Music

My Holiday Wish List

First, let me just welcome you to the very beginning of what I’m going to call Holiday Overload. When planning out blog posts I realized that nearly all of them over the next few weeks will be holiday themed. I was conflicted about it but then I realized it’s many people’s favorite time of year (myself included) so I figured why not. There’s going to be everything from specially crafted gift guides (as if you need more of those in your life right now) to my favorite recipes, movies, and other fun things. At the end of the month as usual I will share my favorite albums and songs of 2017 just in time to kiss this unusually hellish year goodbye!

But where do we begin? 5 minutes into my family Thanksgiving dinner it started. The constant questioning “so what do you want for Christmas?” has been happening ever since. As a kid our Christmas lists were made before we even sat down for Thanksgiving dinner, put into the mailbox, and mailed off to Santa in the blink of an eye. As an adult it’s a bit harder and a much less fun. There’s still plenty of things I know I want, but there’s no Toys R Us Big Book for adult life so remembering what those things are is a little difficult. Finally after the 7,000 text message I decided to give it a go and pick a bunch of stuff that has caught my eye or that I can truly use in my life. Whether you’re looking for something to get me or just a gift in general here it is: My Christmas List.

ONE: Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes by Alison Roman, Never Us Futura by Douglas Thomas, and Simple Fare by Karen Mordechai TWO: William’s Sonoma Copper Wine Opener THREE: Zara Parka FOUR: Saxelby Cheese Grilled Cheese Kit FIVE: EP-33 Bluetooth Record Player SIX: Lightwell Candle SEVEN: Wusthof Knife Set EIGHT: The Beatles Christmas Records Collection NINE: Zara Leather Mini Skirt TEN: Rifle Paper Co Los Angeles print ELEVEN: Crate & Barrel Copper Wine Rack

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In the Kitchen: Thanksgiving, Volume 2

Happy (early) Thanksgiving fellow Americans, and just a happy Wednesday to everyone else!

Thanksgiving is a blessing and a curse for someone who loves being in the kitchen. I love cooking and creating things that eventually satisfy others. It’s a gigantic labor of love. I’ve been making Thanksgiving dinner (among other holiday dinners) by myself for roughly 12 years now. Looking back, it was quite the task for a teenager to take on, but it’s really given me a chance to see what works. But what does this have to do with music, right?

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Mix No. 11: Fall Vibes

Ah, the fall mix has finally arrived. The time of year where I fully get to embrace the part of me that loves a good cozy sweater, drinking cup of coffee (or tea), and having indie folk music playing from my speakers. Over the years fall has been one of my favorite playlists to make. I think the only occasion that sees more playlist than fall is Christmas. When I first started college, what feels like a million years ago now, I would create these playlists to keep me company on my long walks to and from class. They each served their own little purpose given my mood or the weather. Pretty nerdy, right? Probably.

When I made this one I used a really chill Saturday morning as the inspiration. The weather has been pretty warm (bummer) so no sweaters were involved. I just kinda tuned everything out (even my phone) and just enjoyed a cup of coffee while listening to music. It was pretty relaxing, and I wonder why I don’t just do that more often. When I set out to make a fall playlist I consider, like anyone would, the mood. Fall tends to be a little more gloomy because the days are much shorter. The weather is chilly, the leaves are changing (if you’re lucky enough to have those), and sometimes you even get rain.

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Halloween Playlist Spooktacular

Don’t worry, I even eye rolled myself while typing the title to this blog post.

It’s a special Music Friday here on my blog, and I have collected every Halloween playlist I have made since 2013. Shout out to Spotify for making this possible, and extra big shout out to me for apparently never cleaning out my list of playlists on Spotify. This is mainly the reason why I can’t explain their being two mixes from 2015. Like I mentioned a couple of days ago (oh my god all she does is talk about this stuff), Halloween mixes are my favorite to make even if they are widely unappreciated. What I love most about them is being able to make something creepy sounding that plays perfectly at a Halloween party or just while handing out candy to Trick or Treaters. It just adds a little something to the overall creepiness in the air. Of course, if you’re going to be soundtracking any Halloween festivities, most people are going to strictly be all “shut up and play the hits.” So I made plenty of those playlists in my time (but with a little Nicole twist).

Obviously I don’t know everyone’s Halloween plans, but if  you’re anything like me, you’re probably sick of party hosts using pre-made Spotify playlists that have Thriller on them every 3rd song. So I thought I would just share the fruits of my yearly labor in one giant collection. Since it’s the Friday before Halloween it seemed like the perfect time for a musical extravaganza to soundtrack just about anything.

Find the links below, and have a good weekend!

PS: Yes, I am the queen of using strange, vintage Halloween photos as my artwork. #blessed

2013 | 2014 | 2015 Part 1 | 2015 Part 2 | 2016 | 2017 | My Favorite Horror Movie Scores

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What I’m Listening To, Volume 5

I know monthly around this time I drop the themed mix of my choosing, but October is going to be a little different. Halloween is probably my second favorite holiday because it really combines two of my best qualities: being dead inside and my love of (some) holidays. So it really goes without saying that making my yearly Halloween mix is one of my favorite things to do. A lot of work goes into handcrafting my mixture of horror scores, creepy songs and popular favorites not to mention the search for the ideal creepy image to accompany it. Halloween is fast approaching so that mix will be out in the next week or so (hopefully). I just hope I get to add some of the new Stranger Things soundtrack into this year’s mix since the show’s return coincides with this most frightful time of year.

Since the Halloween mix has yet to reach my high standards (standards no one else cares about), I decided to just throw together a playlist of what I’m listening to a lot right now. This 5th playlist in a series of who knows how many to come features a bunch of new releases and some classic Tom Petty. Of course it had to have some Tom Petty on it because the classic rock station around here played nothing but blocks and blocks of his work after his passing. There are just so many good Tom Petty songs.

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This weekend I have a little fall break and I use that term loosely. While I have a “break” I’m not much of a break person. I just find something to do or get ahead with so I’m not stressed later. Unfortunately I’ll likely be cleaning or organizing, but hopefully I’ll get to make some yummy food (or some sea salt chocolate chip cookies at least).

As usual here are some really interesting and, hopefully, fun things from around the Internet. Sorry it’s a little design centric this time, but those were definitely some interesting reads over the last week or so.

Enjoy!

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Sorry for the sparse posting as of late. I’m lacking a bit of motivation and inspiration right now. I’m also working so incredibly hard on so many things all at once. I’m a bit of an overachiever I’ll admit. Most of the things I’m being bogged down by are almost over, so hopefully now I’ll be able to post more regularly.

That said this weekend I’ll be attending a sip and see for my friend’s new baby. Apparently sip and sees  are a real thing and not just something seen on the Real Housewives franchise. While I find the concept utterly baffling, I guess that’s a thing I will be doing. Hopefully with far less drama than an episode of the Real Housewives of whatever. I also hope it doesn’t begin to stir any sort of baby fever within me because babies are the most fun when they aren’t yours and you get to pass them back. But one thing is for sure, getting older sucks when everyone reminds you where you should be in life, but just aren’t.

Talk about being a Debbie Downer. Instead enjoy some fun things from around the internet, and have a great weekend.

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