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San Marcos Coffee Shops as Songs

By Madisen Gummer
Music Journalist

One of the many unique and lovely things about San Marcos are all of its independent coffee shops. They each have their own environment, energy and regulars that make up its niche community. They all also thrive year round (perks of being located in a college town). You can almost encapsulate the auras of each one of these places in a song.

Jo’s Cafe: “Hey Joe” – Jimi Hendrix

This iconic Hendrix song works with this coffee shop on many levels. First and obviously, the name. Whoever Jo is, I would like to thank them for their little cafe. Whoever Joe is, I would like to ask them why they “shot their woman down.” On another level, the baristas here always play the best music, and a lot of it is psych rock from the ‘70s. You can never go wrong with Hendrix to give you motivation to study, or accompany you on a first date. 

Wake the Dead: “Lunar Days” – Clientele

This light and airy song matches this coffee shop’s eclectic and enchanting environment. The mismatched furniture and local artwork creates a coziness that is mirrored in this song. They are open until midnight, which reflects the title of the song, “Lunar Days”- open all day and when the moon is out. Their patio is adorned with lights that twinkle at night and wind chimes that leave you feeling a little more luminous and smiley.

The Coffee Bar: “Lisa Sawyer” – Leon Bridges

This swingy song is clean and classy like this coffee shop’s ambiance. It is simple yet eccentric. The wooden rustic feel mixes with all the green lively plants and embodies the smoothness of Bridges’ voice. The full wall of windows gives a place the best natural lighting to invite you into the time you will spend there, similar to the tone of this song.

Tantra: “20 Feet Tall” – Erica Badu

This coffee shop is named after a Hindu text of mystical nature, which fits right in line with this song. The synths and undulating sounds that carry out through this song heighten its magical quality. Tantra is another eclectic place adorned in local art, which are guaranteed to make you see outside of your perspective, take you to a higher place and make you “20 feet tall.”

Stellar Coffee Co.: “Big Jet Plane” – Angus & Julia Stone

A hit from 2010, this song is something that is more well known but still can be appreciated for its grounding rhythm. The music played here is a little more mainstream, which reflects is modern design and decor. Along the main wall reads “be a good human,” which is a theme reflected in this song. They are both known for simplicity and can provide a good base for your study habits or the start of a playlist.

Featured image by Madisen Gummer.

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