Maybe it's an age thing, but I've mellowed over time with my music choices. Well, not completely. I can still rock out a JT song in the car (my kids LOVE that. Ahem) or dance around the kitchen to a bit of Usher. (All I need to do now is install a disco ball in there, and I'll really have it going on.) And EVERYONE knows that housework is only bearable if there's a little Lenny Kravitz, Pink or even Nicki Minaj playing in the background.
But I have a playlist on my iPod that I play constantly - mostly in the car to and from school in the mornings. It's my 'Easy Listening' playlist. It's filled with more soulful, crooning-type songs (some sad, you might say) that I love to sing along to or just listen to and think about the words. The mellow sounds make me calmer, relaxed (Eldest Son says, 'Sleepy.' You say potato, buddy...). They make me think. Remember. Feel.
I'm constantly adding songs to it, and have around 40 songs on it now (Adele wins the 'most added songs to the playlist' award). I delete songs from the playlist on occasion too, usually when I've had enough of them and realise I constantly skip them to listen to the others.
Here are some of the songs on the list that I rarely seem to skip:
Already Gone - Kelly Clarkson
Amnesia - 5 Seconds of Summer (ok, that's a little embarrassing to admit, but I like it!)
Battle Scars - Guy Sebastian (feat. Lupe Fiasco)
Cry Me A River - Justin Timberlake
Don't You Remember - Adele
Gravity - Sara Bareillis
I Still Miss Us - Damien Leith
Jar of Hearts - Christina Perri
Keep Holding On - Avril Lavigne
Lovesong - Adele
The Only Exception - Paramore (Middle Son secretly recorded me belting this out in the car a few weeks ago. Little bugger.)
Only Love Can Hurt Like This - Paloma Faith (one of my current faves)
Resolution - Nick Lachey
Someone Like You - Adele (told you Ads makes multiple appearances)
Stay With Me - Sam Smith (LOVE this man's voice)
When I Was Your Man - Bruno Mars
You're Beautiful - James Blunt
I often play music when I write, too. Music can be a great writing prompt - like it was for 100RPM.
What's on your playlist?