My Ordinary Playlist of Extraordinary “To Live List” Sentiments

It’s here! It’s here! The second day of 2017 already has a different feel for me. I was hoping to catch the sunrise up at the beach this morning, but the weather gods thought differently. Instead, I sit here listening to the raindrops hit my windows, satisfied that fate had other plans for me.

After making my daily cup of peppermint coffee, I looked over my goals and my schedule for the week and the month. I then refined a few of the penciled-in daily tasks I will complete as I move towards making my future happen. I already was able to cross a few items off that I completed yesterday.

This is not my to-do list. Rather, it’s my To Live List.

That got me thinking…my To Live List needs a little more oomph, something that will help me stay positive and on the right path. Something to accompany it.

And there it is: My To Live List needs its own playlist.

I already had an idea of two songs to guide me this year, but two is not enough. I need a compilation of songs that are special to me: songs that hit MY chords of inspiration that are meaningful and exhilarating to my heart and my soul…songs that guide my journey and give me chills when I envision my future path, some of which actually make me tear up.

…ok, I’m a tad bit weepy here…shake it off, you’ve got this…Pardon this pause of being human…

Onward!

I would like to share with you the first 10 songs on my list, and explain why each song will be a part of every single day in 2017. On the surface, the songs might seem common and ordinary.

Nope. That’s the farthest from the truth.

My connection with each song, who now has a coveted and loved home on my Amazon music app, is very personal (yep, one way I put my Prime membership to work for me!). I carefully selected each song for a specific reason.

My goal in sharing these songs with you is not to “toot my own horn,” per se, but to hopefully inspire you to find the songs that will be the soundtrack to your 2017 life, songs which will make you come alive this year and fuel your passions as these songs fuel mine.

I present to you my Onward, Writer! My “To Live” Playlist.

img_0951Song 1: “Blackbird” by The Beatles. “Blackbird fly…Into the light of the dark black night…Blackbird singing in the dead of night…Take these broken wings and learn to fly…All your life…You were only waiting for this moment to arise…Yes, I have been waiting for this moment my entire life, and instead of waiting, now I am living and doing.

Song 2: “Gonna Fly Now” by the Rocky Orchestra. Hokey and stereotypical, but nonetheless important to me. There will be a moment later this year when I run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Instead of laughing, consider joining me! Let me know that you’re in and I’ll keep you posted about plans to make this happen!

Song 3: “Look Around” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. This upbeat song is a reminder to take a look around every day to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. You might find me happily jumping around like my 2.75-year-old nephew while listening to this song.

Song 4: “Rey’s Theme” from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack. It’s no secret that I’m a huge Star Wars fan. The character Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, is one of my heroes because she’s strong and brave. Even though she doesn’t know what path to follow at first and wants to stick around at home, life (and the Force) has other plans for her. I’m not embarrassed to admit that I look up to her a lot, despite being more than half her age.

Song 5: “Training Montage” by Vince DiCola from the Rocky IV soundtrack. No explanation for this one is needed.

Song 6: “The Jedi Steps and Finale” from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack. This one is hugely personal. Hugely! I cannot put into words the massive symbols and meaning this song has for me. Maybe someday, but not yet. You can read a blog post I wrote last January about that scene in the movie and some of my connections to it.

Song 7: “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Can’t stop the spirits when they need you…this life is more than just a read through… The spirits? Yes, especially SHE who is still guiding me. It’s time to LIVE as this is my one and only LIFE. Time to make my dreams come true!

Song 8: “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. I am not a fan of Eminem at all. However, I think you’ll agree with me that this song is legendary, one that will put my ideas into action and give me the kick I might need at times.

Song 9: “The Longest Wave” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The wave is here, my friend. The wave is here, in more ways than one. Did I tell you I intend to learn to surf this year?

Song 10: “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. These lyrics are wrought with meaning for me and this part of my life’s journey: Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting…Little darling, it seems like years since it’s been clear…Here comes the sun, here comes the sun…And I say it’s all right…

wordThere are 93 other songs on the list, ones that I know will provide me with encouragement and guidance when I randomly shuffle the playlist. The universe is pretty good at selecting just the right song I need to hear at a particular time, and I wholeheartedly believe it still will guide me this year.

I’d love to hear what songs you have selected to be a part of your To Live Playlist for 2017! Please leave me a comment and tell me about one and what it means to you!

Until next time, 

Jill

 

Day 19 of 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016: Music

Four words: RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

Two more: NEW ALBUM

And two more: THE GETAWAY

The Red Hot Chili Peppers is another band whose music provides a running soundtrack for my life.

Similar to The Cure, each of the RHCP albums has a certain feel to it, a certain vibe, different from the others.

Such is the case with their latest album, The Getaway.

I have two more words to describe The Getaway:

FRIGGIN’ FANTASTIC!!!!

