flowershop’s Five On Friday: Theresa Leo

For this week’s Five On Friday, we have a playlist curated by Detroit contributor Theresa Leo. We’re excited to bring her playlist to you.

You can check out her Spotify playlist and insight behind her choices below!

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Desperado — The Eagles
My relationship with music is always grounded in the moments when it resonates with me. I grew up listening to my dad play this song on the piano. Not just every so often… but, like, every day. It’s grown to mean so much more to me over time. Not just because it calls me back to a time when things were simpler, but because each day I appreciate its message more than I did the last. And because I really love my dad. Full circle.

Song For Zula – Phosphorescent
There is so much depth to this song and the arrangement can make almost any moment feel meaningful. The first time I heard it, I was hooked. The second time I really listened to it, it made my heart ache. In this song, Phosphorescent has beautifully personified feelings that I didn’t even know I had – That’s like free therapy.

Hey Mama – Kanye West
I fell in love with Kanye West when I first heard this song in 8th grade. Since then we’ve both grown into much more jaded versions of ourselves, but I still have an appreciation for him that the most negative press could never manipulate. He’s honest. He’s unapologetic. He loves his mom. This song makes me feel good. If you haven’t met Old Kanye yet, please introduce yourself.

Be Your Man – The Black Keys
The Keys are my favorite and this is my favorite Keys song. This is the first song I listened to when I got my first car. That’s really all I have to say about that. It’s groovy and it’s good I’m sure this band is going to go down as one of the greatest of my time.

Falling – Michigander
My good friend Jason Singer released a kick ass record today and this song is on it.

Back in the day, my college roommates and I hosted an acoustic show at our small apartment just off of Michigan State’s campus in East Lansing. We served strawberry wafers and made banana bread. 20-30 people sat around in a circle and listened to a few of friends sing their stories. Jason was one of them.

I had just made the decision to completely flip the table on my plans for the future, just as I was moving into my last year of college. I was struggling with a lot of “Who do you want to be?” questions, and I was halfway through a bottle of wine on a Sunday. When Jason played this song, I cried. Sometimes it still makes me cry, especially when I realize how wonderfully things have come together for myself and Jason’s music since that night.

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