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TEDxMcMinnville

I recently had the opportunity to attend a TEDx event. I’m not a big TED Talk person, but I’ve watched or listened to a few, so it was interesting to see a few in-person.

I also used the opportunity to practice my sketchnoting – the ones I’ve done in the past were at my leisure, so I figured it’d be a bit different at a live event.

Which it was – it’s harder to go back and edit when you’re trying to keep up in real time, and it’s a different approach to thinking about what you’re putting down.

I’m not sharing all of my notes here – for a couple of the talks, the notes I got weren’t really interesting in any way, or were too messy to be worth sharing.

Still, I enjoyed the experience, and I’m glad I went.

(As of this writing, the videos from the event are still being edited, so I don’t have direct links; check the TEDxMcMinnville site for updates.)

School: purpose in learning, emporment to learn - becomes - scale from Apathy to Stress. Grades do not equal progress! Grades = pressure, pressure = focus, focus does not equal critical thinking. Good grades lead to secondary education acceptance, scholarship, jobs, which makes them stressful. “Just stop using grades altogether.” An assignment isn’t just a collection of points. Grades decided by conversation. From a gatekeeper to a coach, mentor. Experimentation, going out on a limb, and yes, failing spectacularly. But celebrates the failures and the learning. Equitable! Not just the “smart kids”, the ones who know how to game the system. “It makes me responsible for my grade.” “It’s not me versus the system.” “The world . . . cannot be changed without changing our thinking.” - Albert Einstein
“Start A Learning Revolution. Throw Out the Gradebook” – Matt Brisbin
Mentoring isn’t broken, it’s backwards. “Your voice is the most powerful tool you have, so use it when someone isn’t meeting your needs.” “How can I support your professional development?” From “MENTOR + mentee” to “mentor + MENTEE” The mentee owns their growth. The Egg Sandwich Principles: 1. Flip the narrative! 2. Find your unlikeliest - the person most un-like you. Learn new skills and perspectives! 3. Own your growth - figure out what type of support you need. A mentor’s job is not to reshape you or remake you, but to help your growth.
Mentoring: The Most Underutilized Secret to Success – Cinthia Manuel

I’ll add here that I misspelled Cinthia’s name in the written version, for which I apologize.

Predicting Heart Attacks 1/2 of the people who die of a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels. Age + gender + cholesterol + smoking = heart attack risk? No. Heart attacks are mostly caused by lifestyle. So DNA tests? Not helpful. But markers of inflammation are helpful. except: too variable day-to-day. Big idea: Use a more stable marker! From CRP to GPF. Exercise 30 minutes a day, and your GPF levels fall. Prevent premature death.
New Risk Factor for Heart Attacks and Strokes – David Farrell, Ph.D
Children oscillate between grief and joy. But adults try to be neat and tidy. Ambiguous Loss: Not death, but still a loss. Dementia, divorce, deportation, etc… No end, no conclusion, no resolve. So why grieve? Because we need to process. Suppressing your grief makes it bigger and less manageable. Don’t pull the emergency handle on tough emotion. Have a pity party! Acknowledge your difficult, complex emotions. Acknowledge the circumstances you’re living with. We don’t need to squash or ignore painful emotions. 1. Name your losses as they happen. Stop minimizing them! No “somebody has it worse than me.” 2. Ask for help! Decide how long you need to vent. Ask someone to… just listen. no fixing, no silver lining. Just listen. 3. Ask for more time. Embrace the ambiguity.
Embracing Ambiguity – Natalie Bowker
Service: * Tranquility * Zest for life * Longevity * Wellness * Happiness * Purpose * Health * Friendship Appeal not to altruism, but to self-interest.
Should Self-Interest Motivate Service? – Patrick Galvin
10 childhood traumas are linked to every major chronic illness. How to survive? “Resilience. Sheer perseverance.” Children who believe they can grow do better in life. Restorative approach: * Face the situation directly * Come up with a collaborative approach * Fix the damage to the relationship If a child doesn’t know how to behave, don’t punish. Teach. “People do well if they can.” Behavior is like any other life skill. We should teach it. Detention/suspension teaches kids they don’t belong. Resolving Conflicts: 1. What happened from your perspective? 2. Who was affected by it? Both parties have a share, and co-create in the solution.
Restorative Practices In Schools Have The Power To Transform Communities – Liz Knapp
“We are probably (statistically) extinct.” What is extinction? “What happens when a species dies.” - but - Can cloning bring a species back? A species fits a very specific space in an ecological puzzle. Take one out, and the puzzle rearranges to fill the space. Bringing in a clone? It has to make a new space for itself - making it a new species. The mind is an ecosystem of information. Information you forget isn’t gone, just… misplaced. But your brain can make a new space for it. Extinction isn’t a kind of death, but a kind of memory loss. Extinction is what happens when an ecosystem forgets a species. -but- no memory is a faithful reconstruction.
Extinction: Death And Memory – Leonard Finkelman, PhD
Is your work enabling the life you want, or interfering with it? Work is broken. Burnout, stress, wage stagnation… “The Life I Want” project - documenting an alternative way, making work work for you. Even if you love your work, other forces can break it. We need: employers empowering people; communities working together; governments… governing. 1. Employers: ask your employees what they need & want. Employees: ask for what you need! 2. We need community - not just at work, but outside of work, too. 3. Governments: proactively think through what we need to thrive. Healthcare, labor laws, infrastructure, “right to disconnect.” What is the community that you want? The world that you want?
The Life I Want – Christine Bader
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Playlist of the Month: February 2020

