Today’s Track – Lauren, Men I Trust

This song has been in constant rotation as I’ve been traveling around Europe this week. A mellow yet slightly uptempo tune that gently reminds me “I can’t stay forever”… Lauren – the single – by Men I Trust, 2016.

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Today’s Track – Don’t You Know, Kungs

I leave for Europe tomorrow; off to take in the Maison et Objet trade fair in Paris, and do a bit of shopping and exploring some other areas. So, I thought something French would be good to get me in the mood. And while this track doesn’t sound typically French per se, it is bonifiedly (which is technically not a real word) out of Aix-en-Provence. Don’t You Know by Kungs, 2016.

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Today’s Track – Lovely Day, alt-J

Wow. So, back to reality this week after some time off has proved slightly more chaotic than one would like… I suppose I should have mentally prepared better for life beyond lounging in yoga pants, leisurely lunches with friends and binge watching Game of Thrones. Work just seems quite busy in comparison, no? So, something so so soothing on this lovely day. Lovely Day by alt-J from the album This is All Yours, 2014.

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Today’s Track -10,000 Emerald Pools, BØRNS

Not sure why I had to travel to Europe to discover this Los Angeles-via-Michigan artist, but I’m glad I did. Another Shazam win! 10,000 Emerald Pools by BØRNS from the album Dopamine, 2015.

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Today’s Track – The Past and the Pending, The Shins

I’ve been traveling a lot lately, which is actually when I have the most dedicated time to just chill under the earphones. This track’s been in constant rotation as a mellowing agent… The Past and the Pending by the Shins from the album Oh, Inverted World, 2001.

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Today’s Track – Saint Claude, Christine and the Queens

Shazammed this just-released track in France earlier this year whilst enjoying an escargot sandwhich. Yup – tasty. Saint Claude by Christine and the Queens from the album Chaleur Humaine, 2016.

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Should Have Known Better – Sufjan Stevens

I don’t know why, but I needed something folksy today. Maybe it reminds me of a simpler time (that’s a terrible cliché, I know); soft and misty. There’s a calming effect I appreciate, like curling up under a cozy throw with a good book and warm cup of tea – which is precisely what I’d like to be doing at this moment… Should Have Known Better by Sufjan Stevens from the album Carrie & Lowell, 2015.

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Today’s Track – Squares, The Beta Band

I thought something mild and centering for today, from a British group to celebrate my arrival in London today! Squares by The Beta Band from the album Hot Shots II, 2001.

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Today’s Track – Think I’m in Love, Beck

I bought myself a new (well, new to me) car yesterday. Now, this is a truly unusual event, as I’ve had my current car for nearly 15 years and love it dearly. But I finally decided that I simply can’t take another Minnesota winter without four wheel drive. And so I reluctantly made the leap to something practical – yet cute – that also comes with the highly anticipated luxury of heated seats. I Think I’m In Love by Beck from the album The Information, 2006.

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Today’s Track – Miss Misery, Elliot Smith

The name says it all, doesn’t it? Okay, well maybe “Miss Misery” is a tad on the dramatic side, but I certainly have a sense of ennui today. A bit cranky and listless. Uninspired. And I suppose even a little lonely now that the house guests are gone and the birthdays are over… So indulge me in one melancholy tune to get it out of my system. Miss Misery by Elliot Smith from the album New Moon, 2007. (Published posthumously; most tracks recorded between 1994 – 1997)

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Today’s Track – Yellow Sky, Book of Love

I am all a flutter. A small group of beloved college friends from across the country (and, actually, across the pond) are descending on Minneapolis tomorrow for a weekend of… well, nothing in particular. Just a moment in time to connect, giggle (100% inevitable), cry (also inevitable), and generally wax poetic about everything… and nothing. There is simply no way I’d rather spend my time. So in homage to our Freshman year, a little musical trip down memory lane. Yellow Sky by Book of Love from their self-titled album, 1986.

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