As a dance teacher & choreographer, I spend HOURS on Spotify and iTunes scoping out music for work. Every semester I need new music. And I have quite the criteria:
1. It's gotta be hip, but not "too-Top-40-overplayed" hip.
2. It's gotta have appropriate lyrics/content. I teach students age 3 up to age... well, older than me... and I play these songs at home and in the car to prep, so Ivy is hearing them all the time. Not only do I refrain from swearing, but what they're talking about is super important to me too. Sorry K$sha, you just don't make the cut, unless I feel like cutting out every other word (which I'll admit, I've done).
3. I have to like it! Nothing is worse than going to work every day listening to music you hate. Why would anyone do that?
Yesterday in Advanced Contemporary/Choreography class, my students informed me that I have the best music. (Ugh, thank goodness I got approval from those teenagers!) They were all, "Can you just send us your playlist?" So, students, here it is. Here's what we're dancing to, and what songs I absolutely love this month:
Bonfire Heart - James Blunt
Love Alone Is Worth The Fight - Switchfoot
Gale Song - The Lumineers
Five Hundred Miles - Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan & Stark Sands
The Spectacular Now soundtrack
Blue - Beyonce
Who We Are - Imagine Dragons
We Own It - Fast & Furious 6 (I cut it all up, though)
Yesternite - Gungor
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Soundtrack
Angkor - D-Operation Drop
Dust to Dust - The Civil Wars
On another note, I just really like the band Gungor. Here's my playlist of songs I like from them:
When Death Dies
This Is Not The End
I'm sure there are more. Not only do they have a great sound, but they also have such poetic, impacting lyrics:
Feel free to pin these images, share them, whatevs. And go check out some of those songs. You won't be sorry!