Summer is here! I’ve been looking for some tunes to keep the summer vibes alive in the early evening – you know that time of day when the kids get home from camp tired and cranky and there’s dinner prep to do?
I wanted a playlist to put us all in a good mood and provide that dose of magic that makes everything a little more fun and easy. Because doesn’t music just make everything better? We can be having a pretty mundane day and then I decide to put some tunes on. Suddenly the kids are getting along and the world seems a little wider. I feel more creative and more inspired – like there are infinite possibilities. I start to operate on a different wavelength.
Add a half a glass of rosé to the equation and the summer vibes really take over. I’ve got a sashay in my step, I get the urge to eat outside on the patio, and my husband starts to look pretty damn good. And the food somehow tastes better too.
These feelings are actually all backed up by research. The Johns Hopkins School of Education discovered that music “stabilizes mental, physical and emotional rhythms to attain a state of deep concentration and focus,” and recommends music as a way to find peace and calm and put us in a more creative state.
I put this playlist together drawing from the beachy lo-fi sounds my friends currently have on rotation. Hopefully it will be the soundtrack to your sunny evenings and ease the hectic-ness of your pre-dinner hustle. (Just don’t forget the half glass of rosé.)
Here’s our current dinner playlist (find it on Spotify here):
Chinatown – Wild Nothing
Lemon Glow – Beach House
Breaker – Deerhunter
Maybe – Buck Meek
I’m All Wrong – Juan Wauters
That’s That – Cass McCombs
On The Lips – Frankie Cosmos
Road Head – Japanese Breakfast
Harvest Moon – Poolside
La Forêt – Lescop
The Look – Metronomy
Dancing on My Own – Jake McMullen
Dripping – Blonde Redhead
Manhattan – Cat Power
I’m Fried – Frankie Cosmos
Because Her Beauty is Raw and Wild – Jonathan Richman
Baby – Devendra Barnhart
Too Young To Burn – Sonny & The Sunsets
Good Old Owl – Niobe
Brighter! – Cass McCombs
Just Like Tropica-L – Soft Powers
When I’m Small – Phantogram
Velvet Gloves & Spit – Timber Timbre
Thanks to Liz’s friend Amanda for letting us photograph her and her kids during dinner prep (stay tuned for her favorite easy weeknight meal coming up soon!). Photography by Liz Stanley.