Welcome to my new monthly series – 10 Songs to Keep You Sane!
Music is part of our everyday lives, a moment can become greater if it has the right soundtrack. I love a good playlist, finding the right mixture of songs for your mood is an art form. But sometimes finding the right song can be difficult & you need a little inspiration, which is what this series is for. Every month I’ll reveal to you the songs that have captured my mood and even when best to listen to them.
August’s track list has been inspired by the movies, got a good dose of pop and yet another reminder of how underrated trumpets are.
Rainbow Connection – Sleeping At Last
Yes, it is the song by that famous frog you’re thinking of. This was a very recent find by putting my current playlist on radio mode on Spotify (absolute godsend if you’re needing new tunes) and I’m so thankful for the playlist gods for this one. It’s like a warm hug in song form. This already lovely song gets an update that makes it feel a little more mature and makes you feel a little less silly about listening to Kermit the Frog.
Best to listen to: with a cup of tea and pyjamas fresh out the tumble dryer.
Simon & Garfunkel – Baby Driver
You should always have at least one Simon & Garfunkel song on your playlist and this is my current favourite. If you haven’t already guessed, this was added after seeing Edgar Wright’s new film Baby Driver (which was excellent by the way) and I fell in love with the soundtrack. Despite seeing the film early July, I’ve still got this on my current playlist. This speedy little number with its gluttonous use of guitar is the perfect track to get you going first thing.
Best to Listen to: in the morning, on the way to work.
Allie X – All the Rage
Sometimes you need a bit of pop. This one takes me back to the days of jumping and dancing around my room to the Spice Girls. This is your young adult equivalent; you’re still rocking the glitter but it’s not just panda pops you’re drinking now. It’s fun, damn catchy and makes you feel the right amount of silly. Turn it all the way up and show off your moves.
Best to listen to: when getting ready for a girls night out, doing your make up and having those first few alcoholic beverages.
dodie – 6/10
Sometimes you need music that feels how you feel, maybe not necessarily sad or happy but a whole hobble of emotions. For emotional music, I always look to dodie. As well as a musician, she’s also a YouTuber and you get to see where the inspiration for her music comes from. She deals with mental illness (amazing to see someone so up front about it) and you can hear this in her music. She manages to take complex emotional experiences and create absolute poetry for your ears.
Best to listen to: walking home after a crappy day knowing that tomorrow is another day.
The The – This is the Day
I genuinely think this song sounds magical, when it starts I instantly feel so much better about my day. It sounds a tad obvious it’s from the 80s but I think that’s what I like about it. Even if you weren’t born until the 90s, it has this strange nostalgic feel. The rhythm is encouraging and the lyrics are jubilant, it takes you back to a time of innocence before the world could ever get you down.
Best to listen to: when you need motivated, whether it’s to go walk the dog or to nail a big job interview.
The Mamas & The Papas – Dedicated to the One I Love
Another song inspired by the movies, after hearing this on the trailer for Okja (again excellent film) I had to have this on my playlist. The Mamas & The Papas are heaven for the ears and this song just builds beautifully. It makes me feel very peaceful as it starts, sort of like a grown up lullaby. I could listening to the harmonising for hours, it goes quiet in all the right moments and has a lovely sentiment all round.
Best to listen to: when travelling on the train or in a car going through the country as the sun sets.
Tom Rosenthal – Throw the Fear
This spruce little number just makes me wanna jump around like a kid. It is like the song form of a little puppy exploring the world, it’s so warm and when it comes on I have to smile. I love Tom Rosenthal’s vocal style on any song but everything comes together so happily on this. I know that I’ll be listening to it over and over again for a while. Maybe expect it on next month’s post now because I know it will still be making me happy.
Best to listen to: when you’re doing the housework as it’s perfect to put a spring in your step.
Joel Alme – Always On My Mind
I find this song is ideal when you need either a moany sing along or a track to keep you powering on with the day. It has plenty of strings and piano which never fail to make me love a song. It could be from the 70s but it actually came out in 2008, the first time I heard it on Spotify I thought it must have come out long before I was born. Just the fact that this music is still being made in my time, immediately lifts me.
Best to listen to: when walking somewhere and you’re looking for purpose.
The Housemartins – Caravan of Love
This acapella delight has captured my heart lately. I could sing along to it for days and listen to that harmonising for years. It’s just a dream of a song with a message that we could really do with right now, considering the very sorry state of the current world. When you need a track to turn off to and just escape, this is the one. It will embrace with you open arms every time.
Best to listen to: after you’ve watched the news to remind yourself the world isn’t all doom and gloom. Promise.
Jens Lekman – You Are The Light (by which I travel into this and that)
When this comes on, I have a little freak out because I love it so much. It is my bloody jam, it’s a bop, it’s a tune, whatever you want to call it, I love it. The trumpets are stellar to begin with and continue to enthral throughout. The lyrics tell a story which I’m always a fan of. The chorus makes me feel so hopeful, I’m not a hugely romantic person but this song makes me want to be. It’s upbeat and dramatic, it would totally work on a movie soundtrack. Thank you playlist gods for this one, it’s a real gift.
Best to listen to: whenever you damn please, it’s just great.
Follow the 10STKYS playlist on Spotify here, it will be updated every month when a new post goes up. Any songs you think I’ll like? Please comment as I’m always looking for more songs, new or old.
See you next month!