To the Year That Felt Like a Decade:

Ten songs that marked my year of feeling, traveling and rambling…

To 2019: the finest line I’ve walked on thus far.

For the year that saw my biggest going-through-the-motions and for the decade that molded me into the tiny self-titled badass I am today, I say thank you.

2019 was the ultimate capstone of a decade that saw my teen years, the journey through middle school, high school, and into university and the working world. It’s ten years of self-discovery, of wading through periods of anxious emotions and feelings towards friends, crushes, the in-between of both, of traveling and living without my family by my side in foreign countries, of discovering what I want for myself and who I care to be seen as by my community and by my city. Ten years of music and artists and concerts that allowed me to unleash whatever, good or bad, was plaguing me in the current moment.

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Playlist Time: Sensitive Music for Sensitive People – A Beach Boys Mixtape

My yearlong obsession with these Californian boys…

Artwork by Sofía Zelaya.

According to Spotify’s yearly recount, I spent 146 hours listening to The Beach Boys in 2019. Their music feels like nothing else to me.

Listening to their complex harmonies has been my coping mechanism during difficult times, as has been reading about their history, full of ups and downs.

And it turns out the world of The Beach Boys is quite the rabbit hole.

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Playlist Time: 80’s Shopping Date 💄

Shopping with the bestie at an 80’s mall? It’s more likely than you think…

Artwork by Emily Sol.

Have you been to the mall recently? And have you noticed the experience is a lot sadder than it was back when you were a tween?

Well, it doesn’t have to be!!! Just imagine you’re a tween again and it’s the 80’s. If you need an extra boost, listen to this playlist I made after watching Stranger Things 3 back in the summer.

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Playlist Time: The Cooking Show

Living the TV chef dream, one smooth jazz tune at a time…

With food being one of life’s biggest pleasures, it’s no wonder why the music we associate with it is always somewhat sensual.

Just watch any cooking show and you’ll hear it: cheesy jazz, salsa and bossanova playing as Nigella Lawson makes her favorite homemade ramen or Giada De Laurentiis shows us how to perfect a decadent lasagna. Food, it appears, turns us on. (And so does Nigella Lawson.)

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Playlist Time: Arya Stark’s “All Men Must Die” Mix

Inspired by the Game of Thrones heroine…

With the finale of Game of Thrones encroaching, there’s the blood-churning anxiety and anticipation that inevitably comes along with it. As the show reaches its eighth and final season, fans are becoming restless; conjuring up endless theories, sharing memes, and reminiscing about their favorite characters (the ones who are alive, anyway.)

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Playlist Time: It’s M’Birthday

It’s my birthday and I’ll post if I want to…

She had a birthday yesterday, she cried
Took off her glasses let her hair down cried
She told them all at work about the day
How it is no one came? 


"Birthday Morning" by The Association

I can’t help it, I just love birthdays.

The colorful balloons, the cake, the gifts, the endless warm greetings from family, friends and acquaintances who you’re usually too awkward and distant around for them to say hello on any other given day. I live for that kind of acknowledgment.

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Playlist Time: 10 Songs That Marked My 2018​

My year of panicking, wandering, and “pickin’ it up”

Folks (or one person reading this),

One of my favorite end-of-year rituals is to reminisce on all the music that accompanied me along these twelve months of being alive. Since the age of 14, I have tracked most of my virtual listening on Last.fm. First through my hefty iPod classic (R.I.P.) and in later years through the wonder that is Spotify, which also crafts end-of-year retrospective playlists for its multitude of users.

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