Music to Grade Exams By (Favorite Songs of 2009)
Like most law professors, I’m always trying to think of ways to make exam-grading as tolerable as possible. Right now, for example, I’m in the middle of what I like to call a “grading vacation,” in which I combine the monotony of grading with the fun of a vacation by taking my exams with me to visit my friends on the east coast. By day, I grade while my friends are at work and by night I enjoy catching up old friends.
One other key to maintaining my sanity while reading 150+ essay exams is listening to music. I find the grading season to be great time to listen to some of my favorite albums or to catch up on some of the new music I’ve been meaning to check out. So, in that spirit, I thought I might offer a post for all us who enjoy listening to music while grading to share some of our favorite tracks of the past year so that we can all get some ideas for new artists and songs to check.
I’ll kick things off with my 20 favorite songs of 2009 . All are available either on iTunes or emusic with perhaps one or two exceptions. I’ve included links to youtube videos for the songs where available.
- Ida Maria — Forgive Me
- Yeaysayer — Ambling Alp
- Justin Townes Earle — Someday I’ll be Forgiven for This
- The Avett Brothers — I and Love and You
- P!nk — Please Don’t Leave Me
- Diamond Rings — All Yr Songs
- Clyde Carson (feat. Mistah F.A.B. & Kaz Kyzah) — Smokin’ on Purple
- Bon Iver — Woods
- Parry Gripp — Jackie Johnson
- The Big Pink — Dominos
- Frightened Rabbit — Swim Until You Can’t See Land
- Lightning Dust — I Knew
- Bright Eyes — Papa Was a Rodeo
- Weezer — (If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To
- Neon Indian — Psychic Chasms
- We Were Promised Jetpacks — Quiet Little Voices
- Camera Obscura — Honey in the Sun
- Super Furry Animals — Helium Hearts
- Rye Rye — Bang
- Cut Off Your Hands — Turn Cold
So, what are your favorites? No need to list 20, of course. Comments with even just one or two of the tracks you’ve most enjoyed from the past year are welcome and encouraged.