Music - like certain scents - can bring me right back to a moment and a specific brand of nostalgia. For example, the soundtrack that I listened to in the spring of 2013 takes me back to conning Dan into driving me home from crew practice - even if that 'soundtrack' was simply what was playing on AltNation at the time.
It should, therefore, serve as no mystery that I love curating playlists! I honestly feel that it's the only time in my life where I get to tweak with what my future memories will be. (I also feel that way with perfume and have already picked out what I'm going to wear when I go abroad... I recognize that this is bizarre, trust me.)
I shared this playlist last August and have kept adding to it since, but my summer playlists (here's last summer's too!) are truly my favorites and I look forward to creating them every year. I'll be the first to note that my personal music preference is a little confused - blame it on never truly belonging to a region in the US - but it lies between alternative/indie rock, top 40s, and a little deeply embedded country. I also really love when music stretches across different genres, particularly when it pulls from blues, r&b, and big-band.
I definitely urge you to curate playlists for different seasons in your life - even if they're not actual meteorological seasons - because music truly has a special knack for freezing time, and seriously, do you really want to remember the golden years of your life with something like Call Me Maybe?
Feel free to follow along on Spotify for more playlists like this.