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PARCHED AROUND THE WORLD: SUMMER 2021 PLAYLIST

Representing 17 countries across the globe, a summer playlist curated by people around the world, connected through the power and beauty of music.


By Allie Albanese

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“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” ― Plato


When I first had the idea for a community curated playlist I thought to myself, "I really love this idea, but what if it's a giant flop?"


I mean I wanted to do it, but I hemmed and hawed about putting the idea out into the world because I was afraid it might not translate in the way I hoped it would. Music can be so personal, so I was honestly afraid people might think it was a silly idea to mash together a hodgepodge of songs from people who don’t know each other and who might not share the same taste in music.


But let me just tell you how glad I am that I followed my gut to do it because you all not only showed up with enthusiasm, you made this project more fun than I ever imagined it could possibly be! From old friends to new friends, to strangers from around the world that popped in to play along, this project evolved from an idea in my head into something that in a small way now connects people from all across the globe. Which I find to be pretty damn special considering the long, painful, forced period of separation from one another that we have all collectively endured.


Not to mention, in putting this playlist together I enjoyed a full on education in music! I was introduced to so many new artists and new songs, some that made me get up and dance and others that had me crying so hard I couldn’t see straight. Then there were the songs that instantly transported me back to moments in my personal life, and the ones that gave me little clues about people beyond what I know of them on the surface. I didn’t expect for this project to have the emotional impact on me that it did, but the power of music has that way about it, doesn’t it?


When I launched Parched, I did so with the hope and vision of it being a place of community, where people come together over shared interests and passions and where people come together to learn from each other. However, this is my first attempt at actually orchestrating something tangible that’s created by that community, and it has filled my heart with joy to have so many of you show up and choose to be a part of it!


Curated by people in 17 different countries, this playlist is long and it’s amazingly eclectic to say the least! It includes different languages, genres, sounds, and styles, as well as a selection of songs that are currently trending in the USA in order to serve as a bit of a time capsule for this particular time in our lives. Since this was my first attempt at doing something like this and I had no idea how it would go, I didn’t put any parameters around what folks could submit. I just wanted people to share music they loved, be it one song or a whole bunch of songs. And there was surprisingly very little overlap in the songs people chose, which is one of the coolest things most about it. Below is a list of all the people who contributed, where they live, and their song picks. I also added links to everyone’s social pages so that you can connect with new people in different parts of the world if you want to!


Billy Joel once said, “Music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”


For me, this playlist represents exactly that. And I hope you love it as much as I do.



ABBY IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Paradise (feat. Dermot Kennedy) by MEDUZA

‘Til I Find You by Jeremy Loops

Jika by Mi Casa

Give Me Everything by Pittbull, Ne-Yo, Afrojack and Nayer

Wake Me Up by Avicii



ABBEY IN DALLAS, TEXAS – USA

The Melting of the Sun by St. Vincent



ALLIE IN ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA – USA

These Are Days by 10,000 Maniacs

Dance with Me by Orleans

Manhattan by Blossom Dearie

You Are the Sunshine of My Life by Stevie Wonder

Take it Easy by Eagles



AMANDA IN AMSTERDAM, NEW YORK – USA

Me, My Guitar and the Blues by Walter Trout



AMELIA IN OXFORD, NEW ZEALAND

Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band



ANTHONY IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA – USA

Cruisin’ by D’Angelo



BARBARA IN MARIETTA, GEORGIA – USA

Tin Cup Chalice by Jimmy Buffet

Boomerang Love by Jimmy Buffett and Elliot Scheiner

Migration by Jimmy Buffett



BEN IN THESSALONIKI, GREECE

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In by The 5th Dimension



BRANT IN GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN

Stay Forever by Ween

Ripple by Grateful Dead

Delicate Green by Aaron Freeman

Summer by Skinshape

Let Me Down Easy by Gang of Youths



BRIAN IN MONROE, GEORGIA – USA

Guitars and Tiki Bars by Kenny Chesney


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BRIAN IN HAMPDEN, MASSACHUSETTS – USA

Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison



CARA IN MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

9albi Siwak by Bouchra Elm

Thank You for Asking by Foy Vance

Moulay Hmed by D33pSoul

Long Lost by Lord Huron



CARINA IN VANCOUVER, CANADA

Viva la Vida by Coldplay



CESARE IN LUCCA,ITALY

Tu Vuo’ Fa L’Americano by Renato Carosone



CHRISTINA IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA – USA

Look at Miss Ohio by Gillian Welch



CLAIRE IN HOKITIKA, NEW ZEALAND

Strum by AVEM

Yachts – A Man Called Adam Mix by Coco Steel Lovebomb

One Of My Kind – Radio Edit by Rogue Traders and INXS

Estelle by A Man Called Adam



COLLEEN IN VENICE, FLORIDA – USA

Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly & The Family Stone



DUANE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA – USA

Let’s Go Crazy by Prince

Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes

Tainted Love by Soft Cell



ED IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK – USA

Lose Somebody by Kygo and OneRepublic

Bed Head by Manchester Orchestra



ELISABETH IN ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – USA

Bad Ideas by Alle Farben


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ELIZABETH IN ORDU, TURKEY

Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter



ELLIE IN ASTORIA, NEW YORK – USA

Mind Trip by araabMUZIK

No Roots by Alice Merton

I’ll Come Too by James Blake

Nightcall by Kavinsky



ERIC IN SØBORG, DENMARK

Copenhagen Dreaming by Love Shop



EVAN IN ASTORIA, NEW YORK – USA

Feel Like Makin’ Love by Roberta Flack

Lonely Legend by Fantasia



GINA IN MARIETTA, GEORGIA – USA

Island in the Sun by Weezer

Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince



GONZALO IN MADRID, SPAIN

Agua by Jarabe De Palo



JACKIE IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – USA

Physical by Dua Lipa

Telepatía by Kali Uchis



JASON IN BLENHEIM, NEW ZEALAND

Consideration by Reef

The Boys of Summer by Don Henley



JENN IN SURF CITY, NORTH CAROLINA – USA

Come and Get Your Love by Redbone



JESSICA IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK – USA

Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles

Lovely Day by Bill Withers


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JUDE IN GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA

Over the Moon by Bay Ledges



KERRI IN ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – USA

Lovely Day by Bill Withers

Summer by War

Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers Ubiquity

Walking on Sunshine by Katrina & The Waves

Hot Fun in the Summertime by Sly & The Family Stone



KINNY IN WAIRAU VALLEY, NEW ZEALAND

Starry Eyes by L.A.B.

Shoot on You by L.A.B.



LEA IN BENDIGO, AUSTRALIA

Spectrum (Say My Name) – Calvin Harris Remix by Florence + The Machine and Calvin Harris

Euphoria by Loreen

Cool Out by Imagine Dragons

Levitating by Dua Lipa

Freedom! ’90 by George Michael



LINDA IN NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA

Something More by Sam Buckingham



LISA IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK – USA

The Melting of the Sun by St. Vincent

Be Sweet by Japanese Breakfast

Hot N Heavy by Jessie Ware



LIZ IN TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

Solar Power by Lorde



MARIE IN NEW YORK, NEW YORK – USA

Holiday by Madonna



MEGHAN IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – USA

Ugly Heart by G.R.L.

Lovely Day/Good as Hell Mashup by Pomplamoose

Mr. Perfectly Fine by Taylor Swift



MICHAEL IN FAYETTEVILLE, GEORGIA – USA

Talkin’ New York by Bob Dylan

Graves into Gardens by Elevation Worship

Perseverance by Zuby

It is Well with My Soul by David Ramirez

House of A Thousand Guitars by Bruce Springsteen

Selah by Kanye West



MICHELLE IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

Catch & Release by Matt Simons



MONIKA IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – USA

Jerusalema (feat. Nomcebo Zikode) by Master KG



NAT IN WAIRAU VALLEY, NEW ZEALAND

Feel Good by Chet Faker



NEHA IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Heat Waves by Glass Animals