Since last time I have rebuilt my system for doing these playlists… four times? Some people hike to unwind…
Cologne – Haux on Something to Remember – EP
Sober – Edwin Raphael on Sober – Single
Coincidental – Betcha on Coincidental – Single
Falling Down – Harrison Storm on Falling Down – Single
Angel – H. Kenneth on Angel – Single
Fuck Collingwood – Hayden Calnin on Fuck Collingwood – Single1
Haunted – Saint Claire on Haunted – Single
Crying at the Party – Harry Strange on Crying at the Party – EP
On Our Last Day – Hayden Calnin on A Life You Would Choose – EP
Hard Lines, Hard Times – William Wild on Hard Lines, Hard Times – Single
Without Fear – Dermot Kennedy on Without Fear
Hollow Coves – Firewoodisland on Hollow Coves – Single
Drive – OTR & Panama on Drive – Single
everything i wanted – Billie Eilish on everything i wanted – Single
Dolly Zoom – Elliot Moss on Boomerang
Don’t Take the Money – Harry Strange on Don’t Take the Money – Single
When I Need a Friend – Coldplay on Everyday Life2
This is Where it Ends – Richard Walters on This is Where it Ends – Single
Back Around – Harry Strange on Back Around – Single
Borders – Nathan Ball on Borders – Single
Silver + Gold – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Eight – Haux & Rosie Carney on Eight – Single
Chanel – Frank Ocean on Chanel – Single
Swing – Sofi Tukker on Swing – Single
Hard Times (Acoustic) – RITUAL & Robinson on Hard Times (Acoustic) – Single
Million Pieces (feat. The Chamber Orchestra of London) – Bastille on Doom Days (This Got Out of Hand Edition)
notice me (feat. BENEE) – ROLE MODEL on oh, how perfect – EP
Lucky Me (feat. Great Good Fine Ok) – The Knocks on Summer Series: 2019 – EP
Take Me Apart – SYML on Take Me Apart – Single
Apollo – Charles Fauna on Yonder
Barricade – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Rossetto – Random on Rossetto – Single
Sober – Harry Strange on Sober – Single
Stay – Alt Bloom on Stay – Single
Hvn – TEME on HVN – Single
Lies (feat. H. Kenneth) – Syence on Lies (feat. H. Kenneth) – Single
Bodyintoshapes – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Blinding Lights – The Weeknd on Blinding Lights – Single3
hungover & i miss u – gnash on hungover & i miss u – Single
Chain – Lolo Zouaï on High Highs to Low Lows (Deluxe)
Top Dom – Avery Anthony on Top Dom – Single
Rapide – Mahmood on Rapide – Single
Rabbit Roads – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Circles – Post Malone on Hollywood’s Bleeding
Wherever You Are – Kodaline on Wherever You Are – Single
Middle of the Night – Elley Duhé on MIDDLE of the NIGHT – Single
Soil’s Daughter – Aisha Badru on Soil’s Daughter – Single
Higher – Byron Langley on Light On – EP
In the Same Place – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Eleven – Khalid on Eleven – Single
Father’s Son – Declan J Donovan on Homesick – EP
Phases (feat. Trove) – Go-Jo on Phases (feat. Trove) – Single
