Reflecting back on moments, instances and specific time periods of your life has its pros and cons. On one hand it’s nostalgic to stroll down memory lane and remember the good times and sometimes simpler times. On the other hand, if you stroll down memory
lane lame for too long you start to dwell on the past and the mistakes you made that you start to think, “if only I knew then what I know now.” Take a stroll with me as I take you on a musical journey of my life from 2009-2019 [see reference post: New Chapter, Same Old Plot Device]
02. Window Seat || Erykah Badu || 2010
03. Paradise || Coldplay || 2011
I listened to this song nonstop. I felt like Chris Martin was singing specifically about me. I was definitely the girl dreaming of paradise every time I closed my eyes or something more, something better. I wasn’t happy with the various directions things were going in every aspect of my life. I was off the path I had originally created for myself, which is why I chose to go back to college in the summer of 2010. In 2011 all I did was work and study and dream of the paradise I felt I deserved to have once I received my degree. I needed to feel like I accomplished something.
04. Music To Walk Home By || Tame Impala || 2012
05. Sweater Weather || The Neighbourhood || 2013
I can’t think of a better song to transition into. It’s like a music block of California dreamin’ vibes. Maybe the universe was trying to tell me something and I just refused to take action. The universe was also forcing me to get in tune with my feminine side by causing me to birth a daughter. I traded in my notebook and number 2 pencil (temporarily) for tea parties, baby dolls and Disney princesses.
06. Apparently || J. Cole || 2014
07. No Scratches || Lupe Fiasco || 2015
Lupe summed this year all up for me… “at first I had patience and then that patience turned to waiting and then that waiting turned to wasting my time, my time, my time and then that wasting turned to hating and that hating got to racing all around my mind, my mind, my mind.” If there is anything in this world that I hate more than wasting my time is someone else wasting my time for me. The other shoe had finally dropped. I had one foot inside and one foot outside that townhouse door until I could endure no more.
08. Father Stretch My Hands || Kanye West || 2016
09. Slide || Frank Ocean & Migos || 2017
Had this song been released in 2014 I would have had the sounds of San Diego, Santa Monica and Los Angeles… a California trifecta. No matter how many signs flashed in my face I still stayed in my hometown. Guess I prefer icicles and snow angels over sandcastles and popsicles. This was a whirlwind of a year that had me humbling every part of myself.
10. Live in the Moment || Craig David || 2018
11. ? || ? || 2019
I got nothing! It’s been a grab bag of music, emotions and experiences thus far. The only thing I’m sure of is the renewed interest I have in my creativity. Check back at the end of the year and hopefully I’ll have the right song for this particular year of my life.
This mix was somewhat difficult to pull together. There were so many songs and having to choose just one that set the tone for a certain point of time in my life was challenging, but I love a challenge. Also, this mix is unique because it required 11 songs as opposed to the typical 7 song mix that I usually compose.