For me, music is a vehicle for me to explore my feelings through the interpretation of others’ art. At any given time, the recently played list on my Spotify account is a window into my soul. Whether I need an escape from my own internal dialogue or to balance my emotions (both positive and negative), I tend to process life by curating a soundtrack for it. So… welcome to the mixtape of my life at the moment.
Arabesque by Coldplay
This track is off Coldplay’s Everyday Life album. The whole album is incredible and helped me get through the heaviest parts of the pandemic. The lyrics suggest that there is more that unites us than divides us, especially through music. This particular song still resonates with me and feels more relevant now given the senseless invasion of Ukraine.
Thunder Clatter by Wild Cub
I can’t help but be overtaken by the sense of optimism here. I always find myself thinking about my wife Marci and how much more I fall in love with her the more we work together to manage what life throws at us, even when I don’t have the words to express those feelings verbally. I love the way this song builds on itself the same way an inescapable emotion can consume you until it’s loud and clear. The title is perfect.
Baby Blue Shades by Bad Suns
Another optimistic diddy. The lyrics and melody work well together to convey a sense of leaving baggage in the past while taking a blind leap of faith looking for greener pastures. I personally identify with the theme of this song as my professional life has transitioned from working for others to building a business with the people I want to surround myself with.
Electric Love by BØRNS
Sultry and seductive. The title, lyrics, and BØRNS high-pitched wail fit seamlessly with the melody and vividly promote the idea of electricity coursing through your veins when you’re unexpectedly enamored with someone. I especially love how the front end of the chorus seems out of place yet somehow bridges perfectly with the trailing verse.
Overkill – Acoustic Version by Colin Hay
An oldie but goodie. While I am a huge fan of Men at Work and the original version of “Overkill,” I am particularly fond of this stripped-down acoustic version, which places an emphasis on the lyrics. Colin Hay discussed how “Overkill” came from a place of exercising his fear of what Men at Work’s success might mean for his future. Whether it comes from professional or personal matters or a bit of both, I find that overwhelming feeling of anxiety recognizable. This track helps me find peace with my uneasiness and reminds me to enjoy the ride.
Reality In Motion – GUM Remix by Tame Impala, GUM
Tame Impala is one of my favorite bands of the past few years. I’m not particularly fond of the original “Reality in Motion” track but, I can’t get enough of this GUM remix. The beat on the front end of the song is reminiscent of some of my favorite Daft Punk tracks and almost feels like a fluttering heartbeat that matches the theme and lyrics. The song really kicks into gear around the 2-minute mark and continuously blends in new elements that totally reinvent the song multiple times throughout.
oh baby by LCD Soundsystem
Morrisey meets Trent Reznor, at least during The Social Network period of Trent’s career. I love when you can feel the emotion in a song even though it comes from an experience completely foreign to you. The desperate emotion of loss along with the desire to repair the damage done by addiction in this song captivates me.
Right Now by Van Halen
No matter how many times I’ve heard this song over the past 30 years, I still get goosebumps the moment I hear the first couple piano notes. From my athletic career to my professional business, there are so many points throughout my life that this song has given me that extra little bit of inspiration needed to persevere through failures and forge a path to success.
BOOM by X Ambassadors
Show me someone who says they don’t live vicariously through their children’s accomplishments and I’ll show you a liar. Both of my children are quickly coming into their own as competitive athletes. I miss the emotions from the highs and lows of athletic competition, and I love fostering my kids’ athletic growth and experiencing it all again with them. One of the things we talk about all the time is pump-up music, the songs that really put you into your competitive zone. BOOM gets me fired up to get Rudy and Rainey fired up!
People of the Pride by Coldplay
The first time I heard this track it immediately spoke to me. It was obvious to me who this song was written about. Whether I’m right or not may remain to be seen but, what’s become obvious to me since then is how relevant this protest song is at any time throughout history or in the future. F*ck despotism!
Carried Away by Passion Pit
A good buddy of mine once told me that I’m never far away from a hill that I want to charge up. He’s not wrong, and I’m not sorry about it either. While my opinions probably get me in more trouble than it’s worth sometimes, I speak my peace and have an unyielding belief in my convictions. The funny part about this particular song is I liked the upbeat music immediately when I heard it and probably listened to it a dozen times before I actually realized what it was about. I think the music and lyrics strike an ideal balance between the idea of offending people with your opinions and being perfectly happy to move on without them if they don’t value what you have to offer.
Stay tuned for Adam’s April audio!
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