Everyday Variety Playlist

Mrs. Smith and I at London Bridge in 2014
Mrs. Smith and I at London Bridge in 2014
This week my wife and I celebrated our engagement 10 years ago. I proposed after making dinner for her (she’s really the cook in the family, see Keeping Up With Mrs. Smith for details), us watching Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and me making an unexpected proposal. Her answer: “Of course.”

Remembering that night, Mrs. Smith brought up some interesting points that are really funny differences between she and I. For her, there are only certain times a year she is interested in watching a particular movie, and listening to certain songs or albums, holiday stuff not included. I’m the opposite. She said that Sleeping Beauty is an April movie, but she made an exception with me that one time watching it in January. I don’t get that at all. Sleeping Beauty is excellent, good year around, and though I might not want to watch it everyday, it certainly can be enjoyed multiple times a year.

It was this idea that some songs and albums don’t have a shelf-life or a season deemed only to enjoy them that I based our theme this week on. Each of these songs are tracks that, while I don’t listen to them heavily, are good and enjoyable anytime I get to experience them. They’re of an everyday variety that works any time. Most of them also have a particular memory associated with them that makes them even more special. I’ll be sharing some of the memories from these songs on the radio program as well as Facebook and Twitter this week. Share with me your stories and thoughts about this on those platforms as well. Enjoy!

Hour 1 Playlist

Weights & Measures / 5:04 / Dry The River / Weights & Measures – EP / Sony Music Entertainment / 2011 /
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I Couldn’t Explain Why / 3:43 / Citizen Cope / The Rainwater LP / RainWater Recordings / 2010 /
Amazon

From the Woods / 3:57 / James Vincent McMorrow / Early In the Morning (Bonus Version) / Vagrant Records / 2011 / iTunes

Oh My Stars / 5:02 / Andrew Belle / The Ladder / 1L Music / 2010 /
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Speak Plainly, Diana / 1:00 / Joe Pug / Nation of Heat EP / Joe Pug / 2007 /
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On Top / 4:19 / The Killers / Hot Fuss / The Island Def Jam Music Group / 2005 /
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Total Eclipse of the Heart (cover) / 4:19 / Love Me Electric / Rockin’ Romance / Various Artists / 2009 /
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Take My Breath Away (Cover) / 4:52 / Copeland / Know Nothing Stays The Same EP / The Militial Group / 2004 /
Amazon

The Chase / 3:14 / The History of Panic / Fight! Fight! Fight! / Le Grand Magistery / 2012 /
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This Lifeboat Is for Gold, Not People / 4:26 / This Old Ghost / Bands Under the Radar, Vol. 4 / BUTR Records / 2011 / iTunes

Alone / 4:48 / Kelley McRae / Brighter Than The Blues / Kelley McRae / 2012 /
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Build That Wall / 4:25 / Aimee Mann / Magnolia: Music From The Motion Picture / Reprise Records / 1999 /
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Who’s Holding Your Heart / 4:13 / Samsel And The Skirt / Shoebox / Samsel And The Skirt / 2014 /
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Do I Wake or Sleep? / 6:53 / Homer Hiccolm & The Rocketboys / Sing, Bird, Sing / Murkville Music / 2007 /
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Hour 2 Playlist

House of 1982 Built Like a Ship / 3:56 / Driftless Pony Club / Buckminster / DFTBA Records / 2011 /
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I’m A Loner Dottie, A Rebel / 2:55 / The Get Up Kids / Eudora / Vagrant Records/Heroes and Villians Records / 2001 / iTunes

Holiday / 3:25 / Weezer / Weezer / DGC / 1994 /
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**One of the best albums of the 1990s**

Sassafras Roots / 2:38 / Green Day / Dookie / Reprise Records / 1994 /
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**One of the best albums of the 1990s**

Wounded / 4:51 / Third Eye Blind / Blue / Elektra Entertainment Group / 1999 /
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Bittersweet Melodies / 1:00 / Feist / Metals / Polydor / 2011 /
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Hundido En Un Rincon / 5:58 / ManĂ¡ / Cuando Los Angeles Lloran / Warner Music Mexico / 1995 /
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My Skin / 5:35 / Natalie Merchant / Ophelia / Elektra Entertainment Group / 1998 /
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Someday Never Comes / 2:47 / Brandi Carlile / Brandi Carlile / Sony BMG Music Entertainment / 2005 /
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Red House / 3:44 / Jimi Hendrix / Blues / Experience Hendrix / 1994 /
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Run / 5:58 / Snow Patrol / Final Straw / Polydor / 2004 /
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After You’re Gone / 2:58 / Blindside / About A Burning Fire / Elektra Entertainment Group / 2004 /
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The Sound / 3:41 / Further Seems Forever / How To Start A Fire / Capitol Christian Music Group / 2003 /
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Big Empty / 4:56 / Stone Temple Pilots / Thank You / Atlantic / 2003 /
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State Of Love And Trust / 3:44 / Pearl Jam / Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003) Up Side (Disc 1) / Pearl Jam / 2004 /
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DGrantSmith

Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

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