I feel like my brain has been in space the last couple of weeks.
It’s hard to stay focused on anything other than all the work we need to be doing for racial justice. There are so many great conversations happening online right now and an ever growing list of important actions we all need to be taking to overhaul the unjust systems we’re living under. I’m trying to keep up as much as possible while also meandering through all the other life stuff I have going on.
Luckily, one thing I have been able to accomplish is making my usual monthly playlist. My playlist themes always revolve around the season and what I’m feeling each month. So obviously, I’m here to present to you: Black Voices Matter—a collection of some of my favorite black artists I’ve been listening to lately.
I was bumping around YouTube the other night and found myself down a rabbit hole watching spooky, witchy, badass music videos from women artists I love. I’m all about this vibe. Anyone got recommendations for other artists I should check out for more?
I made a playlist for springtime. It’s finally starting to warm up. Things are growing. It’s getting nice out. These are good songs to listen to while you go for a walk or lay out in the sun. Soak it up.
After a long stretch of listening to a lot of new music, I’ve been craving my old favorites. So I made this playlist of songs that I loved in high school and college. These are songs that I don’t think I could ever get sick of. They make me feel comforted, nostalgic and peaceful. It’s a good time to do things that make ourselves feel good.
The last two months have been a blur. Let me quickly summarize:
Top three things I read
How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan. This book made me want to do LSD. And if I do, I’ll now feel totally validated that there is a real, science-backed reason to do so.
Thick by Tressie McMillan Cottom. Smart, brutally honest, heartbreaking essays that will change your mind in some way or another.
The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas. An 8-book fantasy series that I flew through in the span of a month. It’s exciting, romantic, and thoughtful. Exactly what I wanted from a series about magic, evil kings, and epic quests.
Top three things I watched
Aniara. A bleak, all the way human answer to what could go wrong in space travel. You won’t be able to stop thinking about it.
Into the Inferno. Werner Herzog makes a documentary about volcanos. It’s exactly what you want it to be.
Billy on the Street. It just brings me so much joy.
Top three things I listened to
(Aside from PUP, because we already talked about that).
Alaskalaska – The Dots. So groovy and not like anything else I’ve heard before.
Elbow – Giants of All Sizes. This album transports me away every time I listen to it.
Velvet Negroni – Neon Brown. Chill and moody jams. The best soundtrack for a night alone at home.