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Dive Into Stanmore’s Rockin’ Retro Playlist

04/16/2014

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Pause that Beyoncé for a sec and listen up: Catherine Alexander has some music recs for you. The mastermind behind the elegantly earthy jewelry line Stanmore has put together a killer, random-in-a-good-way playlist filled with old stuff—pop and rock from the sixties, seventies, and eighties—that is likely new to you and makes her both nostalgic AND productive. —jane gauger

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“Care of Cell 44” by The Zombies
“This song reminds me of waking up in a cabin in the Poconos on an early summer morning and sitting quietly in a chair on the porch reading. When I hear the first person stir from sleep, I put this song on and quietly make coffee.”

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“Different Drum” by The Stone Poneys
“This makes me think of sitting in the backseat of my friend’s car and staring at the city while we drive over the bridge to The Wooly in Lower Manhattan at 1 AM after deciding that it would be ludicrous to let the night end.”

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“Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” by Looking Glass
“To me, this is driving back to the city from Montauk and feeling both proud of—and unsure about—the oversize cotton visor I had just purchased from a Hamptons sporting-goods store.”

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“I Saw the Light” by Todd Rundgren
“I like to garden to this song for some reason. So, weirdly, Todd Rundgren reminds me of flowers? I think he’d like that.”

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“Right Down the Line” by Gerry Rafferty
“My boyfriend looked at me and said, ‘If we have to have a wedding song, this would be it.’”

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“Never Going Back Again” by Fleetwood Mac
“Reminds me of running on the beach in L.A. with friends late at night. We wanted to jump into the ocean, but for some reason, we thought we’d get arrested if we tried.”

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“Dancehall Days” by Wang Chung
“This reminds me of my friend, Ted. He has a radio show on East Village Radio called Gay Beach, and I can’t listen to this song without thinking of the first time I tuned in.”

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“Higher Love” by Steve Winwood
“The memory for this one—how about every joyous occasion ever experienced by anyone?”

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