Jensen Family Reunion

You can totally see my underwear here.

Today, I slap on sunglasses and sunscreen, pack up my guitar, and load up my car with instruments and cold beverages. Today, I’m going to a family reunion.

I think that on a whole, we tend to underestimate our families. It’s easier to categorize them as weird, intolerable freaks who don’t pick up the right kind of milk at the grocery store, or insist on wearing fuzzy pink socks, or struggle to tame the video camera and end up filming the ballet recital with a partially obscured view of a balding head.

But at least once a year, families get together to make awkward conversation about the jailbird cousin, the tipsy, handsy aunt, or the cuddly new addition. Depending on your nationality, a traditional food is served, be it hamburgers, tapas, potato salad, tacos, or sticky rice.

These two songs make me think of family reunions; big and boisterous, they fill the room with the sound of happy people making music.

MP3: Sleepy TigersHer Space Holiday from Xoxo, Panda And The New Kid Revival (2008)

MP3: Let’s Go DownFamily of the Year from Songbook (2009)

So go out and tell your family that you love them, because once they’re gone, there’ll be far less people around to put up with your antics.


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Katie has featured Family of the Year before in her One Last Look playlist.  But I loved this song, Chugjug, that she played on her radio show.  It’s adorable, and I’m a sucker for choral singing in a song, as well as any song about love.  If you like Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros you will probably enjoy Chugjug. It’s not as punchy of a song as Home, but the lyrics are sweet and remind me of a love letter/story that was written into a song.

Chugjug Family of the Year

all the trees and the dead leaves
it must be fall-ing in love with you

One Last Look (MBF Playlist)

With the fall weather we’ve been having here in Canada, it’s hard to remember what summer really felt like. I hope these songs will help conjure you back the grains of the beach, the best shady spot under your tree, the folds of your picnic blanket, and the sweaty leather of your bike seat as you pedal to the convenience store for penny candy and slushies. Take one last look at summer 2010.

Track Listing
01 Pursuit of Happiness (Kid CuDi Cover) - Barbara
02 Dull to Pause - Junior Boys
03 Runnin' (Philippians RMX) - The Pharcyde
04 Soldier On (Big City Love Affair RMX) - The Temper Trap
05 Janglin' (RAC RMX) - Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
06 Boy (RAC RMX) - Ra Ra Riot
07 I Like Rain (Jean Paul Sartre Experience) - Lali Puna
08 Master of None - Young Rival
09 Fireplace - Lost in the Trees
10 Snowflake Eel Wish - Candy Claws
11 Guaranteed - Eddie Vedder
12 Crooked Legs - The Acorn 
13 Summer Special - Land of Talk
14 Summer Girl - Family of the Year
15 Gleam Leaf Green - Mean Wind

*Formatting: Sasha-style