The pick me up playlist

Around 18 months ago I created a Pick me up playlist.

The reason I did this is in the name, I wanted a pick me up. But more importantly I wanted something I could go back to.

I’m lucky enough to know how the music I listen to makes me feel and, I curated a playlist of songs to listen to when I am in need of a pick me up.

It is simple yet incredibly effective.

And of course the music doesn’t fix the issue but it reminds me what it is like to feel good and that makes me want to make the effort to make things better.

If you’re someone that enjoys listening to music, I’d advise you to give it a go.

You don’t even need to create a whole playlist but the next time you feel down just listen to one of your favourite songs and see how it makes you feel.

From beginning to end (plus my favourite albums)

Music has played a significant part in my life from a young age. 90s and early 00s music brings back memories of childhood, growing up and my sisters.

But it’s only in the past couple of years that I’ve started listening to albums from beginning to end. Nothing compares to falling in love with an album that you can play without skipping a track. I think it’s quite amazing the way that songs can tell stories. The way it feels to hear the opening track and the way the closing track is sometimes upbeat but sometimes soft and slow.

I wanted to share a few albums that I happily listen to from beginning to end, feel free to share the albums you like in the comments.

Girlhood – The Preatures 
Up for the downstroke – Parliament
Heard you missed me, well I’m back – sly and the family stone 
Care for me – Saba 
an XTRA UUGLY Mixtape – Duckwrth 
America eats it’s young – Funkadelic 
Dirty Computer – Janelle Monáe 
Isolation – kali uchis 
In a million years – Last dinosaurs

Monday night was special

There I stood on a Monday night in a room full of strangers, in a city that was slowly becoming more and more familiar.

I was there to do something I never thought I’d get to do. I never thought there was a chance that my favourite singer from New Zealand who now lives in New York would ever come to England.

But she did and so the day the tickets went on sale I bought one.

That was over 6 months ago.

And on Monday night I finally got to see her live.

Her voice was beautiful, she was beautiful and it felt special being there as she performed songs about love, war and death.

The same songs that I had listened to on buses, trains and walks.

The songs that picked me up and songs that I sat with when I felt down and needed comfort.

Her show ended with an old favourite and the crowd clapped and sang along.

I left full of gratitude for the art that was shared that night and that good feeling that comes from hearing the songs you love.