Sounds of Synesthesia: The Outloud Season


It’s June (in a few hours), my spring Yankee Candle flickered its last yesterday, and every time an introspective song comes up on my playlist, I press Skip. What does this mean? IT”S SUMMER. I’m no summer super-fan, and still prefer sweaters to T-shirts (would always rather stick my Ipod in a coat pocket than my jeans pocket), but down here in The Cottage, summer means leaving the door open and living in a vivid, green, sunlit paradise. (Not a hyperbole). Time to open the windows and crank up the volume and sing at the top of my lungs.


Right about now I start needing electric-colored music with blacks as sharp and jagged as neon pink and yellow. Time for LOUD, both in sound and hue. At least for my non-reading mix. This is the first year I’ve created a summer-themed reading mix as well. Usually I just use one of my narrative playlists, like “Vienna to Versailles” (inspired by Marie Antoinette) or “Chapel Royal” (mostly 16th century Anglican music). But since I’ve been so consistent with my dual seasonal playlists, I had to follow through. My reading mix takes on the character of the outdoors-my garden, while my social mix is more “rolling down the windows and singing down the highway.”

Here are some, not all, of what’s playing in The Cottage this summer in my playlists, “Sun Stroke” and “Secret Garden.”

The Police: (Remastered)

The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan

T. Rex: Electric Warrior

The Smiths: The Sound of the Smiths

The Devil’s Rejects: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Haydn: Piano Sonatas Nos. 48-52

The Jam: The Sound of the Jam

Old Crow Medicine Show

Beirut: Lon Gisland

The Beatles: Let It Be, Abbey Road

Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Commentary! The Musical: Original Commentary Soundtrack

Radiohead: King of Limbs, In Rainbows

Chopin: Etüden, Nocturnes, Mazurken und Minutenwalzer

Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill

Kate Rusby: Hourglass

Alaska in Winter: Holiday

Grosse Pointe Blank: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Jane Eyre (2011): Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Paul Mealor & Con Anima Chmaber Choir: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: 4 Way Street, So Far

Purcell: Evening Prayer, The Fairy Queen

Paul Simon: Graceland

Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman

The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow

Simone Dinnerstein: The Berlin Concert

Handel: Water Music, Coronation Anthems, Dixit Dominus, Foundling Hospital Anthem, Utrecht Te Deum, Jubilate

Pacific Overtures: Original Broadway Cast

Plus tracks by Lionel Richie, Dashboard Confessional, Otis Redding, Arcade Fire, The Clash, David Bowie, The Cure, The Replacements, Phil Collins, Gary Go, Boston, Kylie Minogue, Iron & Wine, The Black Eyed Peas, Erasure, Temper Trap, Samuel Barber, Andreas Scholl, and the dulcet tones of Chris Lilley

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Posted on Tue, May 31st, 2011 at 8:40 pm
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