If the fact that my last mixtape included tracks from both Journey AND The Backstreet Boys didn’t reveal me to be a huge nerd, then I’m about to blow my cover now: this past April I actually left my apartment in Silverlake – Los Angeles hipster music mecca – and moved completely across town into a house a mile away from the beach. AND I LOVE IT. Yeah, it’s much farther to get to most shows, and a much more painful drive home when I head east on weeknights, but I moved to be closer to my job in Santa Monica and in that regard it’s a total win.
I also love living in a house. Four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two floors. I love my huge living room and kitchen. I love having a front yard. I love my tiny room, which is almost completely become my own personal magical music happy land. Currently though, I’m especially loving my back patio. I want to paint the walls. I want to buy cute vintage patio furniture. And I want to garden.
Whether or not I will actually pursue the idea remains to be seen, but I am certainly enamored by the idea. Growing my own strawberries, squashes, lavender, foxgloves…watching and nurturing them, then enjoying the (literal) fruits of my labors sitting out on a sunny summer day. Constantly having a fresh bouquet on the dining room table (you know, when we get one of those).
Ah, to dream takes so little manual labor.
For this mix I started off intending to capture “flowers” in bright, acoustic or instrumental pieces with lush melodies – but as I explored both my own library and the interwebs I found myself going in a slightly different direction. Other than the fact that there’s now a majority of fruit-related songs, you’ll also find a variety different sounds. In my mind at least, they all still capture the sweetness of the season, and the feeling of growing, blossoming and prancing around in a garden.
And if you’re thinking about making a “summer resolution” of your own, but aren’t sure what – try taking Arlo’s suggestions starting at about 2:15 in:
Even you can save the American way:
DON’T LET THE METRIC SYSTEM WIN!