I'm busy putting the finishing touches on our semi-annual Solstice Party today. You know. . . a bit of whirlwind cleaning, some last-minute cooking, and getting the bar set up.
Several years ago, Tom and I created a Winter Solstice Playlist just for our party -- and we've been using it (and expanding it) ever since.
We have three simple guidelines for our playlist. The songs:
- Must NOT be Christmas songs. (This is a Solstice party, after all . . . NOT a Christmas party.)
- Must include some loose reference to "the sun," "light," "darkness," "stars," or . . . generally getting through a long slog of any type.
- Must cover a variety of genres/time frames.
Our current playlist includes 84 songs. As you can imagine, we've got the simple and the obvious covered . . . Here Comes the Sun, for example. Or Soak Up the Sun. We've even got a lot of the more obscure . . . like Dark Sunglasses and Mr. Brightside; Ziggy Stardust and Sunny Came Home. (There are a few just plain good party songs in the mix, too. Because party.)
Overall, it works! It's a good party-playlist, and it's refreshing at this time of year to go somewhere and NOT hear the more expected holiday tunes.
But I'm hoping you can help me.
You see . . . there are still a few hours until our party begins (and there's always next year. . . ). I still have time to add songs to the playlist for this evening. And I'm sure we've missed some good ones.
So. . .
What songs - following our three guidelines - would YOU include on this playlist???
(And while you're thinking of songs, be sure to drop in over at Carole's to see more Three on Thursday posts.)