Spring Cleaning 2022 Playlist

Before we begin this playlist, I just want to note that I had all the songs planned out for this in March 2020 right when the pandemic shut everything down and made life miserable. I held off on posting it until we weren’t all going stir crazy right now, so by the time I went back to the playlist I couldn’t remember my reasoning for a few of the songs on it 😅

Also had planned to do a roller skating playlist this spring but I rolled my ankle on day 11 of re-relearning to roller skate after a 15+ year hiatus. So there went that.

In any case, we are now in almost completely mask-free endemic phase, with spring weather hovering in the high 40s. Not pleased with the amount of freeze warnings still happening but it’s now the perfect time to stay indoors to do some spring cleaning.

Enjoy dancing around the house in cleaning gloves with these jams:

1. Hello (ft. Rejjie Snow), Clairo. Hello spring, but also hello to the pollen and other dust allergens.

2. Sugar Daddy, Qveen Herby. Time to don your favorite outfit for a bougie Qveen Herby-esque cleaning sesh.

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3. Shock Horror (ft. JONES), Shy Luv. For when you’re both shocked and horrified at the amount of grime that accumulated in hard to reach corners over the last year.

4. House of Cards, Radiohead. My favorite song to partner dance with the broom to.

5. LAVA, Still Woozy. For those of you cleaning both before and after the spring break parties like the one in this music video, my heart goes out to you.

6. Aftershock, Summer Heart. You don’t really realize how much dirt you cleaned until the never ending task of rinsing out the reusable Swiffer rag.

7. Fake It, jesse saint john. Fake your desire to clean until you start feeling like you actually want to (or until you’re done cleaning, whichever comes first).

8. Extra Fresh, Birocratic. A beat to help get your space looking extra fresh.

9. Machine, Lemaitre. This one goes out to all the Roombas.

10. Kimono House, Ruby Empress. Looking forward to lounging around in a kimono when the place is finally all cleaned up.

11. Under the Sheets, Ellie Goulding. Don’t forget to put on some fresh sheets to bask your tired body in after cleaning.

12. April, Blowsom. Closing out April groovy and squeaky clean!

Cheers to a clean spring!

Mid-Winter 2022 Waiting Mini Mix

I meant to write this post last week but I was too busy relaxing 😅

While there is still some ice on the ground from the last time it snowed in the Northeast, it looks as though the weather is warming up (save for a few 20°F nights).

I’m so ready for spring. While I wait for the next season to arrive, I’ll be jammin’ out indoors on my roller skates to this mini mix of songs with the theme of longing.

1. Waited 4 U, Slow Magic. Let’s start this period of longing with a somber electronic beat.

2. Every Breath You Take, The Police. Looking forward to not being able to see every breath I take in the form of condensation.

3. Wait a Minute!, Willow Smith. Couldn’t forget this TikTok gem.

4. Waiting for Tonight, Jennifer Lopez. Don’t mind me, just waiting in ’90s nostalgia.

5. Wait for You, Elliott Yamin. “I’ll be waiting…”

6. Blankets, DWNTWN. Ready to trade these heavy winter blankets for some lighter spring linens.

7. I’ve Been Waiting, Dear David. Indeed we all have “been waiting so long.”

8. If You’re Gone, Matchbox Twenty. It’s time to come home, spring.

Spring 2022 better hurry up.

2021’s Best in Music

It’s that time of the year again!

Even though the last two years have been nothing but hell, music got many of us through it all. Let’s pay homage to some of my favorite songs, albums, and artists of 2021:

1. “Surprise Surprise”, Andrew Belle, Nightshade. It is no secret that my obsession with Andrew Belle multiplied tenfold this year.

2. “Oh My God”, Adele, 30. I forgot how versatile her voice truly is.

3. “Need to Know”, Doja Cat, Planet Her. All hail Queen Doja.

4. “Starlight (Taylor’s Version)”, Taylor Swift, Red (Taylor’s Version). I feel like I’m a teenager again hearing these songs.

5. “Abracadabra”, Qveen Herby, Halloqveen. Magic.

6. “New Light”, John Mayer, Sob Rock. A classic.

7. “Feels Right,” Roosevelt, Polydans. Indeed, it does.

