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Well, it certainly IS Friday. We have this fancy Weekend Survival guide published for you, but much like most Fridays these days, we felt we ALL needed more music.

SO, we rallied some of our team members, BYT IG Live guests, AND a few of our upcoming (Monday, May 18th) International Museum Day Instagram Live takeover participants and asked them what songs are keeping their spirits (at least semi) high right now; the results are below if you are in the mood for music videos, and also ON THIS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST (plus some bonus songs chosen by the #BYThings Instagram followers).

P.S. Consider this an open thread – leave your picks in the comments and we’ll add them to the playlist. Last week’s picks are here.

Lia Seremetis’ Picks:
Manager of Marketing and Partnerships at The Phillips Collection

Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters

I mean, the main lyric of this song is “fetch the bolt cutters, i’ve been in here too long.” Hi, it me. 

The Black Angels – The Sniper

This is my theme song for walking down the street with my mask on trying to feel like a bad bitch (when so much of right now feels like just the opposite). V good for making intense eyes and staring straight ahead with a solid cadence.

TOPS – The Hollow Sound of the Morning Chimes

This song is just hella vibey. On good days, I’ll put this one on, get my coffee going, roll out my yoga mat and start strong. 

Katie Moyer’s  Picks:
Program Specialist at National Air and Space Museum

Frank Ocean – Moon River

Two weeks after #SpaceSongs it’s still all space all the time in my music rotation. I love this cover by Frank Ocean. Oh to be a drifter off to see the world…

Vampire Weekend – Stranger

I didn’t pay much attention to this track when this album came out last year. Now, it has taken on a completely different meaning for me. Things have never been stranger.

Death Cab for Cutie – Grapevine Fires

Ben Gibbard’s performance in Space Songs inspired me to take a trip back through the Death Cab for Cutie catalogue. Tragic but hopeful, this songs has gotten me through MANY a bad day, pre- and during isolation.

Danielle Hahn’s Picks:
Head of Music Programs at National Gallery of Art

The Grateful Dead – Uncle John’s Band

It transports me to better times, when we could commune with our friends, be together, listen to live music. But also, the lyrics are incredibly poignant, 50 years later.

Wesley Della Volla’s Picks:
Founder & Connector of Dots at Meridian Treehouse

Dagny – Somebody

Scandi-pop forever! Long live the new Scandi-pop Princess! Dagny has repeatedly delivered pop anthems that span from the euphoric all consuming energy of love, to overcoming heartache, to pounding rebellious percussion, to channeling the thirst of being stranded at home for 34637367 days, and her latest doesn’t disappoint.

Bright Light Bright Light – Sensation (ft. Jake Shears)

A devoteé of all things 80’s and synth laden, Bright Light Bright Light has held a special place in my musical heart for over a decade now. The perfect blend of queer disco, melancholic-pop, and something so perfectly cheeky. If you like what you hear…check out his Romy & Michele themed Saturday Tea Dance Party at Club Cumming in Manhattan (now virtual for streaming enjoyment!)

Yelle – Je t’aime encore (I still love you)

France’s reigning dance/pop queen returns with a hazy mid-tempo love ballad, full of bight shimmers, delicate vocals, and her signature playfulness. Perfect for warm DC afternoons punctuated with gin rickey’s or prosecco and a warm breeze. Summer is gonna weird DC, but remember we still love you.

Andrew Rondinone’s Picks:
Special Events Coordinator at Smithsonian American Art Museum

On repeat – because don’t we all feel like a bad child?
Nothing gets me more the opening line “Oh, waitin’ on reply? / You gon be waitin’ for a while / ‘ Cause I’m still waitin’ for my nails to dry”

Marissa Rubenstein’s Picks:
Events Director at Brightest Young Things

BAYNK – Down

I have spotify going in the background while I work and this was a track that made me stop whatever email I was sending and pull up spotify to see what was playing. Also the lyrics are A+: Hate the thought of letting go like I always do / Caught me in the undertow like you always do / (Come catch you when you’re sliding)

Apparently I am super behind on this, I sent it to one of my group chats and was immediately told I am 4 years late on this song, but it’s just such a vibey smooth jam and pretty sexy.

G-Eazy – 1942

I only listen to TikTok songs.

Megan Burns’ Picks:
NYC Editor at Brightest Young Things

Tim Atlas – Dizzy

You cannot not dance if this song is on. Like, even if it’s small dancing, the kind where you tap your toes and/or move your head from side to side. (I frequently small dance.)

Serena Isioma – Hard

This track is fire. (The chilled kind of fire, you know what I mean?) Also, “What do I do this for? Why do I move? Why do I dance when I’m feeling low? I am trying so hard…” is basically the quarantine motto.

Lucky Twice – Lucky

I don’t know about anybody else, but my brain is unearthing some bonkers (and, frankly, v. unsolicited) shit during this extended period of alone time. One such example is “Lucky”, a song by now defunct Swedish duo Lucky Twice that I listened to INCESSANTLY my freshman year of college (FOURTEEN YEARS AGO); it randomly popped into my head while I was minding my own goddamn business last week, and it hasn’t left since. That said, it still mildly slaps, so I’ll allow it. (Also, 1. the music video is like, the epitome of Euro early aughts, and 2. wow, unexpected boobs!)

Svetlana Legetic‘s Picks:
Coach Taylor at Brightest Young Things

(All my songs today are about parties, even if they end up being living room ones)

Carly Rae Jepsen – Party of One

Sure this isn’t about quarantine but about reclaiming yourself, but maybe we should ALL be using quarantine to reclaim ourselves?

Kindness – Swinging Party

This is a Replacements cover that is at least 5 years old but it still feels really good and fresh has a nice little forever energy.

Twin Shadow (feat. Haim) – Saturday Night

Sounds like what the best house party at a coolest little house in Echo Park would sound like, if those were allowed to happen.


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