Life’s Playlist

As with so many things, it has felt like ‘getting back to writing’ on here has been on my to-do list for a while. Well, it felt like a little while but has actually been eighteen months at this point… While re-reading what I last wrote (in the lockdown before last, no less), I am struck by both how long ago it feels and how recent. Since then lots has changed; I’ve moved country, had covid, worked for six months in a new job and a new city. There is a real sense of being ‘over’ the pandemic, but this very weekend plans are still being interrupted by it. So much is different and so much the same.

So what of that full-stop I was writing about? That sense that something new was about to start when I moved from Prague, my home of seven years. Honestly, I feel like I’ve only just reached a point where I can start reflecting on that change. I know that I miss my community in Prague. I know that London is both intimidating and exciting. I know that there is much to reflect on, tbh.

I am grateful for the beginnings of new community here in London, most of all my house which already feels like home, and my work where I feel valued and encouraged. It has also been nice to attend a local church, in a place which has felt restful from some of the turmoil of the last few years.

In reflecting on where I am and where I am going, I often find myself returning to the same songs, some old and new. Whether they just provide a pleasant soundtrack, or if the lyrics actually move me in some way, the power of a good playlist shouldn’t be underestimated. So in lieu of more rambling, I am sharing some of my favourite tracks in the hope that they might help you in some way too.

Country music may still not be very cool, but I have found that there is a power and simplicity to the melodies and lyrics which I enjoy immensely. Not to mention, a whole lot of camp. I mean, if it’s good enough for Beyonce…
While making a dance playlist for a friend’s birthday recently, I was reminded of just how much I love this song. After much pruning and tweaking, I feel like the playlist is a masterpiece to be honest. I am available for cheesy wedding DJ duties anytime.
For the last several years, my top song has been by Fleetwood Mac. I was surprised when I saw that 2021’s top track was this – ‘Everywhere’ was what I expected it to be – but I can’t argue with the Spotify algorithm.
Now for some pure pop. I’ve never quite fallen in love with Charli XCX, but then her most recent album/era dropped and I simply can’t get enough. Pop mastery in action.
Finally, there had to be an Adele track. Raw and beautiful.

And here’s that dance playlist if you’re in need of a boogie.

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