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ROSE ATKINSON - Character Playlist

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For whatever reason, I knew Rose’s playlist was going to be all about blues rock and upbeat soul from the get-go. Before being afflicted with her ability-induced narcolepsy, Rose was the life of the party. She’s energetic, goofy, and outspoken. A lot of the music on this playlist is stuff she would have listened to growing up - bands that her brother introduced her to and eventually things she discovered through the Pandora playlists she’d put on when cooking. In her current life, I see her turning to this kind of music as a kind of pep talk - something to keep her energy up and keep her focused on being in the present moment. But, at the end of the day, I definitely think of this as Rose's go-to cooking playlist. No matter what she's cooking, she throws her favorite apron on, presses play, and gets down to business. 

1. "Home" - Marc Broussard

  • I clearly have a bit of an obsession with road trips because this is another great road trip tune. But for me this is about Rose’s love of Southern food. When she was a kid, she and her family took a camping trip in the southwest and Rose absolutely fell in love with that part of the country. Her aspirations are not to stay in the city she grew up in and work as a chef in a fancy restaurant - she wants to go to culinary school and then move to Austin or Santa Fe and open up some fun, crazy fusion restaurant where she can blast this kind of music, make chocolate-chili babka, and take breaks to have beers with her patrons.

  • Okay, so that was a bit of a tangent, but this song has that hot-sun in the middle of the desert, pop open a cold one, carefree attitude that I think Rose dreams about embodying one day.

2. "Come Home" - Back Door Slam

  • Back Door Slam is a band from the Isle of Man, which is pretty damn far from the Southern United States. I like how authentically American this band sounds, despite not having that experience - “be doin’ time in the county farm’ should not sound convincing from these Brits and yet, it does. As a Jewish girl from the Northern United States, and therefore not your typical Southern blues rock person, I think Rose would relate.

3. "Jackie & Wilson" - Hozier* 

  • Another non-American who has fully adopted this very American art form. Community is really important to Rose and one of the reasons she loves cooking - she can cook with people, connect with people through her food. While it isn't on her to-do list at the moment, Rose would eventually love to get married and have kids; open a restaurant that becomes a hang-out for her own family and many others.

  • We’ll steal her Lexus, be detectives, ride around picking up clues/We’ll name our children Jackie and Wilson, raise them on rhythm and blues - there’s a fabulous sense of fun adventure in this song. Even though she grew up in an extraordinary family, Rose’s world is pretty small. She’d love to get out there with a girlfriend or wife and have silly adventures.

4. "Blowin' Smoke" - Kacey Musgraves

  • While these lyrics revolve around “I can’t wait to get out of this one-horse town”, it’s pretty upbeat, which fits in with Rose’s romanticization of this kind of life - living in a small, middle of nowhere town and working hard hours at a restaurant. Rose is already doing the latter, though in a medium sized city, but she can’t wait to get out and move somewhere else. Definitely a “grass is greener” type of song.

5. "Valerie" - Amy Winehouse

  • This song is just really great to dance around to and is honestly pretty gay. It just fit Rose. (I know this is technically a cover and not even a romantic song to begin with but it’s always felt pretty wlw to me)

6. "Carolina" - Sara Bareilles

  • While this song fits musically with the first half of the playlist, it doesn’t have the carefree nature of many of those tracks - instead it turns back to the restlessness of “Home”. There’s an under-the-skin drive to this song that speaks to some of Rose’s impatience: I want to go back to work now, I want to go to school now, I want to tell the girl I like that I’m atypical now. Rose is a free spirit, but she also often wants to skip a bunch of steps.

  • Trying to find the morning/Hell I'd settle for the other side/Don't bother counting up the days boy/Numbers gettin' bigger by the minute and I'm so tired

  • NOTE: This song is not on Spotify - I recommend building your own playlist in your music app of choice!

7. "The Blackest Lily" - Corinne Bailey Rae

  • I have it in my mind that Rose saw the music video for “Closer” (off this same album) when she was a preteen and had one of those “oh…” moments. She’s had a crush on Corinne Bailey Rae ever since and has bought every one of her albums.

  • This number has an amazing groove to it - something you can put on in the background without getting distracted from the recipe in front of you.

8. "Come to Mama" - Lady Gaga

  • This was the last song to be added to this playlist - I had the whole thing for months but knew it needed something else. Then I realized that the missing piece was going to come off of Lady Gaga's most recent album. There are so many songs that would fit, but I love the triumphant feeling of this.

  • Come to mama/tell me who hurt ya/there's gonna be no future/if we don't figure this out - I love how pragmatic the lyrics are. Rose is someone who will see a problem and not back down, even when it's tough.

9. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" - Paolo Nutini

  • This song is just perfect for a cook-out. There's a slow, sexy swagger to it that I adore.

  • NOTE: This song is not on Spotify - I recommend building your own playlist in your music app of choice!

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