A desperate search for focus

You may have noticed from my growing collection of Spotify playlists that my taste is music is quite varied.

I like music that inspires me in the moment, whatever and whenever it may be.

My “Thanksgiving” list, for example, is full of happy jazz standards, while my “Fall” list is packed with emotional R&B tracks. (I spent much of November numbing myself from the emotional election coverage.)

So this Winter, while my head is in just amount a million places at once—from deadlines overwhelming me to family members stressing me to time that always seems to be escaping me—I am desperately in need of some focus.

To satiate my anxiety, I created a playlist with inspiring songs from just about every genre in my library—experimental hip-hop, R&B, pop, and even some orchestral piano. There may not be a common thread to tie these songs together like my previous lists, but what they lack in similarity, they make up with tenacity.

Good luck coming out of this one without a few melodies stuck in your head.

“Necessity” by Rampa

“Pelican” by Bonobo

“Stay in Love (feat. Sam Sparro)” by Plastic Plates

“I Know A Place” by MUNA

“I Love You Always Forever” by Betty Who

“Hope” by Tim Legend

“Recovery” by Broods

“Stargirl Interlude (feat. Lana Del Rey)” by The Weeknd

“Hey Now – Arty Remix” by London Grammar

“An Ending, a Beginning” by Dustin O’Halloran

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Photo by Justin Gilbert Photography


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