7:18 a.m. Start the day with "Sweetest Sin" by Saints of Valory as I head to work. It's been in heavy rotation over the last few weeks as I've been writing, along with another song off the same EP, "Neon Eyes." I find both songs particularly inspiring for the other writing project I've been devoting time to, so I keep listening to keep the feeling going.
I get my fill of both tunes to kick off day #2 before skipping over to my "Texas Music" playlist, dedicated to all the Texas bands I love. I set it to shuffle. First song that pops up? "Sweetest Sin." I swear my iPod knows me better than myself some days. I listen to a string of songs by Saints, The 71's and The Orbans as I fight my way through Houston's morning rush hour.
1:14 p.m. Courrier premiered their new video for "Love is a Fire", directed by the fabulous Digital Shakedown, last night. The sing-along backing vocals have been echoing through my head all morning, so I watch the video a couple more times to satisfy the need to hear the song until I get pulled away from my computer for a frenzy of various work projects.
4:57 p.m. Headed home early from work, I decide I feel like listening to NPR - and the first story I hear is about Brooklyn Band Chicha Libre. Their intriguing blend of surf guitars and Latin beats has me forgetting I'm in the middle of traffic hell. It's quirky. It's fun. I make the mental note to check them out online.
7:02 p.m. Eating dinner with my mom, and we're listening to XM radio station Escape. It's easy listening elevator music - not my thing. But occasionally they mix in a song with actual vocals - today's pick is "Never My Love" by the Assocation. I love me some pop standards.
8:52 p.m. I sit down to finish up some work, and begin my first listen through of Saints of Valory's brand new EP, "Kids". It's rare that I make the time to download or buy an album the day it comes out, but I've just been that addicted to SOV lately. New music makes me feel like I can breath again - this EP is no exception. In fact, I'll gift the EP to the first person who leaves a comment on this post referencing SOV & sharing their current favorite album. :)
9:31 p.m. I circle back to Chicha Libre on Spotify as I write this - the full songs are even more fun than the clips earlier on NPR. The album, Canibalismo, provides a certain sense of nostalgia for me. In sixth grade, I went through a MAJOR Harriet the Spy phase - right around when the Nickelodeon version of the movie came out - and this music reminds me of select songs off the Harriet the Spy soundtrack. Those were the first "weird" songs I ever liked.