What I Listened To In February – {A Year of Playlists – 2014}

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I’ve decided to start keeping a virtual record of my life soundtrack this year, and this month’s a happy hodge podge.

There’s a little more R&B/pop influences here than usual for me, and its because the songs are appealing and catchy.    {I mean come on, I double dog dare you to bop around your kitchen to Happy, and not wear a smile!}

I also listened to a good deal of the acoustic sounds of Shawn Colvin this month.  She’s one of my favorite singer songwriters, and I read and loved her memoir Diamond In The Rough this month. {That reading led me to work on a full post about her work and a comprehensive playlist–look for it soon.}  Finding out some of the stories and inspirations for her songs had me narrowing in on a few favorites this month.

As I’m also in the midst of auditions filled with rejections and angst artistic challenges, and let’s face it – the busyness of everyday life, there’s also a few favorite introspective gems here–perfect for listening to when audition nerves and writer’s block came calling.

{Note: I have switched to using Spotify playlists because of their wide database selection, and the popularity of their music player.  You should be able to listen to this playlist with a free Spotify account.  If for some reason you can’t get it to work, please find the song listings below.  Affiliate links in this post if used, help keep the lights on here.  Follow me and my playlists on Spotify here.} 

What I Listened To In February – {A Year of Playlists – 2014}
  • 1.   Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams
  • 2.   Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • 3.   Your Great Name/Forever Reign – Anthony Evans
  • 4.   Brave – Sara Bareilles
  • 5.   Waiting For My Time To Come – Colony House
  • 6.   Hung The Moon – Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors
  • 7.   Set The Prairie On Fire – Shawn Colvin with Will Taylor & Strings
  • 8.   All Fall Down – Shawn Colvin
  • 9.   Polaroids – Shawn Colvin
  • 10. Wichita Skyline – Shawn Colvin
  • 11. In Your Eyes – The Vitamin String Quartet
  • 12. You Are Not Alone – Kate Hurley
  • 13. Somewhere In The Middle (acoustic) – Casting Crowns

Because I want this playlist series to feel almost like a musical diary/journal of sorts, I’m sharing some thoughts about each song I included – playlist liner notes, if you will.  Let me know how you feel about this.  {Do you like it?  Do you care? Will you skip this part of the post?}  Your feedback is much appreciated!

 
 Playlist Liner Notes:

Get Lucky & Happy:

I don’t listen to boppy pop unless I’m working out, {and that’s a whole ‘nother kind of playlist – let me know if you want one of those on the blog). These songs are delightfully infectious.  I may have danced around my house during a good house cleaning to these fun tunes–and I think you will too.

Your Great Name/Forever Reign:

I heard Anthony Evans live at the Allume conference last fall, and I loved both his gorgeous full tenor, and his sweet and sincere banter with his audience.  He sang this medley tune that night, and its been one of my highway driving soundtrack songs ever since. {His gospel sounding back up is fantastic – in my dreams, I sing like that.}

Brave: 

I usually stick to Bareilles’ slower, introspective tunes but I needed some chutzpah and bravery this past month at a few auditions.  I like the video to this one, and the lyrics are great.

Waiting For My Time To Come:

 I found this song in the inner webs of Spotify, I honestly don’t remember where.  The words spoke to my creative heart this month.  I’ve gotten back into the grind of auditioning, and getting my rusty vocals and pounding-the-pavement-for-a-job-skills back into shape.  I think anyone can relate to these words, when you’ve been planning and dreaming, and you’re in the thick of the work–waiting for the chance to be seen.

Hung The Moon:  

I discovered the band Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors last fall, and they are now a staple on my playlists.  This song was a new find for me this month.  I love Ellie Holcomb’s breezy vocals here.

Set The Prairie On Fire, All Fall Down, Polaroids & Wichita Skyline:  

 Though I’ve listened to this album of Shawn’s pretty much on repeat this entire month, these 3 songs are my February faves.  I found the collaboration of Set The Prairie on Fire on iTunes.  I think the strings and the trumpet give this song such a sultry depth, and I love the colors and emotions the music brings to the surface.  All Fall Down is my favorite song on Shawn’s newest record, and Polaroids & Wichita Skyline are classic Colvin for me – lyrical gold in their depths and a key to my past.

In Your Eyes:  

This song is one of my husband and I’s favorites.   I liked this string quartet arrangement cover for a little variety on Valentine’s.

You Are Not Alone:

I found this song on Spotify–it was played by a blogger I follow, Tsh of The Art of Simple. These lyrics encouraged me this month.  When you’re doing your best to re-connect into a community, its easy to feel a little isolated.  This song helped me as I’m feeling my way through that.

Somewhere In The Middle:  

I don’t usually listen to Casting Crown’s full blown production filled arrangements, but I liked this acoustic version of one of their songs I’d not heard before.  I feel and relate to these lyrics – in my creativity, in my life and in my heart.

What are you listening to this month?

 

{I’d love to know if anyone would be interested in a What I’m Listening To Playlist Linkup?  Let me know in the comments – thanks!}

7 comments on “What I Listened To In February – {A Year of Playlists – 2014}

    1. I actually downloaded her album after hearing about it on Emily Freeman’s blog – LOVING it! It wasn’t on Spotify, or it would have been included on my playlist – it will be on next month’s for sure. Glad you like this series idea. Let me know if you like the idea of a linkup down the line.

    2. I am loving that Ellie Holcomb album too! (Would’ve included it, but its not in the current spotify database – will DEFINITELY be sharing it on next month’s playlist!) Thanks so much for reading and listening! 🙂

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