Sometimes I Google the weirdest things in bed in the morning on my iPad. I set my alarm to swim before work, but I was sore from hiking and tired from Super Bowl partying (cray cray catch at the end of that game, whoa) and there was a blizzard outside, so I put on some music and stayed under the covers half-awake/half-asleep in bed with my cat and my iPad (cute, no).
It’s been my goal FOREVER to meditate in the morning – just five minutes, even, but goshdarnit I can’t commit – but then I thought this morning, “Why not just wake up to a feel goooooood song instead?” A morning song mantra: just lie here and listen to some lovely words at the start of the day. It’s a win-win situation since I always listen to (my same old) music in the morning anyway; I can literally kill two birds with one stone, totally streamlining my morning routine.
After a predictable Google search -banned from my house is Pharrell’s “Happy” – I discovered Spotify had some interesting “Good Morning” playlists songs:
“Les Nuits” by Nightmare on Wax
“Morning Theft” by Jeff Buckley
“Good Fortune” by PJ Harvey
“Sunny” by Georgie Fame (a dear old friend used to call me his sunshine, I like this one)
“The Sound of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel (that one makes me CRY, no no no)
“Ivy & Gold” by Bombay Bicycle Club
“Beautiful Day” by U2
“I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li
“Start Me Up” by The Rolling Stones
“Perfect Day” by Lou Reed
“Isn’t She Lovely?” by Stevie Wonder
“I’ll Be Around” by Yo La Tengo
“Shiny Happy People” by R.E.M.
What song would you want to wake up to? I went with this Fleetwood Mac cover of “Gypsy” by Gardens & Villa. The flute hooked me. My little sis Allison listened to the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack this morning, HA!
P.S. Oh, I gave a new brownie recipe a whirl! (No offense grandpa.)
In terms of baking couples, I figure marrying a King Arthur Flour fudge brownie recipe with a Smitten Kitchen homemade buttery caramel sauce would be a dazzling match. I read about Olivia making these salted caramel brownies years ago, and have been wanting to give them a go ever since. I had a few things happening this weekend, and they were a total hit all-around. In fact, I dare say my friends were impressed.