Amy Cooknick’s Playlist

Amy Cooknick

When I’m not listening to my one true love, the Beatles, or the other fine examples of classic rock on my iPod, I like to keep my tunes fresh. Some of these are recent finds, but others are favorites from a few years back.

“Christine” Acoustic Sessions | Jackson Rohm

Rohm is a Cleveland native and plays his hometown often in the winter. In the summer, he heats things up at Chautauqua Lake, N.Y. I’ve seen him perform live there at many free concerts in the park, making his acoustic pop/rock the soundtrack to some perfect summers.

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m running just to try and keep up with you

“Shady Esperanto & the Young Hearts” Shady Esperanto & the Young Hearts | Stephen Kellogg & the Sk6ers

I heard this on the radio about a year ago and haven’t heard it anywhere since then. But the fast pace and mouthful of lyrics make it fun to sing along. It’s a great song to just let loose to when you’re in a good mood.

If a man among us has the notion that he’s free/I entreat you to the challenge, stand on up and let’s see

“O Children” Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus | Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Yes, this song was in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” No, I had never heard it before then. I’m sorry. But I love it now. It’s so mellow and powerful at the same time; it creates a lot of strong emotion.

Hey little train we are all jumping on/The train that goes to the Kingdom

“Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’” Shout It Out | Hanson

I hadn’t realized before I heard this song over the summer that Hanson had done anything beyond “MMMBop.” But apparently they’ve grown up since the ‘90s, and I really like the result.

It’s sad to say, but baby everyday/I’ve been thinking ’bout somethin’ other than you

“The Wanderer” Carencro | Marc Broussard

I spent some time in New Orleans in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina. Broussard is a New Orleans native, and it was then I was exposed to his music. His songs all focus on a story, and this is one of my favorites.

I’m a wanderer I have no place or time/I’m just drifting on this lonely road of mine

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