Originally I was going to put this list together from scratch but upon consulting iTunes “top 25 most played,” with a few alterations, it hit it pretty much square on the head. This assortment of songs and my mobile SonicImpact F2 lithium-battery speaker system kept me going from morning to night and well beyond. Each of these songs has a special place in my Peace Corps experience, some shared below, and I am happy and content to share them with you. This blogger has never been one to keep a close eye on music hot off the mixing board but he does attempt to keep it eclectic and tuned to moods. I hope you enjoy.
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Song Artist Album
1. Good Things Aloe Blacc Good Things*
≈ Its the happiest break- up song I know. I dare you not to feel good when listening
2. The Swimming Song Loudon Wainwright III Attempted Mustache
3. The Way You Do the Things You Do Jerry Garcia Band Jerry Garcia Band
≈ This became my morning routine song. Always out of the shower by one Garcia solo.
4. Dog Days Are Over Florence + The Machine It’s Not Goodbye…**
≈ Rachel returned from India and somewhere along that trip caught a freakish love of this song.
5. Bit By Bit Hot Buttered Rum The Olive Sessions
6. Hard Livin’ Railroad Earth Amen Corner
≈ Great for long bike rides in beautiful scenery
7. Sweet Tequila Blues Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez Putumayo- Americano
8. Megna’s Tim O’Brien Chameleon
9. The Other Side Ryan Bingham Mescalito***
10. D’Gary Jam Béla Fleck Throw Down Your Heart
≈ Found this song on a road trip in New Mexico and it seems to fit everywhere I go
11. Shoot The Moon Norah Jones Come Away With Me
12. Previsao Bossacucanova Putumayo- Brazilian Lounge
13. Window Seat Erykah Badu New Amerykah
14. Sam Fi Man Stanley Beckford Putumayo- The Caribbean
≈ Used it to cook tortillas, the beat would keep me in step so that each flip was timed perfectly. Back, front, back, front, spin, flip.
15. California Earthquake John Hartford Gentle On My Mind
16. The Littlest Birds The Be Good Tanyas Blue Horse
17. Apple Scruffs George Harrison All Things Must Pass
18. Be My Lady The Meters Funkify You Life
19. Chain Gang Otis Redding Otis!
20. Mariana Bia Putumayo- Brazilian Lounge
21. Home Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros It’s Not Goodbye…
22. Bound to Ride Greensky Bluegrass Tuesday Letter
23. Bombs Over Baghdad Outkast Stankonia
≈ Anytime I had to get the kids up for a game, this song would keep us moving. We would pass a ball around and when the music stopped who ever had it would ask a question.
24. Essaywhuman!!! ! The Roots Do You Want More?!!!??!
25. Same Love Macklemore X Ryan Lewis The Heist
Below are songs that are on the original Top 25 but have been replaced because they are from the same album.
* You Make Me Smile & Take Me Back , Aloe Blacc
** Off a mixed CD given to me by a friend before leaving
*** Southside Of Heaven & Bread And Water , Ryan Bingham
I would also like to give some love for “Big Easy Express.” A documentary following Old Crow Medicine Show, Mumford & Sons, and Edward Sharp & The Magnetic Zeros on their tour-by-train from California to New Orleans. Each time Rachel and I would watch it we would well up with emotion and excitement for our return to live music with passion. It was instant transport to everything we love about the musical experience. Beer, Banjos, and Greasy Hair.