And ten years down the road, I'm quite certain that this little group of songs will always remind me of what it felt like to be 31.
Robin Thicke featuring TI and Pharrell Williams
To be played when you want to dance, of course. And reminiscent of summer afternoons stuck inside and planning summer reading at a desk. Laughing with a best friend, in a never-ending conversation, even when she's miles away. Spur-of-the-moment vacations to North Carolina. It's the song I imagine will make my future children embarrassed when I sing it loudly and proudly. And who really, who is the hottest bitch in this place.
Mumford & Sons
Because it's hilarious and Jason Sudekis and Mumford & Sons. All together. When this video was released I was away from home at a work conference. And I couldn't stop replaying it from my hotel room. But mostly it will remind me of spontaneity on one of the last remaining nights of summer. How much someone wanted to make me happy. My brother. And never-ending trips home in the dark of a hot and sticky August night.
For crip (and cold nights) soaking in the bathtub with a good book. And daydreaming about not kissing in bars. It's just a sweet and hopeful song for a sweet and hopeful year. We'll drink beers with you, but you have to take us out of the bar to kiss us.
When I Was Your Man
For sad nights alone, for drinking wine with girlfriends, for remember just how lucky you are without him. Because when you've been the ins and outs of love, when you've been the girl who has had her heart broken, when you've repeatedly seen your friends get passed over, a good song of regret is a wondrous thing. He's right, you shoulda bought us flowers when you had the chance.
Bring on the songs in 32.