Playlist – Vermont
Verbose as we are, there is no way we can spend the next year constantly
yelling talking to each other. Terrible as it may sound to the ears of an outsider, singing as loudly as possible is a frequent occurrence in The Highland Flinger (THF). We will make a playlist of what we’re slappin’ the air bass to. Each list will contain songs from artists/bands from the state or will allude to the state in some way.
1. Phish – Farmhouse
Phish was formed at the University of Vermont in the 80s and has a huge HUGE following. So much so that Ben & Jerry’s created a flavor for the band, with proceeds benefiting the Lake Champlain Initiative. Phish Food is made with chocolate ice cream crammed with marshmallow, caramel swirls, and tiny fish-shaped fudge. It is the company’s 7th best selling ice cream, a fact we learned while touring the factory in Waterbury, VT.
2. Orange Factory Music featuring Tinashe – Artificial People
Orange Factory is a production company that has worked with top selling musicians including Beyonce and Justin Timberlake to write and remix. The beat of “Artificial People” has earned a spot on my running mix.
3. Morgan Page – The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)
Who knew that Vermont was such a hot bed for dance/house music? While Morgan Page is now based in LA, the DJ/electronic musician/producer grew up in Vermont and was nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for this song.
4. Anaïs Mitchell- Wilderland
So, not to be huge nerds or anything, but with the flutes, drum beats, and breathy Oooohs, we think this song is what the Wilderland section of Middle-earth feels like. Just saying.
5. JD Malone & The Experts – Do What You Can Do
Here’s an interesting story that makes me happy and kind of bums me out at the same time. First, the happy part: JD Malone created the “Do What You Can Do” project in 2011, which took the form of a concert tour with the central theme being “doing what you can do” for the community, your friends, family, etc. to make a difference in their lives. The point was, you don’t have to complete huge tasks for people because the little things count, too. The concerts themselves were designed to solicit donations for local charities. (thedailytimes.com). The sad part is, Malone had to end the project. Though I guess it was for a good reason…he felt it was taking away from his family commitments.
6. Doveman – The Best Thing
When Googleing “the best thing in Vermont”, a list of the best things to do in Vermont were in the search results. Some items from the visitor’s bureau website include Ben & Jerry’s factory tour (check!), Vermont Teddy Bear Company (so it isn’t just a radio commercial!), a covered bridge, and a corn maze. This sounds about right.
7. Gregory Douglass – Ordinary Man (Feat. Grace Potter)
Though born in Vermont, Gregory Douglass went to boarding school at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, where he continued to hone his musical education. During his graduation ceremony, the Headmaster announced that Gregory was the first student he would ever encourage not to go to college, but to pursue music full-time instead (indie-music.com).
8. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Paris (Ooh La La)
Perhaps my favorite song discovery from Vermont is this one from Grace Potter & The Nocturnals. However, Rizzoli & Isles fans (and we know who you are) have already heard this song, as it was used as the promo song for season 2.
9. Neko Case – Nothing To Remember
Billed as an “alternative country singer/songwriter”, Neko Case has achieved mainstream popularity with this song, which was featured on The Hunger Games soundtrack, despite not being in the actual movie. This really confuses me. To the learned Hunger Games reader, the lyrics obviously lend themselves naturally to Katniss – “It’s hard to maintain, it’s hard to get by”, etc. However, it’s not in the movie. So how is it on the soundtrack? I don’t get it. And since you’re wondering, neither of us are ashamed of our strong knowledge of fantasy entertainment.
10. Burnham – Don’t Be Shy
Brothers Alex, Andre, and Forrest Burnham make up this boy band, who could very well be the next reason for a Twitter crash. The boys have toured with the King of Boy Pop, Justin Bieber.
11. Trey Anastasio – Shine
From 2004-2009 Phish broke up, and front man Trey Anastasio worked on his solo career putting out 4 albums during that time, including Shine. As a random observance, his website is www.trey.com, common enough to where he must have been an early adopter of the interweb.
13. Strangefolk – Roads
We have happened upon many strange folk on the road. Not going to lie, Vermont had its fair share. And we’re not talking about free spirited hippies that Vermont is stereotyped for, but some people who just gave us the creeps.
14. The Strangelings – Season of the Witch
We are talking about autumn, right? Great because we’re looking forward to cooler temperatures, leave changes, pumpkins, and dark beers.
15. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – Moonlight In Vermont
Given the few cities in Vermont, the view of celestial objects there are quite spectacular!