57 Playlists: A Musical Dissection – Times of Day

Hello Readers! Happy Wednesday from my (unproductive) study session! I think many people would agree with me when I say that I’m beginning to realize how much I actually have to do before finals week. So naturally I’m procrastinating even more until crunch time actually begins.

And how do I procrastinate you may ask? Why, listen to music of course! Specifically, Spotify. (Praise!!!) No one can make it through such a grueling procrastination time without a little background noise. Now, if there’s one thing I really, really, REALLY want you to know about me, it’s that I take my music very seriously. I don’t just “throw on” whatever I feel like on a whim. There are specific genres, Spotify playlists, bands and songs I listen to when I’m in different moods or doing different activities. Honestly though, as a side note, I think that everyone should take their music seriously because it’s a crazy-good art form that is different from anything else. Think about it – someone made a beautiful noise by just plucking a string in different ways. Too cool. But I digress.

So, what I’m going to give you guys for the next few posts is a list of music for different times of the day and different moods that I’m in broken up by Spotify playlist, bands, and songs. Hopefully it gives you guys some different tracks to listen to and expands your horizons a little bit. Also! If you have any suggestions for me to write about, don’t be afraid to email me – I’m always open to new tunes! So without further ado, here we go.

Scenario 1: Where I am: Still in bed, 7:00 a.m. (music comes on right away when I wake up.) Mood: Sleep. I’m going to be honest, there isn’t really a mood at this point, so that’s why I have to let music determine it. 🙂 For this place/mood combo (which is the hardest for me to decide) we need a real mood maker, but not something so overbearing that will make me think too hard. In the same breath though, we don’t want something too fluffy either – that’s just an annoying day-starter.

SO the ideal music choices we have to start the day are:

  • Spotify Playlist: Early Morning Rise OR Creativity Boost
  • Band: Toss-up between The Civil Wars and Bahamas
  • Song: Breezeblocks // alt-J
The playlist Early Morning Rise for when I need a great mood in the mornings!
This is one of my go-to playlists for the mornings when I have to work at 8am. It’s a great mood setter.

Scenario 2: Where I am: The Kletz, 1:00 p.m. Mood: Content because I have a lot of things done and am writing (always a good sign). For this place/mood combo, we need something a little bit more upbeat since I’m in higher spirits, but, taking the dreary weather into account, we’re not going for just-got-my-first-job upbeat.

So the ideal music choices we have to fit this dreary Kletz day are:

  • Spotify Playlist: Feel Good Indie Rock
  • Band: Noah and the Whale
  • Song: Blue Meanies // Opossum
This is my afternoon playlist, Feel Good Indie Rock!
This is a great afternoon playlist that pulls me through until I can get to my evening playlists. 🙂

Scenario 3: Where I am: Doing homework in a cubby on the third floor of the library, 8:00 p.m. Mood: Worn out. It’s been quite the day, and I’d rather be home hanging out with my friends than doing homework. For this place/mood combo, we need something to wind down the day, but still keep me happy to be awake and centered on my homework.

So the ideal music choices we have to fit this tired library experience are:

  • Spotify Playlist: Darker Days (fitting) AND Dinnertime Acoustics (it’s going to be a long night)
  • Band: Hozier or Wild Child
  • Song: Pulaski at Night // Andrew Bird OR Levitation // Beach House
This is my playlist for library nights - Dinnertime Acoustic!
This is the playlist for my library nights, right when I’ve finished dinner. I like to believe that it helps me digest my dinner better.

In my next post we’ll be covering the ideal tunes and genres for the different seasons – one of the most controversial topics of musical discussion in my book. Let me know if you have any thoughts, opinions or music, as I’d be happy to chat you up about it and use your ideas!

Until next time readers!

* For those of you that were wondering, the title is in reference to the 57 playlists I have on Spotify. I knew they’d pay off someday.

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Published by Mikaila Bisson

Hi there! I'm a Hope Senior from Sterling Heights, Michigan (about 45 minutes North of Detroit). I'm an English major with a Creative Writing emphasis (fitting), and have a Business minor. I'm super active in Hope life. I am a Student Ambassador, the Senior Treasurer on the Executive Board of Nykerk, and was involved in Orientation as an AD. I also work on campus at the Career Development Center as a Career Advisor, and at Hope's Physical Plant. I love playing any kind of sport (soccer's my favorite!), have a weakness for shoes, eat dessert twice a day, read like its my job, am currently watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix, and have a passion for Golden Retrievers. Contact me at mikaila.bisson@hope.edu because I'd love to hear from any and everyone. Also feel free to follow my super trendy Instagram account at @miktroubleee or my equally as trendy, even more Hope-filled Twitter account at @hopemikaila17 .

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