“Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers

I have made a Spotify playlist over the past few months called “Dignity”.  You can probably guess a few reasons someone might need to make themselves a physical manifestation of dignity, and one of those reasons is probably the reason for the creation of this playlist.

It is a playlist that has evolved over the past two months to the point where the tracks have evolved into other feelings (you can see the mood evolve as the numbers in the date column ascend). I still listen to it, and it comes in handy to process thoughts.

I like all of the songs on the playlist, as I did make the playlist. However one of the stand outs is this one that Tommy, who recently shared a guest post with me, recommended.

This track will sound super peaceful upon first listen, but it is a gentle veil over a burn. As Tommy informed me, this a diss track about the gross and abusive Ryan Adams.

I have emotional motion sickness,
Somebody roll the windows down,
There are no words in the English language,
I could scream to drown you out.
While the dignity returns, I spin this one as a reminder to keep it.

Esteemed Bass + Jazz Rap Playlists

Boost your mood with some non-EDM bass.

I recently read a study that found bass heavy music boosts feelings of empowerment and confidence. The study data is likely over 6 years old, and there may be updated research on the topic (feel free to share in the comments if there is).

I think when most younger people hear “bass heavy”, they think of EDM music. If, like me, EDM is not your cup of tea,  have made a playlist and found a Spotify playlist that offer some bass alternatives.

ESTEEMED BASS (by yours truly)

This is a multi genre playlist with songs from Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Pink Floyd, Primus, Labi Siffre and many others.

JAZZ RAP (by Spotify)

Spotify has some excellent compilation playlists. I did not know jazz rap was an actual genre (I’m honestly surprised the name is both so on the nose and also sort of a catch all for any hip hop that has jazz in the background? I’m still sorting it out), but to me, every artist and song in this genre is excellent. Most of the artists and songs were big in the 80s-90s (Digable Planets, The Pharcyde, A Tribe Called Quest, and others), but there are a fewer newer artists (most notably one of my favorite gemini men Kendrick Lamar, MF DOOM, and Anderson. Paak).

This is my favorite song from that list:

The track is a stunner, and the backstory makes it even more interesting.

So, I’m not sure where any of you are at in your life, but if you need a boost, hit dat bass.

Forever Avril 14th: A Friend to the Sleepless

Sticking to what I like and know….x21.

On May 30, 2016, I couldn’t sleep. That evening, I proceeded to make a playlist I called “Forever Avril 14th” because– surprise– it consisted of Aphex Twin’sAvril 14th”  all of 21 times in a row. So the playlist didn’t last “forever”, but it was long enough that it would play through until I– usually– fell asleep.

The song is warm and peaceful. Tender and vulnerable. Bittersweet, just like the time period when I first heard the song.

I’ve added to the list over time and will continue to do so with songs that have the same feel.

foreveravril14

I have developed a fear or dread of getting in bed/going to bed lately. It’s a fresh hell that I can’t explain. Sometimes the small, familiar comforts, like an old teddy or blanket, are the solution.

Goodnight? Yes, goodnight.

Spotify Wrapped 2019 + Decade

While I’ve avoided the crippling seasonal depression of 2018 thus far, I have experienced crippling writer’s block at the end of 2019. I will hopefully be back at it mid to late month.

My Spotify Wrapped 2019 + Decade is after the jump.

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Incomplete: SAD

Seasonal depression get you down? Me too. That’s why I never finished this playlist I started about seasonal affective disorder.

On November 8, 2018, four days after daylight saving time ended here in most of the United States, I began a Spotify playlist called SAD. The purpose of the playlist was to open up a discussion about music and seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D.). I got three songs on the list before I dropped out.

Ironically but predictably, my playlist, my blog, and myself fell victim to S.A.D., and my last post was almost 8 months ago. I am here to pick up where we left off.

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From the Vault: “Makin’ Graphs”

A Work Playlist

Once upon a time, I had to run a lot of stats and make a lot of graphs, and it was very tedious and boring. Annnnd I was like “HEY, KILL ME!”. I made a special playlist for that occasion called “Makin’ Graphs”.
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