By Shereen Masoud-Jointe, Senior Account Executive (Europe)
As all good things must, our seven-month long jam sesh we lovingly refer to as HA JAMZ has come to an end. We’ve seen a lot of ups and downs during this time — as CEO Lou Hoffman has said, it’s been a “weird year” (to put it mildly). But through it all, we’ve had the JAMZ.
Thank you for following along! I hope it’s brought a little sparkle to your days — and who knows, maybe our global selections have broadened your musical palette.
As a final treat, please enjoy these last two tracks carefully selected by Hoffmanites, as well as an extra bonus from yours truly.
144. Top of the World — The Carpenters
145. PUMA — Tomorrow x Together
146. BONUS: Onederful — Armani White
HA-SJ Account Executive Alex Diaz recounts fond childhood memories with her grandma listening to “Top of the World” by The Carpenters:
This is one of those songs that brings me so much joy and takes me right back to my grandparents’ house as a kid. Growing up, my brother Zack and I were very close to our grandparents, especially grandma. She took care of us almost every day after school, and as most grandparents do, she spoiled us rotten! Top of the World, Beat Me to the Punch by Mary Wells and Volver Volver by Vicente Fernandez are just a few of the many songs that remind me of her and can instantly transport me back to being six years old and spinning around her kitchen.
Top of the World was one of her favorites and Zack and I clung to this song as kids. It was definitely one of our most requested songs by a long shot. This song was one of the many that would make her say “aww” within the first few notes, and she would start singing along. She used to say that this song represented how she felt about being a grandma to us and how her love for us put her on the top of the world.
In 2012, right before my junior year of high school, my grandma passed away pretty unexpectedly at the young age of 66, and to say that my brother and I took it hard would be an understatement. Top of the World is just one of those songs that put a little extra pep in my step and make me grateful for all the time I did have with her. I love how this song reminds me of her and the way she would squeeze us as she’d sing, “it’s the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around, your love’s put me at the top of the world.” This is now one of the songs that makes me say “aww” when I hear it.
Of course, you can always return to our Spotify playlist if you ever need a boost!