8. “Lost Cause”, Aly & AJ, a touch of the beat gets you up on your feet gets you out and then into the sun. Hoping 2022 isn’t a lost cause like the last two years.

9. “Animal”, Kye Kye, Arya. KYE KYE IS BACK!

10. “Die for You (ft. Dominic Fike)”, Justin Bieber, Justice. He’s still got it.

11. “Softly,” Amber Mark, Softly. I need to see her live in concert soon.

12. “Pink Noise”, Laura Mvula, Pink Noise. Issa party!

Have a happy and safe New Year!

Autumn 2021 Bath Time Music Cinema Playlist

I know, I know, I’ve been totally MIA on here save for posts about the podcast. However, I didn’t want autumn to breeze by without treating you all to some sort of playlist.

So, I present to you my favorite music videos to watch while taking a relaxing bath on autumn evenings.

Enjoy my Bath Time Music Cinema!

Vaxxed Girl Summer 2021 Playlist

The weather has FINALLY calmed down to a decent temperature, so I’m taking a break from my hectic life to enjoy it with a Vaxxed Girl Summer playlist!

Yes, I know it’s Independence Day, but sometimes you need something else to celebrate when America isn’t really making you feel proud on its 245th birthday.

Today (and for the rest of this summer) we celebrate the vaxxed, the soon to be vaxxed, and those who are waiting for the vaccine to become available to them. For the latter, hang in there!

Time to jam out with some of my favorite women in music:

1. “Confetti”, Qveen Herby. Setting the scene with some celebratory confetti.

2. “…Ready For It?”, Taylor Swift. Make no mistake, we’ve been ready.

3. “Dye My Hair”, ALMA. Because why the heck not.

4. “Streets,” Doja Cat. “Send your location, come through…”

5. “I Like It (ft. Bad Bunny, J Balvin)”, Cardi B. Issa party en el barrio.

6. “Body”, Meghan Thee Stallion. Dancing in the mirror before heading out with friends like: 💃🏽

7. “Closer to You”, Clairo. Because we can do that now. Coincidentally from the album Immunity.

8. “Follow My Girl”, The Japanese House. For getting through the vax side effects.

9. “Enjoy Your Life”, MARINA. Go do it. It’s an order.

10. “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)”, Beyoncé. All eyes on you this summer.

11. “Goddess”, BANKS. Do not wait for them to crown you. Bestow that upon yourself 😤👑

12. “Get Good (infinitefreefallremix)”, Dirty South. A sweet’lil remix to balance out the hype.

As always, be respectful of places that are still requiring masks! Enjoy the summer!

2020’s Best in Music

Of course my neck would hurt and my head would start to pound on the last day of this God-forsaken year when I’m scheduled to recap the songs, artists and albums that kept us all sane in 2020.

OF COURSE.

Anyway, I’m powering through this with the help of Tylenol and eggnog.

Truly, music is the MVP this year. I’m amazed at how many artists followed through on their releases and then some (looking at you, T-Swizzle).

So without further ado, I present 2020’s Best in Music:

1. “Nydia,” Buscabulla, Regresa. Started out the year with these enchantingly addicting vocals.

2. “Sinner,” Galimatias, Renaissance Boy. This boy better get his behind on tour as soon as its safe to do so again.

3. “Pure / Santiago,” Lido, Peder. This year’s pleasant surprise for sure.

4. “Is It True,” Tame Impala, The Slow Rush. I feel like Tame Impala knew how 2020 was gonna go before it even started.

5. “Midnight Sky,” Miley Cyrus, Plastic Hearts. I can get used to this rock and roll phase.

6. invisible string, Taylor Swift, folklore. Back on that Taylor Swift train.

7. “Mission,” Qveen Herby, EP 9. Eat cake, stream spoopy Qveen.

8. “WATER (ft. Pharrell Williams, Salatiel),” Beyoncé, The Lion King: The Gift (Deluxe Edition). So glad this was re-released with Black is King!

9. “Back Up,” Aluna, Renaissance. AlunaGeorge WHO?!

10. “Easy”, Troye Sivan, In A Dream. So proud of this kid.

