Road Trip Playlist Summer 2014 Edition

summer 2014 roadtrip playlist

Ready for a Road Trip this summer?? Here’s my latest {family friendly} playlist!

If you’re a fan of American Idol, Nashville, Grey’s Anatomy & Dancing with the Stars, you’ll notice a few familiar tunes.


{if you’re reading this in an email or on a mobile device, find a computer to listen to the Grooveshark player below or click here}.

Summer 2014 by Caroline TeSelle on Grooveshark

Ain’t It Fun :: Paramore
A Sky Full of Stars :: Coldplay
Animals :: Martin Garrix
Where Does the Good Go :: Tegan and Sara {this is my Grey’s Anatomy shout out to Christina & Meredith! Friends that “dance it out” together are “my people”!}
Let it Be Me :: Ray LaMontagne
Feel So Close :: Calvin Harris
Human :: Christina Perri
I Ain’t Leaving Without Your Love :: Nashville Cast feat. Sam Palladio, Chaley Rose & Jonathan Jackson {Season 2 Vol. 2}
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) :: The Proclaimers {every playlist needs a throwback classic & this is perfect for summer road trips!}
All of Me :: John Legend
Joy Parade :: Nashville Cast feat. Lennon & Maisy {Season 2 Vol. 2}

The following are not available on Grooveshark yet:

We Are One :: Jena Irene {American Idol Season 13 Runner Up, but in my mind should have been the winner!}
Love Someone :: Jason Mraz


Dancing with the Stars is the reason the Calvin Harris song made it into this playlist. I wanted to show you the video of Meryl & Maks dancing the tango to this song but embedding the video made my blog all wonky so promise me that you’ll click here to see the video. Take my word for it, you’ll want to watch it! {I’ll wait while you watch it…..see! You want to grab your man and learn the tango, am I right??}

This was the first time for me to watch Dancing with the Stars for the entire season. I wanted to watch Candace Cameron Bure & Danika McKeller but as each episode aired, I was blown away by Amy Purdy! Then every time Meryl Davis & her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced? Goodness gracious! Mesmerizing. The video above was one of my favorites. Who am I kidding? They were all my favorites!

Have any tunes you’re loving right now that you’d add to the Summer 2014 playlist?

Polar Vortex Survival Playlist


Polar Vortex. Chiberia. Winter Storm Hercules, Ion, Maximus & now Nika on the way this week.

Most would agree, this has been a memorable winter.  School is never cancelled here, but this past month, my kids have had 4 “snow” days.  Snow is in quotation marks, because in order for it to actually count as a “snow” day, you have to be able to play in the snow, right?  School was cancelled because of the dangerously low temperatures, not because of snow.  We were confined to stay inside Logan Manor and gaze upon the beautiful snow from the inside of our frosted window panes.

We had fun making blanket forts in the basement, playing Uno Blast, watching a few movies, drinking hot chocolate & of course, listening to music.

Here’s our latest, the Polar Vortex Survival Playlist.  It has a mixture of new & old, making the kids & momma happy.

Happy – Pharrell Williams
Say Something – A Great Big World featuring Christina Aguilera
Riptide – Vance Joy {this is the free single of the week on iTunes until tomorrow}
Pompeii – Bastille
Story of My Life – One Direction
This is What it Feels Like – Armin van Buuren featuring Trevor Guthrie
Unconditionally – Katy Perry
Don’t Stop Believin’ - Journey
Shake it Up – The Cars
We Belong – Pat Benatar
Reflections – MisterWives {this one is new & it isn’t available on grooveshark yet so it’s not in the playlist below – but it has become a favorite!}

{if you’re reading this in an email or on a mobile device, find a computer to listen to the Grooveshark player below or click here}.

31 Days of Love & Hate :: Day 6 ~ Favorite Things


On the weekends during our 31 Days we’ll be lightening the load a bit & having a little fun.  I’ll be sharing four of my Favorite Things.

This week’s Favorite Things revolves around music.

On Day 4 we told you how much we love Reeve & how our family has loved listening to her new CD!  {there’s still time to win a copy!} We love music & we love making playlists that are family friendly.  My iTunes library is full of “favorites” playlists!  And I think our Fall Playlist is one of our best.

fall_2013_playlist2Our family has been enjoying these tunes lately:

1. The Way We Are ~ Kate Boy *
2. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together ~ Jimmy Eat World {video link}
3. House of Gold ~ twenty one pilots *
4. I Need Your Love {feat. Ellie Goulding} ~ Calvin Harris *
5. Boomerang ~ Relient K *
6. My Kind of Love ~ Emile Sandé *
7. Roar ~ Katy Perry *
8. Hey Brother ~ Avicil *
9. Dust to Dust ~ The Civil Wars
10. Who We Are ~ Switchfoot
11. Shine ~ Christa Wells
12. The Ballad of Love & Hate ~ The Avett Brothers*
This ballad could have been written for Greg & I during the year we took a break from dating, except I played the part of Hate & Greg played the part of Love. Yep, you read that right. We barely survived that tumultuous year but here we are, about 21 years later.  God’s grace is undeserving & humbling. Maybe one day we’ll share that story but for now, just listen.

