Half-Asleep, Wishing I Still Had You / Songs for September

September always strikes me as a bittersweet sort of month, marked by stillness & coffee & sunrise & deersong. This September my baby sister begins high school, & I start a new job (my first in the corporate, deep-technology world), & most friends leave Singapore for university, & I turn 19. Those tender terrifying truths rest heavy on my tongue—it feels this shade of growing up comes sleepless & spare, at once far too fast & never fast enough.

So here, then, is a mix of songs for that hot cinnamon-tang of ache & joy, one I’m still exploring, kneading, tonguing like the hole left behind after a lost tooth. September’s playlist features Vance Joy & Sundial & Aretha Franklin & Khalid & The Beatles & St. Vincent & Louis Armstrong more. It is, I think, apt for this month of spark-honey liminality.

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Thank you, friends—& enjoy the mix. I love you so. xx

Making Fools of All the Neighbours / Songs for August

Hello from the depths of August! My gap year is starting in earnest now, & I'm doing my best not only to work on all of my various glowing business-related projects but also to immerse myself in learning new skills that have nothing to do with my career—cross country running, kickboxing, notebook making, flower pressing, watercolour painting. The year is waning to its close, shrinking from our grasp, & I am trying not to let it go until it's well & truly finished. What activities should I try that help you still & inhale the moment?

My hyperacusis is acting up more than usual this month, so I haven't been listening to as much music as I generally like to do. Still, though, Florence & the Machine's new album High as Hope & the singles "God is a Woman" from Ariana Grande & "Call Me Sir" from Train are keeping me warm. I've been on a slight oldies kick as well—lots of Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Queen. I have a whole playlist of them right here, but for now, August's mix is a range of throwbacks & new / soft / indie jams.

Enjoy these songs, dear friends, & have a gorgeous month ahead. xx