Baby shower playlist

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In about 5 weeks, it’s my baby’s due date. It’s finally the home stretch! I can hardly believe it. Except, I can because pregnancy is long and although I may never feel totally ready for the baby, I’m ready enough.

I still haven’t said anything on here about my baby’s name or sex, but I might as well tell you now. It’s no secret. I was just trying to decide when and how to tell people.

Paul and I found out at the last ultrasound that we’re having a baby girl. We’re naming her Margaret Esme Rosales. Margaret is after my Aunt Peggy (her birth name was Margaret), who died earlier this year. We’re calling her Maggie for short. Esme is a middle name I found after looking through a lot of baby name lists online. It means beloved in French, which makes it perfect.

To celebrate Maggie, my family and Paul’s family threw us a baby shower. My mom, two sisters, his sister, and my mom all did an amazing job. It was so sweet.

The theme was Peter Rabbit. I wanted that theme because I have fond memories of my dad telling me the Peter Rabbit story by heart and when I worked at an early childcare center in the infant room I would read a story board book version to the babies.

For my part, I wanted to make a short playlist for the party. My family parties don’t usually have music. I’m not sure why exactly but that’s just how I grew up. Maybe it helped us talk to each other more than otherwise. I like music for parties though, so I made a baby shower playlist for the quieter parts of the party.

The thing is, I totally forgot to play it! Not until the guests had left did I remember that I forgot about the playlist. I had even just been listening to it and editing it that morning.

This playlist is a mix of songs from my childhood that my dad used to play, songs I listed to as I grew older, and newer family-friendly songs that compliment the rest.

It’s hard for me to pick my favorite songs on the playlist. A few are my favorite songs of all time. Others are songs by my favorite artist, although not my favorite by that artist. The standout songs are Chelsea Morning, At the Zoo, Who’s My Pretty Baby, and Home.

What do you think of this playlist? What are your favorite family and kid-friendly songs?

If I’m being honest, I have played some songs with unfit lyrics for Maggie while she’s been in the womb. She kicks the most while hip hop or rock and roll are playing, particularly Missy Elliott. She also has a favorite song off her dad’s new album that he’s been working on. (You can listen to some of his music here.)

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Chill time

playlist chill time

A playlist for when you need to chill out, think about things that don’t really matter and attempt to feel like a cloud.

  1. Nanao Tavito – What Are You Waiting For? What You Waiting For? できたて
  2. thewonderwheel — Corp Accounts 11
  3. Mr Little Jeans — Rescue Song (The Naked & Famous Alt. Remix)
  4. Cosmo’s Midnight — Cosmo’s Midnight – Walk With Me (feat. KUČKA)
  5. Tom Misch — Sunshine
  6. Tkay Maidza — Brontosaurus (ft. Badcop)
  7. Sameblod — Forever
  8. Diablo Pablo — You’ve Gotta Realize
  9. CarlaMorrison — Hoy yo quiero [Previously Unreleased]
  10. Gold Panda — Clarke’s Dream
  11. tashakimiyaki — This Time Tomorrow
  12. Swirlies — Wrong Tube
  13. Saint Marie Records — Sway – Fall

This playlist includes two artists I know in real life, my boyfriend (The Wonder Wheel) and his dad (Diablo Pablo). Be sure to give their tracks a good listen.

Midsomer Times

My boyfriend Paul is here today to share his latest Spotify playlist, Midsomer Times. Without further ado, I’ll let him take it away.

Midsommer spotify playlist

Here we are – the summertime homestretch.

Don’t be afraid to take a dip in the deep end. Put the final weeks of the season to good use. Take comfort in those relaxing moments sitting by the window, watching the sunset turn into a foggy night. Breathe in that crisp, freedom-enriched air on a walk down the street.

With that in mind, spend the next 42 minutes with the ever-so lush Devonte “Blood Orange” Hynes and Bradford Cox film scores, soft Mac Demarco, and the only Spotify-available production of Waldemar Schwartz.

Fourteen years later and Zero 7 still have it, while Neil Young gets in a box.

 


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P.S. You should be able to see the embeded Spotify playlist above, but if you can’t, click this link to open Midsomer Times in your Spotify player.

Summer 2014 playlist

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Happy summer, everybody! I hope you all had a good time celebrating the start of the season.

I was at Knott’s Berry Farm, an amusement park, with family on summer solstice. I hadn’t been there in almost 10 years. It was fun, but honestly, I can’t handle roller coasters quite like I used to. I guess I’m getting old.

I’m making plans for summer and hoping for some grand adventures. What have you got planned?

Summer makes me long for weekend trips up and down the California coast. I’m also hoping for a plane trip to visit relatives and plenty of beach days around my area.

This playlist was inspired by the KCRW summer concert series. It’s a great chance to experience live performances, DJ sets and community. Notice I said inspired and not sponsored.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify here.

The in-between time

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“There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” – Zora Neale Hurston

I love this quote. I read the book Their Eyes Were Watching God a few years ago for a college English class. To be honest, I didn’t love the book, but I have a feeling if I read it again I might feel differently. That’s what’s great about literature and life. As I grow up I find that I might not like the same things as before because I’m not entirely the same me as before.

I feel as if I’ve figured out what I want in life just a little bit more since the last time I wrote about growing up. My internships are helping with that.

Writing about this just reminded me of how this great professor I had in fall would talk about how the idea of finding out who you are and forming an identity is strange to her. After all, identity is not a static thing. There are aspects of it that can change over time. I wish I could express what she said as well as she did. Hopefully you get what I mean.

