I am one of those people who needs music playing at all times. I like to think of it as my “life soundtrack,” because obviously, my life is a movie. I have dozens of playlists for every possible situation and occasion. I have them for events that have already happened (baby showers, bachelorette parties, Christmas) and for things that might happen (car chases, alien abductions, working out). Whenever I press play on these mixes, I’m transported to the situations they were created for (except for working out, because I don’t usually want to relive that).
Lately, the playlist I’ve been listening to the most is my Chill Out Mix. Maybe it’s because I have a toddler who just turned two, so things can get loud and busy up in here. I’ve found myself taking many deep breaths and willing myself to relax. So, in the spirit of all of us chilling out, here are some of my favorite songs to play when I want to pretend I’m laying in that lounge chair on the beach.
~ “To Be Alone With You,” Sufjan Stevens
The beautiful harmonies and light guitar make me feel like I’m being sung a personal lullabye.
~ “Orange Sky,” Alexi Murdoch
When I listen to this song, I imagine all the family vacations I went on growing up. “With my brother standing by…”
~ “Adelaide,” Old 97s
Such a sad song, but Rhett Miller sings it so beautifully.
~ “Fix You,” Coldplay
A song where a gorgeous blond promises to catch me when I fall? Yes, please.
~ “Songbird,” Fleetwood Mac
One of the ultimate love songs. I fall into this song every time I hear it.
~ “Walking After You,” Foo Fighters
Dave Grohl is never gonna give up on me, you guys!
~ “Stumbling Through The Dark,” The Jayhawks
I’m a sucker for harmonies, and this song pulls me along with its beautiful melody.
~ “Lazy Days,” Leona Naess
The title sums this one up. The entire song describes a perfect day.
~ “Everybody Move It,” Teddy Thompson
I love this song because it’s about getting up and dancing, but the beat is mellow and Teddy Thompson’s voice is hypnotic.
~ “Honey and the Moon,” Joseph Arthur
Joseph Arthur’s voice is barely above a whisper, and the finger-picking guitar work is enticing.
~ “The Long Way Home,” Norah Jones
The Norah Jones version of this Tom Waits song is so perfect it gives me chills.
~ “Pretty Things,” Rufus Wainwright
Just a few simple piano chords and some wonderfully expressive lyrics. This song is one of my all-time favorites.
What songs would you add to make the ultimate chill-out playlist?