Angela’s Spotify Playlist

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1: The Chain – Feetwood Mac

A dark breakup song with a great beat and melody that demonstrates how painful life experiences can be turned into great art.

2: Sunday Morning – No Doubt

I stole Tragic Kingdom from my older brother when I was nine and never gave it back. Gwen was my hero. This song takes me back to a time when I had the whole world ahead of me; when I listen to it I remember that I still do.

3: Beaton’s Delight – Ashley MacIssac

I played fiddle for a few years when I was younger and was kind of okay at it. Beaton’s Delight makes me want to play again.

4: Frank Sinatra – Cake

I had no idea what to do after graduating high school and ended up working both a night job and morning job. Between shifts, I’d watch The Sopranos and play guitar to keep awake. This song played at the end of a Soprano’s episode and I never forgot it.

5: Wuthering Heights – Kate Bush

Like many English majors, Bronte’s Wuthering Heights was my gateway to the nineteenth century. Kate Bush has the voice of a can-opener, but this earworm made for a great accompaniment to the novel.

6: Disorder – Joy Division

My favourite Joy Division song.

7: Familiar – Agnes Obel

The last song ever played on CBC’s The Signal, and eerily the first song I ever heard on the show as well years back.

8: Becomes the Color – Emily Wells

This song explores how one becomes their own person while paying respect to their past. And it sounds cool.

9: Guns + Ammunition – July Talk

My 2017 summer anthem.

10: Your Ex-Lover is Dead – Stars

First heartbreak.

11: Gold Lion – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

First rebellion.

12: Lose Yourself to Dance – Daft Punk

The perfect tempo for bad dancers like me.

13: Save it for Later – The English Beat

The singer begs us to let him put off facing harsh realities and enjoy childhood for just a little bit longer. Always a cathartic listening experience.

14: Head over Heels – Tears for Fears

I’m not going to lie. I love this song because of Donnie Darko.

15: King Kunta – Kendrick Lamar

To Pimp a Butterfly expanded my musical horizons and my mind.

16: Atomic – Blondie

Another film reference, this time to Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting.

17: Rainbow Connection – Me First and the Gimme Gimmes

This was a repeat listen during a recent road trip to northern Ontario. It’s pretty embedded now.

18: Express Yourself – Madonna

This song has an incredible message about valuing yourself first in a relationship, but I’ve applied the lessons of self-assertion to many other scenarios. Thanks Madge!

19: Dreams – The Cranberries

When I was 16 I thought it’d be a good idea to hop on a Greyhound going to Alberta. It was my first major trip and I was too excited to sleep. I listened to The Cranberries on my Discman as we drove through the Saskatchewan prairies at night. I looked out the window and watched lightning bolts strike over the flat, empty land. I eventually learned that the trip was not such a good idea after all, but I’ll never forget that storm.

20: Shining On – Big D and the Kids Table

My go-to good mood song.

21: Shine on Harvest Moon – performed by Leon Redbone

Because if there’s one thing the world needs more of, it’s Leon Redbone.



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