A Sky Full of Stars – Coldplay on Ghost Stories
Beautiful & Brutal – Plested on Beautiful & Brutal – Single
Shadow – Kesha on High Road
High Road – Kesha on High Road
Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie – JacobNeverhill on Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie – Single
Magic in the Hamptons (feat. Lil Yachty) – Social House on Magic in the Hamptons (feat. Lil Yachty) – Single4
Alive – Lontalius & singular balance on Alive – Single
Tremors – SOHN on Tremors
Chasing Thunder – Kesha on High Road
Light Up – Isak Danielson on Light Up – Single
Let Me Down – Run River North on Monsters Calling Home, Vol. 2 – EP5
Desire – Zola Courtney on Nothing To Lose – EP
I Gave It All – Aquilo on Painting Pictures of a War – EP6
Out of the Cold – Kevin Quinn on Out of the Cold – Single
Most of Us Are Strangers – Seafret on Most of Us Are Strangers – Single
Kinky (feat. Ke$ha) – Kesha on High Road
The Wheel – SOHN on Tremors
Off by One – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Stay Forever (feat. STRFKR) – Whethan on Stay Forever (feat. STRFKR) – Single
A Part – INTET on A Part – Single
Nil – SOHN on Hue / Nil – Single
Ghost – The Franklin Electric on Ghost – Single
Mutually – Firewoodisland on Mutually – Single
A Change in Diner – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Dust – Oh Wonder on No One Else Can Wear Your Crown (Deluxe)
twenty four seven (feat. John McDonald) – Andy H on twenty four seven (feat. John McDonald) – Single
Better Now (Acoustic) – Oh Wonder on No One Else Can Wear Your Crown (Deluxe)
Is It Love? – JORDY on High Score – Single
The Box – Roddy Ricch on Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial7
Falling (blackbear Remix) – Trevor Daniel & blackbear on Falling (blackbear Remix) – Single
Somewhere (feat. Octavian) – The Blaze on Somewhere (feat. Octavian) – Single8
Slowly – ODIE on Slowly – Single
Heartless – The Weeknd on Heartless – Single
Scusa a a a – Random on Scusa a a a – Single
Ibiza (feat. Romeo Santos) – Ozuna on Aura
Be Somebody – Kings Of Leon on Only By The Night
hertz – EDEN on no future
Lie – Jake Scott on Lie
Decide – Jelani Aryeh on Decide – Single
tides – EDEN on no future
Me – Nick De La Hoyde on A Beautiful Mess
Chameleon – Mako & Elephante on Chameleon – Single
Love Me (feat. Haux) – Smeyeul. & Galvanic on Love Me (feat. Haux) – Single9
Maybe – Jake Scott on Maybe – Single
Better Off Without You – Aquilo on Painting Pictures of a War – EP
Where There Is Love, There’s Hope – Aron Wright on Where There Is Love, There’s Hope – Single
Pyres of Varanasi – Thirty Seconds to Mars on LOVE LUST FAITH + DREAMS10
Aliens – The Griswolds & Transviolet on All My Friends – EP
The Night We Met – Alle Farben on The Night We Met – Single
ROXANNE – Arizona Zervas on ROXANNE – Single
All My Life – William Wild on Rental House / All My Life – Single
2020 – Great Good Fine Ok on 2020 – Single


