Playlist for You and Your Valentine

Hello, music-lovers and just plain old lovers 🙂

What are you planning for your Valentine’s Day tomorrow? A classy night out? A cozy night in? A crazy girl’s night?

Well, this playlist is perfect for not knowing what you want to do. Just play your way through the tunes–some of them romantic, some sexy, some just plain fun–and see what happens.

  1. “That’s Amore” by Dean Martin
  2. “Accidentally In Love” by Counting Crows
  3. “You and Me” by Lifehouse
  4. “Freelove” by Depeche Mode
  5. “Sway” by Michael Buble 
  6. “Kissed You” by Gloriana
  7. “Cupid”by Sam Cooke
  8. “Heaven Is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle
  9. “When Did You Fall” by Chris Rice
  10. “Always Be My Baby” by David Cook
  11. “Lonely Road” by Fernando Ortega
  12. “Everything” by Michael Buble
  13. “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith
  14. “I Will Be Here for You” by Michael W. Smith
  15. “Annie’s Song” by John Denver 
  16. “Lovefool” by the Cardigans
  17. “Open Arms” by Journey
  18. “Heaven” by Bryan Adams feat. Jason Aldean
  19. “Write About Love” by Belle and Sebastian
  20. “Just What I Needed” by the Cars
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    Playlist for World Travel

      If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past five months, it’s that anything is possible if you dream big and trust God to handle all the important details. Last year, Josh and I never would have dreamed that we’d get the opportunity to visit one country outside of North America let alone visit seven gorgeous European countries and even live in one for a short time. Now that the trip has been reduced to memories, I can’t help believe that we will find a way to continue traveling in the years to come.

      After all, anything is possible.

      Odds are that the embedded YouTube playlist won’t work very well regardless of what you do, although you may better luck playing it on YouTube than in this little viewer. On the bright side, I added a bonus ten songs to this global playlist embodying the wonder of travel.

      1.  “Whenever, Wherever” by Shakira
      2. “Life Is a Highway” by Rascall Flats 
      3. “LDN” by Lily Allen
      4. “Al Improvviso Amore” by Josh Groban
      5. “Seed to Sow” by Michael W. Smith
      6. “Autobahn” by Kraftwerk
      7. “No Dudaria” by Rosario
      8. “Travelin’ Prayer” by Billy Joel
      9. “Africa” by Toto
      10. “Go the Distance” by Lucas Grabeel
      11. “Where the Streets Have No Name” by U2
      12. “Jai Ho” by A. R. Rahman 
      13. “We Danced Anyway” by Deana Carter
      14. “Waka Waka” by Shakira
      15. “Resten Av Dit Liv” by Timbuktu
      16. “Traveling Light” by Joel Hansen and Sara Groves
      17. “Here I Go Again” by Whitesnake
      18. “Come Fly With Me” by Michael Buble
      19. “Tekitoi” by Rachid Taha
      20. “Land Down Under” by Men Without Hats
      21. “Amsterdam” by Coldplay
      22. “Traveling Song” by Will.i.am
      23. “Marakesh Express” by Crosby, Stills and Nash
      24. “I’m Gonna Be” by the Proclaimers
      25. “Love Song” by Bigbang
      26. “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” by Edith Piaf
      27. “Maps” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs
      28. “American Boy” by Estelle feat. Kanye West
      29. “Hoppipolla” by  Sigur Ros
      30. “I Will Always Return” by Bryan Adams

      Playlist for a Rainy Day

      Ah, April showers and their empty promises of May flowers. I’m not sure how this month goes down wherever you live, but I know that in Rochester, NY, it is often miserably cold and altogether dreary. I’m talking just downright wet. It seems that whenever it’s not raining, it’s foggy and misty. What’s a fashionista to do? Wear bulky boots everyday, or ruin good shoes in bothersome puddles? Heavy sigh.

      When I originally wrote this post, I added at this point that I had managed to escape to Avila for this season’s drippy drudgery and therefore I couldn’t sympathize with you too awful much. I was not anticipating that the skies would open up and let loose rain, snow, sleet, and hail, making me only dream of the tranquility of April showers in place of this April apocalypse!

      I never thought I’d say this, but I actually missed Rochester weather this past weekend.

      I mean, is there anything better than a drizzly day to compel you to mix up a Chai latte, make some white-chocolate-drizzled popcorn, and curl up on the couch with your honey for a cuddly movie date? Or maybe just take a nice nap!

      Last week all I felt inspired to do was write my will and Skype my family in case I didn’t live to see them again . . .

      If you don’t have this time to spare, I encourage you to let the following playlist be a soundtrack to whatever drudgery you find yourself doing today. Some of these songs will try to cheer you up out of your soggy gloom, and others will merely commiserate with you, but all of them evoke at least one of the many emotions that go along with the dreaded rainy day.