{* in the grooveshark player below}

{This is a series of posts for 31 Days of Love & Hate. To read the other posts, click here.}

31 Days of Love & Hate :: Day 4 ~ Reeve & A Giveaway!


A few times during this 31 day writing journey we are going to share our Love of some Dream Chasers.  Our friend Reeve is a Dream Chaser.  A few weeks ago, her dream that started 9 years ago became a reality when several boxes of her CD were delivered to her house!

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how much our family LOVES Reeve! She has been the topic of many blog posts ~ here, here, here ~ clearly she is important to us!

Today is special because we have the opportunity to tell you about What Love is All About ~ her first record that will be officially released next month. Reeve gave us a copy of the record last week when she was visiting & we immediately popped it & listened to it on repeat for hours that night.

reeve_collage_1The first time I heard Reeve sing was around 4 years ago.  Her voice.  Whoa.  After listening to every song on this record & the lyrics.  Double whoa.  Last week, I heard her sing at The Influence Conference & I had goosebumps On. My. Cheeks! Yep.

Since Greg and I are tag-team writing this month, here’s what he has to say about her 9 year journey that gave birth to this CD {he put to words what the goosebumps on my checks wanted to say if they could talk}:

Reeve is one of those under-the-radar Charlotte artists who writes insanely sweet melodies, then sings them with her purely intoxicating voice.

Reeve’s debut album entitled “What Love is All About” will take you on a emotional journey through some of life’s darkest times, while simultaneously providing beautiful glimpses of hope.

I’ve been listening to it for a week now and it hasn’t yet begun to get boring.  There’s nothing popish about it, and is for anyone with a love for music and introspective lyrics.  It’s refreshing to hear lyrics that have meaning and doesn’t sound manufactured by producers just looking for a hit.

That said, you just have to check out her album and her positively sick vocals….especially Track No. 4.

Guess what? You can win a copy before it’s released!

Reeve has generously donated one of her CDs for one of you!

Just in case you don’t win, make sure you check her blog all month long.  She will be hosting giveaways & telling you about some of her amazing blogging friends that will be hosting giveaways of their own.

reeve_record Follow the directions below to win a FREE copy of What Love is All About! {the giveaway runs thru 10/11 & it’s open to US residents only}.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

What Love is All About by Reeve Coobs will officially be released on November 1st at The Neighborhood Theater in Charlotte, NC and available online November 4th at {if we lived anywhere remotely close to Charlotte, we’d be there. It’s killing us to miss this.  So, go for us & experience the goosebumps on your cheeks & buy the CD!}

{psst…You can pre-order it at until Oct. 30th All pre-order’s will ship out on Oct. 31st!}


{This is a series of posts for 31 Days of Love & Hate. To read the other posts, click here.}

Road Trip Playlist Summer 2013 Edition

joonBefore I share our playlist I wanted to share this exciting news about our friend Reeve

reeveBe sure to visit her website, at the bottom of the page you’ll see a mini-music player. Click the “play” triangle icon & you can listen to a few pre-mastered songs that will be included in her full length record.  I am so excited for her & you are going to LOVE her! Be sure to “Like” her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter so you will know when the record will be released.


Summer road trips are quickly approaching and our family likes to make a road trip playlist of our favorite songs at the time. This time around, I asked for input from each family member.  We have a little bit to please everyone from pop to country to alternative to dance.

Enjoy! And drive safe out there this summer!

  1. Clouds :: Zach Sobiech // A stunningly beautiful song!  Please go here to read more about Zach, his legacy & watch the documentary!
  2. Home :: Phillip Phillips // I know, this was in our Fall 2012 Roadtrip playlist, but we still love it 6 months later.
  3. Daylight :: Maroon 5 // Stone’s pick for the playlist.
  4. I Knew You Were Trouble :: Taylor Swift // Eden’s pick.
  5. Can’t Hold Us (feat. Ray Dalton) :: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis // Tygar’s pick {a catchy PG-13 song, those of you with youngsters listening will have two words to bleep out – or just skip over this one!}
  6. Mirrors :: Justin Timberlake // A JT pick by CT
  7. Below My Feet :: Mumford & Sons // somedays I have this song on repeat.
  8. Wagon Wheel :: Darius Rucker // this is a “roll the windows down” fun harmonizing sing-a-long song.
  9. Just Give Me A Reason (feat. Nate Ruess) :: P!nk // A duet with P!nk & Nate from Fun? Yes, please!
  10. Downtown :: Lady Antebellum // from their new album! Love them!
  11. My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up) :: Fall Out Boy // Gunnar’s pick.
  12. What Would I Do Without You :: Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors // Reeve recommended this album & it’s no big surprise that I immediately fell in love. When Reeve recommends, you listen.
  13. Take On Me :: a-ha // Come on! We need an 80’s classic in this playlist! And our kids are so surprised that we had great music like this when we were kids!
  14. Clarity (feat. Foxes) :: Zedd // Greg’s pick.

