A Playlist for Everything: The Morning Hour


I probably couldn’t get through some days without the constant flow of music in our home. The right song at the right time can brighten my mood, encourage my heart, or inspire a spontaneous dance party with the kids (of course, you could also have a preplanned dance party).

While I’m a big fan of Pandora and, more recently, Spotify, I also enjoy creating playlists for all occasions.  Much like my penchant for just the right crib sheets, I also find I’m fairly particular about which song best fits the moment.

Today’s playlist is best suited for the morning hour. I imagine pressing play whilst sipping a warm drink in a favorite chair with a journal, Bible, or favorite book– before there are any pattering of footsteps in the house besides my own.

The first few songs are instrumental favs, helpful in gently transitioning from slumber to a new day. The rest speak of peace in the midst of trouble, the beauty of creation, the transient nature of our days, and two dollar shoes.  All words to cling to as you set forth into the wide world.

And, I threw in a little U2. Because it’s U2, people.

A Playlist for the A.M.

(With Links for Sampling)

  • Baleen Morning by Balmorhea :: Could listen to Balmorhea anytime, any place
  • River Flows in You by Yiruma :: A new fav pianist
  • The Aviators by Helen Jane Long :: Haven’t heard anything I don’t like from Ms. Long
  • Dawn by Dario Marianelli (from the Pride and Prejudice Soundtrack) :: A stellar soundtrack
  • All Creatures of Our God and King by Chris Rice :: As an aside, I’d recommend his Living Room Sessions for events such as showers, church group gatherings, and labor & delivery
  • House of God, Forever by Jon Foreman :: Lead singer of Switchfoot, did a sweet set of solo albums
  • Your Love is Strong by Jon Foreman :: A good one.
  • 2 Dollar Shoes by Rosie Thomas :: Heard this song right after Hubs proposed to me at sunrise on a beach, so for me it will forever be associated with the morning.
  • Captivated by Shawn McDonald :: Love this guy’s stuff, thanks to Justin for introducing me to it many years ago
  • C.S. Lewis Song by Brooke Fraser :: She’s pretty great in all kinds of ways. Get the Live at the Aotea version.
  • Beautiful Day by U2 :: Because it’s true, today is beautiful. Keep telling yourself that until you believe it. Or go to bed early and start over again tomorrow.

Just FYI, while music choices are intensely personal, I’d say this list is pretty kid-friendly in terms of content.

Do you have any favorite songs to start the day to?

About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.

  • brenda venable

    A morning wake up song, you’re kidding, right? My all time fav is…….. “Rise & Shine and Sing out your Glory Glory, Rise & SHine and Sing out your Glory Glory, Rise & Shine & Sing out your Glory Glory…. Children of the Lord. At least that’s the verison I learned when I went to summer church camp back in the mid-50s.
    These days, the piece and quiet of 40 acres in northwestern WA is all I need. ALthough today, the PUD were out on their very noisey atv checking the overhead power line areas for any fallen trees/debris that needed to be picked up. That + the barking
    big black dog was NOT music to my ears. Is that too much information?? xoxo

  • I love Pandora too. I’m a Chris Tomplin fan, and soundtracks from Les Mis and Phantom.

    • I should start listening to more musical soundtracks–love both of those.

  • Mimi@stateofhospitality

    Thanks for the suggestions! I really like Balmorhea : )