  1. So a fun side-effect of my playlists-in-git setup is that I can see when artists take advantage of the “it’s a streaming platform” aspect and change the names of things. Usually it’s little spelling tweaks, like this – from “F**k” to “Fuck”. 
  2. I keep getting just the “holy, holy” chorus line in this stuck in my head, and consistently try to figure out what choir piece it’s from before I realize. 
  3. A lot of my music discovery is piecemeal, so I didn’t know The Weeknd actually had a new album out until, like… three days ago. 
  4. It’s about here in the list where I realize that I can’t remember where the January/February line hit. How can February have been such a long month? It’s the shortest month. 
  5. I can’t tell if this is a cover or a very effective earworm, and I don’t want to google it to find out because it’s more fun this way. 
  6. This is an old album by Aquilo, but I found it while stumbling around in Apple Music, and I’ve been really digging it! 
  7. Credit to Braden for getting me to listen to this, it’s great. 
  8. This and Slowly are my two favorite additions this month. 
  9. God, I love Haux, and this captured the exact same feeling they did when I first listened. Impressive, considering that I’m a continent and a few years away from that. 
  10. This is back because I got a different song from this album stuck in my head, but… I like this one better. 
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Playlist of the Month: January 2020

Based on how this blog is going so far this year, I should retroactively declare my resolution to be “blog more.”
Silhouette by Aquilo on Silhouettes
Cologne by Haux on Something to Remember – EP
Sober by Edwin Raphael on Sober – Single
Coincidental by Betcha on Coincidental – Single
Connor by SYML on SYML
Falling Down by Harrison Storm on Falling Down – Single
Angel by H. Kenneth on Angel – Single
Fk Collingwood by Hayden Calnin on Fk Collingwood – Single
Hey, Ma by Bon Iver on Hey, Ma – Single
Haunted by Saint Claire on Haunted – Single
Crying at the Party by Harry Strange on Crying at the Party – EP
Cars at Night by By The Coast on Cars at Night – Single
Barrio by Mahmood on Barrio – Single
On Our Last Day by Hayden Calnin on A Life You Would Choose – EP
Tonight – Thorin Loeks on Tonight – Single
Cover Your Eyes by Black Match on Cover Your Eyes – Single
Hard Lines, Hard Times by William Wild on Hard Lines, Hard Times – Single
Tourner dans le vide (Slowed) by Unge Moped & Tuber on Tourner dans le vide : Man slowed down – Single
Without Fear – Dermot Kennedy on Without Fear
Hollow Coves – Firewoodisland on Hollow Coves – Single
Edge of the Ocean – By The Coast on You
Drive – OTR & Panama on Drive – Single
everything i wanted – Billie Eilish on everything i wanted – Single1
Symmetry – SYML on Symmetry – Single
Dolly Zoom – Elliot Moss on Boomerang
Closedloop – Elliot Moss on Boomerang
Don’t Take the Money – Harry Strange on Don’t Take the Money – Single
20 Something – Alexander 23 on I’m Sorry I Love You
Blue Tide Eyes – FLØRE on Blue Tide Eyes – Single
Bravado – Yoke Lore on Bravado / Body Parts – Single
Tightrope – Danny Bowens on Tightrope – Single
When I Need a Friend – Coldplay on Everyday Life
Hope – Balcony on Hope – Single
