What We’re Listening To: Spirit Animals

Welcome to another installment of What We’re Listening To! This week we decided to bring some tunes based around a theme. Our choice? Spirit animals. Everyone has an animal (or in our cases musicians) that they identify with. You can listen to our selections, as well as playlists from previous weeks on Spotify. Check out our selections for this week below:


“Lay All Your Love on Me”// Abba

  • I’ve always contended that I was born in the wrong decade, and Abba proves why. I am all about Scandinavian disco-pop… and bell bottoms… and people named Bjorn.

“Breakfast in America”// Supertramp

  • When I was little, my parents gave me one of those Little Tykes cassette players that had a connected microphone and their cold cassette collection, amongst them was this gem. I would perform this song in my front yard on top of the giant metal transformer box, which was probably not my brightest idea. I also used to feed blue jays. This fact is irrelevant to the story, but I like to pretend that I would sing Supertramp while feeding blue jays.

“Sway”// Michael Buble

  • Michael Buble is my spirit animal because he is Canadian and sings like Frank Sinatra. I want to put him in my pocket and pull him out so sing for me when I’m having a bad day. He’d be like a Tamigotchi, but with less feces.

“Clothes Off!”// Gym Class Heroes

  • This music video involves furries, so if that isn’t the embodiment of spirit animals, I don’t know what is. Perhaps, this is less about how much I love Travie McCoy and more about how much I want Brendon Urie in a dog suit, or no suit.

Cayla Clarke:

“Fantasy”// Mariah Carey

  • Mariah freakin’ Carey, she’s a legend and probably one of my biggest musical influences. Her album Dreamlover, which features this quintessential 90’s tune, was the first album I ever purchased.  Fun story– As a small child I thought I was Mariah Carey (This delusion has carried over into my twenties, however with different pop stars.), and stood on my family’s dining room table during my mother’s birthday dinner and sang this entire album. Oh, but that’s not all. I couldn’t just sing it once, I had to sing it twice. Somewhere there is a video of this, I can only hope that it never sees the light of day.

“Biology”// Girls Aloud

  • This is more about my love of Chezza (Cheryl Cole), than my love of Girls Aloud. Although Girls Aloud brings the sass, Chezza is truly a class act. From the way she handled her incredibly public divorce from Ashley Cole, her firing from American X Factor, to her insane live shows— She’s always composed and kind, not to mention a great performer. She even survived a life threatening case of Malaria. Cheryl Cole is the ultimate trooper, my hero, and therefore my spirit animal.

Wings“// Little Mix

  • Whenever I’m feeling down I blare this song and I instantly feel better. Also, I was born to be in a girl group, specifically Little Mix. Can I join? Please?

“Pumpkin Soup”// Kate Nash

  • Have you listened to a Kate Nash song? Every single one of them is basically an allegory for my life. Kate Nash and I are the same person, so I guess I’m really my own spirit animal.


“”1+1″// Beyonce

  • I think it’s pretty obvious why she’s my spirit animal.

“Passing By”// Ulrich Schnauss

  • This guy’s music is exactly what I want to hear at all times, it’s right up my alley.

“There Is”// Boxcar Racer

  • Tom Delonge was a huge influence growing up. He’s most definitely a spirit animal.

“Give Me Love”// Ed Sheeran

  • Personally, one of my favorite songwriters right now.


“Karen”// The National

  • Mr. Berninger and I are in it for the long haul. Ever since I became aware of the power his whiskey-soaked, baritone voice holds, I’ve know a strange kind of peace. From waiting on rides in my high school parking lot to walking home alone at two in the morning, he’s been along side me; singing me stories, and making me feel as though the world is saving a place for me (as soon as I get on becoming a real person, that is). I live for his version of the truth- his ability to verbalize feelings and cite experiences. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s extremely witty, and has a great style. As Joan Didion would say, he’s a man who truly “plays as it lays.” I don’t know him from Adam, but consider him family. It’s strange, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

“Beautiful Beat”// Nada Surf

  • While Nada Surf doesn’t strike me as the kind of band to play favorites, Caws definitely earns major points in the “standing out” category. He has one of the friendliest voices I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Indeed, I often liken his singing to a happy-go-lucky golden retriever. Also, he can spin a yarn like it’s nobody’s business. His lyrics  Caws is wise, Caws is kind. It would be an honor just to have the chance to tell him so.

“Park Life”// Blur

  • It’s hard to know where to start with someone as delicious as Damon Albarn. I’ve often called him my muse, and so he is. From hypnotic green eyes to  cozy English vocals, there’s just no getting over this creature! In all seriousness though, he’s a superbly talented Musician. Here, let me just save you some time: http://youtu.be/WAXnqjUfal4. Point proven.

“Blue Jeans”// Lana Del Rey

  • The woman has, dare I say it, has “swagger.” I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of her songs. The way she sings about love and being female, for instance, is so of-the-moment it’s sickening. What’s most important, however, is that her music makes me feel She makes me feel less pathetic about my bottomless feeder tendencies. Plus, I like to think I’m a sassy Nancy Sinatra type at heart, too.
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