I don’t know about y’all, but I’m a music person. I crave it, honestly. I actually look forward to doing more tedious and lengthy tasks if I know I can pull up my Spotify playlist to tackle it with. Whether that’s working out, driving long distances, mowing the lawn, hacking up the spidery looking bush thingy that was in my backyard, washing my car, etc.
Music should do many things for you, it should move you, make you happy, make you sad, go deep into thought, or most of the time just vibe. Do what you do with music and the music you listen to, don’t let anyone tell you that what you like isn’t “real” whatever. Conversely, don’t be a music snob when it comes to listening casually. You’ll make no friends.
That said, I wanted to make a series to share some playlists with y’all. For those that don’t know, I used to do radio, both Sports talk as well as traditional talk shows. I used to love putting together playlists for my show, whether they had a common theme or I just took people back in time a little bit. Today, I’m sharing a playlist that gets me a little bit introspective, making me reflect a little bit on my past. I’m feeling nostalgic lately, so this helps a little bit. You can find the list and explanations regarding highlights below.
A few highlights:
Like a lot of my peers, my transformative years occurred near the end of high school and into college. I spent my early high school years attempting (and failing) to emulate one of my older brothers, as I began to learn what was really important to me, I started gaining confidence as a man. “Rollercoaster Baby” by Rob Roy really symbolizes those moments for me, while “The Manual” does a great job of expressing my thoughts during that transition. “Getting Grown” really revolves around my recent maturation into husbandhood and fatherhood. Having to put those childish wants and needs away for the greater good of self and family. A couple of tracks are just good for reminiscing: “Like That” and “Pimp and The Bun” always just puts me in a good mood and I loved playing it when I was riding up and down I-22 to Memphis or I-20 to Atlanta on weekends. I know people might roll their eyes at the Black Eyed Peas, but seriously, they managed to get the entire A Tribe Called Quest crew in to help produce the song and got Q-Tip, Cee-Lo and John Legend on wax.
“She Lives In My Lap” is probably one of my favorite songs of all time, and it fits the theme a little bit, so it gets in. “One of these Days” is probably the song Jim Crow should be remembered for to be honest. That or “Cars”, which isn’t on Spotify so…..
Last one I’ll talk about is “Floating Away” by Wreckonize. There was a point in time late in college and afterward where I had a few, um, mishaps. This song reflects me having to put the damn alcohol down, cause boyyyyyy.
Anyway, that’s it for this set, hope y’all enjoy. Send me feedback @EagleEye1906 or at @TheKWCBlog. I’ll have a few more reflections for y’all later!