I work from home on Fridays, which means I can get a ton of work done while wearing leggings. Since my normal commute takes 364 hours this is a very good deal. It also means I listen to a lot of music during the day without fear of disturbing anyone except for the mouse living in our walls. Brush past the mouse part, it’s not crucial to this post, just provides more insight into my life.
9 times out of 10 my work from home days include a soundtrack of Ben Rector on loop for 8 hours. Now I enjoy country music even though it tries to convince me to drop $400 on cowboy boots that I’ll wear once to a concert. And classic rock brings me back to a simpler time when my dad entertained the neighbors with song from our back deck. And I will happily admit to liking pop because if you don’t dance a little (a lot) to a Lady Gaga hook then you must be dead inside. But Ben Rector’s singer songwriter tunes win Fridays.
So for your reading and listening pleasure, some of Ben’s best work. In no particular order because unlike my parents I don’t play favorites:
When a Heart Breaks – In case you want to sob uncontrollably alone in your living room between emails.
Forever Life That – If you argued with your spouse about laundry earlier that day and you want to feel real badly about yourself.
Crazy – A straight up JAM for suburbanites. A sample lyric: “We got off work and met at Bed, Bath and Beyond. You looked at curtains, I bought a birthday card for mom. We wanted tacos, but the taco truck was gone. Last night was crazy, yeah.”
30,000 Feet – When you feel like being reflective but also want a catchy chorus stuck in your head for the rest of your life.
The Men Who Drive Me Places – For a piece of humble pie and the realization you should tip a lot more.
Brand New – Because he brought his fans to Six Flags instead of making a regular music video for this song and even though roller coasters are torture chambers the big swings are the best and that’s very cool.
The Beat – The beat drops like 14 different times in this song and it’s great every time.
Wildfire – If you are like me and want to like John Mayer’s song by the same name but can’t because it feels disloyal to Taylor Swift and Jennifer Aniston.
So many more too. Check out the album Brand New. Buy it and my kids will get to pick out the good granola bars this week.
After writing this one I feel like I have a promising future as a music critic. Maybe just on the side? Maybe just stick to writing nonsense? Fine. But still go listen to Ben Rector.
With unrealistic dreams that Ben will read this and we’ll become pen pals,
Shop the post because making the good people at Amazon Affiliates say “But Becca, honestly, no one is going to your blog to buy a mousetrap…” is quickly becoming my favorite part of blogging.
P.S. PLEASE after you’ve listened to Ben Rector go check out The Salty Mamas blog. These ladies are way too funny. If you think I’m mildly entertaining, then you will find them hilarious. And super real. I’d very much like to drink margs and eat chips with them if they’d have me.