I'll be honest. I nearly gave you a playlist filled with all my favorites from King George. But then a few friends (ahem Katie) (ahem Beth) were like George who? And it's a good thing I love them because I don't take lightly the questioning of George.
But yeah, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that a George Strait only playlist might be a little too specific for general amusement, so I landed on a broader theme that seems perfect for May: windows down. I turned to Facebook to crowd source ideas, and here we are.
Tunes to groove with as you roll your windows down to enjoy as we indulge in all things spring (or fall! I see you down there, you lovely friends in the Southern Hemisphere!). It's a little heavy on the country music and for that, I have no excuse other than Oklahoma. (Click here to find it on Spotify!)
1. Tell the World :: Eric Hutchinson
I borrowed this off a playlist created by the sister of my dear friend Abby (isn't social media THE BEST?!) and I listen to it daily. It's springtime in a bottle. Er. You know what I mean.
2. My Best Friend's Girl :: The Cars
3. Cruise (remix) :: Florida Georgia Line, Featuring Nelly
Cruise is just good old-fashioned Nashville country - windows down, radio up. I like the Nelly remix because it adds a little extra OOMPH.
4. Smooth :: Santana, Rob Thomas
Man, it's a hot one. This song came out when Kyle and I were still newly marrieds, and it just speaks me to me of a life that was so much less complicated (although it seemed awfully complex at the time). It's sno-cone runs and pick up a movie at Blockbuster and don't be late for class. Good ol' days.
5. Queen of My Double-Wide Trailer :: Sammy Kershaw
So I made her the queen of my double-wide trailer with the polyester curtains and the redwood deck. This one. Don't kill me, y'all, but I'll turn the volume up on this one anytime. Speaks to my black heart and my pretty redneck.
6. Folding Chair :: Regina Spektor
A suggestion from Facebook fan Kylee, this is a palette cleanser from the last one. Bright and bouncy and perfectly Regina. I got a perfect body and sometimes I forget ....
7. Brown-Eyed Girl :: Van Morrison
Because once again, OBVIOUSLY.
8. Run :: George Strait
Bringing the energy down a bit with this one, a favorite of mine from the spring of 2004. Kyle had moved to San Marcos in February for his coaching position at Texas State and I lived in Fort Worth by myself for a few months to finish up my teaching contract. We burned up I-35 every weekend for a while, and this song was part of the soundtrack. (And then I got pregnant with Dacey. Absence and the fond heart and all. *wink*)
9. Southbound 35 :: Pat Green
Oh, and what the heck! Let's just go with the motif for another song more, shall we? Pat Green. Singing about Texas. Live. Roll those windows down, girls.
10. Windows are Rolled Down :: Amos Lee
This is from Facebook friend Connie, and I am so grateful. I do enjoy some Amos Lee, so very much.
11. White Sky :: Vampire Weekend
Oh gosh. Why not?
12. Three Little Birds :: Bob Marley & The Wailers
Sayin this is my message to YOU-OU-OU ... every little thing is gonna be alright Somehow, in the spring, I think it might be.
13. Long Time Gone :: Dixie Chicks
Aliza Joy and I can bust this one out. You should here us. It's solid gold stuff, I'm telling you!
14. Queen of Hearts :: Juice Newton
When I was a freshman in college, my best friend and I happened upon the magic that is Billboard Hits of 1981 and we wore that thing out. "It's so hard to be a lover when you know you're only in it for fun" we'd sing-yell and laugh because good girls.
15. Born to be Wild :: Steppenwolf
Well, I would be terribly remiss to not include this, the ultimate roll the windows down and sing classic, wouldn't I?
There ya go, friends! Your May soundtrack. Feel free to tell me your go-to tunes for turning up when you've been bewitched by spring sunshine!