Such desperate joy & endless sorrow flocking through the world right now on wings of iron & gossamer. Toni Morrison—perhaps one of the greatest voices in modern literature—passed away this morning, & two mass shootings have rocked America in the past week. The present feels, in the words of John Green, a time “uncertain and afraid”. Still I must believe we are not always moving backwards. Still, though the world feels broken wide open right now, I am trying to reach for the light that filters in through the cracks. We must do better. &: we have so much to be grateful for. &: all is not lost.
August’s mixtape is at once tender (“Friday I’m In Love”, “Plans”, “Back In My Body”) & loud (“Time Machine”, “50 Ways to Say Goodbye”, “Thinking of Sunshine”). That’s a balance I find so hard to strike at the best of times but I hope this is a summer of inhabiting it fully, existing without apology in its steady bright embrace. I am trying to recognise myself. I am trying to hold onto the ones I love. I am trying to make it easier for other people to breathe. & I hope these songs help you do the same.