Rainy Day Songs

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It’s been pitch black all morning, and I’m still not quite used to it which makes me question why I adjust so easily to the beginning of Daylight Savings but not the end.  For reasons unbeknownst to me, the darkness is absolutely confusing, and the adjustment only gets more difficult as I get older.

In addition to the darkness, it has also been raining all morning and for the past few days.  Rain is my absolute favorite weather in the whole entire world, especially when I get to drink coffee and relax all day.  Unfortunately, that’s not necessarily what’s happening right now, because it is midterm week, but I’m looking forward to relaxing this weekend!  Now, I’m just hoping the rain will stay…

As promised, I made this playlist a few days ago, and it’s filled with all of my favorite songs to listen to while it’s rainy (imagine that).  They’re all pretty, soft, relaxing songs, some happy & some sad.  Most are of the indie rock/alternative acoustic/etc. variety, although I do listen to all kinds of genres!  However, indie rock/alternative/acoustic/and the like typically tend to be my favorite.  Feel free to comment songs you would add!

You can follow the playlist on my Spotify – just look up heysaralynn, and the playlist is called Rainy Day!  If you are not involved in the Spotify thing, the songs are posted below, and you can make your own playlist however you choose!

Creature Fear by Bon Iver

Slow It Down by The Lumineers

England by The National

Lua by Bright Eyes

Big Jet Plane by Angus & Julia Stone

Ooo by Karen O

Asleep by The Smiths

100 Million by Charlie Hilton

Call It Fate, Call It Karma by The Strokes

Depreston by Courtney Barnett

Your Fine Petting Duck by Devendra Banhart

You Can Do Better by Deathcab for Cutie

You Really Got a Hold on Me (cover) by She & Him

New York, I Love You by LCD Soundsystem

Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys

Green Aisles by Real Estate

Hannah Hunt by Vampire Weekend

Trailer Trash by Modest Mouse

Without You by Oh Wonder

Agnes by Glass Animals

The Start of Something by Voxtrot

Nostalgic Intellect by Peter Bjorn & John

Bit by a Dead Bee Part II by Foxing

Light House by Future Islands

Be Mine by Alabama Shakes

Marjorette by Beach House

Dust Bunnies by Kurt Vile

Unrequited Love by Lykke Li

Sailing to Nowhere by Broken Bells

New Day by Deep Sea Diver

Fade Into Me by Mazzy Star

Sea of Love by Cat Power

Red Eyes by The War on Drugs

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel

White Winter Hymnal by Fleet Foxes

To Be Alone with You by Sufjan Stevens

Life's a Dream by Built to Spill

Evaporar by Little Joy

Back to studying (;

XO Sara Lynn

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My Favorite Summer Albums 2015

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In the 3+ years that I have been blogging, I realize that I haven’t really written much in the way of music.  Sure, I’ll throw in some music references when blogging a recipe or outfit, and I might mention an album I’m currently digging every once in a while.  And of course, I always do my “song of the day” at the end of each post.  If you go onto my ‘me in a nutshell’ page, you’ll notice that I list about 846 bands/musicians that I love.  But I’ve really slacked on actually writing about music.

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So, in an attempt to connect with some of my music-loving readers (as well as other music lovers), I’ve decided to write a post every once in a while about some of my favorite albums.  Since it’s way too difficult for me to pick my overall favorite albums, I decided just to limit the post to what I listened to this summer.  (That doesn’t mean that I only listened to a few albums this summer, either.  I listened to sooo many…still, I need to have some limits or this could go on for days).  Some of the albums are newer, some are older, some of the bands are together, some aren’t.  The point is that these are some really great albums regardless of how old they are.  Here’s to the end of summer!

*These albums are in no particular order.*

1. The Strokes-Is This It

 Oh man, where to begin?  The Strokes are just wonderful.  When I found out that they would be playing in Hyde Park while I was visiting London, I bought the ticket immediately.  I didn’t even have a plane ticket at the time.  Yeah.  That’s how bad I wanted to go (notice Julian’s face up there in my header picture?  Concert pics whaddup).  Is This It is an instant classic in my book.  The lyrics are simple, yet relatable.  The music is raw, edgy, and has a classic rock sound while still remaining post-punk.  It’s a mix of everything you’ll ever want in a good, solid rock band.

