Jams of the Month | Ed. 8

Processed with VSCO with f2 preset Rest. As a 28-year old in Chicago, it doesn't really seem like that word exists in my vocabulary. 40+ hour work weeks. Drinks with friends. Dates. Writing two blogs. Attempting to get into the habit of working out. Other writing projects outside of the blogs. Networking. Searching for a new apartment. Reading literature other than blogs and cookbooks. Where in God's green earth am I supposed to fit in time to rest in that mess?

Here's the thing. Rest may look differently person to person. The gut reaction response is that rest means sleeping. Or not allowing yourself to be busy. Sure, that could be a form of rest. But what about that extreme extrovert who hates being alone? Couldn't his or her rest look like spending time with friends? Or the athlete training for a marathon. Is it acceptable to consider their runs alone a form of rest? To you or me that may sound horribly exhausting, but if they are able to find rest, mental or physical, in that activity there is not much to be said against it.

Me personally? I love spending time with people. As much as I doubt it at times, I am a very social person. But if you ask me where I find true rest, both mental and physical, it wouldn't be out at the bars. A quiet afternoon spent with a cup of coffee, a little bit of music, and a pen and paper is exactly what I need to recharge.


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Jams of the Month | Ed. 6

Coffee in the morning,
Coffee in the evening,
Coffee at supper time.
When coffee's sitting in front of me,
I'm going to drink coffee anytime!


So here is the unnecessary 411: Tommy loves coffee, in particular, iced coffee. It can be 98 and rising or it can be a balmy 32 and snowing. Either way, I love iced coffee.

During college I would often visit a certain coffee shop, one with green aprons, to get my caffeine fix, to get homework and studying done, to write, to catch up with friends, or simply to relax and let the day pass by. Whether you fully realize it or not, there is always a playlist of music playing in the background. Ambient music to fill any awkward quietness that may arise, not that there is much opportunity for that in a bustling coffee shop.

Most coffee shop playlists that I've come across consist of more indie or folk music. While I enjoy this music from time to time, it is not really my cup of tea. Well, I don't really drink tea, so that in and of itself is a sign that it's just not a right fit. I prefer something a little more electronic. I am not saying that I want to listen to the beat drop on Skrillex's last track, but something other than guitars and ukuleles would be nice.

Below is my idea of a good coffee shop playlist. A nice cover or two. Something with a good beat. And most importantly songs that aren't going to make me fall asleep! Enjoy!


Jams of the Month | Ed. 6
song | artist

Stood Me Up | DWNTWN
Furthermore | Royce Wood Junior
Waiting | Aquilo
This Is Love | Cappa
Cages | Woolf and the Wondershow
No Scrubs (feat. Jon Santana) | Cappa, Jon Santana
If You Leave Me Now | Foxes
Temple - Lenno Remix | Parson James
Coming Home | Sigma, Rita Ora
This Might Hurt | ROMANS
Been There Done That | Etch
In Two Minds | Sunday Night Syndrome
Not Afraid | Basic Tape
Holding On (GITCHII Remix) [feat. Josef Salvat & Niia] | Tourist
We Don't Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez) | Charlie Puth
House On Fire | Sia
Take A Look Around | The 2 Bears Spring
Breeze | DJ Roc
Pale Green Ghost | John Grant
All Eyes on You | St. Lucia