It’s fair to say that since I was first introduced to Spotify that it has opened doors into musical worlds through which I never believed I would actually venture.
All my life I have had a very varied taste in music, but despite what I introduce to my ears I always revert back to chill out, it is by far and away my most favoured genre, if you can even class it as one.
Music has been the only constant in my life, other things have come and gone, but the music has always remained, a soundtrack to my life that has played in the background through some of the best and worst times in my life. When you’re younger it’s all broken hearts and jilted love, as you hold onto mementoes, the song of choice playing on repeat. As you get older, significant events can be recalled simply from listening to whatever was relevant at the time. You can have memories in places and also with people, but music is something you can always have with you, thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
For me there is little else that can invoke a multitude of feelings quite like music can. It is easy to become immersed in the melodies, closing your eyes and imagining that you are whoever and wherever you want to be. I can dance, I can sing and sometimes I even believe I can fly, thankfully, I have always managed to keep my feet firmly planted on solid ground. That’s why I love my “Music Bubble”
I could never begin to list all the songs that have been relevant to me, well not today anyway, there would just not be enough time. Perhaps sometime when there are more hours left in my day I will. For right now though, I want to share with you five of my favourite chill out discoveries from Spotify that have planted themselves firmly among my favourites and been added to my ever growing Songs for Writing list. If you have previously listened to Steve’s radio show you may very well have heard some of these already, but you have to trust me when I say they are probably well worth a second listen.
So in no particular order, my five chill out tunes for this month are as follows:
Eddi Front – Addicted to Love
The most iconic version of this song would have to be Robert Palmer and all his lipsticked ladies, however I love this version. Skylar Grey also did a cover, but Eddi Fronts’ tone and quality are in my humble opinion much better.
Fleurie – Hurts Like Hell
I always had a penchant for soundtracks, it’s a great way to be introduced to new music. As far as the Netflix original show Shadowhunters goes, there were more than enough decent tracks to pique my interest while watching, in fact it was the first show in a long time where I actively went looking for the music. This was one of my favourites.
Robyn Sherwell – Landslide
In my younger years I was a Fleetwood Mac fan, one of my favourite cds was Albatross, mainly because the B Side featured Christine Perfect who did an amanzing version of the song “I’d rather go blind”. When I first heard Robyn Sherwll’s version of “Landslide” I was captivated and knew it was going to be a keeper!
The Wailin’ Jenny’s – Long Time Traveller
This was a Spotify Discover Playlist find. My list each week provides me with many songs I like and which get added to one playlist or another, this though went straight onto the Songs for Writing list and has been played countless times ever since.
Amber Run – I Found
I deliberated over my last choice. I wanted to include Alt-J’s Hunger of the Pine, however as they are now one of my top five bands I have no doubt they will feature in future posts. So instead I wanted to include this version of Amber Run’s song “I Found”. Recorded for Mahongony Sessions, this one features London Contemporary Voices who add both a lovely tone and quality to an already brilliant tune.
So that’s it for this time, I hope you have enjoyed Chillin Out with the Eejit and will join me for my next session!