My favorite month of the year wouldn’t be complete without a banging playlist to take with me on all of my adventures. This mix is filled with a variety of sounds, moods and genres - perfect for my fluid gemini personality. Consider it my birthday gift to you, because who doesn’t need some groovy tunes filled with summer vibes?
Typically I try to write a birthday blog post recounting ‘how it feels to be so-and-so age’ since that’s the quintessential question everyone gets asked when they turn a year older. However, I thought I’d do something different this year and tell you what it sounds like in stead. So, I made a mixtape with 25 tracks (which I could totally spin to represent each year of my life if I really wanted to) but it’s more fun to just have you listen and see how it fits into your life as it is! In case you’re curious, here’s where you can read about my thoughts on 23 and 24.
In reality I don't want to spend too much time repeating myself, because my Instagram post really summed up everything I feel about hitting a quarter-century. I took myself on a side hiking trip to Cloudland Canyon on my way home from Bonnaroo and listened to this playlist while staring at the most beautiful sky I’ve ever seen - so thankful for the universe’s gift to me! Read up on my birthday adventure and thoughts on a handful of tracks below.
I hope you enjoy some new tunes and the perspective of an optimistic 25-year old!
FRESH FRUIT - CARTER REEVES
When I first heard this track it put such a huge smile on my face - and it reminded me of the way I felt the first time I heard Aer. Carefree, summer cruising, light and happy tunes. Turns out Carter Reeves is half of Aer and this is his first single on his solo project - awesome! Loving the whole EP so far, and can’t wait for another bite.
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL PT. 2 - PINK FLOYD
Classic classic classic - I love this song so much and I jammed out so hard when Moon Taxi covered it at both Shaky Knees and Bunbury Music Festival. It’s so powerful and especially meaningful in the political climate today. Always stand up for what you believe in, think for yourself and don’t become another brick in the wall.
CAN’T STOP - RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
"Addicted to the shindig” may be the number one chili peppers lyric that describes me, and this song is their favorite to open with. They kicked off their Bonnaroo set with it, and the custom painted RHCP hat I made for myself proudly bears “Can’t Stop” under the bill. If that doesn’t prove I was meant to be at that set on my birthday eve, I don’t know what does!
BEAUTY OF THE UNHIDDEN HEART (BASSNECTAR REMIX) - THE GLITCH MOB
This remix is quickly becoming one of my all time favorites - it’s jam packed with synthy melody and lyrics that speak to my soul. To me, it means that when you open your heart to love and new experiences, you will always feel it all again in new moments throughout your life. That love will always be with you. And I can’t wait for the day I finally get to hear this heavy beauty banger live and direct!
MISS PRIMETIME - BIG GIGANTIC FT. PELL
This track has summer anthem written all over it. Big G and Pell make the perfect duo and I totally lost it when I heard it dropped at Bonnaroo! That saxophone just sends me sailing into a sea of happiness, paired with Pell’s groovy hip hop flow, it totally belongs on this playlist and will amp up just about any summer situation you can think of.
This mix has so many more tracks for you to discover, but those are the highlights! Let me know if you found something new that you enjoyed - music is my favorite thing to talk about. And it may give me some ideas for future mixtape posts. Until then... keep dancing!