work it out



For me, music is a must when working out. Without it, I can’t get motivated–my feet don’t leave the ground, the weights don’t leave the floor…and I probably don’t leave the couch.


Working at a fitness-centric mag, there are always music swaps going around and I’m always finding new pump-up songs I love. I recently moved to an apartment close to the river (with a killer view), so I’ve been beefing up my playlist with new tunes to motivate me during morning or post-work runs. Here’s what I’m loving (warning: Beyonce coming your way).



Work It Out by abucco10 on Grooveshark

a kitchen playlist



If you’ve spent oh…five minutes here on this blog, then you’re probably in on the worst kept secret in the world: I love to cook. I love food, I love cooking, I love spending time in the kitchen. I love how it de-stresses me and makes me feel happy, I love how it helps me make other people happy. I’m pretty sure I have a 70-year-old Italian grandmother living inside of me and I’m totally OK with that (note: I realize that was a lot of love).


There’s one sort of strange thing I do when I cook, and that’s listen to old foreign music. It could be Italian (or Italian-American) or French (it doesn’t totally matter), I just love how it makes me feel like a little Julia Child…or something? Jeez. Are you still with me? In that case, you deserve a reward. Here’s a pretty nice cooking playlist:



Cooking Playlist by abucco10 on Grooveshark

a valentine’s day playlist: for the lovers and the lonely



I alluded to it last month, and truth be told, this is the Valentine’s Day post I’ve been looking forward to the most! There’s not a broken heart or a budding romance that music doesn’t help, so why not make a playlist for both sets this Valentine’s Day? Honestly, I’m not above belting out a great version of Since You’ve Been Gone in the shower (very out of tune, I might add) and one of the love songs is my absolute favorite karaoke tune–see if you can guess which one! Single, taken, or hanging with the girls this February 14th, I hope you enjoy both of these playlists!

For the lovers:


Valentine's Day 2 by abucco10 on Grooveshark


For the lonely (but not really…): 

Valentine's Day 1 by abucco10 on Grooveshark

cozy winter playlist

Winter Playlist

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again–winter is for slow, soft, warm tunes. The more inclined I am to curl up on the couch with a cozy blanket while listening to a song, the better. These playlist posts are always so fun to pull together (I hope you guys like them!), and I found myself listening to this one over and over again at work over the past week–especially “Blood” by The Middle East…I can’t get enough!

Winter 2013 Playlist by abucco10 on Grooveshark

In case you’re curious, next month’s feature will be a double-whammy. Let’s just say there will be a little playlist for all you Valentine’s Day lovers out there–and another for those of you who’d rather scream ”Since You’ve Been Gone” (or, OK–any T. Swift breakup song) at the top of your lungs on a little day we like to call February 14.


Oh, and all past playlists are here!

end of summer tunes


As summer comes to a close (sigh…) I’m turning to lazy, slow melodies, unique artists and OK, the occasional indulgent pop song (I’m looking at you Cher Lloyd) to help me celebrate these last sunny days. Check out who I’m listening to, below–I’d love to know what tunes are coming through your iPod speakers–do share!



p.s. Check out my other summer playlist, here!

january playlist

I’ve found that I’m slightly schizophrenic when it comes to my music preferences. There are artists that I always turn to (Damien Rice, Bruce, Beatles, etc.) but this playlist is only a small insight into how varying my tastes can be at any given moment (warning: around Jay-Z is where it starts to get weird). Enjoy!

Where We Gonna Go From Here by Mat Kearney

Cold Fame by Band of Skulls 

Us Against the World by Coldplay

Free Fallin’ by John Mayer (but really Tom Petty)

Sometime Around Midnight by The Airborne Toxic Event (*This might be one of my favorite songs of all time)

This Years Love by David Gray

Lay Lady Lay by Bob Dylan

Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley (*actually…This is one of my favorite songs of all time)

This is where it gets weird, but really Jay and B could do no wrong in my book. I’m even willing to overlook the fact that they named their daughter Blue (big of me, I know.)

Paris (come’on this is a PG-13 space people) by Jay-Z and Kanye West

Countdown by Beyonce

november noise

Between commuting every day and wandering through the city, I’ve been in need of a new life-soundtrack. When it comes to music, I’m usually an old soul. Nothing makes me feel as great as a little Bruce (Springsteen), Bob (Dylan), and Beatles (John, Paul, Ringo & George). In the middle of the light-hearted summer days and the snowy December nights (which call for Christmas music, naturally), I’ve landed on this November playlist that is receiving constant rotation on my iPod (and iPad and in my car). To me, it’s a perfect way to ease out of fall and into everything that typifies winter; cozy, slow and warm. Enjoy!

I Would Be Sad by The Avett Brothers

Say Hello, Wave Goodbye by David Gray

I Remember by Whitley

Here Comes The Sun Again by M.Ward

Feel The Tide by Mumford & Sons

Something by The Beatles

Wake Up by Arcade Fire

Blood Bank by Bon Iver

Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap

Bookends by Simon and Garfunkel

Blackbird by The Beatles

Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg

Float On by Modest Mouse

40 Day Dream by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

Skinny Love by Bon Iver

New Slang by The Shins

Delicate by Damien Rice