Saturday, February 13, 2010

Life's Playlists: Deck Music

Due in part to the fact that our back yard is a mud pit and has virtually no grass growing anymore (mostly because of Porter, our 1 year-old black lab), Crystel and I have decided to have a deck built. I think we finally settled on a contractor this morning, so we're pretty excited. Me being the music fanatic that I am, I'm mostly looking forward to hanging out on the deck with friends and listening to music.

In anticipation of our finished deck (hopefully within the next couple of weeks), I decided to make a playlist of songs that I find perfect for relaxing with food, friends and drinks. After breezing through my iTunes library, the playlist had grown to a whopping 60 songs. Since I figured no one would read all the way through a list that long, I narrowed it down to 35, roughly 2 hours of tunes.

These songs weren't necessarily chosen for lyrical content, but for their vibe. This is the music I'll be listening to while lounging in my Adirondack chair as soon as the weather permits. Here's the playlist in no particular order.

1. It's Alright - Big Head Todd & the Monsters
2. Crush - Dave Matthews Band
3. Jacksonville Skyline - Whiskeytown
4. Hollow Moon - The Central Standards
5. Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
6. Country Comfort - Elton John
7. Tryin' To Reason With Hurricane Season - Jimmy Buffett
8. Summer Skin - Death Cab for Cutie
9. Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles
10. Going to California - Led Zeppelin
11. Feelin' Better - Hank Williams Jr.
12. Constellations - Jack Johnson
13. Love Street - The Doors
14. Carolina In My Mind - James Taylor
15. Blue Indian - Widespread Panic
16. A History of Lovers - Iron & Wine with Calexico
17. Natural Mystic - Bob Marley
18. Lookin' Out My Back Door - Creedence Clearwater Revival
19. Question - Old 97's
20. Wildfowers - Tom Petty
21. Without a Struggle - Golden Smog
22. California Zephyr - Jay Farrar & Benjamin Gibbard
23. Knockin' Over Whiskeys - Hayes Carll
24. California Stars - Billy Bragg & Wilco
25. New Slang - The Shins
26. Four Strong Winds - Neil Young
27. Perfect Timing - Drive-By Truckers
28. The Right Place - Monsters of Folk
29. South Georgia Sugar Babe - Justin Townes Earle
30. Gumbo - Phish
31. Grandaddy - Patterson Hood
32. The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
33. Ripple - Grateful Dead
34. And It Stoned Me - Van Morrison
35. Livin' Part of Life - Eric Church

What are some of your favorite songs for outdoor relaxation?


  1. Zac Brown Band - Toes
    (if I can go so new)

  2. The entire ZBB album is a good one for summer BBQ's.

  3. It would take me far too long to come up with a list right now in order to tell you my favorites for a list but there is one record that I absolutely love for chillin outside. North Mississippi Allstars - Shake Hands With Shorty. There's nothing better than their first record consisting of nothing but classic MS hill country blues covers. Every song on this record brings so many great memories back to me.