A lot of my favorite moments of summer occur in the evening hours hanging out around a campfire. It may just be my love of fire or just how inevitably intimate these gatherings are. Regardless, sometimes the music you put on in the background makes all the difference.
Coldplay – Don’t Panic
I love how chill this song is. It’s short and sweet. Not too complicated. I could enjoy a nice cold beer while listening to this song. A nice cold beer sounds really nice right about now, doesn’t it?
Gorillaz – Slow Country
I used to listen to this song when I was disappointed by something. It would bring me up. You know, shit happens, just keep going. This song is about going to the city to get money, but it sucks, so you’re going to leave city and kick your problems. I’m not saying I don’t like city life, but I like what the Gorillaz are saying here.
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
No band invokes more vivid imagery for me than the Fleet Foxes. Listening to this song I can imagine myself getting tired of working in some shitty building and moving out to the country to work on a farm or an orchard and just really enjoy the Earth. Again, I’m not saying that this is the path I want to take, but I really enjoy the sentiment.
Lord Huron – Ends Of The Earth
This song played in the Season 3 finale of Shameless and It hit me right in that musical soft spot of my soul. How much do you care about me? Would you follow me to the ends of the earth? I think you would. I would too.
The Beach Boys – Feel Flows
This song plays as the credits are rolled in the movie, Almost Famous. This song is one of those songs that waters the garden of sentimemtal thoughts in my head. This song sums up, not the moments themselves but, the emotions of the best moments of my life.
Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M.
This might be one of the best hip-hop songs of all time. In my opinion, the best rap songs tell stories. They tell stories about the rappers life or maybe a character that they had made up. I love listening to stories, and Wu-Tang Clan are great story tellers.
Blind Willie Johnson – Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
“’Dark Was The Night’ gets me every time.” – Frank Underwood, House of Cards
The National – Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks
My top three concert moments (in no particular order) are watching Paul McCartney perform ‘Let it Be’, R. Kelly end his concert with ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ and The National ending there concert with this song. It’s a powerful song. Really powerful.
Sufjan Stevens – All Delighted People
I don’t know if I would necessarily play this song at a bonfire, but I think it definitely characterizes the feelings of a bonfire for the most part. It’s good, really good, and long. So long in fact, that at some points you forget just how long you’ve been experiencing it. It never loses it’s sweetness though. Even in the dissonant moments, the sweetness is still there.
Wilco – Poor Places
When the keyboard comes in about 45 seconds into the song, I am reminded why I love music so much. In my mind this is one of those “100% Songs”. This song is perfect to me.