Listen: Diners, Drive-ins, and Tunes


Growing up, there was this 1950s-themed burger joint that my friends and I would go to on the weekends. The walls were vibrant pink with this really ugly green thin carpet under the dining section and white and black tiles in the kitchen. There were retro-looking clocks hanging all over the walls and even a booth that was shaped like a Corvette. The place was a run down mess. It felt like that whole place was covered with grease. Oh, and the food was terrible… But for some reason, I absolutely loved that place.

Despite all that ugly decor and the awful food, they had some killer music. Al Green, Etta James, The Temptations, Otis Redding… and as embarrassing as it sounds, being at this restaurant was really the first I ever heard soul music.

In the years to come, soul music became one of my favorite genres. It’s my favorite music to dance to and it’s especially my favorite music to sit and do nothing but listen to.

This past Tuesday, for the first time in a long time, I had time to sit and do nothing but listen to some music. It was late, around 12:30 am and I sat on my porch with a glass of wine, overlooking the street and the other apartment that were all dark inside. These were the songs I wanted to listen to and after putting together this playlist, I swayed and danced with myself for the rest of the night. I hope this playlist makes you do that too.

Xo, KT

- Kerrianne Thomas