I feel like I’ve been taking a bit of a blog break. Probably for a couple reason. First, I was working on two time-intensive projects at the same time. No extra time to share my favorite recipes or attempts at being interesting. Second, I’ve been in a personal rut. I haven’t really felt like myself in a really long time. I think that makes my creative pursuits suffer a lot. Plus I haven’t really felt like exposing myself to anyone who may stumble along this or have it bookmarked.
We spend so much of our lives curating the person we want others to see, and sometimes it can feel draining. Not to mention when you hit emotional lows and feel like you just can’t really show that to other people. It’s almost like the masks I (we) continually wear have just been exposed revealing far too much to the outside world. This feels way too deep for a measly little post about a playlist I made, but hey what can you do?
While working on a project I was inspired by something I was asked to write which kinda had to deal with how I have been feeling, so I decided to dip my toe back into this blog. And I’ve done so in the best way I know how: music. It’s pretty much been my entire life and I’ve always made playlists as a way to focus my energy or put my emotions elsewhere. It feels like it’s been a hot second since I put together a playlist of everything I’m listening to right now so here it is.
This playlist literally sits in my streaming accounts with me occasionally tossing in songs I listen to a lot. These songs have seen me through long days staring at a computer screen doing data analysis, countless spreadsheets, and far too much keyword planning. Some of the songs have been my gym inspo to keep on fighting when I just can’t run anymore. Not to mention the ones that kept me company late at night when I couldn’t sleep. As always it’s a little hodgepodge of everything that’s been playing through my speakers and headphones for the last month or so.
Perhaps you’ll find something interesting or new to listen to. Something that will be your friend when it feels like everything sucks. I hope to keep updating this blog more frequently. After all, it was started with me trying to figure out life, so when did that ever stop?
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I know monthly around this time I drop the themed mix of my choosing, but October is going to be a little different. Halloween is probably my second favorite holiday because it really combines two of my best qualities: being dead inside and my love of (some) holidays. So it really goes without saying that making my yearly Halloween mix is one of my favorite things to do. A lot of work goes into handcrafting my mixture of horror scores, creepy songs and popular favorites not to mention the search for the ideal creepy image to accompany it. Halloween is fast approaching so that mix will be out in the next week or so (hopefully). I just hope I get to add some of the new Stranger Things soundtrack into this year’s mix since the show’s return coincides with this most frightful time of year.
Since the Halloween mix has yet to reach my high standards (standards no one else cares about), I decided to just throw together a playlist of what I’m listening to a lot right now. This 5th playlist in a series of who knows how many to come features a bunch of new releases and some classic Tom Petty. Of course it had to have some Tom Petty on it because the classic rock station around here played nothing but blocks and blocks of his work after his passing. There are just so many good Tom Petty songs.
Summer is winding down which makes me feel a little low key #blessed. No more looking like a sweaty tomato all the time. No more feeling uncomfortable in my own skin because I can layer upon layer my clothes. But no one wants to hear about that so onto the music. I set out to make another blissful summer playlist, but just didn’t have the heart to finish it. It just never felt right when I would listen back to it. So instead I went with a trusted go to: what I’m listening to right now.
I don’t really have a good theme for this month’s mix/playlist. Sure I could do “spring” but it probably would have ended up with a similar feel anyway (and I’ve done Spring Break). So I’ve just put together a playlist of stuff I’m really into lately. It’s mostly new music (songs or tracks from recently released albums) with a variety of genres.
Some stand out tracks include: Don’t Take the Money by Bleachers which I desperately want to hear in some kind of throwback 1980s teen movie montage, Heatstroke by Calvin Harris which is impossible not to dance to, and Third of May by Fleet Foxes which I’ve been waiting a billion years to hear. I can’t wait for this Fleet Foxes album.
Tracklist and streaming links are below. Enjoy!
Months ago I got asked to curate monthly mixes of things I’m listening to now. I posted them here and there, but I decided to make them set apart from themed mixes. I feel like maybe it’s too much effort for something no one really listens to anyway. I just really like sharing what I’m listening to now even if no one cares. Plus when everyone is mentioning this stuff in a few months it’s incredibly entertaining for me to roll my eyes. It’s the little things in life.
What I’m Listening To features a mix of new music I really like. old favorites I’ve heard recently, and just songs on my radar. While I love theme mixes or mixes curated with a purpose, sometimes it’s just fun to get back to basics. I tried as best as I could to separate the songs by mood/tone. The slower stuff is towards the beginning and the louder stuff towards the end. That way it’s not a shock going from quiet solo singer to a full band. That’s really the only difference and real effort put into this.
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