      1. “Banana Pancakes” by Jack Johnson
      2. “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” by Credence Clearwater Revival
      3. “Crying” by Roy Orbison and K.D. Lang
      4. “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” by Burt Bacharach
      5. “Friday, I’m in Love” by The Cure
      6. “Ain’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers
      7. “November Rain” by Guns ‘N’ Roses
      8. “Roads” Portishead
      9. “It Will Rain” by Bruno Mars
      10. “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
      11. “Remember When It Rained” by Josh Groban
      12. “Brighter Than Sunshine” by Aqualung
      13. “Rainy Days and Mondays” by The Carpenters
      14. “Little Girl Blue” by Janis Joplin
      15. “Rain” by Mika
      16. “Waiting for a Girl Like You” by Foreigner
      17. “Kentucky Rain” by Elvis Presley
      18. “Kiss From a Rose” by Seal
      19. “The Blues Are Still Blue” by Belle and Sebastian
      20. “Walking in Memphis” by Marc Cohn

      Playlist for Spring

      Well, it has happened, hasn’t it? I woke up today with a sunbeam in my eye and a chorus of birds (in addition to the usual grunting pigeons) were cheerfully announcing this fine Monday morning. My first breath of outdoor air smelled of cut grass, muddy water, and sun-baked pavement. I’m not sure about all of you, but the deciding factor in my mind of when the season has changed is not determined by a calendar date or even a change in the weather. It is determined by the change in the smell of the air. 

      Spring has sprung.

      For so many of us, spring is a promise of the shorts, swimsuits, and sunglasses yet to come in the future months. It means that not only is spring here, but summer is almost here. Spring means, “It’s only a matter of time before my time is mine again. Viva la vacation!”

      For Josh and I, however, spring and the summer to follow mean the end of our vacation and the return to “real life.” We will be working hard all summer long to pay for this semester and our final two semesters at college before entering the workforce doing our “real jobs.” In this sense, spring really is a brand new day for us, and we couldn’t be more excited.

      Many of the lyrics of the following songs feature themes of growth, new life, and new beginnings. Others are just those bouncy, feel-good melodies you love to play on your iPod as you saunter down a street the sunny morning after a rainstorm. Be advised this is a very diverse playlist, and it is likely that you will encounter some of your favorite songs mixed in with some of the music this world has to offer that is more annoying to you than anything else . . . Even so, I like to think that it has something for everyone.

      I hate that this is true, but the playlist may only function on YouTube.

      1. “Beautiful Day” by U2
      2. “Here Comes the Sun” by Sheryl Crow (I like this version better than the Beatles :-/)
      3. “Younger Than Springtime” (South Pacific) by Matthew Morrison
      4. “First Day of Spring” by Chris Brown
      5. “Rockin’ Robin” by the Jackson 5
      6. “Sunrise” by In the Heights cast
      7. “April Showers” by Al Jolson
      8. “Lollipop” by Mika
      9. “Here I Am” by Bryan Adams and Hans Zimmer
      10. “There Is Life” by Allison Krauss
      11. “Allstar” by Smashmouth 
      12. “Concert of the Age” by Phillips, Craig, & Dean (One of my favorite songs of all time!)
      13. “59th Street Bridge Song” by Simon & Garfunkel
      14. “Winter’s on the Wing” by The Secret Garden Original Broadway Cast
      15. “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colby Caillat
      16. “Sunchyme” by Dario G
      17. “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros
      18. “Best Years of Our Lives” by Baha Men
      19. “Four Seasons (Spring)” by Antonio Vivaldi
      20. “New Day” by Avalon

      More Ways for Singles to Celebrate V-Day

      Despite the fact that there are some definite perks to being single, Valentine’s Day is often a reminder that you haven’t yet found that person who will make all of the waiting worthwhile. On this day that celebrates love, why not get closer to any and all loves in your life with some of these fun activities.

      NOTE: Even more fun with other single friends!

      1) Jam out to this playlist! You won’t find any love songs that will make you mope about what you think you’re missing or any songs about how badly “Love Stinks” and that Valentine’s Day is a joke. We’re talking about ways to spend the holiday aware of how loved and how worth waiting for you are.

      Playlists work best when enjoyed on Youtube.

      1. “Single Ladies” by Beyonce (duh)
      2. “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason Derulo
      3. “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby Mcferrin
      4. “Be Good to Yourself” by Journey
      5. “Free to Be Me” by Francesca Battistelli
      6. “Let’s Dance” by Hawk Nelson
      7. “Express Yourself” by Madonna
      8. “Perfect” by Pink
      9. “That Don’t Impress Me Much” by Shania Twain
      10. “Single” by Natasha Bedingfield
      11. “Something ‘Bout Love” by David Archuleta
      12. “Barlow Girls” by Superchic[k]
      13. “More Beautiful You” by Johnny Diaz
      14. “Firework” by Katy Perry

          2) Watch a funny movie. Not a romantic comedy or anything that could be remotely confused with a chick flick! You are celebrating be single, not longing for your prince charming!

