M.R.T.M., Vol. I

Music was a huge part of my past life. After everything went crazy last year, it was really hard for me to even listen to it at all. No radio, no Spotify, nothing. Things got so bad for awhile that I was having panic attacks, à la Josh Lyman in Season Two of The West Wing. Want to feel like you’re going crazy? Leave a grocery store mid-shopping at the sound of Carole King’s “So Far Away” over the loudspeaker. Feeling that out of control was scary. Since I have no say over what songs come on in stores or restaurants or movies, I decided my aversion was unacceptable and that I had to ease myself back into music, starting with a mix I called “My Return to Music, Vol. I.”

It’s worked for the most part, although I do still think the classic rock station on Pandora is plotting against me with its obsessive need to play “Free Bird” every five songs. But, alas…

Anyway, here are a bunch of songs that I love. Some make me cry, others make me think, all make me smile.

1) “Vienna,” Billy Joel

2) “Almost Lover,” A Fine Frenzy

3) “Fake Plastic Trees,” Radiohead

4) “Going to California,” Led Zeppelin

5) “The Boxer,” Jerry Douglas Traveler (feat. Mumford & Sons)

6) “When You Come Back Down,” Nickel Creek

7) “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Tori Amos

8) “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” Bob Dylan

9) “Night Moves,” Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

P.S. Yes, that’s Matt LeBlanc. 😉

10) “Good Enough,” Sarah McLachlan

11) “Jolene,” Ray LaMontagne

12) “Man in the Hole,” Richard Julian

13) “Round Here,” Counting Crows (the version from their VH1 Storytellers episode)

14) “Hurt,” Jonny Cash

15) “Both Sides Now,” Joni Mitchell (the version from her 2000 eponymous album)

16) “Wasted Time,” The Eagles

17) “Honey Pie,” The Beatles


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