I thought I’d make a great actress/jockey/ornithologist/diplomat. Now I mostly want to be the kind of person who has her own washing machine, garden, substantial bookshelves, and a dog named Friendly.
An annual tradition. These playlists are a grab-bag of sentiments because, as I’ve learned from Liz Lemon, sometimes you love your boyfriend and sometimes you love pizza.
And love’s a goofy thing. Sometimes you’re going to bed angry in hopes the morning will be better, sometimes you’re going to bed angry in hopes of never seeing him again. Sometimes it’s silly and sometimes it’s wordless and sometimes it’s your best friend and sometimes it’s the girl you can’t bring yourself to talk to.
These are break-up songs and make-out songs and get-up-and-dance songs.
Happy Valentine’s Day.
Coldplay, “Yellow” — A and I made sure the DJ at our prom played this song, even going so far as to bring the CD just in case they didn’t have it. We shuffled around the dance floor with our boyfriends in that taking-yourselves-too-seriously way about all high school relationships. My date and I broke up soon after. In six months, A is going to marry hers. I think that’s pretty cool.
Ingrid Michaelson, “You and I”
Cat Power, “I Found a Reason”
Darwin Deez, “Radar Detector” — In which Radar Detector is a term of endearment?
Yo La Tengo, “Gentle Hour”
April Smith and the Great Picture Show, “Colors”
Sufjan Stevens, “Futile Devices”
Iron & Wine, “Biting Your Tail” — Sam Beam’s love song to the world.
Best Coast, “Boyfriend”
Elton John, “Tiny Dancer” — Yeah, it’s on the list.
Ray LaMontagne, “You Are the Best Thing”
Two Door Cinema Club, “Something Good Can Work”
Justin Bieber, “U Smile I Smile” — Yeah, it’s on the list.
Metric (covering Bob Dylan), “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” — FYI, this is a break-up song, but a really lovely one. Don’t play it at your wedding.
Noah and the Whale, “5 Years Time”
Chairlift, “Evident Utensil”
Los Campesinos!, “Romance is Boring” — Just kidding.
Jenny Lewis, “Trying My Best to Love You”
Haley Bonar, “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” — It’s not what you think.
Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody to Love”
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, “Home” — Especially like this remix.
XO — Z
Finished digging out the car (maybe with help from 6 co-workers) then turned around and put out a 20-page paper (very nearly single-handedly, that one). As my friend N would say, it’s because I’m a baller — and sometimes you have to be the one to acknowledge your own awesomeness.
At some point today I need to walk to work and dig my car out of a snow drift of unknown depth in minus 13 degree windchill. This is the perfect pep-rally song, with its Rocky Balboa-style intro. Bring it, blizzard, cause I’m invincible in three scarves and thermal leggings.