Saturday, January 25, 2014

Listen: Part II

I understand that some of you out there are going through this phenomenon we call "winter."

I wouldn't really know, because out here in California we're experiencing what we like to call "January," which means light sweater weather.  Only this time there really isn't any rain and I'm pretty sure if we don't get any rain soon, the state will collectively, willingly, join together and do a little rain dance.  We're that desperate.

Anyway, I have experienced snowy, frigid winters in the past, so I can commiserate with those of you who have bruises all over your butt cheeks from slipping down the icy sidewalks every day.

If memory serves me correctly, the end of January is the worst.  No fun holidays to look forward to, it's pitch black when you leave for work, and somehow even darker outside when you leave the office at the end of the day.  Your bones are never quite not frozen, you haven't had the energy to shave for weeks, and sometimes you break into fits of crying for no reason at all...or, eh-hem, maybe that last part is just me.

Winter is weird like that.

I would cope with the winter blues in those days by compiling all the fun music I could come up with and playing it on full blast, repeat, dancing through the streets status.  This gave me just enough energy to make it through to March, when the sun stops being stubborn and comes out to play.

This is just a little tidbit of the songs that fill me with the urge to dance, or at least laugh:

Short People - Randy Newman 
Time to Pretend - MGMT 
Dancing with Myself - Billy Idol 
Anything Could Happen - Ellie Goulding 
Home - Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros 
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes - Paul Simon 
Into the Wild - LP 
Tubthumping - Chumbawamba 
Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta - Geto Boys 
Dog Days are Over - Florence + The Machine 
Alors on Dance - Stromae 
Do You Wanna Touch Me - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts 
Paper Planes - M.I.A.


  1. What a funny coincidence, I've just made a playlist today on my blog, though they're complete opposites - mine is just a bunch of slow tunes to match the chilly weather. I love Time to Pretend by MGMT! X

    1. I *love* that song too :) Thank you so much for listening!

  2. Great playlist! I find it funny-- when I was in WV, by the middle of January is when all the crazy bright clothes came out of peoples' closets to counteract the miserable grey monotony of the world around them. Constant clouds, snow, and dirty plowed snow piles were broken up by hot pink flamenco-style skirts, neon stripped eighties clothes, and bright teal pants. I miss those times occasionally. It was fun to see people running around in the freezing cold with such funny color combos.

    1. My grandma taught me that trick when I was young. She said her beautiful friend had taught her to always put on your brightest colors on your saddest days and you'll always look great. Never solves the core issue of why you're sad in the first place, but looks are everything so who cares? ;)

  3. What an awesome playlist. I am totally listening to it today:) Thanks, sweetie. xo