This is Where it Ends – Richard Walters on This is Where it Ends – Single
Back Around – Harry Strange on Back Around – Single
Dead Ringer – Yoke Lore on Dead Ringer – Single
Monsters – Lucy Daydream on Monsters – Single
Borders – Nathan Ball on Borders – Single
Silver + Gold – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Eight – Haux & Rosie Carney on Eight – Single2
Need You – Kidswaste on Need You – Single
Raising Hell (feat. Big Freedia) – Kesha on High Road
Orphans – Coldplay on Everyday Life
Daddy – Coldplay on Everyday Life
Chanel – Frank Ocean on Chanel – Single
The Village – Wrabel on The Village – Single
Movements – Mild Minds on Movements – Single
I Don’t Wanna Die – Betcha on Falling – EP
Swing – Sofi Tukker on Swing – Single
Ghost – JacobNeverhill on Ghost – Single
Blind – INTET on Blind – Single
Hard Times (Acoustic) – RITUAL & Robinson on Hard Times (Acoustic) – Single
Èkó – Coldplay on Everyday Life
Million Pieces (feat. The Chamber Orchestra of London) – Bastille on Doom Days (This Got Out of Hand Edition)
Young Minds – Saavan on Observatory – EP3
Down – Griffin Stoller on Down – Single
notice me (feat. BENEE) – ROLE MODEL on oh, how perfect – EP4
Lucky Me (feat. Great Good Fine Ok) – The Knocks on Summer Series: 2019 – EP
Take Me Apart – SYML on Take Me Apart – Single
New Day – Benji Lewis on New Day – Single
Apollo – Charles Fauna on Apollo – Single
Happens to the Heart – Leonard Cohen on Thanks for the Dance5
Chewing Cotton Wool – The Japanese House on Chewing Cotton Wool – Single
Trouble in Town – Coldplay on Everyday Life
Hallelujah – Oh Wonder on No One Else Can Wear Your Crown (Deluxe)
Barricade – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Rossetto – Random on Rossetto – Single
Time (feat. Muna) – Blewbird on Time (feat. Muna) – Single
Sober – Harry Strange on Sober – Single6
Saturn – Sleeping At Last on Atlas: Space 2 – EP
Stay – Alt Bloom on Stay – Single
Hvn – TEME on HVN – Single
Deja – Leo Islo on Deja – Single7
Lies (feat. H. Kenneth) – Syence on Lies (feat. H. Kenneth) – Single
Jericho – Westerman on Jericho – Single8
Bodyintoshapes – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Picaflor – Lao Ra & C. Tangana on Picaflor – Single
Blinding Lights – The Weeknd on Blinding Lights – Single
Family (with Kygo) – The Chainsmokers & Kygo on World War Joy
hungover & i miss u – gnash on hungover & i miss u – Single
Chain – Lolo Zouaï on High Highs to Low Lows (Deluxe)
Top Dom – Avery Anthony on Top Dom – Single
Dancin (feat. Luvli) [Krono Remix] – Aaron Smith on Dancin (feat. Luvli) [Krono Remix] – Single
Demons – Alec Benjamin on Demons – Single
Rapide – Mahmood on Rapide – Single9
Rabbit Roads – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Circles – Post Malone on Hollywood’s Bleeding
Wherever You Are – Kodaline on Wherever You Are – Single10
MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT – Elley Duhé on MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT – Single
Soil’s Daughter – Aisha Badru on Soil’s Daughter – Single11
Higher – Byron Langley on Light On – EP
In the Same Place – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Eleven – Khalid on Eleven – Single
Father’s Son – Declan J Donovan on Homesick – EP
Phases (feat. Trove) – Go-Jo on Phases (feat. Trove) – Single


