A well-groomed monthly playlist to start your morning right.
We’re big advocates of long, hot showers. A good steam will soothe your muscles, clear your head and soften your stubble before that all-important shave. Of course, for the luxurious fog to work its magic, you have to give it a little time to build. A great soundtrack will make the whole process a more enjoyable and efficient experience.
For March, we’ve put together a collection of vintage ska to start your morning on the upbeat. The hiccuping rhythm will put a bounce in your step before you have to dodge the puddles outside. In the meantime, it’s nothing but island grooves. As the humidity in your shower increases, you might as well be in funky Kingston.
March Shower Sessions
Some highlights of the list: You’ll hear from a Bob Marley so young he’s credited as Robert. He’ll be asking for coffee. (You’ll probably be thinking about the same). Stranger Cole and Ken Boothe will exclaim “What A Day.” You should feel free to say the same. Some ska versions of familiar classics will play. Don’t be afraid to sing along when they do. You know the words: “The Tide is High,” “Satisfaction,” and “Love the One You’re With,” (the last with a killer vocal by the great Phyllis Dillon). The clouds of steam will continue to build as you wash, lather and shave and rinse and repeat and whatnot. The great Dennis Brown will hijack a classic Al Green riff and take you on a “Westbound Train.” Let him.
It’s funny, but you’ll find that you’re starting to feel both more relaxed and more awake. Tension is your enemy. That’s it. Let yourself feel a little tropical. The shower is your sanctuary and there’s no need to get all rushy with things. How can you even think about rushing when you’re listening to a song called “Soul Groover”?
Now, the last song of the list, Laurel Aitken’s seminal version of “Hey Bartender,” may get your mind thinking about tropical drinks (no judgements here), but perhaps it’s best to go back to the words of young Robert Marley: “One cup of coffee before I go….”