Welcome to the inaugural post of our Lighten Up with Sawyer series! (Cue the band and confetti!) Moving into 2024, we’re launching a series to regularly highlight some of our favorite creations across creative mediums. But as we all know, art of all kinds is a cozy companion for winter nights, so we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to let loose a little early with these Winter Solstice Ruminations.
We could easily fill pages with incredible content from the Sawyer Squad, but in the spirit of being more than an outdoor company we’re also including our team’s own unique tastes. From Lizzy McAlpine’s harmonies to the funky new beats of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, here’s what the team at Sawyer is settling in with this winter.
Trail Beats for the Winter Adventurer
It’s already cold and dark. Why should it also be quiet? These songs will be there for you this winter whether you’re cozying up next to a fire or facing the frigid air in your lungs on a winter adventure.
Northern Attitude (with Hozier) - Noah Kahan
To the Mountains - Lizzy McAlpine
Cola - Arlo Parks
Always Free - Jackie Venson
I Can Change - LCD Soundsystem
Triangular Daisies - Rubblebucket
If I Break It Down - Joslyn & the Sweet Compression
2.02 Killer Year - King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
From the Heart - The Slants
This Must Be the Place - The Talking Heads
Pretty Pimpin - Kurt Vile
Waiting For - rum.gold feat Jamila Woods
Baby Boy - Childish Gambino
Ring in the New Year with These Recipes
Want to add a little extra cheer to your meal planning? Maybe your tummy would appreciate one of the seasonal treats below.
Honorable Mention - Jeff Garmire’s Tic-Tac Soup
Wrap Presents to These Podcasts
Whether you’re looking for laughter, learning, or a good story, podcasts are here to please.
Honorable Mentions - Hiker Trash Radio, Backpacker Radio, Adventure Is Out There Pod, Bush and Banter, Thru-R Podcast
Stories of the Season
As temperatures plunge, reading is an activity that only becomes more enticing. Grab a buddy, a bevvie, and a bookmark and check out any number of these cozy reads below.
Under the Whispering Door - TJ Klune
Pepe Plantasemillas - A bilingual picture book with illustrations by Elexis Padrón and written by Latino Outdoors founder José G. González
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