Homemade gift #3

This one is for Bethany – I made a back-to-school playlist for her and her husband. He teaches choir. I’m sure you can guess what song I felt I MUST include (tune into Fox Wednesdays at 9 if you have no idea). I apologize for that, but I couldn’t help myself. Some of the songs were chosen because of specific lyrics and some were chosen because of the fall/melancholy way they sound. I enjoy a good back-to-school mix and have been listening to this one myself as I drive around town.

“The Great Pumpkin Waltz” by George Winston – You know we are big fans of pumpkins here. We are already planning this year’s Pumpkin Party.

“We Are Going to Be Friends” by The White Stripes – Napoleon Dynamite, of course. Happy back to school. Fall is here, in the air. (Not really, not quite yet.)

“Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – The theme song of Freaks and Geeks, which is the best show ever made about the real high school experience.

“Summer Skin” by Death Cab for Cutie – A great song about the last days of summer dwindling away.

“High School Band” by Andrew Osenga – This is one of his I always come back to.

“Stay Positive” by The Hold Steady –Stay positive! Back to school can be awesome!

“Marching Bands of Manhattan” by Death Cab for Cutie –I adore this song and listen to it every year in the fall.

“I Won’t Back Down” by Tom Petty – This is one I listen to year-round, but it made me laugh to think of this one on a back to school mix. Don’t back down to those pesky kids!

“This Year” by The Mountain Goats – Okay, this is another one that made me giggle, as the chorus is, “I am gonna make it through this year if it kills me.” But this is a fantastic song – my favorite by The Mountain Goats.

“Emotions are a School Bus with a Drunkard at the Wheel” by Miranda Stone – I wish I could play this for all of my students.

“Wake Up by Arcade Fire” – Mike played me this song and I thought, “Perfect for Bethany’s playlist!” Turns out he played it because it’s in the Where the Wild Things Are trailer. But I still think it’s awesome. I really love the lyrics, especially, “If the children don’t grow up, our bodies get bigger but our hearts get torn up.”

“Don’t Do Anything” by Sam Phillips – This is a message for everybody everywhere . . . “I love you when you don’t do anything.”

“Record Year” by The Decemberists – “Does it always look this gray before the fall?”

“Dreams” by the Cranberries – Plays, of course, at the beginning of You’ve Got Mail. Don’t you just love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies.

“Daylight Fading” by The Counting Crows – Nothing says “back to school” like the shorter days.

“Don’t Stop Believing” by the cast of Glee – I am sure Bethany and Josh are sick of people talking about Glee. I just couldn’t help myself.

Any back-to-school favorites I missed?

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