This is my second favorite time of day (only the early morning hours supersede it in my heart) and I often spend it doing some of my favorite things—rocking on the front porch with the Hubs, reading a good book, or writing for a bit. It may also at times include some laundry folding in front of Downton Abbey/other period film on Netflix.
But when I’m just puttering around the kitchen, cleaning up the remnants of the day’s activities and preparing a clean slate for tomorrow’s lovely messes, I like to turn on some tunes like these.
It is, admittedly, a 90’s-heavy collection, but full of timeless themes, some incredible female voices, at least one 40’s throw back, and, of course, the best U2 song ever written. Besides 40.
Anyway. I give you:
Music For Sweeping Crumbs To
Settler by Balmorhea :: Have I mentioned this one before? If so, I can only say that it belongs on every list, everywhere.
Perpetuum Mobile by Penguin Cafe Orchestra :: Also a fan of Penguin Cafe’s Music for a Found Harmonium (i.e. closing song on Napoleon Dynamite)
Solar System by Bill Mallonee and the VOL :: Saw him play this live in a Belfast pub, which was the biggest treat.
With or Without You by U2 :: Maybe not lyrically my favorite U2 song, but by far my favorite tune. I was never a big watcher of Friends, but the thinking of the episode where Ross asks a radio station to play this song for Rachel still makes me laugh.
Eileen’s Song by Burlap to Cashmere :: In my opinion, one of the prettiest songs ever.
All I Need is Everything by Over the Rhine :: Karin Bergquist’s voice is incredible.
Rain by Patty Griffin :: I am forever indebted to the college friend who introduced me to Patty.
Where Will I Be by Emmylou Harris :: Emmylou is another folky fav.
Sway by Dean Martin :: I like to throw in this one in case Hubs walks by and spontaneously decides to revive his ballroom dance skills. Thus far, it has not inspired such spontaneity. But I hold onto hope.
***Bonus: If you can sweep and view, there’s always this. Sorry, I’m not over it yet.
What are your favorite songs to wind down the day with?