The fog’s rolling in, there’s a bite in the air, and it’s getting more and more difficult finding the motivation to go out at night. Put on your party shoes only to slosh through puddles? No thanks. All you really want to do is cozy up with a blanket or two, a warm drink, and some good music.
But you don’t have to stay in all alone. This is the perfect time of year to put on a listening night. We’ve hosted a few of these in the past, and we still find ourselves talking about how great it was to really listen, collectively, to our favourite tunes. Whether it’s a riff that brings you back to your first semester in college, or a lyric you heard last week that you just can’t shake, it’s challenging to think about why you might be into a certain song.
The elements needed for an evening like this are simple. A decent set of speakers, mood lighting (think candles, string lights), hot beverages, and tasty snacks. And maybe a few blankets and pillows for getting comfortable. Then invite a roomful of good friends to join you with these basic instructions:
- Choose 3 of your current favourite songs
- Jot down a few notes about why each song means something to you
- Bring the song on your phone or have a link ready to play
Take turns sharing and listening to each person’s song selections. It can be a really insightful evening, hearing music that may be new to you and getting to know your friends’ tastes just that much better. At the end of the night, you can compile the playlist and send it out to freshen up everyone’s itunes library.
In the spirit of music sharing, I’ve put together a playlist of some of my current favourites that you can listen to here.
Just itching to share some tunes right now? Post them below and we can add to each other’s auditory arsenals.