TunesDay Takeover // Stan Marlow

HEY. It’s February. The shortest month of the year.

Isn’t that cuhray-z?  (sidenote, wouldn’t that be such a COOL rap name?)

Anyway, I hadn’t done a TunesDay Takeover in a little while (since November), so I thought I’d take a backseat and let a cool person take the wheel for this week.  Also, I am lay-z (and also overwhelmed with some other assignments right now) and curating a kick-butt playlist is HARD WORK.

So, I called upon my friend who gave me a song recommendation last week to skip the recommendation and just whip up a whole playlist–he did it in approximately ten minutes flat.  I mean, wow, just putting me to shame here.

His playlist is fitting for this drearily wet weather.  It’s a hodgepodge of mellow, slightly brooding rock, but then BAM he threw in a Spanish song, AND THEN I’m transported back to my freshman year in college when I was all about Emarosa and some moody, post-hardcore stuff.  Really, his playlist is like how Emeril cooks and just throws in seasoning, it works.  By the by, what ever happened to Emeril? Does he still have a cooking show on Food Network?  Time to wikipedia the bajeezus out of him.

Hope you all have a more productive TunesDay than I.

Click here for the playlist! Soundcloud is having some technical difficulties and the embed code isn’t available!

Happy TunesDay: Collection 47

This week’s set is a medley of folksy, pop, mixed-up goodness.

I forgot how calming folk and acoustic music can be.  It has been a little while since I actually listened to this kind of music, but it’s been nice to revisit a genre of music that I sort of neglected in the past year.

I find it so interesting to see what types of music we like over the course of our lives.  It’s pretty much a representation of what’s going on in our lives and reflects our outlook.  I’m going to do my best to revisit all the music I’ve loved over the last several years.

Sending you relaxing and introspective vibes,

Happy TunesDay: Collection 36

For most, Labor Day weekend means an extra day off of our normal work week. But something about a jam-packed weekend also means a required wind-down session.

These tunes are some of my late-night go-to’s after long drives, intense heat, sore feet, and much needed rejuvenation.

Even though you’re (begrudgingly) back at your routine, let the recent memories of your fun-filled weekend fuel you until the next federally-mandated holiday…or until the US realizes that our work week is far. too. long.

Happy TunesDay: Collection 24

“Better late than never” is what they always say, right?

I really need to work on consistency and timing for my TunesDay posts, but at least I didn’t skip completely!  That’s something, at least.

This week, I compiled some of my favorite mellow & jazzy Spanish songs to keep me focused on learning Spanish and to keep me motivated before I leave to Costa Rica in June with two of my good friends, Diana and Cesar.  The tunes are from all over Latin America and the Spanish-speaking diaspora.  I included a band based in Portland, Y La Bamba.  Honestly, they’re one of my fav bands, and it totally makes sense that they’re based in Portland because their sound is so relaxed & effortless, yet incredibly funky.  For a good English song of theirs, try November.

Anyway, if you don’t know, I’ll be returning to Mastatal, Costa Rica for the third time to work on a bird preservation documentary.  Diana, Cesar, and I have all been to the community of Mastatal twice before through UCI’s Costa Rica Program, and we have the immense privilege to return and work with Marcos, the founder & owner of Finca Siempre Verde.  Once created, the film will be donated to La Cangreja National Park & given to the local primary and secondary schools as an educational resource.  We’re incredibly excited, nervous, and super ready to return to Mastatal and the community that has welcomed us so warmly time and again.

Learning a language is incredibly difficult, and I’m super grateful to my pals, Diana & Cesar, because they will have to be amazingly patient with me as I practice my Spanish in Costa Rica!  Even though I don’t have a lot of time to brush up on my Spanish, I’m confident I’ll get by…maybe.

If you have any favorite Spanish songs, please recommend them!  I’m open to all genres, but if you have any indie/pop/jazzy vibes, that would be tremendous.

pura vida y muchas gracias mi amig@s,


Happy TunesDay: Collection 21

Traveling makes me feel uneasy.  I always think I’ll forget something–often times I do.  I never think I’m prepared enough for whatever circumstances may arise.  What if I did need that extra pair of socks?  Or maybe I’ll need a hat, despite the fact that I wear hats a whopping three out of three hundred and sixty five days of the year.

But, the truth is, no matter how much we over prepare or try to think of every possible circumstance we may encounter, no one is ever 100% aware of what’s to come.  Sometimes we just have to walk into the abyss that is the unknown and believe that we are capable and strong enough to figure out life as it comes.

Even as I type this, I’m slightly skeptical of my real life problem-solving skills when in places I’m unfamiliar with.  However, this week’s TunesDay set brings me peace of mind and will help me on my travels.  Hopefully it does the same for you too.


Background abstract image comes from Brenna Giessen + Design Love Fest.


Happy TunesDay: Collection 15

Sometimes, I just want to slink away, pack a few things, and lay out under the stars in a place where I can actually see the stars, not lights from too many cars and streetlamps.

I want to drink crap coffee from a thermos and cozy up next to a campfire, be wrapped in a flannel shirt and sweatpants.

I guess I should learn how to start my own fire sans lighter first.  But, I’ll figure it out later.  No time this week!

I take the GREs tomorrow (cue gasps and mandatory wishes of luck) and I’m utterly terrified, but need to find some way to keep my resting heart rate at a relatively healthy level.

This week’s set of tunes is an alternative, indie, folksy getaway from the stresses of our everyday.  There’s some non-English surprises in the mix, so let me know how you feel about it!

Wherever you are or whatever you have on your plate this week, take some time to try and relax.  I’ll be drinking lots of coffee and pretending my apartment’s scented candles are a campfire until this week passes.

Lots of love to you all,


*Special thanks to Design Love Fest for the whimsical campfire collection background*