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The Phenomenal Woman Playlist Revealed!

It’s time to announce the annual winners of the 2017 copies of the Phenomenal Woman and Cafe Mix playlists!

Every year I make two mix cds as gifts for my mom and sis, and I count on you to help me find the best songs out there to include!

Thank you to all who gave suggestions, sharing their favorite artists and songs to jam out to. I love researching this project because it’s basically me dancing around and surfing the internet, watching a lot of music videos.

So… thank you for your help in making that happen. 

Without further adieu, here are the 2017 playlists! Happy listening, everyone!


The 2017 Phenomenal Woman Mix

1. On + Off ~ Maggie Rogers

2. White Tiger ~ Izzy Bizu

3. Roll Up Your Sleeves ~ Meg Mac

4. That’s Alright With Me ~ Andreya Triani 

5. Rainbow ~ Kesha

6. Higher ~ The Naked and Famous

7. Want You Back ~ HAIM

8. Ice Age ~ Serena Ryder

9. Deeper ~ Ella Eyre

10. Tightrope ~ LP

11. Simply Falling ~ Iyeoka

12. Breathe You In My Dreams ~ Trixie Whitley 

13. Mermaid Song ~ Emily Kinney

14. What You Don’t Do ~ Lianne La Havas

15. Make It Rain ~ Koryn Hawthorne

16. Capable ~ The Wild Reeds

17. Tennessee Rain ~ Addison Agen

18. Brother ~ Uncle Jed

19. Pretty Please ~ Lauren Ruth Ward

20. Moonlight ~ Grace VanderWaal 

The 2017 Cafe Mix

1. Summer Storm ~ Joel P West

2. Dusty Trails ~ Lucius

3. The Luckiest Man ~ The Wood Brothers

4. The Old Churchyard ~ Offa Rex

5. Glorious ~ Melissa Etheridge

6. Cover Me Up ~ Jason Isbell

7. Into My Arms ~ Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer

8. Break My Heart Sweetly ~ John Moreland

9. Let It All Go ~ Birdy & Rhodes

10. Someone That Loves You ~ Izzy Bizu & Honne

11. Without You ~ Oh Wonder

12. See You Around ~ I’m With Her

13. I Followed Fires ~ Matthew and the Atlas

14. The Chase ~ Tori Amos featuring Natashya Hawley

15.  Floodlights ~ Jack and Eliza

16. Blue Ridge Mountain ~ Hurray for the Riff Raff

17. When the Right One Comes Along ~ Sam Palladio & Clare Bowen

18. Come Undone ~ Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan

19. Ghost in This House ~ Lauren Duski

20. Friday I’m in Love ~ Janet Devlin 


And now, for the lovely winners of these cds to be announced!
Congratulations Mark Petruska and Crystal Brunelle!
I’ll be in touch to get you your new tunes; thank you both for helping grow my list!




Call for Songlists: The 2017 Mixtape Begins


You know the drill. We’re making a mixtape, people.

It’s old school. It’s outdated. Who even has a cd player anymore?

Well, my mother does. It’s a Bose. Because all old people own Boses.

Since 2007, my reoccurring christmas gift to my mother and sister is a Phenomenal Woman Mix Tape, and I rely on YOUR HELP to find the best songs to put on it. Bonus points – in the last five years, I also added a Cafe Mix for all those winter mug holding moments.

So tell me, who are the phenomenal women you’re listing to? And what coffee shop tunes are you chillin’ out with?

Two lucky commenters will win a copy of each CD! 


Get started with these inspiring jams off last year’s CD!

Into the Wild by LP (Phenomenal Woman Mix) 

I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Postmodern Jukebox featuring Maiya Sykes (Phenomenal Woman Mix) 

Wildest Moments by Jessie Ware (Phenomenal Woman Mix) 

Unsteady by X Ambassadors (Cafe Mix) 

Growing Things by Shook Twins (Cafe Mix) 

Check out the full 2016 playlists here, plus 2015 and 2014 if you just wanna dance.


