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July 4th Playlist

American classics and bits of musical Americana to ignite your summer

Stars & Stripes Forever John Phillip Sousa

This Land is Your Land Woody Guthrie

America the Beautiful Ray Charles

Party in the USA Miley Cyrus

American Girl Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

America Simon and Garfunkel

Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen

American Pie Don McLean

America West Side Story

Firework Katie Perry

Living in America James Brown

Star Spangled Banner (Live at Woodstock) Jimi Hendrix

May Playlist: “School’s Out Forever!”

During this time of year I still go to songs that shout out
lyrics like “School’s out forever!” It reminds me of the blessing of those educational years and makes me thankful I’m not sitting in class anymore. Here’s a playlist celebrating everything heading to summer.

 
SCHOOL’S OUT

School’s Out • Alice Cooper
Another Brick in the Wall • Pink Floyd
Good Riddance • Green Day
In the End • Linkin Park
Pomp & Circumstance • USAF Heritage of American Band
Graduation • Vitamin C
Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen • Baz Luhrmann
Friday • Rebecca Black
Be Chrool to Your Scuel • Twisted Sister
Bitter Sweet Symphony • The Verve
We Are the Champions • Queen
Summertime  • Bon Jovi
Summertime  • DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
Freebird  • Leonard Skynard
Are You Ready for the Summer?  • Meatballs Movie Soundtrack
Compass  • Lady Antebellum
We Go Together  • Grease Soundtrack
Shut Up and Let Me Go  • The Ting Tings

Spring Playlist: April Showers

This month is a great time to gather and listen to songs about rain. Wonderful music has been dedicated to these themes of storm clouds and pouring skies. Here’s a collection  featured for April.

For an even more expansive list check out Betony Coons’ spotify. It’s 35 + songs that were found by crowd-sourcing (posing the question on Facebook, “What are great songs involving rain”?)

Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head • Burt Bacharach & B.J. Thomas
No Rain • Blind Melon
Singing in the Rain • Gene Kelly
Thunder Rolls • Garth Brooks
Little April Showers • from Bambi
Umbrella • Rihanna
Somewhere Over the Rainbow • Judy Garland
Riders on the Storm • The Doors
It Never Rains in Southern California • Albert Hammond & M. Hazelwood
Shelter From the Storm • Bob Dylan
November Rain • Guns N’ Roses
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
Holy Sunlight • Steve Doupolous

Valentine’s Day Playlists

Love songs can be pithy, schmoltzy; full of sentiment and cliche’. We’ve tried to avoid all that with these playlists.

Here are two  playlists full of earnest, beautiful, and creative songs that strike to the core of love in such a way that we can believe it.

The first playlist, “Modern/Soul”, is on Betony Coons’ spotify. We’ll post it on her Facebook.

The second playlist is from just throwing the question out there on Facebook, “What song would you/ did you play at your wedding?” The answers were really beautiful to hear! The long playlist called “Our Song” is on spotify too!

Valentine’s Day Playlist “Modern/ Soul”:

Retrograde • James Blake
This Magic Moment • Lou Reed
Suzanne • Leonard Cohen
Here Comes Your Man • Pixies
Daydream Believer • The Monkeys
These Arms of Mine • Otis Redding
Son of a Preacher Man • Dusty Springfield
Falling Slowly • Swell Season
I Want to Hold Your Hand • Across the Universe Soundtrack
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face • Roberta Flack
Unforgettable • Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole
When a Man Loves a Woman • Percy Sledge
Skinny Love • Bon Iver
I’ve Been Loving you too Long • Otis Redding
Lay, Lady, Lay • Bob Dylan
Anyone Else but you • Moldy Peaches
Someone to Watch Over me • Ella Fitzgerald
Don’t Cry • Edith Piaf

Valentine’s Day Playlist “Our Song” (Curated by Crowd-Sourcing!):

So are You to Me- Eastmountainsouth
Every Day- Jill Phillips
All My Life- David Wilcox
Stay with You- John Legend
These arms of Mine- Otis Redding
Cheek to Cheek- Fred Astaire
At Last- Etta James
Walking After You- Foo Fighters
Come What May- Moulin Rouge
You Belong to Me- Carla Bruni
What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong
You Go to My Head- Louis Armstrong
Signed, Sealed, Delivered- Stevie Wonder
Rainbow Connection- Kermit the Frog
The Luckiest- Ben Folds
The Story- Brandi Carlisle
When You Love Someone- Bryan Adams
Home to Me- Josh Kelley
Just the Way You Look Tonight- Fred Astaire
When You Say Nothing at All- Allison Krauss
Northern Sky – NIck Drake
You are the Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
You Have Me- Gungor
Ten Thousand Angels- Caedmon’s Call
Shower the People- James Taylor
Love Song- The Cure
She Lit a Fire- Lord Huron
Harvest Moon- Neil Young
Pistol- Dustin Kensrue
Out of the Woods- Nickel Creek
I Can’t Wait- Runner, Runner
Secret Message- Rasputina
God Only Knows- Beach Boys
I Wanna Love You at Ours- Bob Marley
Dream a Little Dream- Momma’s and the Papa’s
Canon in D- Pachebel
First Day of My Life- Bright Eyes
La, la, la, Love You- the PIxies
All I Want is You- U2
Me and You- Kenny Chesney
Both of Us Feel the Blast- Waterdeep
Can’t Help Falling in Love- Ingrid Michelson
Children of Our Time- Jason Upton
Heat Wave- Martha Reeves & the Vandellas
A Thousand Years
Our Love in Christ- Kelly Willard
I Will Always Love You- Whitney Houston
All I Want is You- Tristan Prettyman
Forever- Ben Harper
Look After You- The Fray
Dig Down Dip- Marc Cohn
I’ll Be Your Love Too- Van Morrison
Love of My Life- Jim Brickman
Lean on Me- Bill Withers
I’ll Back You Up – DMB
Somebody- Depeche Mode
We Danced to Blue Sky- Allman Brothers
Sunday Kind of Love- Etta James
Fall in Love at a Coffee Shop- Landon Pigg
Marry Me- Train
No Other Place- 77’s
Blue Skies- Ella Fitzgerald
Turning Page- Sleeping at Last
I Remember – Whitly
Between the Raindrops- Lifehouse
Stolen- Dashboard Confessional
Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Iz
To Make You Feel My Love- Bob Dylan
La Vie En Rose- Louis Armstrong
Gymnopodie- Eric Satie
Fields of Gold- Sting
Come to Me- Goo Goo Dolls
We’ve Only Just Begun- Carpenters

January Playlist No. 2: “In Protest”

The first time I realized that there is such a thing as a “protest” song was in high school. One of the films they were showing about the civil rights movement kept coming back to people belting out “We Shall Overcome”. As a young man, I was so moved. That people can use music to rally around an idea that brings about change. That’s powerful.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 20th this year), Betony and I made a playlist filled with songs about changing the world around us for the better. Here’s our current list. What would you add? Feel free to put song suggestions in the comments!

 

In Protest Playlist

Coal War- Joshua James

Pride- U2

Better Way- Ben Harper

Politik- Coldplay

Freedom- Rage Against the Machine

Give Peace a Chance- John Lennon

Talkin Bout a Revolution- Tracy Chapman

Man in Black- Johnny Cash

Ballad of Paul and Sheila- Mason Jennings

The Times They are A-Changin- Bob Dylan

We Shall Overcome- Martin Luthar King Address

Redemption Song- Bob Marley and the Wailors

 

We put the question to friends on facebook: what would you put on this playlist? We published the results on Betony Coons Spotify account. It’s called “In Protest”. Come take a listen!