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?
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.
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
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A few days ago I stumbled upon an article in my social media feed pondering how Halloween became a months long celebration rather than just one solid day. I can’t find the article now, but I never considered such an idea because Halloween has always been a gigantic deal in my family. It was always almost like my dad’s second Christmas. I didn’t pick up the nickname Wednesday Addams for just any ol’ reason. I just love Halloween. There’s a weird creepiness in the air and (usually) it’s not 100 degrees out anymore so I can finally enjoy all my favorite chilly weather things. Like a cozy sweater & joggers while watching Halloween on AMC. It’s a tradition, you know.
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.
Sometimes I just get in a #mood I can’t explain, but when making this playlist it became pretty clear just what was causing the feeling. I constantly battle with how personal to be on my blog because it’s really scary to just put all your feelings out there into the void. Despite that being the entire point of a blog in the first place, right? It doesn’t have to be some fake, robotic, heavily curated space. It should be personable and real. That said, you never really know whose reading it, but here goes nothing.
One of my favorite things to Snapchat or Tweet is #mood. It’s usually some incredibly dumb (but funny) GIF or just a snapshot of real life. I realize I do it most often when I’m sad, annoyed, or frustrated. When I set out to make a playlist I really didn’t know where I wanted to go, but I knew I was just feeling down. Anyone within earshot of this playlist can see exactly what was getting me down: love and relationships.
It’s time to say au revoir to summer. Well kind of anyway.
Seasonal playlists are my favorite to make because they can soundtrack certain events, holidays, or even days. They can evoke sentiment years later when we stumble upon them or just songs that remind of us times gone by. That sounds pretty eloquent, but I can’t tell you how many times I hear Yeah! by Usher and remember the summer of 2004 (for better or worse). Summer just has a much happier vibe to it and playlists really reflect that. Playlists also offer us an escape from the radio (aka hearing Despacito for the 6,000,001th time). There’s so many different playlists to make for summer. Ones to soundtrack BBQs, road trips, and even floating around the pool doing absolutely nothing.