Happy TunesDay: Collection 48

I have a tendency to skip weeks now. Maybe I should make TunesDays an over other week kind of deal this year.

Anyway, hey. Look.  Last week and this week have been nuts.  And I’m not just talking about my personal schedule, but it feels like the world is collapsing in on itself and we’re so frantically trying to hold it together.

I’m trying to find my place in it all.  How should my activism take hold?  What does activism for me even look like?  And I’ve been reading some really great pieces about tangible action items we can all do, but sometimes it just feels hopeless.

The most rational and optimistic part of me says we can persevere–we have for decades, and we’ll continue fighting for equity, in whatever shape or form that might take.  I think for the sake of my own sanity, I have to believe we will survive this.

But, a small, but large enough, part of me thinks, this is it. This is how we end, like the epilogue of a dystopian novel that someone will end up making into a Hollywood blockbuster.

As much as I’d like to believe in progress and the arc of the moral universe bending towards justice, our country has always done its best to hold POC back, and this is just some next-level shit.  I’m hoping that the next couple weeks of digging deep and being actively engaged will help me sort out my own feelings.

Anyway, this week’s playlist is a mix of things.  Listening to these songs have been keeping me afloat in the midst of hearing about friends & family who are terrified and lost.  This fight isn’t over and it’s going to take a lot more than an immigration ban to hold us down. #BanBannon, not Muslims.

Happy TunesDay: Collection 47

This week’s set is a medley of folksy, pop, mixed-up goodness.

I forgot how calming folk and acoustic music can be.  It has been a little while since I actually listened to this kind of music, but it’s been nice to revisit a genre of music that I sort of neglected in the past year.

I find it so interesting to see what types of music we like over the course of our lives.  It’s pretty much a representation of what’s going on in our lives and reflects our outlook.  I’m going to do my best to revisit all the music I’ve loved over the last several years.

Sending you relaxing and introspective vibes,
Christina

Happy TunesDay: Collection 46

Happy TunesDay!

This week’s set is a melding of happy, upbeat, synthpoppy goodness.  Some are new tunes I’ve just stumbled upon and some have been sitting in my “likes” portion of Soundcloud, waiting for their time to shine.  I thought I’d dust some of them off and put them into a little list for your lovely ears!

What are some songs you keep coming back to even if you first heard them years ago?

TunesDay: New Year, New Tunes

You thought I was done, didn’t you?

FEAR NOT.  Because a new year means more new music for your petite lil’ ears.  Or not petite.  I really don’t know how big your ears are or if that dictates whether you hear music more clearly.

I was trying to figure out a theme for the first TunesDay of 2017.  Did I want to go the mellow acoustic route?  Would I rather hear hip R&B beats on a gloomy Tuesday morning?  And then I thought, “well, hey, this is my playlist, I’ll add whatever I please!”  So that’s pretty much what I’m doing.  If you’re not into it…well, there’s always next week.

I hope in 2017, you listen more clearly and give new voices (and new music) a chance.  2016 had some pretty great albums, but I am looking forward to seeing what music fills our hearts and minds in the upcoming year.

What artists are you looking forward to hearing more of?

TunesDay Takeover // Taylor Mar

This month’s TunesDay Takeover is a little different than my typical TunesDay playlists as of late, but maybe it’s time to switch things up a bit.  That’s the joy of having someone else curate a playlist for you, right?

November’s Takeover is headed by none other than my good pal, Taylor (Papi) Mar!  (sidenote, I’ve been known to give my friends random nicknames that they never grow out of).  I met him when I was in the dorms my freshman year of college, and we’ve been friends ever since, bonded by both our taste in music and in weird friends.

I’m digging track 3 by Mura Masa and track 4 by Kream in particular.  There’s some melodious vibes going on down here, so hop aboard and mellow out with me. The world knows we all need it…Do you have a favorite track?  Let me know.

With love and strength,
Christina

Happy TunesDay: Collection 43

Attention, everybody.

It’s November!!

Time really isn’t doing me many favors.  I am simultaneously excited for and dreading the end of 2016.  Partially because although the year is nearing its end and I’m almost done with grad apps, I am no where nearer to knowing what the next 6-7 years of my life will look like.  Just because I finish applications and its accompanying stress-inducing personal statements, doesn’t mean my life path is set out for me.  Will I even get into a good grad program? Will I wilt away and wallow into the comfort of my queen-size bed and personalized quilt?  The latter seems like a pretty decent short-term option.

And today’s TunesDay just happens to coincide with the day of my GREs. Approximately 4 hours of second-guessing my judgment and realizing that I don’t remember any basic math or grammar functions from high school.  It’s sure to be a great time.

Anyway, whenever November rolls around, I get a warm, comfy feeling.  Despite the horrors of my most recent existentialist crisis, November is comforting to me.  Aside from being my birth month, November means crisp Autumn weather and lounge-y scarves, loading up on carbs, and spending much-needed time with family.  Y’all.  I cannot express enough how I long to be nestled along a pillow of mashed potatoes and a barricade of yams, with fatty marshmallows toasting along the top.  It’s the stuff of dreams.

…and now, I have successfully made myself hungry whilst writing.  Annnd, back to last-minute studying!

I hope that this week’s playlist gets you where you need to go.  And for me?
It’s getting me across I-5 North to LA so I can take this silly exam.

Love to you and yours,
Christina

Background image from Pinterest.

Happy TunesDay: Collection 42

The past two days have been mighty glum.  Rain and thunder make me want to curl into a ball and sleep the day away–pretty much the opposite of what I need to be doing this week.

This TunesDay list is my attempt to get my mood back up in tip-top shape so I can be as productive as humanly possible.  It’s a mesh of upbeat, jovial beats, with deceptively melancholy notes mixed in.  What can I say…the gloom of the previous days is still mulling in my bloodstream.

What songs do you listen to in order to boost your productivity? I know some people who listen to instrumentals, but this girl needs lyrics.

Background by Sarah Faucette for Design Love Fest.