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A Rhode Island Playlist

Music can transport you. Reggae takes you away from your cubicle to a sunny beach in the Caribbean, daiquiri  in hand and shades on. Any Usher song (but probably “Yeah!” specifically) transports you to middle school dances and those bedazzled jeans you swear you never wore. Ahem.

This got us thinking, what would Rhode Island sound like in music? What playlist could convincingly transport someone (wherever they are) back to the Ocean State?

We created an (admittedly cheesy) playlist that we think will do just that.

  1. “Twenty Miles” by Deer Tick: Not only is Deer Tick from Rhode Island, but the name of the song is also essentially how long our state is from east to west.
  2. “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix wasn’t from Rhode Island, but he did perform his first ever electric performance at the Newport Pop Festival in 1969.
  3. “Once in a Lifetime” by the Talking Heads: The members of the Talking Heads went to RISD. We also think the lyrics, “same as it ever was” perfectly describes the state.
  4. “Little More Time” by Zox: Zox went to Brown, and we’re sure you’ve seen their signature logo stuck on telephone poles throughout the state.
  5. “Stay” by Lisa Loeb and the Nine Stories: Loeb went to Brown (we seem to produce a lot of smart musicians) and “stay” is what we hope you do when you discover how awesome our state is.
  6. “Blister in the Sun” by the Violent Femmes: The Violent Femmes performed at the Newport Folk Festival. Also, RI is the Ocean State and as such we have lots of beaches, which means lots of sun, which means (this might be a bit of a stretch here) that you should be careful not to expose any blisters you may have to the sun. Sorry for the visual.
  7. “Sexual Healing-Kygo Remix” by Marvin Gaye, Kygo: We swear there is a completely PG reason this is on the list: Marvin Gaye’s wife, Jan Gaye, lives in Rhode Island. Plus, it’s just such a great song. Electronic music whiz Kygo spiffs it up with some beachy tropical beats that bring us to our next song…
  8. “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys: You can’t drive to one of RI’s assorted beaches without blasting this song and pretending you are in a VW van with a surfboard strapped to the roof.
  9. “Providence, RI” by Nickel Eye: If you don’t know why this is on the list, well…
  10. “The Last Resort” by Eagles: This gem paints a sulky but gorgeous visual of Providence: “She came from Providence, the one in Rhode Island, Where the old world shadows hang heavy in the air.” Pure poetry.
  11. “Una casa Portuguesa” by Amalia Rodrigues: Rhode Island has a thriving population of Portuguese descent, so listening to this song is a great way to prep should you find yourself about to enter a “Portuguese house.”
  12. “A Primera Vista” by Chico Cesar: This is another song in Portuguese, but hails from Brazil. We like it because it means “At first sight” and will remind you of the time when you first drove your car across the border and saw lil’ Rhody (So romantic, we know).
  13. “Snow (Hey Oh)” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: A reminder of the cold, snowy winters you left behind when you left RI…

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