A musical journey
For my week as office DJ, I decided to give each day its own theme.
DAY 1: Songs of freedom
On Monday, I wanted to salute our freedom, our fearless leaders, and each person on this incredible team that makes US strengthen + grow! I am so proud to be a part of this incredible force and on this amazing journey with each of you.
#freedom #dreamteam #teamworkmakesthedreamwork
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird
Bob Marley – Redemption Song
Steppenwolf – Born to be Wild
DAY 2: Country girl
As y’all know, I am proud to be a born and raised Louisvillian (which is what you call people from Louisville, Kentucky).
YES, we drink a lot of bourbon and, yes, we wear shoes. Yes, we love the Kentucky Derby and Mahammad Ali is our hero.
NO, we do not date our cousins, the grass is not actually blue and, no, I did not grow up with a refrigerator on my parents’ porch (but that would’ve been handy.)
I now know that I much prefer the Atlantic Ocean coastline + the sea breeze to the muddy waters of the Ohio River. But…my country roots are as deep as my affinity for country music and the country roads that take me home.
So, you can take the girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.
Tim McGraw – Live Like You Were Dying
Tim McGraw – Humble + Kind
Darius Rucker – Learn to Live
Lee Ann Womack – I Hope You Dance
Jason Aldean – She’s Country
DAY 3: Charleston
The Mid-West was a great place to grow up, but when I was 18, I made the rig
ht choice to go to school on the East Coast. As a Charlestonian from 2006-2012, I attended the college of knowledge (CofC) + The Citadel for Grad school. While I would like to tell you that I only attended flapper parties where we danced The Charleston and sipped sweet tea under the Magnolia trees, I was really dancing and singing along to Akon during my roaring 20s.
In a way, you can learn a lot about Charleston by listening to Akon…
SMACK THAT ties to Eliza Pinckney in 1739. At the age of 16, she developed indigo as one of South Carolina’s three major cash crops. Indigo is the process of extracting the indigo dye involved SMACKING IT in a huge vat after picking it.
LONELY could be used to describe the soldiers stationed on Fort Sumter in the middle of the Charleston Harbor, where the first shots of the Civil War were shot.
DON’T MATTER relates to Charleston losing the Civil War, but the South kept its culture à la Akon lyrics:
Nobody wanta’ see us together
But it don’t matter, no
Cause we gonna fight, oh yes, we gonna fight
Believe we gonna fight
DAY 4: I found my heart in San Francisco
I believe the only time you are actually growing is when you’re uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with being comfortable, and that is what I strive to be in my old age. However, breaking a habit, trying something new, taking a risk, making new connections, or putting one’s self in a totally new situation is not easy, but it’s worth it.
When I was 26, I was living a very safe, stable life with a burning desire to live fuller and deeper. I knew I needed to shake things up a bit in order to find a new appreciation and admiration for living. So, I thought to myself, how did I get here? And where do I want to go?
I chose to give up my comfortable life and head to the West Coast in seek of stimulation + self-growth. In NorC
al, I let myself take chances, go on adventures and live in a constant state of amazing discomfort. I made an effort to connect with people, nature and my intentions on a deeper, more spiritual level.
I am thankful for the time I spent on myself in order to bloom and the indie music that helped me relax along the way.
Odesza – Bloom
Odesza – How Did I Get Here?
DAY 5: Hello, sunshine!
It took moving away to realize how much I love the Florida sunshine 😊! I am so thankful to be closer to family + closer to the sun! Florida is our forever home.
#vitaminDmakesyouhappy #sundog #dogsofinstagram
Talking Heads – This Must Be the Place
Odesza – Sundara
Odesza – Sun Models
Katrina & The Waves – Walking on Sunshine
The Beatles – Here Comes the Sun