This Kickass Playlist Will Kickstart Your Memorial Day Weekend

Be warned: this kickass playlist will kickstart your Memorial Day weekend (and your wanderlust!). 

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Memorial Day is pretty much the perfect holiday. It ushers in all that is awesome about summer, like long-awaited sunshine, long-anticipated trips, and the inevitable long lines at your favorite brunch place. Whether you’re planning on hitting up the beach with buddies or you’re looking forward to enjoying travels near and far, this playlist full of fresh tunes will get you through your weekend. 

So, put on your headphones. Press play. Chill out. Repeat.

 

After listening to the songs from this kickass playlist, we’re ready to recharge this weekend. After all, good music is essential. Everyone needs a soundtrack for their adventures.

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The Valentine’s Day Serenade Project

We caught up with the genius behind the Valentine’s Day Serenade Project. Find your song here!

Here at Wanderable, it’s obvious that we LOVE love, and we wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day a bit differently this year.  We caught up with Jonathan of YourTune, who set out to make V-Day special to every girl this year, by launching 121 unique short love songs centered around the most popular female names (all songs can and should also be used by anyone in a relationships to play for their OWN significant other).  For our purposes, we picked some of our favorites here (based on our names, obviously!) but check out his YouTube channel to hear your special song, just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Wanderable: What was your inspiration in creating these videos?

Jonathan: I wanted to find a way to share my music, and it occurred to me that not everyone who wants to write a song, CAN write a song, especially for someone special. The idea was born from that  – I wanted to share my music and ended up creating something designed for others to share too. Releasing it online for the world to use as how it sees fit is what I believe makes it real art.

What girl’s name is your favorite, or easiest to rhyme? Can you give us an example?

I don’t play favorites! I’m obsessed with perfect rhymes, so I had a much easier time coming up with rhymes for one-syllable names like “Anne” and “Jill.” It gets much tougher for longer names and it was fun to find interesting rhymes as close as I could get, like “Cassandra” and “a grand ro” mantic gesture. Splitting up words and kind of mispronouncing them in the song kept it really interesting for me lyrically.  Some just couldn’t happen. The closest real-word rhyme I could think of for Rachel  was “spatial” and I was not about to go and write a song about spatial reasoning and love or something like that.

Do you have any advice for anyone writing a love song for their girlfriend/boyfriend?

Sentimentality plays very well, as in, “how I felt the moment I met you.” So does a song about a particular day or vacation. Don’t go too specific and lay it all out there for the whole song – great lyrics use metaphors and let the listener fill in the blanks! If you want to play the song in front of a large audience, I’d avoid putting any explicit details of private goings-on in them. You want to make your special someone swoon, not sweat from embarrassment. I’m sure I’ve broken all of those rules many times, so don’t listen to me.

Oh, and practice it!

How do you find time to write all these songs? 

Something I learned about being an artist – you can’t sit around and wait for inspiration when you have a deadline! Songs had to be flowing out at a fast pace. I taught myself to sit down every day and just write and play. I built the time into my day and did never skipped it. I found myself looking forward to it every day. It was “me” time. I even did it on vacations or when I was visiting friends.

You live in LA— if anyone is interested, and in the area, would you come serenade their girlfriend on Valentine’s Day?

I would be happy to add a little music to somebody’s Valentine’s Day plan! Maybe I could be one of those guys who goes around to tables at fancy restaurants and plays songs for awkward first dates. I actually play piano in a band, and we have show on the 13th in Venice at the Witzend at 7:15pm, so, yeah. Shameless plug. Bring your SOs, it’s going to be good.

Was there any person in particular that influenced your songs? 

Every person in my life has given me something I’ll keep forever. My own experiences are going to influence these songs, consciously or unconsciously, because that’s what made me who I am. In the end, we’ve all had experiences like these, which is why I hope these songs are enjoyed by everyone who listens.

On a music level, I’m very inspired by The Beatles, especially their early poppy love songs, which work well for a project like this. They and Ben Folds have many songs about “characters,” which brings a certain storytelling vibe to their music. I definitely found myself getting into that mindset as each song I wrote was really about a completely different person.

Find your name now at YourTune!

The Most Perfect Travel Playlist, Ever.

The Song of Yourself: A Travel Playlist to honor your wanderlust.

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So it’s 6 am your time and 3 pm Amsterdam time, and you’re kind of exhausted and exhilarated at once. We’re here to provide you with music that will soothe & exhilarate the soul, a playlist created especially for you to let your mind and body wander. When we’re traveling, we like to partially ponder life’s great mysteries but also completely zone out and people-watch, while also enjoying many European coffees and fresh croissants and taking lots of naps. Thanks to Spotify, we’ve channeled this energy into making the most perfect travel playlist, ever.

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Here is the soundtrack to your next vacation. Let it take you away!

Have a listen to this, and dream of your next trip…or take it away with you if you already have your next trip planned (you jetsetter)! Whether it’s an urban paradise with artisan shops & cafes or a beachy cloud of bliss in Indonesia, you can make it happen. Who ever said not to mindmap?

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