A ROCKIN' YOGA PLAYLIST WITH PURPOSE
Whether you know me on or off the mat, my love for music is no secret. I adore creating soundscapes for road trips, dinner parties and my yoga classes. This playlist is arguably the most meaningful creation since my wedding day.
A Jenelle Kitto Spotify Playlist
Memories (Top Gun) - Christopher Varela
Time to Move On (Tom Petty cover) - Hi Ho Silver Oh
Killing Me Softly (Spanish Guitar Version) - Spanish Guitar
September Song - Chet Baker
Skinny Love - Bon Iver
Harvest Moon - Neil Young
Free Fallin' - Tom Petty
Rebel Rebel (Tom Petty cover) - Seu Jorge
Hunting Bears - Radiohead
Rocket Man (Elton John cover) - My Morning Jacket
Black Hole Sun (Soundarden cover) - Guitar Tribute Players
Crazy - Patsy Cline
Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
Under the Bridge (Red Hot Chilli Peppers Cover)- Guitar Tribute Players
We'll Meet Again - Jonny Cash
Blackbird - The Beatles
Claire de Lune (Ludwig van Beethoven, Guitar Version) - Silvio Lando
Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd Cover) - Guitar Tribute Players
Silver and Gold - Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
What makes this playlist so special?
It's a tribute!
Music expresses ideas and emotions, through elements of rhythm, melody and harmony. Songs can help us time travel, remembering experiences and people from our past. Sound vibrations move through a room full of people, touching everyone individually, offering a sense of escape and belonging at the same time.
When you hear Bohemian Rhapsody - by Queen what memory or feeling surfaces?
I travel back in time to 1999. I'm touring Europe with my classmates, it's Easter weekend and we are stuck in a big @$$ traffic jam. Mr. Goodman lets my friend Dave King play a mix tape he created for the trip. Bohemian Rhapsody plays and all conversations came to an immediate halt. I bet most of us teens pictured Waynes World while head banging and the chaperones experienced a different blast from the past. Regardless, multiple generations united and we had the most epic, sing-a-long since "wheels on the bus".
MY MUSIC INFLUENCES
There are many songs and artists that invoke nostalgia and connection. I think it's pretty safe to say, our parents were likely the first musical influence in our lives. My mom listened to classic rock on the radio and loves the Rolling Stones and Rod Stewart. My dad didn't really care for music, but to this day still comments about how much he does like Fleetwood Mac. My Aunt made sure The Beatles filled the background of most family dinners. Sinatra will forever remind me of my Uncle. I grew up in the 90's. Mix tapes were created by hitting play when your favourite song came on the radio. The ended up being an nice mix of classic rock, mixed with The Beastie Boys, Sublime, Nirvana, Radiohead, Soundgarden and Tool. After graduation I was introduced to the Clash and Calgary's Punk Rock scene by my cousin's boyfriend. He passed away 13 years ago, and to this day whenever I hear Joe Stummers voice, fond memories of him flood my mind. So it's fair to say, my love for music started out as a byproduct of my upbringing. It has evolved and will continue to do so.
Today, I'm a 36 year old yoga teacher. My students come from all walks of life. The male to female ratio is balanced and I get a mixed bag of business class baby boomers, trendy millennials, hipsters and hippies. Sometimes I teach with no music. There is beauty in silence. My favourite classes howeer, are inspired by, or simply flow with the music. Pleasing multiple generations is tricky, but when I nail it...it's magical.
This FREE FALLIN' YOGA playlist nails it!
The best part about Tom Petty's concert, wasn't the music. It was about 4 generations of fans, in a mountain valley, grooving together.
ASHES, STARDUST AND BLACK HOLE SUNS
As an aging human, it's only natural that some of my elder influences will expire before me. David Bowie's passing in 2016, was the first time I felt emotionally challenged by the death of a rock start since Kurt Cobain when I was a teenager. My husband I and played Ziggy Stardust on vinyl. We told our son about the time we saw Bowie perform live and how he was there too, I was was very pregnant. 1 year later, my favourite male vocalist, Chris Cornell was gone too. We saw him perform only 2 years prior, how could this be? This one was even more painful. A man so tightly woven into the fabric of my generation, gone. A few months later, we lost the beloved Tom Petty. Heartbroken.
I didn't know any of these men personally, yet I found solace in all of their music. I saw Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers perform at Pemberton Festival in 2008. This was one of the most joyful moments in my life. The best part about Tom Petty's concert, wasn't the music. It was about 4 generations of fans, in a mountain valley, grooving together. This #yogaplaylist was initially inspired from the ashes of these creative artists, but it's bigger than that. Every time I play it, different students from different walks of life come up to me after class and connect. Sometimes it's one of the artists that spark a conversation and sometimes it's a song. Sometimes it's that there is an instrumental versions of a song they love, that normally wouldn't fly in a yoga class. Either way, there is another layer of union and community that bring us together.
I began writing this around March 25th...so many weeks ago. The backbone of blog post has always been this particular playlist. Each week, it morphed and just when I was about to share, I was heartbroken again. The tragic Humbolt Broncos Hockey Team Car Crash rippled across our nation. The loss of any life is tragic, but a bus full of young men? I have held my 13 year old, hockey playing son very close since then. School friends are one thing, but team bonds are something else. I am still grieving for the souls we lost. I think about their families, friends and those first responders everyday. I pray that the survivors and everyone affected by this tragedy feel all the love and support behind them.
This playlist started out as a musical tribute. Today, I dedicate it to Hockey teams, garage bands and high school friends. Essentially, any community of like minded misfits who come together and support each other. This one is for you! So play it LOUD. Play it while having dinner with your folks, driving in the car with the kids or having cocktails with friends. #yogateachers I give you 77 minutes of yoga friendly rock and invite you to spread the good vibes too.