I haven’t been sleeping well lately, so Counting Crows’ “Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes to Hollywood)” has been running through my head a lot. While I try not to listen to music or turn on any lights while I flop around trying to fall asleep, there are a lot of songs by people who’ve suffered a similar plight. Here’s a playlist inspired by the sleepless – plus a few other songs I’m just digging a lot lately!
Dave Hause, The Flinch
The Staves, Tired as Fuck
Sorority Noise, No Halo
Counting Crows, Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes To Hollywood)
What’s on your sleep playlist? If you have trouble sleeping as well, what are your tips to drift back off?
For most of my life I felt like I didn’t listen to very much music by women. I couldn’t find any female fronted bands I liked, or didn’t like their voice, or always felt it was too poppy. Not that there’s anything wrong with pop – I love Kesha as much as anyone – but sometimes you just need heavy guitars and angry lyrics. Over the last year my friends have been sending me some really great female driven rock, and it’s all I want to listen to lately.
Hop Along, Texas Funeral I just wanted a happy ending, don’t be so sad just cause you lost who you are ’cause none of this is gonna happen to me
Laura Stevenson, Jellyfish so my system’s ready in case somebody comes to fill my head with petty jealousy and show me all the things I could be doing if I were a vertebrate, but it’s comfortable not wondering at all. I’ll be home indoors because I’m wasting away my life and gifts on being a jellyfish.
sad13, <2 marbles, baubles, crystals and clay: that’s why I’m working with you. I’m kinda like you, always been beside you, staring at myself in the officer’s mirror. I’m in less than two with you
Thanksgiving has long been my favorite holiday, and it really doesn’t get its due with seasonal songs. Getting up early to start cooking the bird, fighting with my mom about how many Brussels sprouts to make (she doesn’t like them and assumes no one else does either, but every year when I make them, guess what’s the first dish to go), shoehorning between 30-40 family members into NP’s old house – it’s just one of the best times of the year. I tend to put on my Pumpkin Spice playlist for a nice fall-into-winter soundtrack.
where there was a me, there could be an us. I dreamt about money, she talked about trust. she is my axis, death is by foxes and we were well on our way, in America, this is home
all I want is, a little heart, a different point of view yeah, a different start. no time for feeling old, no time for feeling blue, no time for wasting what we know
late this afternoon I heard your voice, it was the first time in what felt like years. it was a whisper in my ear and then the wind in the trees, it was the shaking of leaves that shook the streets while shaking me.
What’s your favorite holiday? Do you control the music at family events?
I get sad every September with the end of summer. Summer days are longer: more time for productivity, more time to cook in the sun. This summer hasn’t felt quite the same: I had an amazing time traveling, as always, but it went so fast it was like I could barely take a breath to enjoy it in the moment. For the transition into fall, I’m sharing some chill tune Tuesday tracks we can all cuddle up with as we steel ourselves against the coming weather.
Joseph “Honest I’m alone/no you’re not…
Fink “Looking Too Closely” this is a song about somebody else, and you don’t wanna hurt yourself by looking too closely
The Replacements “Left of the Dial” and if I don’t see ya, in a long, long while, I’ll try to find you left of the dial
Craig Finn “Sandra From Scranton” we posed for the pictures, all shiny and shattered and your sister went off for some actor so we scatter like spores and try to find purchase in dirt.
Last month I headed to Kansas City to visit my cousin and attend a conference for work, and it was maybe the best week of my musical life. Folk Alliance is a week long folk version of South by Southwest that is contained in a hotel, so there’s no running from venue to venue to catch the set you waited to see. When I couldn’t sleep in the middle of the night I just headed downstairs to the fourth, fifth, and sixth floors to check out new music or watch my old friends pick and stomp their hearts out.
It’s little secret to anyone, probably, that I am a serial song repeater. Not only will I listen to certain songs on repeat for hours and days, there are full albums I’ve done this with for years and years now. In an effort to stop myself from doing this and in order to get through the huge list of jams I accumulated at Folk Alliance, I made myself a running playlist of my very favorite finds. I pride myself on making a great playlist, but this is honestly one of my greatest! If you’re looking for some new music to help you get through your next workout, load this up on your phone and give it a spin.