Also, I’m sorry for saying whaddup earlier.  I’ve been watching too much How I Met Your Mother…

2. Little Joy-Little Joy

Little Joy has been one of my favorite albums for years now.  Although it is perfect for any time, I especially love it on road trips.  I think most of it has to do with listening to it on repeat while driving to San Francisco for vacation a couple summer ago, but I think it also just has that relaxed “no worries” vibe that comes with summer.  Rodrigo Amarante and Binki Shapiro’s voices are lulling, with a sort of old-fashioned feel.  Their sound is light and catchy.  Breezy almost.  These guys know what they’re doing.  If I could see any broken-up-band live, this would be my choice.

(P.S. Fabrizio Moretti, drummer of The Strokes, was in the band too.  What can’t he do?)

3. Courtney Barnett-Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

Courtney Barnett is just straight cool.  There’s really no other way that I can describe her.  In my mind, she’s that one mysterious girl in high school that nobody really knows, but everyone wants to be her friend, because she’s just so cool.  Listening closely, I think this vibe is reflected in her music.  She reminds me of a female Bob Dylan in some ways.  She sings about every day life.  About people’s thoughts and feelings.  She even sings about normal inanimate objects.  Her songs are not complex, yet they are.  Just do yourself a favor, and listen to this album.

4. Vampire Weekend-Modern Vampires of the City

Vampire Weekend is one of my all-time favorite bands.  I remember listening to them when I was a young teenager, maybe even a pre-teen.  However, I never fully appreciated them until this album came out.  It was only then that I really started listening to the lyrics and their use of unusual instruments in an indie rock setting.  They’re one of those bands that is able to make their albums sound different while still sounding like Vampire Weekend.  Their lyrics are poetic, their sound mellow, with a few upbeat tracks thrown in every once in a while.  Everything you want while sitting around semi-drunk with your friends on a late summer night.

Also, Ezra Koenig is probably the love of my life, but that does not mean I’m biased in any sense.

5. Mac DeMarco-Another One

This album is new guys.  Really new.  But I knew I could trust Mac DeMarco, because well, he’s Mac DeMarco.  He can’t do much wrong.  I’ve never come across another artist that is quite as experimental as he is.  His music is raw and laidback.  I love that everything he produces sounds like he just sat down with an acoustic guitar and started playing whatever came to his mind (which is kind of what he does).  When this album came out, I kept an open mind.  But I knew that in the end, it would be a exactly what I want out of his music.  Thanks, Mac.  Truly.

6. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers-Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Tom Petty is one of my favorite classic rock artists.  I have very fond memories of swimming in the pool at my childhood home, my dad keeping an eye on me while he BBQed chicken and vegetables, and this album playing on the fake-rock-painted speakers.  Every time “American Girl” comes on, I can practically smell the sweet mix of BBQ smoke and chlorine.

7. Karen O-Crush Songs

I have this theory that my spirit animal is the lovechild of Karen O and Zooey Deschanel.  Sadly, this combination is not realistic or possible, but I still love them individually, of course.  When Karen O debuted Crush Songs, I was pretty stoked and for good reason.  In Crush Songs, Karen O was able to create a sound that is both feminine and edgy punk.  It is pretty much everything that I have always wanted to create on my own but have not been able to accomplish.  Thank you Karen O for being such an inspiration for all those women who love punk but have a hard time finding legit female punk artists.

8. The Lumineers-The Lumineers

This album has a sweet, nostalgic sense that comes with the folk-indie genre.  Although I would not necessarily classify The Lumineers as folk, there is definitely a prominent influence which perfectly compliments the summer-feel I was looking for.  Beginning with “Flowers in Your Hair”, this album starts out with tales of fond memories of a past life and continues the story-telling theme with slower, sadder songs such as “Dead Sea” and “Slow it Down”.  Calming, catchy, and candid, this is the album to listen to while spending an intimate evening on the patio.

9. Bright Eyes-I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning

I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning is by far the most popular Bright Eyes album there is.  Conor Oberst, the man behind the twangy guitar and slow drawl of a voice, is an expert in writing honest, raw music.  There’s a large part of me that believes that most of the album was written behind a closed bedroom door, the lyrics taken straight out of his personal diary.  I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning is one of those albums that almost everybody likes.  That album that, when you turn it on, everyone goes, “Ohhhh…I forgot about this song.  I love this song”.  If you’re ever at a bonfire, there will inevitably be a guy with an acoustic guitar slung around his shoulder.  Ask him to play “Lua”.

10. Modest Mouse-Strangers to Ourselves

If there’s one thing to be said about Modest Mouse, it’s that they always deliver.  Every time a classic punk band comes out with a new album, I get nervous.  I’m perfectly aware that no band wants to recreate an album that they’ve already made, but I still want them to sound familiar.  Modest Mouse is able to accomplish this tedious task so perfectly, and Strangers to Ourselves is proof of that.  If you’re ever looking for the ultimate grunge-y album to play at a party, throw this one on.  Everyone wants to jam to this album.

