May 20, 2016

Tracking Down Tunes: Songs for a Rainy Day

We're back for Tracking Down Tunes! Lindsey of Bring My Books & I are teaming up on this collaboration, inspired by our mutual desire to broaden our musical horizons. Basically, we both listen to music the same way: we find a favorite artist or album or track and listen to it nonstop. In an effort to diversify the music we listen to, we decided it would be fun to go out of our way to listen to new songs - and that it would be even better if we could recommend stuff to each other. So, every month, we'll be sharing our monthly playlists (for the previous month) with all of you!

It seems real fitting to be sharing songs that I listen to on rainy days this month. Why? It rained a lot in April, both when I was in New York and when I was on vacation in Europe! I don't always dislike rain, but I much prefer it when I can be at home, curled up under a blanket with a hot drink nearby and a good book on hand. When it comes to the kind of music I listen to during this type of weather, I gravitate towards acoustic and soft melodies. as you're certainly going to notice below.

My Recommendations

Please Don't Say You Love Me / Gabrielle Aplin - There is something utterly soothing about her voice, even when she's singing about the complications of love and loss. I don't know how I never had this song on my radar until recently, but you can bet it is a part of my regular rotation now.

Hear Your Heart / James Bay - I obviously like voices that are easy on the ear and distinctive, and he is no exception to that. While I would definitely keep the entirety of his album on rotation during a rainy day, this song is probably the one I'd listen to over and over because it's just that appealing.

Tuesday Morning / Michelle Branch - While I was a huge fangirl for her first album, the second took a while to grow on me (apart from the singles). But this song. THIS SONG. I couldn't stop listening to it in the past few months, both because it's lovely and melancholy and so dang good.

Hear You Me / Jimmy Eat World - There's just something incredibly raw about this track. Each time I hear it, I have to close my eyes, just to let the words and the melody was over me in a way that I find incredible every. single. time. It's such a powerful tune, at least to me.

Banner (Acoustic) / Lights - Hannah is the one who introduced me to this song last year, and I adore it. It's got the perfect blend of hope and heart in its lyrics, supported fully by the acoustic melody that ties it together. I can't stop listening to it!

My Latest Discoveries

Like Real People Do / Hozier - I knew of Hozier before, but it's thanks to Rachel that I'm familiar with this particular song of his. It just evokes such a specific feeling/mood, and it happens to be one to suit my rainy day feels.

Bonfire Heart / James Blunt - While I do think that this song evokes a summery feel, I just like listening to it on rainy days. It's a nice reminder that there are so many exciting things just around the corner, and that this rainy day that keeps me indoors will eventually come to an end.

Speed Limit (Acoustic) / Boyce Avenue - Rainy days tend to be the days when I'm most creative, whether it's in terms of blogging or writing or something else. I had to pop this song on here because (a) Boyce Avenue, and (b) it immediately gave me a story idea. Definitely rainy day playlist material!

Drop Your Guard / Jasmine Thompson - I've admired this artist's voice since I first heard her cover of I See Fire. I didn't know she had this song on her album, but once I heard it, I just knew it had to be one on of my playlists. Considering her sound, she was perfect for this one!

Without You / for King and Country (feat. Courtney) - I've never listened to anything by this duo before, but after hearing this song, I'm definitely going to check out more of there stuff. There's something poignant and sweet about the lyrics, and melody is lovely too.

Do you like any of these songs? What are your favorite songs to listen to on a rainy day?


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