          3) Make some munchies. Worried that you’ll spend the evening “eating away” your loneliness? Well, who needs ice cream and chocolate when you can try try some of these perfectly healthy snacks  from College Fashion (two separate links). Again, these taste better with friends 😉

          4) Have slumber party! Snacks, hair and nails, chitchat, what could better remind you how well you’re loved by your chicas?

          6) Help out at a homeless shelter, Salvation Army, etc. Nothing like getting your eyes off of your loneliness and loving on other people in need.

          7) Bless your mom and dad and their love that has held your family together for all of these years. If you think about it, they were the first people to ever teach you what love was. Go back to this post for a cool idea that will make their day.

          8) Write letters to old friends and family that you’d like to stay in touch with. When was the last time you wrote a nice, old-fashioned, hand-written letter?

          9) Make yourself over. I always find that a little change of personal scenery can be a great mood upper and can provide a super boost to your self-image. Try a haircut or color. If you’re feeling less daring, just buy a nice new outfit or some new makeup. If you’re feeling more daring, try a tattoo, haha (mostly joking . . .)


          10) Babysit for a young couple so that they can go out and enjoying a worry-free Valentine’s Day together. I will admit that this would be quite a sacrifice, but if anyone ever offered to do this for me I would offer to put them through college or something like that. Talk about a blessing!

          Playlist for a Chilly Winter Day

          I don’t know how you feel today . . .

          But this playlist is filled with songs that feel cold. The melodies and/or lyrics have a certain lifeless air to them, but even in the “deadness” that they capture so well, they stir up feelings of wonderment about the crisp air, biting breeze, bright sky, and sparkling snow.

          Even though I complained about the serious snowfall Avila experienced the other week, I have to admit that I’m grateful that God blessed me with a taste of winter chill. As much as I enjoy being warm and dry, there’s nothing like winter to help you appreciate the promised coming of spring.

          I’m so sorry that my holiday playlist didn’t work out last month. It turns out that holiday music is much more heavily copyrighted than any other type of music. I could hardly put any of them into a playlist and have them play on the blog.

          I’m having similar problems this month. I really need to find a new platform (besides YouTube) to use for sharing playlists. Boy, if it’s this hard to share music already, how much worse will it be with SOPA?

          The best I can recommend is to play Chilly Winter Day on YouTube. So sorry!

          1. “Vanilla Twilight” by Owl City
          2. “Canvas” by Imogen Heap
          3. “Winter Winds” by Mumford and Sons
          4. “Missing You” by White River Music Company
          5. “Cold” by the Cure
          6. “River Shiver” by Pomplamoose
          7. “Wintertime Love” by The Doors
          8. “Frozen Lake” by Buffalo Tom
          9. “Snowblind” by Black Sabbath
          10. “Winter” by Tori Amos
          11. “Bare Trees” by Fleetwood Mac
          12. “Boy With a Coin” by Iron & Wine
          13. “Misty Mountains Cold” by The Hobbit Cast
          14. “Don’t Fear the Reaper” by Blue Oyster Cult
          15. “A Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon and Garfunkel
          16. “Winterbells” by Ferry Halim
          17. “The Red Shoes” by Kate Bush
          18. “Doledrums” by The Chills
          19. “Winter Song” by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson
          20. “Love Like Winter” by AFI

          Playlist for Autumn

          Below is the list of songs found in the YouTube playlist “Songs for an Autumn Day.” Some of these songs have fall in the lyrics, other just have themes of coming to an end or moving on to a new stage of life, and others just have a cool, detached, enchanted sound or feel to them that makes me think “autumn.”

          I even got a little carried away and made the last few songs focus more on autumn nights. You know the kind I’m talking about–the chilly clear evenings under the stars in the arms of the one you love probably wrapped in a blanket and sipping hot cider–

          I promise that if you just hit play and let this playlist run its course while you do your homework or make dinner, you will be in such a mood for this beautiful in-between season God has created. Hope you like it!

          1. “The Cave” by Mumford & Sons
          2. “Autumn Almanac” by the Kinks
          3. “True Colors” by Phil Collins (I know it was Cyndi Lauper’s song, but Phil makes everything better)
          4. “Merry Happy” by Kate Nash
          5. “Leaves Come Falling Down” by Van Morrison
          6. “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire
          7. “I See You” by Group One Crew
          8. “Apartment Story” by The National 
          9. “Seasons of Love” by Rent Film Cast
          10. “September” by Daughtry (So many songs about September!)
          11. “Colors of the Wind” from Disney’s Pocohantas
          12. “October” by U2 (Or just about months in general)
          13. “Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes
          14. “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day
          15. “Goodbye Summer” by Skizzo Franick
          16. “The Last Dance” by the Raveonettes 
          17. “Moondance” by Michael Buble
          18. “Harvest Moon” by Neil Young
          19. “Dancing in the Moonlight” by Toploader
          20. “When the Stars Go Blue” by Ryan Adams
          Remember, it’s about the music, not the videos. That’s why the player is so small . . .