I’ll be honest- I don’t spend a lot of time driving.
My commute to work and childcare is 10 minutes tops, and I typically don’t travel more than 15 minutes to do any kind of errand. So when I purchased a new vehicle last summer and it came with a year of free Sirius radio, I was only semi-excited. I figured it would be nice to have while it lasted, but that I could just go back to regular ‘ole radio when it expired.
Now that we are approaching that year mark, I’m feeling pretty attached. I hardly ever listen to FM radio, due to the fact that it seems like the same 20 songs are regurgitated. Sirius on the other hand, has a seemingly endless list of genres to choose from depending on my mood. The number one reason I love it, though, is that it exposes you to songs that you would not typically hear on mainstream radio (or at least not nearly as frequently).
I want to share my latest favorites – along with a couple of old standbys – on my mental playlist so that you can enjoy them too.
1. Forgive Me Friend – Smith & Thell
What it’s about: pretty much exactly what the title says. A lamentation for a lost friend and/or love
2. Cringe – Matt Maeson
What it’s about: I suppose this may be up for interpretation, but to me it’s about how some sort of addiction has changed a person so that his lover no longer recognizes the person he has become. This one gets stuck in my head… in a good way.
3. Someone You Loved – Lewis Capaldi
What it’s about: Ah, a lost love. A beautifully sad song about suddenly losing a love and not seeing the end coming.
4. Poison and Wine – The Civil Wars
What it’s about: the imperfection of love, the realities of finding yourself in an imperfect match, but unable to let go. When I’m in a mood, this is one of my go-to songs.
5. Trampoline – Shaed
What it’s about: the light and airy feeling a new love gives you. Yes, this one is more upbeat!
6. Ophelia – Lumineers
What it’s about: according to the band, “Ophelia” is a metaphor for fame and just how fleeting it can be.
7. Take It All Back – Judah & the Lion
What it’s about: appreciating what you have no matter what successes you may find in life.
8. You Should See Me in a Crown – Billie Eilish
What it’s about: that depends on your view. You want to go optimistic? It’s about giving the people who doubted you something to talk about. Want to go gothic? It sounds like it’s about being a vampire.
9. Let It Be Me – Ray LaMontagne
What it’s about: not being alone. We all need someone to stand by us when we are going through difficult times.
10. Standing in the Way of the Light – Birdy
What it’s about: when a long-term relationship goes south. There’s still time to save it, but you have to be willing to put in the work.
Now that I’m reading my list over, it seems a bit broody 😉 But I promise you that they are worth listening too. I enjoy songs that I can find an emotional connection to; maybe not every day, but I like having songs on my playlists to match my every mood!
Which song just became your new favorite?