T.A.’ are faves from high school. I remember listening to ‘Regret’ on my Walkman(!), on repeat, on a train heading to San Diego for volleyball camp my senior year. ‘Groove is in the Heart’ is from Junior High but still is such an awesome song. I don’t love disco but ‘Knock on Wood’ is my jam. Fast forward to my wedding day where my girls and I did a choreographed dance to Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’. And I wouldn’t leave the reception until they played ‘Frontin’. I thought was a great one to end on since after hearing Pharrell sing that he wants to “tear your a** up” all the older guests would be appalled and ready to go (it was also my favorite song at the time, so it wasn’t like I was trying to drive the guests away…:). There’s a little something for everyone on this list. I hope you enjoy!