11. “Spark It Up,” LEISURE, Side A. Not even a global pandemic can rob this band of their chill.

12. “Supersonic”, Fleurie, Portals (The Deluxe Version). Excited to watch Fleurie continue to grow as an artist.

13. “Oakland (ft. Winnetka Bowling League),” RAC, BOY. Lord knows we all needed this RAC album this year.

14. “Babe Ruth,” COIN, Dreamland. The calm before the chaos.

15. “Dance Again,” Selena Gomez, Rare. “Feels so good” indeed.

See you on the other side 😉🎉

Autumn 2020 Aromas Playlist

Fall weather is finally upon us! In these stressful times, I find nothing more relaxing than inhaling my favorite scents, including lavender and cinnamon.

So, I thought it would be fun to create an autumn playlist inspired by some of the scents of fall. So brew your favorite flavor of coffee or tea and drop some essential oil in your diffuser while chilling to these tunes!

1. Lavender and Velvet, Alina Baraz. To be honest, if Alina Baraz’s voice were a scent, I’d bathe in it.

2. Tea & Poetry, Hello Harry, Thomas Garcia. Autumn is the best time for sipping tea and writing poetry while wrapped up in a cozy blanket.

3. Coffee, Sylvan Esso. “Get up, get down,” and smell the warm coffee.

4. Mint, Qveen Herby. Money mint? Peppermint? I’ll take both, please and thank you.

5. Cinnamon, Hayley Williams. Some spooky vocals from out fave Paramore gal.

6. Almond Eyes, Novaa. Almond eyes, almond nuts, almond milk.

7. Orange Trees, MARINA. Gotta get that vitamin C this fall.

8. Peach, Broods. A tune for when you’re trying to stay peachy and calm.

9. Myrrh, Coubo. A calming instrumental to play with your senses.

10. Ginger Tea, Jarreau Vandal. Polishing off this playlist with some spicy tea.

Happy fall, y’all!

Summer 2020 Mellow Yellow Playlist

Now that all the red, white, and blue is over for a little while, I thought it would be nice to throw a dash of yellow into the mix this summer to mellow out all the craziness going on around us.

Partially inspired by Washed Out’s Mr. Mellow (but more so by my love for the color yellow), I present to you 15 songs to help you continue calmly grooving through whatever comes your way during summer 2020:

1. Hard to Say Goodbye, Washed Out. Well, looks like you won’t have to, because we’re just getting started 😜

2. Yellow Flowers, Goldroom feat. Mereki. Say hello to all the sunflowers and daffodils and black-eyed Susans.

3. Bittersweet, Yellow Claw, Sofia Reyes. Satisfying in more ways than one.

4. Sunlight, Bag Raiders. It’s true. Don’t let anybody tell you differently.

5. Adore You, Harry Styles. NBD, just walking through active flames for an adorable person.

6. Waves (Tame Impala Remix), Miguel. Just ride it.

7. Rico, Wild Front. “Drive all night.”

8. The Other Side, Native Spirit. Let you heart sail through this beat.

9. Genius, LSD. Only a mellowed out genius could do such a thing.

10. Freestyle, Electric Guest. Taking it as it comes.

11. Amarillo, J Balvin. A mellow heart-thumper to pass the time.

12. Cala Banana, Satin Jackets. Chiquita is callin.’

13. Paradisco, Les Loupes. Put on your finest sheer blouse and let the summer breeze embrace you.

14. Night Time TV, Fenec Soler. When it’s midnight and you’re feeling in no way ready for bed.

15. Taste (Moon Boots Remix), Rhye. Play it one. more. time.

 

Stay safe, stay mellow.

Quarantine Diaries: General Feelings + Playlist

I haven’t been outside since Saint Patrick’s Day 2020.

And no, I did not spend my last hours of freedom as one usually would on any other March 17th, drinking Bailey’s Irish Cream and singing old Irish hymns with friends.

Quite the opposite, actually.

After my dentist appointment at 3pm, I went straight back to my parent’s place and prepared for self-isolation.

I debated going back to NYC, but it’s easier for me to practice social distancing out on Long Island. Residences out here are farther apart from each other, there’s not a lot of pedestrian traffic, and, moreover, if you don’t have a car (or a license) you can’t really get too far.

