I have a thing for Putumayo. Much like a good glass of wine can cure a tough day, so too can Putumayo. Whenever I’ve had a day that has given me a beating, I walk in the door and head straight to the stereo to play one of these records and all is right. The music is upbeat, which certainly helps, but mostly I think it’s that the music transports you to somewhere else.
When I listen to “Music of the Coffeelands“, for example, I’m no longer in Cincinnati; I’m standing in a house by the beach in Costa Rica with the wind blowing through the open windows as I dance around in my flowing dress. You don’t believe me? Try it. It’s like an hour-long vacation for $14.98.
And if that’s not enough for you, the label’s motto is “Guaranteed to Make You Feel Good”. And that, it does.
Having a less than stellar day? Grab whatever suits your fancy in terms of location and prepare to travel.