All posts filed under: Music

27 of My Favorite Songs

Tomorrow I turn 27 (yikes!), and since I’ve been doing a birthday post every year since my 24th birthday, I decided I should keep the tradition going strong. In the past I posted 24 Lessons in 24 Years, 25 of My Favorite Things, and 26 Goals for my 26th Year, and this year I’m sharing 27 of my favorite songs. This doesn’t come close to showcasing all of my favorites, but it does cover some of them! ūüôā This list is very random and in no particular order. If we share any favorites let me know in the comment section below. ‚̧ 1.¬†Let Me Roll It¬†– Wings 2. Zodiac Shift¬†– Flying Lotus 3. Riders on the Storm¬†– The Doors 4. I Am Woman¬†– Helen Reddy 5. Femme Fatale – The Velvet Underground & Nico 6. Where I Wanna Be¬†– Shade Sheist 7. Feel it All Around¬†– Washed Out 8. Dock of the Bay¬†– Otis Redding 9. I Follow Rivers – Lykke Li (The Magician Remix) 10. Modern Love¬†– David Bowie 11. Don’t Let Me Be …

Workout Playlist

For the past few months I’ve been exercising somewhat consistently, which has reminded me of the importance of having a quality workout playlist. If the wrong song comes on while I’m at the gym – something slow or sad – it immediately squashes my motivation. I then have to stop what I’m doing to find the right song, and my whole routine is thrown out of whack! I’m being a little dramatic, but a good workout playlist truly is essential. So here¬†are a few songs that I listen to when I’m working out What are you listening to when you exercise? ‚̧

Tommy Wiseau, Vegan Pizza, & Gifs

I really enjoyed putting together this casual¬†newsletter-style post back in June, so I thought I’d do another! Here’s what I’ve been watching, listening to, reading, thinking about, doing, eating, and fawning over. What have you been into lately? WATCHING Not to be dramatic, but I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to watch much TV or go to the movies. As far as television goes I’m currently watching¬†Stranger Things,¬†Transparent, Golden Girls,¬†X-Files,¬†Master of None,¬†and Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’m basically part-way through all of these shows but haven’t been watching consistently. But I did binge¬†the past 10 episodes of¬†I Love You America with Sarah Silverman on Hulu the other night and I LOVE IT — YOU SHOULD WATCH! This past week I saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi and attended the 30th anniversary screening of Die Hard. The movies I plan on FINALLY watching this week include¬†Lady Bird, The Florida Project,¬†and¬†The Disaster Artist,¬†and I’m hoping to see¬†Call Me By Your Name,¬†Lemon,¬†and Lucky¬†soon. Oh can we talk about The Disaster Artist¬†trailer for a …

#RESISTANCE Playlist

With major news breaking every single day, the enormity of the issues that we’re dealing with in the U.S. and abroad can seem insurmountable. In America, I feel as though we’re on the verge of a collective meltdown. Stress and tensions are mounting and the government seems to be doing everything it can to weaken the people. From blocking refugees, to pulling out of the Paris Agreement, and fighting to dismantle our healthcare system – the list goes on and on. Across the globe we’re seeing an uptick in fascism, and it’s our duty to fight it. On the day of the election I listened to a playlist I made in hopes that Hillary Clinton would become our first woman president. That day didn’t arrive, but I’ve continued to make playlists – for the inauguration and the historic Women’s March – to either get me through the day or strengthen my resolve. Today I wanted to share my #RESISTANCE playlist, which is short, but packs a punch. We have to persist, and listening to music …

PLAYLIST: Current Mood

Listed below is a bit of what I’ve been listening to lately – what I’m calling my¬†current mood playlist. Most of it’s old stuff, or songs I’ve been into for years, but some of it’s new to me. Getting a record player (check out¬†Fun with Vinyl) has in many ways¬†reinvigorated¬†my love of music and made it¬†a priority in my life again. In high school I was constantly listening to¬†new bands and artists, going to concerts, and exchanging mix CD’s with my friends. Over the years I’ve lost a bit of that enthusiasm, but I’m trying to get it back. Music is a gift to indulge in and share, so let me know what you’re listening to. What’s on your¬†current mood playlist?

Fun with Vinyl

My boyfriend and I, after years of wanting one, finally invested in a record player. Though¬†I’m guilty of romanticizing records, I can’t help but adore them.¬†Albums are fun and beautiful. Rummaging is an adventure. Listening is an experience. Not only do¬†vinyl records produce a spectacular sound, but they require an¬†active listener. The Spotify experience, for example, is wildly different. I can just put on an artist, algorithmically driven radio station, or expertly curated playlist and listen passively for hours. But with records you’re constantly flipping sides, changing speeds, and pulling the disks¬†out of their sleeves and slipping them back in again. You’re picking¬†dust off the stylus, or wiping smudges from the vinyl grooves. This interaction with the physicality of the record itself is also something I¬†appreciate about vinyl: that it’s¬†tangible. I can hold an album in my hands and examine its cover or the dips that circle its surface. I have to¬†move each¬†record from one spot to another with delicate precision. I clean them often. To actually¬†hold onto the medium from which my music comes …

Beyonc√© & Kendrick Lamar: Politicizing Popular Art

American popular culture, specifically from the mid-60s to mid-70s, was highly politicized, critical, and urgent. Calls to action and societal critiques¬†were common in forms of expression created and disseminated within¬†mainstream youth culture. The sheer abundance and popularity of politicized art meant that both creators and consumers were interested in engaging with immediate problems.¬†The¬†imperative for change was¬†palpable. But this sense of American political urgency seemed to diminish in the 1980s, with the election of President Reagan and the establishment of an overpowering neo-conservative ideology. From the 1980s – 2010s, political expression was still a part of mainstream American pop culture, and is exemplified in the work of¬†N.W.A, Shepard Fairey, Michael Moore, and countless¬†others. My intention is not to discount these works, but to say that I¬†am hopeful that America’s youth will collectively become more political again, with the same urgency that characterized the 60s & 70s. Which brings me to Beyonc√©¬†and Kendrick Lamar. Already this year, we have experienced two particularly powerful political moments in music:¬†Beyonc√©’s release of her music video for¬†“Formation,” and¬†Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy’s performance. …