Anthony Keidis, Flea, Chad Smith, and Josh Klinghoffer have created a phenomenal piece of work, and they sound better than they ever have.

I was in a local store when I heard the single “Dark Necessities” for the first time. I literally stopped in my tracks as the song drew me in. “What is that?” I wondered, immediately mesmerized by Keidis’ voice, Flea’s bass riff, Klinghoffer’s guitar, and Smith’s beat.

I bought The Getaway first thing in the morning on June 17, 2016, the day it was released.

The album is a bit different than what you might expect from RHCP. It’s true music, funky and hard and flowing and enlightening, each song with a true meaning, most importantly, performed and sung by true musicians.

During the summer, I usually have a “summer songs” playlist on shuffle for three months, but not this year. The Getaway is on constant rotation, and most likely will be for the remainder of summer.

I’ve listened to it so much I know almost every word to every song. If it were a cassette, I’d need another copy because I would have worn it out already.

The Getaway is what I needed. No pun intended.

Someone asked me what my favorite song was from The Getaway.

All of them.

Literally ALL of them, because each song radiates a different feeling, and together, they complement each other.

I feel like a blathering idiot…I love the album so much, but I cannot explain why.  Clearly, I should not pursue a career as a music reviewer.

Each song speaks to my soul, inspires me, makes me feel human and non-apologetic for being that human.

The Getaway is the spark that is igniting my own creativity, as the songs have been a catalyst for my own writing.

When the RHCP performed with Bruno Mars at the Superbowl Halftime Show in 2014, I loved it. However, society pretty much wrote them off as being washed up has-beens.

If you were a part of that society, step up to the challenge and give The Getaway a listen.  Then please tell me which song spoke to you the most after you admit that you love the album too.

Do yourself a favor. Get The Getaway. Let it be the escape you need, like it is for me.

Artists inspiring other artists.

Thank you, Red Hot Chili Peppers, for speaking to this fellow soldier in this battlefield of life (from This Ticonderoga).

For a more intelligently written review, please visit Galoot’s Loot’s blog here.

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 6/25/2016

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Whew! I am looking back on my first full week of summer vacation and I can honestly say I think I did more this week for myself than I have in all of the other 2016 weeks combined. When I do things for myself, I don’t mind the pain and exhaustion: that means I lived! I’ve gone to Six Flags, seen The Cure (see my last post), walked the Brooklyn Bridge, paid my respects at the 9-11 Reflection Pool and for a friend at a local park, perused the wonderful selection of books and merchandise at The Strand Book Store, mowed the lawn, and plotted out most of my August trip to Dublin. My husband always says he likes Summer Jill, and know what? So do I. Summer Jill is definitely who I am. However, today’s Summer Jill is planning on taking it easy for the next few days to rest my legs and body, but not my mind. My mind, my typing fingers, and my pencil will keep on moving.

As I have written before, there’s a lot going on cosmically right now for me. I’m reading “The Art of Work” by Jeff Goins, which reinforces everything I’m going through. As ideas and signs present themselves, I’m keeping track of each of them. The hard part is deciding which one(s) should be my main focus….there’s so many different ideas with their own unique path. Right now I am unsure which path I will take, partly because I know there’s more signs to come. When the time is right, I know that I will be guided to the right one.

By the way, I’m listening to the single “Dark Necessities” by Red Hot Chili Peppers almost nonstop…I just love it! In fact, RHCP’s new album, The Getaway, is all-around great. RHCP are one of my other favorite bands, along with 311.

Wow, a long introduction for my weekly roundup of sites I found interesting! Anyway, I hope there’s something below that you will find useful or entertaining. Thanks for being a follower!

Great article from Salon: How the Cure Endures. For fellow misfits like me. 🙂

Tools for Capturing Your Ideas in Writing – by Melissa Donovan on Writingforward.com. I personally use more sticky notes than anything, followed closely by a notebook and the AwesomeNote app for my Iphone. I use a wireless keyboard which was the best $15 I ever spent.

The Photographer in Everyone – by Laura Schmalstieg, posted at Artifact Uprising. Read this!

Fight For Your Calling (Because No One Else Will) – by Jeff Goins. Again, read this!

Less Hate, More Love Pin – from Dani DiPirro at Positively Present

21 Day Free Meditation Experience – Getting Unstuck: Creating a Limitless Life. A new, free 21 day experience from the Chopra Center! Check it out!

50 free Online Sources for Printables – from Adorama

The Four D’s of Completion – by Sean Hogue

One Year Later – by Chris Guillebeau

Unbroken_Warriors_PTSD: Instagram account of Michael Dowens, who is raising awareness of PTSD and raising money for PTSD programs for veterans. To see the Go Fund Me page, click here.

And finally,

There’s only 6 days left until the 31 Days of Summer Lovin’ 2016 Challenge begins! Mark your calendars for Friday, July 1, and play along. Click here for the details.

Have a splendid week my friend!

Until next time,

Jill