M.R.T.M., Vol. II

I’ve been looking everywhere for my M.R.T.M., Vol. I mix. Yes, it’s on my iPhone, but I’m old school and I like listening to CDs in the car. I went to burn a new one last night and decided it was time for a follow-up. As with its predecessor, it’s a pretty random compilation. They’re not sad songs, per se, but I wouldn’t call it a dance mix or anything. Wait for one of those rainy summer afternoons and I promise you’ll thank me. 😉

1) “These Days,” Don Henley w/Blind Pilot

2) “That Wasn’t Me,” Brandi Carlile

3) “Against the Wind,” Bob Seger

4) “Thirteen,” Elliott Smith

5) “32 Flavors,” Ani DiFranco

6) “Lego House,” Ed Sheeran

7) “Imitosis,” Andrew Bird

8) “A Song for You,” Donny Hathaway

9) “Evaporated,” Ben Folds Five

10) “She Knows,” John Fullbright

11) “Romeo and Juliet,” Dire Straits

12) “Supernova,” Ray LaMontagne

13) “Apologies,” Grace Potter

14) “Let’s Be Still,” The Head and the Heart

15) “A Change is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke


IV cleaning

Blessed with a surprise day off, I am cursing myself with a cleaning spree.

My motivation: frustration

My goal: the refrigerator, the garage, the room I never go in… everything

My soundtrack: Led Zeppelin IV

Wish me luck!!

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