The Ultimate Mixtape: 2016 Edition


Hey Music Lovers,

For the past four years, I’ve called on you to share your favorite songs and musicians with me for a reoccurring nerdy gift I always give my mom and sis for Christmas. A mixtape.

Since 2007, I’ve made them a personal playlist of phenomenal women. Every song is a female musician. And the tunes are typically upbeat. It’s the kind of thing you’d play before going out, or pumping yourself up for some hours in the kitchen or cleaning. Songs that make you move.

When a need arrived to add some more mellow songs, as well as male musicians, I created the Cafe’ Mix. The songs you’d listen to while holding a mug of your favorite warm beverage and gazing out the window, or curled up on the couch while reading a book.

It has become a favorite gift of my mother and sister (partially because they are busy women who don’t have time to search for new music and don’t have smartphones yet – my sis does now though). When they get the new Phenomenal Women Mix and Cafe Mix, they play them all year long.

This is where you come in.

I need your help! Tell me your favorite songs! The ones you’ve thumbs up’d, hit replay on, shazam’d, go back to again and again when you hit “a mood”.

Tell me in the comments what your favorite song recommendations are for each album. Last year, you gave me 58 songs to listen to!

To thank you, I’ll draw two random commenters to also receive copies of the cds and post the complete lists in the New Year! 

Thank you all so much for your input. I’ve missed you. Here’s to making the new year…well, phenomenal!


Song Ideas to Get You Started: 

Phenomenal Women Mix

Wolf by First Aid Kit

Knots by Lisa Hannigan

Wild Young Hearts by the Noisettes

Cafe Mix

Fare Thee Well by Marcus Mumford and Oscar Isaac

Heart Beats by Johnnyswim

You and Me by Sara Watkins

Phenomenal Woman Mix Revealed and Winners Announced!

hair bun and headphonesHey fellow songsters!

Thank you all so much for the many music suggestions for the phenomenal woman and cafe mix cds this season! You fantastic people gave me 58 songs to check out!

I had a literal dance party listening to all the tunes you shared.

So it’s time to reveal the final playlists aaaaaand the cd winners!!

Check em out! Did your favorite bands and musicians make the cut?


Congratulations to this year’s winners of the mix cds –
Amy Kennedy Fosseen and Julie Glover!!!

Happy jamming, ladies!


Phenomenal Woman Mix

1. Little Red Wagon – Audra Mae and the Almighty Sound

2. Wherever is Your Heart – Brandi Carlile

3. Flashlight – Jessie J

4. Dangerous Days – Zola Jesus

5. Burning House – Cam 

6. Alive – Sia

7. Night Like This – LP

8. Wildest Dreams – Taylor Swift

9. Lights and Camera – Yuna

10. Glow – Ella Henderson 

11. Sound of a Woman – Kiesza

12. Hold Me Down – Halsey

13. Ex’s & Oh’s – Elle King

14. Love Myself – Hailee Steinfeld

15. She’s Not Me – Jenny Lewis

16. A Change is Gonna Come – Leela Jones

17. Water Under the Bridge – Adele

18. Get Up, Get On – Jill Andrews

19. Buffalo Stars – Leila Broussard

20. Stay Gold – First Aid Kit


Cafe’ Mix

1. Make This Leap – The Hunts

2. Diamonds – Johnnyswim

3. Riptide – Jasmine Thompson

4. Empress – Morningsiders

5. Hold Each Other – A Great Big World

6. Accustomed to the Dark – Theresa Andersson

7. America – First Aid Kit

8. San Andreas Faultline – Sugarcane Jane

9. The Heartache Can Wait – Brandi Carlile

10. Slow Motion – Phox

11. Sinner – Jeremy Loops

12. The Crossing – Meg Hutchinson

13. The Fairest of the Seasons – Anna Nalick

14. Let No Grief – The Wild Reeds

15. Shadowplay – The Saint Johns

16. Rox in the Box – The Decemberists

17. It’s Only Me – Dessa

18. Emmylou – First Aid Kit

19. Ends of the Earth – Lord Huron

20. Gulf Coast Highway – Red Molly

21. Acid Tongue – Jenny Lewis


Find any new favorites?
What are you listening to now? 



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