I’m not going to lie, I hate this.

The most I’ve done since March 17th was go out to get the mail, which is like three feet away from the door.

I’m lucky that I can work my full time job from home, but I miss being around my coworkers IRL. Zoom video chatting helps, but the energy isn’t the same.

And frankly, I’m getting tired of answering the door with gloves on and tediously transferring my Seamless delivery food from the restaurant’s tupperware to my parent’s dinnerware, hoping no germs touch the dining room table in the process.

I’ve run out of my favorite lemon ginger tea, and I can’t just waltz over to Target to get more because they’ve sold out.

My lips have started to sting and peel, and my acne is out of control because I’ve been stressing out so much over the uncertainty of this whole pandemic situation.

Anxiety levels. Do they have a limit? If so, my body doesn’t know them.

My muscles are so tense from a combination of slouching in my mom’s office chair, sprawling out in awkward positions on the couch while binge-watching Hulu, and contorting my neck while scrolling through Instagram in bed.

Coronavirus, please escort yourself back to hell where you belong.

I think the only thing that is keeping me ever-so-slightly sane is music. Yesterday, I jammed out to a bunch of my favorite love songs while scrubbing the dandruff (another possible symptom of my anxiousness) out of my hair in the shower and it felt amazing.

So, instead of the spring playlist I was planning to share for today’s blog post, I present to you a quarantine playlist to go along with this first installment of the “Quarantine Diaries.”

These are some of the most recent songs that I can’t stop listening to. Enjoy!

1. Dear God, Phantogram. Praying really hard these days.

2. Attack of Panic, Aly & AJ. “There’s a panic in [all of us]”.

 

3. Breathing, FAVELA. Trying not to forget how to do that.

4. I’m With It, Satin Jackets ft. Metaxas. “We’re going to make it all okay”.

5. Pretty Great, Fickle Friends. Vibe check.

 

6. Sunlight, BLOWSOM. Craving some vitamin D rn.

7. Since You’ve Asked, Birocratic. Essential minimalist jam.

8. New Love (Yummm Remix), From Indian Lakes. A masterpiece, remixed.

9. El Tejano, Lauv ft. Sofía Reyes. A little rendezvous for the stir-crazy.

 

10. Further Up (Na, Na, Na, Na, Na) – IAmChino Remix, Pitbull ft. Static & Ben El. Where my party people at?

11. Used To Like, Neon Trees. For when you’re going to extremes.

12. Circles, Post Malone. An apocalypto romance that is very fitting for these times.

 

13. Hotel, ATTLAS ft. MAYLYN. Shout out to the tourists trapped in hotels during this mess.

14. Any Song, ZICO. Honestly, whatever tunes make you happy, listen to ’em.

Do your part and stay safe during these trying times, folks. STAY HOME.

 

 

 

Winter 2020 Crazy Love Playlist

I decided to wait until Valentine’s Day to post this season’s winter playlist, a list of love-themed songs that I feel have a bit of a crazy vibe to them.

And don’t be fooled—this playlist is not all mush. I’ve thrown in a few songs about heartbreak as well to truly encompass the wide range of emotions that can be brought upon by romance.

Enjoy a crazy, mad journey of love with these 12 tracks.

1. Crazy In Love, Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z. You know I had to start this playlist off with a classic throwback.

2. Damn Baby, ALPINE. Damn indeed.

3. Glue, Fickle Friends. “Because our lips are like glue, I think I love you.”

4. Falling, Forever. Here’s to hoping we all fall “madly in love.”

5. Don’t U Want Me (Tyler Touché Remix), Young Franco feat. Blair de Milo. The desperation is real here.

6. Lovesick, Mura Masa. It’s as simple as the lyrics indicate.

7. One More Time, Jon Bellion. For when you just can’t get enough, even if it literally costs your legs.

8. Too Much (LEISURE Remix), Tora. Is too much love even possible?

9. Still Not Over You, Klyne. A mix of emotions.

10. Free Falling, Wolfside. A danceable free fall into love.

11. I Need You More, ATTLAS. The song’s title says it all.

12. Close, La Poré. End a cold winter night by “[sliding] in close.”

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day 2020!