Somebody said to me recently that when you live alone for a period of time, you become more fond of music than you've ever been before.
I've always liked listening to music, and as a child I would spend hours perfecting the art of hitting record and stop just at the right time, on the tape player when the charts were on. I knew more about bands (OK it was things like Blazin' Squad and The Spice Girls back then..) than I did films and I would sing along at any opportunity when one of my tunes would fill the room.
My parents are big into music, playing endless classics and Motown CD's blasting through the car speakers on family trips, and my brother's monthly parcels, of CD's from Rough Trade when I worked abroad, introducing me to new artists and songs that I still love now.
But in this last year, I REALLY like music. I lose hours browsing new songs, and updating old playlists. I find myself enjoying my drive to work so I can select my most placed songs, and I just want to sing. I want to sing ALL the time. I want to dance with my friends, and I want to sing out loud. And I find that music helps always.
That person who told me recently, they were completely and utterly right.
And with that, I'm sharing one for the morning drive. I mean those days when you're really feeling ready to kick some ass, like you've got life sussed (actually, when you THINK you've got life sussed). I bring the Morning Commute. Better suited for nice weather days, or your drive home when work has finished... Hallelujah!
Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap
Ladyhawke – My Delirium
Bryce Vine – Sour Patch Kids
Slow Club – It Doesn’t Have To Beautiful
The Go! Team – The Wrath Of Marcie
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
Brood – Bridges
Minus The Bear - Throwin Shapes
Foals – My Number
Hot Chip – Boy From School
The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
Chvrches - Recover
The Long Blondes – Once And Never Again
Red Light Company - Scheme Eugene
The Rumble Strips - Alarm Clock
The Spinto Band - Oh Mandy
So turn up your speakers in the car, or pop your headphones into your phone and shimmy away next time you're on your way to work. It always starts my day right.