Monday, May 31, 2010

My 'I Heart Michigan' Mix

I love Michigan and I can't imagine living in any other state. Yes, it gets cold. But not extremely cold. Yes, it can be humid, but it doesn't generally get past 100 degrees.

We have very few killer tornadoes. We don't get hurricanes, earthquakes or tsunamis.

We have all four seasons. We have grass, trees, cultural institutions, award-winning restaurants and wine. We have National Coney Island, Faygo, Better Made, Garden Fresh, GM, Ford and my fave ice cream - Hudsonville. And the best part - we have lakes upon lakes covering our beautiful state.

Michigan has gotten a bad rap due to our reliance on the auto industry and high unemployment rates. But nowhere is perfect. Michigan is my perfect.

After being on the lake today, I've felt inspired to make a mix for Michigan. For a day on the lake, cruising the shore, tubing/skiing, watching a Michigan sunset - these are some of my fave jams to listen to that remind me of my fair state.

Especially in Michigan - Red Hot Chili Peppers
All Summer Long - Kid Rock
Free - Zac Brown Band
The Life - Kenny Chesney (just imagine Michigan, not Mexico!)
We're Going To Be Friends - The White Stripes
All This Beauty - The Weepies
The Lighthouse's Tale - Nickel Creek
Lucky Man - Montgomery Gentry
One Piece At A Time - Johnny Cash
Boat Drinks - Jimmy Buffet
Northern Michigan - Jill Jack
Half Acre - Hem
Lie In Our Graves - Dave Matthews Band

If this weekend is a barometer for the summer ahead, we're in for a wonderful one. Cheers to the only state where you can use your hand to show where you live!

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