I rarely listen to the radio, but I have to admit that I became quite addicted to Spotify and the concept of “pick and choose your music for free.” Alas, now that I no longer live in the UK, and the concept of affordable unlimited data is greater myth than a unicorn in the USA, I had to give that up on my morning commute. On top of this little snafu, my trusty 160 GB iPod kicked the bucket before I returned to the USA, and I came home two months too late to replace it (Apple made the biggest mistake by yanking this product; Steve Jobs NEVER would have stood for this).
But I commute about 4 hours total, each day. And that is a long time to go in silence (though sometimes, ambient noise and a book, or just nothing at all is what the doctor ordered). I haven’t (yet) been reduced to pulling out the old portable CD player, dusting it out, and praying that it still works, but instead, I’ve been faced with the random hodge-podge of whatever was downloaded onto my phone the last time I bothered to load music onto it. I have learned that I have eclectic tastes, but some of the stand-out tracks from my early morning/late-night commute are worth sharing.
Reader beware: if you are looking for some highfalutin, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork – level savvy, look elsewhere. My tastes are shameless and I like them that way. So take a listen…
“Anything Could Happen” – Ellie Goulding
“Anonanimal” – Andrew Bird
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper
“Follow Through” – Gavin Degraw
“Teenage Dream” – Katy Perry
“House of Cards” – Radiohead
“Time Flies” – Lykke Li
“Weightless” – Natasha Bedingfield
“Why Can’t You Look at Yourself” – Release the Sunbird
“Can’t Fall Down” – Natasha Bedingfield
“Mercy” – Onerepublic
“Hanging By A Moment” – Lifehouse
“Secrets” – Onerepublic
“Raise Your Glass” – Pink
“Giving Up the Gun” – Vampire Weekend
“I Got” – Young the Giant
“15 Step” – Radiohead
Anything I should make a point of adding to my phone? Let me know….