This weekend involved lots of grading – tons of outlines that contain some hilarious inaccuracies (you don’t need a college degree to be an anesthesiologist) or half-truths (teachers don’t work weekends) plus a smattering of vocabulary. Thankfully, two things got me through a rather painful two days: reading/watching all about Emily’s latest birth shoot and a newish playlist. Y’all know how I feel about playlists and music . . . something about a carefully created list of music can improve even the foulest of moods (did I mention that we were trying to let Lucy sleep outside of her crate or that Dave was watching the new Arrested Development on Netflix? That translates to when your toddler discovers that she can get out of bed on her own or, well, giving up chocolate for Lent right before going to the Wonka factory). Anyway, here’s the playlist that made this weekend only slightly bearable.

I look like this every grading weekend . . . pretty much in the same clothes, too

I look like this every grading weekend . . . pretty much in the same clothes, too

  1. “God Only Knows (Live)” by The Beach Boys – brings me to tears every single time plus they sound awesome live even 50 years later
  2. “Demons” by The National  – just a beautiful song and album
  3. “Diane Young”  by Vampire Weekend – can’t help but tap your feet along to this one
  4. “Can’t Hold Us” by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Ray Dalton – late to the Macklemore party only because I didn’t know who sang this
  5. “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, T. I., and Pharrell – “You want to hug me. What rhymes with hug me?”
  6. “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Ray from The Great Gatsby soundtrack – she’s a bit odd, but I like her vocals
  7. “Make It Home (Remix)” by thenewno2 from Beautiful Creatures soundtrack – Dhani Harrison, please have a long and successful career
  8. “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, and Wanz – see #4
  9. “I Need Your Love” by Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding – I can’t say “featuring” when she does all the work
  10. “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn – unapologetically love her
  11. “Ridley’s Swamptronica” by thenewno2 – if you’re looking for a really good “mood” soundtrack, download this one
  12. “Kill and Run” by Sia – love her voice (and I’ve never even read The Great Gatsby)
  13. “The Honey Hill Stomp” by thenewno2 – fun and easy to forget that you’re listening to a movie soundtrack
  14. “Boy” by Emma Louise – free single on iTunes and pretty damn good
  15. “Run to Me” by Ben Harper and Liela Moss – might make me listen to a little more country music (but probably not)
  16. “Catch My Breath” by Kelly Clarkson – do y’all say it like Steve Carell did in The 40 Year-Old Virgin (which isn’t punctuated correctly)
  17. “Wings” by Little Mix – a good summer anthem
  18. “Gentleman” by PSY – I think he might be on to something with the whole dance tune that most of us don’t understand
  19. “Anna Sun” by Walk the Moon – thank you, Sirius Radio, for providing the artist and song title
  20. “Chocolate” by The 1975 – not every day that you can work in “That’s what she said” into song lyrics
  21. “Instant Crush” by Daft Punk and Julian Casablancas – there’s a reason this is the fastest selling album this year
  22. “Sea of Love” by The National – in the video, I’m pretty sure I dance like the one dude
  23. “Despair” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs – free from Starbucks (and I completely forgot about it)
  24. “Never Wanted Your Love” by She & Him – I find that I like Zoey Deschanel much better as a singer than an actress
  25. “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk and Pharrell – just hit repeat and continue grading

The beauty of this grading session? I think it’s my final one for the 2012-13 school year . . . and that deserves at least another round of the playlist. Enjoy what’s left of the holiday!

* Still a song title . . . even if it is from a Madonna album that hardly sounded like Madonna