11. Paul McCartney-RAM

While in London over the summer, a new friend nervously recommended that I listen to this album.  Claiming it to be the original, indie album, his suggestion immediately intrigued me.  1. I love indie music.  2. I was in London, so I had to listen to The Beatles, or at least Paul McCartney.  I listened to the whole album in one sitting, and I have to say, I was impressed.  While a few songs such as “Oh Woman, Oh Why” were familiar, most of the album was a completely new experience for me.  Rest assured, the album was Sara Lynn-approved.

12. The 1975-The 1975

As I said earlier, I was in London this summer (wait, did I tell you that I was in London this summer…???), so basically The 1975 was playing everywhere.  The British are very proud of their artists, and they should be.  The 1975 has such a hip aesthetic that is hard to compare to any other band.  Punk-rock with a few splashes of pop, it’s a fun album to throw on when you want to have a solo-dance party in your Honda Pilot on the way to your morning coffee stop.  Or while sitting in a Geek Squad shop in the basement of a London-based technology store.  Either works.

What albums did you listen to this summer?

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Song of the Day: take your pick ^^^

My Happy Things 6.19.15

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Hi hi hi hi hi!!!

I’m super stoked about doing my second “happy things” because I’m finally in London and I have soooo much stuff to share with you!

For now, I’m only going to share my happy things, but when I get back from London expect a really long, detailed London post (or two).  I’m having the best time here making friends and exploring London.  Not to be too cheesy here, but London is very serendipitous.  Also, most of the pictures aren’t great because they were taken on my iPhone, but you get the idea.  I’ll have better pictures later, but for now I’m just too antsy to edit!

Can you tell I’m a little excited?

I’m kind of really excited!!!

Here are my happy things for the week:

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What you see here is me in the midst of utter joy, because I was standing right in front of Big Ben.  Also the London Eye.  I’m so in love with it that I actually want to go back just to get more pictures like this.  No, I don’t have a problem.  Not one that I’m willing to admit to anyways.

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This bakery & coffee shop is called Bloomsbury Coffee House.  It’s pretty close to my dorm, so after class I decided to stop by and grab a coffee.  They really know what they’re doing, and I will be visiting again.  I plan on writing a review of the coffee shops I visit while I’m in London, but for now just look at this cute little set up they have going.

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Gelato!!!  Just go to Scoop if you’re in London.  Okay?  Just do it.

I got amaretto and pistachio.  I almost always get nutty “old-people” flavors.  It’s actually a joke in my family.

This demo version of “You Only Live Once” by The Strokes.  I actually like this version a *little* better, but don’t tell anyone.  I’m posting this because I SAW THE STROKES LAST NIGHT AND IT WAS PRETTY MUCH THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO ME.

But that’s a story for another day.

For now, have a lovely weekend, and I will update you soon, soon, soon!

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Song of the Day: posted above!

A Mint Green Summer

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It’s warm in Reno!  Officially.  I wore a sundress.  No givsies backsies.

Aside from the fact that I’ve been stuck inside everyday in a 3 week Labor Economics class, I’ve been really enjoying my summer so far with BBQs and bike rides.  I’ve yet to make it to Tahoe (stomach flu is out to get me), but I will be there this weekend no matter what!

Catch ya girl on the beach with an iced tea in her hand.

Or something that sounds a little cooler…?

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Also, I have some very very very veryyyyyyyy exciting news.  I will be studying for a month this summer in London through my university!  I’m so excited to explore the city and post fun little things I do on SSL.

I’m going to get so British guys.

So British.

Anyways, since I’ll probably be busy with my studies and traveling around London, I want to start a weekly post where I list a few cool things I come upon throughout the week.  This could be a piece of art at a museum, a fun outfit I wear, a nice meal, a new song/video I find, a great cup of coffee, or anything else that I love.  Basically my “happy things”, which is something that I actually think about, but have never expressed in writing.  Since I believe that happiness is unlimited, I will not have a set number of happy things that I post about.  If I happen to have 10, then I will write about 10.  If I have 2, then the same.

And of course, I will write a few regular posts when I can (except for recipes, because I won’t have kitchen access).

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If anyone has some recommendations for London or Paris please please please tell me!  I’m looking for some fun, local things to do once I get tired of tourist attractions.  So far, I’m seeing The Strokes and that’s about my whole plan.

Yep.  Really killin it with the planning.

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*Song of the Day: England–The National*