musicthe sound of your morning

the sound of your morning: 10 songs to start the day

by Grace Bonney

One of the things I find myself thinking about a lot lately is how people start their mornings. My last few mornings have been filled with upheaval: packing, cleaning embarrassing piles of (previously) hidden dust and dismantling everything I worked so hard to hang on our apartment walls (Maybe a little too hard. Most of these screws are unwilling to dislodge themselves). The one thing I can cling to when my life feels a little upside down is music. Food used to fill that “I need comforting” spot, but I’m trying to be a bit healthier so I’ve gone back to my college DJ roots and have been crafting carefully curated playlists to ease myself into the next few days that will involve packing and unpacking my entire life. I thought I’d start off today but sharing the music that’s been echoing through my living room lately, but I’d really love to know what music gets you up and going every morning. Whether you listen in your car on the way to work, pump something through your headphones in the subway or just migrate to the home office and turn on the speakers- what songs help you tackle a new day? I think music is one of the (often overlooked) key elements in how we make ourselves feel at home, so I’d love to hear what some of you are listening to*.

Feel free to leave Youtube or iTunes links below– I’d love everyone to be able to click through and have a reader-generated playlist of great morning songs. [Image above from the Makelike wallpaper collection] xo, grace

*AC is sharing his morning mix after the jump, too! It seems like our house is on the rockin’ side this morning…*

Grace’s Morning Mix (Mood: Get up! Start Packing!)

Wild Flag- I think this is “Endless Talk” Romance. They don’t have an album yet and this is the only song I couldn’t ID from the show and other live videos. I was about two feet from Carrie during this performance- it was amazing. Everything about this band and their live shows makes me want to not only start the day but tackle it full force. It also makes me want to start a band. If anyone in Greenpoint plays drums…

Superchunk- “My Gap Feels Weird”. Click here to read Superchunk’s “Sights & Sounds” column on D*S. That post won me (Ok, maybe just Rachael) major cool points with AC, who is a massive Superchunk fan. I have a hard time listening to this song and sitting still. It typically leads to me putting down my laptop (always a good thing) and jumping around the room like an idiot.

CLICK HERE for the rest of my morning playlist (along with AC’s playlist) after the jump!

YellowFever- “Cats and Rats”. Ever since I saw this show I’ve been starting my day with YellowFever. It’s just mellow enough to wake me up slowly and leave me bopping around by the time it’s over.

AC’s Morning Mix (Mood: Rockin’ Music. AC didn’t have time for commentary this morning but said simply, “These songs rule.”)

Archers of Loaf- “Web in Front”

Arcade Fire- “Keep the Car Running”

REM- “Radio Free Europe”

Fugazi- “Waiting Room”

Guns N’ Roses- “Paradise City”

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