11 Songs For Joy (2016)

11 songs for joy (and the people feeling it)

I’ve spent the past few months chasing happiness. Amidst the triumphant bagel selfies, utterly incredible cultural experiences and time spent with people I love, I’ve also spent this time indulging my avoidant tendencies, using them as an excuse to irrationally continue the very behavior that makes me unhappy.

But I am trying! Maybe I am too negative, or maybe I just have a healthy, balanced outlook on life. Within this era of social media expression, it seems like you have to choose sides between an incessantly chirpy attitude versus a tone that’s drenched in sarcasm and snark… Yet, in reality, we all experience a wide range of emotions, and damnit, we shouldn’t feel “guilty” about expressing a sincere thought.

This playlist is my attempt to 100% embrace the positive aspects of life, no matter how cheesy they make me feel. You might even say that these are my fight songs, my take-back-my-life songs, and I don’t even care if nobody else believes (but you might also roll your eyes while saying that, which is okay).

So without further ado, I present 11 Songs For Joy (And The People Feeling It).

If you’re having trouble with the player above, head over here to listen directly on Spotify. If you don’t have Spotify, I’ll be sharing audio of each song individually on Twitter with the hashtag #SongsForJoy16. And if you don’t have Spotify or Twitter, I guess you can click the links below to listen to each song individually on YouTube?

(The point is, you have options, and I am the best form providing you with them. Please thank me by showering me in awards, retweets and cash money. Preferably all three.)

Gotta Facebook “WOW” button myself for how boring the second half of this introduction is! Here’s the part where I spend an awkwardly long amount of time discussing each song, so get out your pillows and take a nap.

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NOW PRESENTING: The 2016 Pre-Ghosties

2016 Pre-Ghosties

The 2016 Pre-Ghosties were a severe mess this year. In a severe overestimation of my own awesomeness, I attempted to live-blog the ceremony during the 58th Annual Grammy Awards… But, well, wine got in the way. We’re now at the point where nobody cares about music that came out in 2015, which is okay, because this award show has and always will be entirely irrelevant!

The remaining categories will slowly be announced whenever I find the time. Keep your eyes on Twitter for future updates.
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13 Songs For Crushes (2016)

Songs For Crushes (And The People Who Have Them)

Do you remember your first crush? Mine was a girl named Sarah in my kindergarten class. She wore cute dresses with bows on them. One time, in gym class, we put the handles of jump ropes on our heads and pretended we were aliens. It was the romance of a lifetime! Universal Pictures in in talks to buy the rights to our story, so prepare your bodies to witness our epic love as it unfolds on the big screen. You will laugh. You will cry. You will question your life choices.

Tragically, Sarah and I parted ways after that one glorious year together. I was forced to move on to other crushes like Amy, Samantha and, um, Richard Karn? It recently dawned on me that the bearded, flannel-wearing Home Improvement star may have been my first official celebrity crush. In retrospect, this makes a ton of sense! At the time, however, I didn’t realize why I’d pay more attention when Al Borland was on my television. It was one of those life mysteries I hadn’t quite unpacked yet.

Upon coming to terms with this newfound epiphany, I turned to Twitter, Facebook and YikYak to ask both friends and strangers to share their #FirstCelebrityCrush. The final results were compiled in the deliciously tacky cover art for my new playlist, “13 Songs For Crushes + The People Who Have Them“.

Hit the play button below to take a listen, or head over here if that doesn’t work.

It’s common practice for me to brag that my latest playlist is better than my last… But I’m going to be 100% honest. There’s an (almost) intentional clumsiness to this thirteen-song collection. Some of the transitions are awkward, and rather than obsess over the sequencing, I came to enjoy how this echoed the reality of having a crush.

Things aren’t always smooth and easy-breezy. Sometimes, you get so caught up in your fantasies that you never wind up confessing your feelings. Sometimes, you get drunk and wind up saying the wrong thing. Sometimes, the magic fades after a few interactions, and you realize they were never the right person for you. And other times, you wind up spending eight years with a cute guy you met at a bar, and maybe that also involves adopting two dogs and two cats? I don’t know! These are all just random possibilities.

Enough feelings! Let’s talk about the music…

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