08 Jun 5 Friyays: June 8
Hey everyone, it’s Dr. Hinson here with this weeks’ 5 Friyays! I’m taking a page from Dr. Donnelly’s book and doing a bit of a different list this week. I just turned the page on my quote calendar and today’s quote is “Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life” (Berthold Auerbach). So as I was thinking about my Friyays, I decided to make a list of my Top 5 Summer Road Trip songs for 2018. I LOVE singing and always have new playlists for my long drives to our Philly HQ, so these are the best songs I’ve discovered this year.
The joy of Mumford
The Good Doctors are both massive Mumford & Sons fans and this song is a brilliant collaboration with Senegalese artist Baaba Maal. It’s best played loud for long drives as the countryside flies by, it brings me such joy.
Killer Lady Harmonies
I am sucker for a good harmony and the three sisters in Joseph are the top of the line. Though their last album ‘I’m Alone, No You’re Not’ released in 2016, I just found them on Spotify a few weeks ago. I have played ‘White Flag’ a bazillion times since then (not hyperbole). As a big fan of hand-clappy hipster folk, these ladies are right in my wheelhouse. Can’t you just imagine belting this out on a cross-country trip?
Soulful Irish Folk Rock
If you aren’t familiar with the STUNNING catalog of Dublin born singer-songwriter Glen Hansard, then you’re welcome. He appeared in the film adaptation of the Roddy Doyle cult-classic ‘The Commitments’ (hence the soul) and has an Oscar for Best Original Song for the movie ‘Once.’ His latest album ‘Between Two Shores’ dropped this year and the whole thing is fabulous. But – this song stuck with me and though it starts slow, it builds to a powerful end, helped as always by Hansard’s trademark strong and vulnerable scream-singing. I love belting this one out on the PA Turnpike.
Killer Lady Harmonies, Part 2
Are we sensing a trend with my music tastes yet? In all seriousness, I love a bit of countryfied folk, and the ladies in First Aid Kit are some new favorites this year. Their new album ‘Ruins’ released at the start of the year and ‘It’s a Shame’ quickly made it into rotation on many of my playlists. It’s got a great tempo for road trips and is a blast to sing along with.
Though this song has been around for a good few years, I discovered it earlier this year when rewatching one of my favorite recent films ‘In Your Eyes.’ The film is unique and charming if you haven’t seen it and watching it when I needed a pick-me up prompted me to deep dive into Santigold. I discovered some quality tunes, but this one will always be my favorite of hers. The drums are perfect for long drives and the tune carries you down the road.
That’s a wrap for my Five Friyays this first full week of June! Comment below with your favorite road trip songs, I’m always on the look-out for great new music!