On Saturday evening, I left my apartment for a quick Walgreens run. When I got outside and discovered that it was the MOST beautiful evening, I obviously popped in my headphones and walked toward the lake instead. (Only stopped once, for a chai tea from Starbuck’s. Got a free upgrade from Grande to Venti and bonded with the amazing baristas, so I’d call it a successful pit stop.)
The leaves are just starting to change, turning a light golden shade. The sun was about to set, casting a warm light over the city. The Cubs were winning, the weather was unseasonably warm… everyone was in a great mood.
I arrived at the harbor and soaked in the fresh air. There were adorable couples and families everywhere, all with enormous smiles on their faces. It was just the perfect evening.
I found the perfect slab of cement, right on the water, and sat down. After an insanely busy week, I was thrilled to spend some time alone to just… breathe. I don’t know if it was the hectic workweek, the morning spent reading the ‘pray’ portion of “Eat Pray Love” or the amazingly calming waves of Lake Michigan, but I was feeling very introspective and calm. So, right on the spot, I created the perfect soundtrack to accompany the perfect moment. The songs are kinda slow, a little jazzy – totally soulful and wonderful. These tunes were exactly what I needed – and hey, maybe they’re just what you need, too!
Sara Bareilles – She Used to be Mine
In case you missed it, Sara wrote the score for a Broadway Musical. (Thank you, universe, for making this happen.)
Norah Jones – Don’t Know Why
This song. At sunset. On the lake. With sailboats slowly floating by. I was practically comatose.
Postmodern Jukebox – Creep
Postmodern Jukebox is the greatest. Especially when they partner with Haley Reinhart. Her voice was made for this.
Jill Andrews – These Words
Just a wonderful acoustic tune to slow your heart rate.
John Mayer – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
No one is surprised that this song made the list.