The concept for this playlist was built around the line in the opening track by Chance The Rapper that says “I woke up this morning / I woke up this morning / Gotta smile when I say that shit / I woke up this morning!”
I’ve been thinking a lot about that line since I first heard the song. I could go into a long monologue about ‘what a time it is to be alive,’ but honestly I don’t feel like sharing all of that today in my own words. I’ll share a few, but mostly I wanted to put together a playlist of songs old and new that sum up my feelings about the world.
It’s funny – I think I get a certain way at the end of every year as my team is putting together our Best Songs of the Year playlist; I think it makes me pause and think about what music really means to me. It’s weird to be able to connect so deeply to the words and art of people you don’t know at all. But when you do feel that sense of connection, it’s a really beautiful thing.
This is a collection of songs that I feel a connection to. It’s a mix of all-time favorites, recent favorites, and songs by some new artists I’m into. For one reason or another, each song gets me excited to wake up each morning. And I’m thankful to be reminded of what a gift that is.
I was slightly startled to see an email in my inbox the other day that had “Matt Simons” in the title, as that’s eerily similar to my late father’s name. So while I delete most blog submission emails I get in my personal email (not tryna be petty, just gotta manage my time…and if you’re reading this and trying to submit music, I ask that you submit via our SoundCloud page), I let this one fly. I didn’t listen to it right away because I was a little nervous to. It was weird, you know?
Anyway, I listened to it today after a friend had heard it and recommended it, and just as it should be, I loved it.
The world is a good place sometimes.
…Bonus: I’ve added the track to my 2015 Spotify playlist, if you care to follow there as well.