07.16 magic // a playlist for wonder + awe

Magic. It’s a word I love. One that conjures up images of beauty, mystery, wonder and awe. 

And I think it’s the perfect focus for the month of July. A month that we all tend to slow down, or change gears, whether we are in the midst of summer or winter. 

I somehow feel that this July is one big, long pause. Like a deep breath of fresh air. We may be snuggling under the blankets at home as winter surrounds us, or feeling as if we’ve been set free to wander and frolic about in our bare feet in the height of the summer sun. Wherever we are, and whatever we are doing, though, I think we need this month. We need this shift + break.We need the relaxation + free-spiritedness. 

The first six months of the year are complete. And a lot has happened, much has changed. The rest of the year lays out in front of us. An unknown mystery. So all we have is right now. This month. This day. This moment. 

And no matter what we do, or where we are this month, be it active or restful, at home or far away, July offers us ample opportunities to pause. 

And to live in the midst of magic… allowing ourselves to be mindful and present

It’s time to leave behind our regular routines and to fully exist in the mystical, dreamy, glowing, twinkling moments that come our way. 

Living a magical life, for me, is simply living a life where I embrace the awe of the moment. It is being completely at rest and at peace with not understanding, and yet completely appreciating, all that is happening. It is feeling overwhelmed and grateful by what is happening right here, right now. 

Magical living is mindful, mystical, cosmic living. 

It is seeing and appreciating and getting wrapped up in the moment. Like being swept off your feet. Like feeling goosebumps all over your body. Like breathing deeply and knowing that this moment is special.

It is believing and trusting that which we cannot see, and yet, knowing that something meaningful is present. 

It is living a life in which the most ordinary things become extraordinary, where every person and every moment is sacred. 

So, to celebrate all of the magic in our lives, I’ve made an epic playlist. It is looooooong, my friends. And it is filled with music that is inspired by those things that are the most magical for me: nature, family, home, spirit, and travel. 

It’s a gathering of music that encourages me to sit quietly + reflect, but it is also music that makes me go crazy + dance. It’s a celebration of summer, of life, and of the desire to live wild + free. 

To get the playlist, just click on the photo above, and subscribe to the playlist on Spotify. If you don’t have Spotify, then you can create your own playlist by using the list of titles + artists below. I do hope you enjoy it! 

Here’s to wishing you a laid back, restful, adventurous, magical July, wild ones. Take a deep breath + just let it all be. Magic is swirling all about you. 

 xoxo. liz


In The Blue Hours Of Morning – The Oh Hellos

Dreamt of a Wave – Mirel Wagner

The Big Ocean – Ben Sollee

Blue Ridge Mountain – Hurray For The Riff Raff

Compass – Sierra Hull

Heartbeats – José González

Smoky Mountain Relapse – Blessed Feathers

The Lake – Fish & Bird

Summertime – The Head and the Heart

The American Dream – The White Buffalo

Howlin’ At The Moon – Sam Bush

100 Round The Bends – Missy Higgins

The Moon Song – Live – Karen O

Oak Tree – Mirel Wagner

This Is The Life – Amy Macdonald

Summer Vibe – Walk Off the Earth

Home We’ll Go – Walk Off the Earth

Old Ties and Companions – Mandolin Orange

What Does It Mean to Travel – Mary Chapin Carpenter

Ancient Sea – Elephant Revival

Never Come Back Again – Austin Plaine

Porch Light – Aoife O’Donovan

You Are Made of Stars – I Am The Sky

Hayloft – Nickel Creek

Don’t Let It Get You Down – Johnnyswim

Right Time – Nikki Lane

For A Better Day – Avicii

Flowers of Love – Pieta Brown

Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men

Ain’t No Man – The Avett Brothers

Dark Road – Sarah Jarosz

Woodstock – Heather Maloney, Darlingside

New York – The Milk Carton Kids

Dearly Departed – Shakey Graves, Esmé Patterson

Somewhere Over the Atlantic – Joy Kills Sorrow

King of the World – First Aid Kit

Trees – The Oh Hellos

If It Takes a Lifetime – Jason Isbell

I Don’t Wanna Go to Work – Lissie

Peace Tonight – Elephant Revival

Perfect Day – Lou Reed

All We Ever Knew – The Head and the Heart

Perfect Day – Shovels & Rope, Preservation Hall Jazz Band

The Longest Day – Megafaun

For the Summer – Ray LaMontagne

Destination – Nickel Creek

You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne

Luckiest Man – The Wood Brothers

Morning Song – The Avett Brothers

Feel Free – Bearfoot

No Shortcuts – Heather Maloney, Darlingside

Fireflies – Colin & Caroline

The Devil Is All Around – Shovels & Rope

I Must Be In A Good Place Now – Bobby Charles

Good Feeling – Flo Rida

Wildflower Honey – The Stray Birds

Come On Home – honeyhoney

Stay Gold – First Aid Kit

The Unclouded Day – from Sons of Anarchy – Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers

Hey Brother – Avicii

Hello My Old Heart – The Oh Hellos

NYC – Brolin

The Tide – The Lonely Heartstring Band

Emmylou – First Aid Kit

Ring Around The Moon – Elephant Revival

Silver Light – Trampled By Turtles

Brave World – Bowerbirds

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Roma di Luna

Midnight Sun – The Pines

Long Hot Summer Days – Sara Watkins

Carolina – Jason Harrod

Fire By Night – Josh Garrels

Killing Me Softly with His Song – Fugees

Open Ended Life – The Avett Brothers

Orion’s Waltz – Milkdrive

California – The Lil Smokies

Old Magic – Mariee Sioux

Waiting Around To Die – The Be Good Tanyas

Shine a Different Way – Patty Griffin

Kick Drum Heart – The Avett Brothers

Old Pine – Ben Howard

Gypsy (Early Version) – Fleetwood Mac

Morningside – Dana Sipos

Same Ol’ River – Sam Bush

Wild Animals – Trampled By Turtles

Living The Mystery – Paul Brady

In The During Of A Moment – The Lowest Pair

Hotel California – Eagles

The Sound Of White – Missy Higgins

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