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: 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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Top 10 Albums of 2018 🎉

Looking back on this year’s greatest musical triumphs…

Recently, a friend of mine said that 2018 wasn’t that great of a year for music and I’m gonna have to respectfully disagree.

This year has been almost as good as 2015 was for music. That was the year we were blessed with To Pimp a Butterfly and Currents and Teens of Style and I Love You Honeybear and DS2. This year was full of rather unique additions to the musical canon and to many artists’ discographies. Without boring anyone with a list longer than their battery life, I’ll divulge into my top ten and defend my picks in the hopes that I can persuade you to hear them out:

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