{If you are reading this post in an email, click over & you’ll see the music player & you can listen to each song. Also, the music player isn’t mobile device friendly, so find a laptop & take a listen!}

2012 Reflection

reflection of 2012

Words are failing me this morning but I am full of THANKFULNESS for a MEMORABLE 2012 ~ I’ll let an oldie but a goodie speak the words for me today ::

20/20 ~ The O.C. Supertones

Looking ahead to 2013 ~ “…what will I change while my heart’s still beating?”

The Christmas Playlist That Will Never Get Old

A few of you asked if I had a Christmas playlist that I could share with you. I thought about just making a playlist of my two favorite Christmas songs, “O Holy Night” and “Little Drummer Boy” but I would probably be the only one that would listen to that over and over.

Instead, I decided to share our playlist of Christmas music that will never get old. The songs that we love to listen to each year when we decorate the tree, bake cookies, wrap presents, open presents…If you come over to our house during the Christmas season, you’ll hear these songs. Each year we add a few more to the playlist as artists remake our favorite songs. {The new addition this year is “We Three Kings” by Rod Stewart & Mary J. Blige}.

Obviously, there are hundreds of versions of these songs but here’s a collection of some of our favorites ::

Joy to The World :: David Archuleta
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus :: Fanmail ~ I couldn’t find an mp3 available for this song but here’s the link to the entire album.
O Holy Night :: Faith Hill
Silent Night :: Wynonna
Jingle Bells :: Glee Cast Version
Little Drummer Boy :: Josh Groban
The First Noel :: Tony Bennett & Placido Domingo
We Three Kings :: Rod Stewart with Mary J. Blige
Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town :: Bruce Springsteen
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer :: Gene Autry
Holly Jolly Christmas :: Burl Ives
White Christmas :: Bing Crosby
Auld Lang Syne :: Straight No Chaser
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas :: Frank Sinatra
It Must Have Been Ol’ Santa Claus :: Harry Connick, Jr.
Jesus O What a Wonderful Child :: Mariah Carey
Jingle Bell Rock :: Bobby Helms
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree :: Brenda Lee
Blue Christmas :: Elvis Presley
Baby It’s Cold Outside :: Dean Martin with Martina McBride
Feliz Navidad :: José Feliciano
Dominick The Donkey :: Lou Monte {I couldn’t find this song on Grooveshark to include in the playlist but it is a big fav!}

AND I could have included EVERY song on this album ~ Merry Christmas :: Mariah Carey !

What’s your favorite Christmas song? or album?

Road Trip Playlist Fall 2012 Edition


Survival on long road trips for TeSelles requires snacks {we will miss you Twinkies!} and music! Mostly we make a playlist of songs that range from mostly new pop songs to country to alternative to hip hop to…well, you get the idea.  Sometimes the playlist consists of oldies but goodies.  Sometimes we let the kids pick {key word is sometimes!}. We have even have friends makes us playlists of their favorites for our long road trips.

Here’s our latest edition that helped us survive the travels over Thanksgiving:

Champion :: The Chevin ~ has an 80s, U2 vibe
One More Night :: Maroon 5 ~ {the clean version} true confession…I know they may not always have the most redeeming lyrics, but I love their music.
Home :: Phillip Phillips ~ such a good song!
Tongue Tied :: GROUPLOVE ~ a weird start but it’s a catchy driving song
50 Ways to Say Goodbye :: Train ~ hilarious lyrics for a break-up song
It’s Time :: Imagine Dragons ~ one word…mandolin!
Good Time :: Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen ~ the kids love this one
Girl on Fire :: Alicia Keys ~ Tygar’s re-enactment of the chorus is now a classic TeSelle memory
Little Talks :: Of Monsters & Men ~ I’m a sucker for guy/girl duets
Wild One :: Flo Rida ~ every playlist needs a groovy tune to make you car dance!
Just a Fool :: Christina Aguilera & Blake Shelton ~ DUET!
Feel Again :: OneRepublic ~ finger & toe tapping with some woooohs, woooohs!
I Will Wait :: Mumford & Sons ~ no explanation needed
Ho Hey :: The Lumineers ~ mandolin! also, the kids love singing along to this one
Blown Away :: Carrie Underwood ~ love her!

Erin McCarley

One song that wasn’t available on Grooveshark yet, is Amber Waves by Erin McCarley. It was an iTunes Single of the Week free download a few months ago & we love it!  This song is on her latest album, My Stadium Electric, which was released August 28, 2012.

Do you have a favorite road trip song or playlist?

This is Reeve

I have told you about Reeve before.  She is a beautiful friend, inside and out.  And her voice?  Well, I’ll let you experience that for yourself.

This is Reeve.

Listen ::

The result :: goosebumps first, then your eyes fill with tears.  Am I right?  It happens every time I hear her sing.

Then I hit Replay.

Go here for more of her music and her writing.

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