The Thrill Is Gone 

A Blues Playlist

This is one of my all-time-favorite playlists. I listen to it when I need to bring my energy to a more even level or if I’m a little bit down. Blues music understands when you are sad but it doesn’t dwell on it or make it worse. 


I’ve had so many conversations with people about music over the years. I didn’t grow up in that super-cool house where the parents played The Rolling Stones or some crazy metal band. My mom really enjoys Train. The first CD I ever bought on my own was Dirty Pop by N’Sync and the first concert I went to was Amy Grant with my Dad (I cried when he put me on the stage.)

My musical interests started a lot later in life, led by the instrumentals I heard in people’s gymnastics routine music that I later realized were tracks to ACTUAL songs. Next thing I knew, I was on KaZaA every night browsing the depths of the song bank finding new-to-me music. I would fall in love, and then file that song away in my mind.

It’s hard to explain the way you feel when you listen to music. I take it in and I absorb it. If it’s a ‘sad’ song, it’s like I hear their pain and rather than interpreted as sadness I learn from it and grow it and I feel more deeply and more profoundly than I did before I listened. I experience what they’re saying in my fingers and elbows and all the other bits, it doesn’t make me sad it makes me grow.

Songs aren’t classified as, “that’s what I listen to when I’m down,” or, “that’s what I listen to what I’m happy.” I won’t stop listening to a good song because it reminds me of someone I once knew that isn’t in my life anymore. NOPE, something about knowing those feelings can be felt so deeply that they lead someone to create something beautiful or can link back to the past like a time capsule makes me way more than content.

That said, this playlist is one of my go-to’s when I’m doing work or need a break from the pop-ness of the radio. My next goal is to own every one of these tracks on vinyl 🙂