A while ago I put together this playlist centered around the idea of “in-between time.” Take it for whatever it means to you. For me, it means being in my 20s, trying to find out what kind of career I want, where I want to live, when to get married and other big things like that.

You can listen to the playlist above, or listen on your Spotify player by clicking here.

I’m going to leave you with one more quote because I love quotes.

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” E. E. Cumings

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Work playlist

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Monday, Monday.

How do you add some excitement to your day? Personally, I can’t get through the day without music. Well, of course I can, but why would I want to? New music can be especially exciting.

Music speaks to my soul. Whether I am happy, sad, angry, or need a lift in spirits, music is there for me.

Lately I’ve been listening to the same album over and over and over again. It’s just beginning to get old. When I say the same album I mean Beyoncé by Beyoncé and when I say lately I mean ever since it came out two months ago. It’s great and all, but I’m tired of just about everything else saved on my phone and admittedly getting tired of that too.

I was already planning on posting a work playlist on my blog today when someone on Twitter asked all her followers (of which I am included) what we listen to during work. It’s funny how the internet work like that. Also, when I say today I mean yesterday. I haven’t gone to bed yet, so it’s still Monday right? Right? It’s only 15 minutes after midnight in California and I was running around a lot today.

All this to say my boyfriend shared a new work playlist he made on Spotify with me last week and I got permission to share it here. It’s mellow, but there are some energetic tunes in there too. In Paul’s own words, “It goes from indie/electro to dance and then down to soul and mellow tracks.” I actually went back and got that quote from a text like a the weirdo I am.

My favorite songs on the playlist are by Wild Nothing, Blood Orange, AlunaGeorge, St. Vincent and Arcade Fire.

What about you? What do you like to listen to when you’re at work?

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Throwback love songs

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Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Happy Galentine’s Day! I’m actually not doing anything for either day this year. Myself and everyone I know seem to be really busy lately. We hang out on other non-holidays, so it’s all good.

I’ve been thinking a lot about love lately. It’s everywhere, am I right? Particularly, I’ve been thinking about romantic love and how my ideas of what that means have changed over the years. Whether you’ve been in love or not, I’m sure you can say the same.

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MMM…Monday

I guess I’m feeling the letter “M” today. The first thing I listed to today was M83’s Saturday = Youth. It’s just absolutely perfect for a lazy weekend soundtrack. It practically says that in the name. When I wanted more sound later on I lazily scrolled down my boyfriend’s iTunes library until Memory Cassette caught my eye. He put most of the songs from Call & Response on mix CDs when we first started dating, therefore that album will always hold a special place in my heart. Mexican Institute of Sound was next. rad. I saw them live two Halloweens ago at the KCRW Halloween Ball. Although I only understand every tenth word, I love listening to music in Spanish. Some people think that’s weird. If you’re like me, just ignore the haters.

Happy Monday, friends!

Winter playlist

Winter playlist

Happy winter! Last week I had fun making this winter playlist for The Campus Crop. You can see the original post, along with all the YouTube videos for the song here. It’s a fun little playlist with some indie songs and some newish songs that very well could turn into classics.

I love making playlists! Although I like to include songs I already know and love, I usually end up discovering gems along the way. “Winter Song” has been one of my favorites for five years now. (Wow!) “Sweater Weather” and “Warmest Part of Winter” were both recommended by a a coworker. I heard “Something Bells” playing in my boyfriend’s car when the music from his iPhone was on shuffle and I fell in love with it. Just kidding. I’m in love with him, so I guess I fell in a deep like with the song. (Side note: I say love a lot.) The other six songs in the playlist are ones I discovered on this wonderful thing called the Internet.

I think these winter-y songs are pretty awesome and hopefully you do too!

The playlist below has all the songs from my “10 Songs for a Winter Night” post, except “Got Something For You,” a collaboration between Best Coast and Wavves. This song is pretty damn adorable and you might be cooler for listening to it. It’s not on Spotify, but you can hear it from this YouTube video.

Happy listening! Merry Christmas!

P.S. I’ll be posting once more before taking a break for the rest of December. I don’t know who I’m saying this to, since I don’t have a lot of followers. Just know that there will be an amazing cake recipe posted tomorrow, then a break and then I’m moving full speed ahead!

New York playlist

Tuesday Tunes: Trying New Things

Happy Tuesday!

More than ever, I’ve been inspired by those around me. I’m finding inspiration everywhere, especially from other creative types. One such person is a cute cousin of mine. (Maybe I shouldn’t say his name on here. After all, I didn’t get permission to share this little bit.) He recently moved to New York to pursue modeling. Although I have mixed feelings about modeling, I am proud of him for making moves. He is pursuing a goal after being with the same agency for more than a year and moved to New York because it has more opportunity than Los Angeles.

This playlist is for him, but it’s also for you my lovely readers. Imagine being in the Big Apple with me. It’s okay if you’ve never been there. I have yet to go too. We can pretend!

I embedded my Spotify playlist “New York I Love You,” but just in case that doesn’t work you can also see the list below.

Song ——————————————–Artist

Saddr Weirdr———————————Bomb the Music Industry

Royals——————————————-Lorde

I Love It—————————————–Icona Pop

Don’t Look Back —————————-She & Him

Paris Nights/New York Mornings—–Corrine Bailey Rae

Take Back The Night ———————–Justin Timberlake

Fake Empire ———————————–The National

New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down—-LCD Soundsystem

Summer In The City ———Regina Spektor

Empire State of Mind——–Alicia Keys