Spring has almost sprung here in Austin. I am loving the extra sunshine and color changes—like the Texas wildflowers that are starting to dot the landscape. A new season always feels like a fresh start and I love the way a good playlist can help set my mood for the day. These are the songs I’ve been listening to on repeat during my long runs and carpool runs. It’s a mix of old-school greats and a few new songs, including two artists playing SXSW in a few weeks. Scroll down to give my spring playlist a listen, and then let me know in the comments which tune is your favorite!
My Spring Playlist
“Strawberry Letter 23” by Shuggie Otis: Why not start out on a happy note? This song puts a smile on my face.
“I Want More” by Kaleo: JJ, Kaleo’s lead singer, has been a friend of my husband’s for a while now, and my kiddos call him Uncle JJ. He is incredibly talented, and this song makes my heart sing every time I hear it. I wish I had an ounce of his talent.
“Cold Cold Cold” by Cage the Elephant
“Sunrise” by Ryan Bingham: I’ve been listening to Ryan Bingham for a few years now. His cowboy roots, grumbling vocals, and beautiful and soulful lyrics make every song a listening pleasure. Plus, I loved him on Yellowstone.
“Fire” by Barns Courtney
“Sweetest Girl” by Wyclef Jean, Akon, Lil Wayne, Niia: This is as close to a spring break song as I can get. I love March because it reminds me that summer is around the corner.
“Chasing Highs” by Alma: I think it’s only appropriate to include a SXSW featured artist. SXSW is one of the best times to check out talent. Austin is ripe with creative energy and amazing musical acts. Plus, there is something about this song that reminds me of being a kid and listening to C & C Music Factory.
“Things That Make You Go Hmmm” by C & C Music Factory: Cause why not?!
“Devil Like Me” by Rainbow Kitten Surprise: I saw this band for the first time at an Austin City Limits taping this past year. I am obsessed. They are incredibly charismatic, fun to watch, and insanely talented.
“Amplifiers” by Deezie Brown: This is also a SXSW band. I discovered them while browsing the SXSW artists. There is something really fun and chill about this song—perfect to listen to on a warm spring day.
“Hope” by Jordan Max
“Wish I Knew You” by The Revivalists: I always say this to my husband, “I wish I knew you when I was young.” We sometimes joke that we wish we were high school sweethearts. A part of me wishes that to be true—to get as much time together as possible—but I know it’s the experiences and growing pains we had before we met that lead us to each other. Still, whenever I hear this song I think of him and our imaginary high school love.
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” by Paul McCartney and Eric Clapton: I mean, these are two of the most incredible icons and musicians of all time. This classic is one of my all-time favorite songs written by George Harrison. It has such meaning and insight to the Beatles. Not only is it lyrically stunning, but the guitar solo by Clapton is something not to be missed
“Vanished” by Crystal Castles
“Turntable” by Dead Horses: I love everything about this song. The lyrics are gold, likening music to our souls and body. Sarah Vos’ voice is timeless and rich with experience. I love this band.
“Sunset Lover” by Petit Biscuit
“Texas Sun” by Khruangbin and Leon Bridges: This song reminds me of a hot day on a steaming road. The sun setting and feeling the breeze shift into the evening. It reminds me of moving to the Lone Star State and getting to know my husband’s roots while embracing my own fresh start in Texas.