  1. From what I’ve heard about the awards, I think Billie Eilish is the President of Music now? No pressure. 
  2. Haux always has this wonderful ethereal quality 
  3. This one makes me wonder how Apple Music gets their lyric data – it has lyrics, but not the live-scrolling kind, so what’s the difference in data source? 
  4. Shoutout to my sister, who made me listen to this: you were right, I did like it! 
  5. All of Leonard Cohen’s music is just him growling into a microphone and I kinda love it. (That said, lyrically, I’m… not a fan of this one.) 
  6. I wonder how many songs named ‘Sober’ I’ve got in my library? It feels like it’s a weirdly high number. 
  7. This one always just makes me think of Daja from Tamara Pierce’s Circle of Magic series. 
  8. Found this one while putting together a data visualization of my music library over the past few years. I should post that! Or maybe I already have? Hmm. 
  9. I quite like Barrio, but Rapide knocks it out of the park. 
  10. Something about Kodaline is just… great to harmonize to. 
  11. This one also made it onto my “I just want the quiet songs” playlist, which usually takes longer. It’s nice. 
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Playlist of the Month: December 2019

Time for the Roaring Twenties, round two.
Silhouette by Aquilo on Silhouettes
Cologne by Haux on Something to Remember – EP
Sober by Edwin Raphael on Sober – Single
Coincidental by Betcha on Coincidental – Single
Connor by SYML on SYML
Antidote by Mr Hudson on ANTIDOTE – Single
Falling Down by Harrison Storm on Falling Down – Single
Angel by H. Kenneth on Angel – Single
F**k Collingwood by Hayden Calnin on F**k Collingwood – Single
Hey, Ma by Bon Iver on Hey, Ma – Single
Haunted by Saint Claire on Haunted – Single
Crying at the Party by Harry Strange on Crying at the Party – EP
Something About You by Elderbrook & Rudimental on Something About You – Single
Cars at Night by By The Coast on Cars at Night – Single
Barrio by Mahmood on Barrio – Single
On Our Last Day by Hayden Calnin on A Life You Would Choose – EP
Tonight – Thorin Loeks on Tonight – Single
I’ll Get You Home by By The Coast on I’ll Get You Home / World to Ourselves – Single
Beyond the View by Chance Peña on Beyond the View – Single
Cover Your Eyes by Black Match on Cover Your Eyes – Single
sex by EDEN on i think you think too much of me
Hard Lines, Hard Times by William Wild on Hard Lines, Hard Times – Single
Tourner dans le vide (Slowed) by Unge Moped & Tuber on Tourner dans le vide : Man slowed down – Single
Chiasso – Random on Chiasso – Single
Without Fear – Dermot Kennedy on Without Fear
Giving in to You – Freddie Future on Freddie Future
Ride It – Regard on Ride It – Single1
Hollow Coves – Firewoodisland on Hollow Coves – Single
On the Other Side – Blanco White on On the Other Side – Single
Edge of the Ocean – By The Coast on You
Neptune – Sleeping At Last on Atlas: Space 2 – EP
Hanging On – Quinn Lewis on Hanging On – Single
909 – EDEN on 909 – Single
Soldi – Mahmood on Gioventù bruciata
Drive – OTR & Panama on Drive – Single
untitled – EDEN on untitled – Single
everything i wanted – Billie Eilish on everything i wanted – Single
More Than Friends – Andrey Azizov & Panama on More Than Friends – Single
You & I – Harrison Storm on You & I – Single
anxiety & mixed emotions – Chance Peña on anxiety & mixed emotions – EP
It Gets Better – Rex Orange County on Pony
Symmetry – SYML on Symmetry – Single
Dolly Zoom – Elliot Moss on Boomerang2
Closedloop – Elliot Moss on Boomerang
Everything Changes – Phillip LaRue on Fall-In – Single
Don’t Take the Money – Harry Strange on Don’t Take the Money – Single
On Melancholy Hill – Riley Pearce on On Melancholy Hill – Single
Push My Luck – The Chainsmokers on Push My Luck – Single
20 Something – Alexander 23 on I’m Sorry I Love You
Hope – Balcony on Hope – Single
Blue Tide Eyes – FLØRE on Blue Tide Eyes – Single
Bravado – Yoke Lore on Bravado / Body Parts – Single
Tightrope – Danny Bowens on Tightrope – Single
When I Need a Friend – Coldplay on Everyday Life3
How Long Can I Keep Waiting – Imaginary Future on How Long Can I Keep Waiting – Single
Pronto Llegará – C. Tangana & Darell on Pronto Llegará – Single
This is Where it Ends – Richard Walters on This is Where it Ends – Single4
Back Around – Harry Strange on Back Around – Single
Dead Ringer – Yoke Lore on Dead Ringer – Single
Monsters – Lucy Daydream on Monsters – Single
I Will Love You for Good – A Year on Earth on I Will Love You for Good – Single
Disarray – Low on Double Negative5
Borders – Nathan Ball on Borders – Single
Roses (feat. ROZES) – The Chainsmokers on Bouquet – EP
Silver + Gold – Elliot Moss on A Change in Diet
Eight – Haux & Rosie Carney on Eight – Single
Need You – Kidswaste on Need You – Single
Raising Hell (feat. Big Freedia) – Kesha on High Road6
Orphans – Coldplay on Everyday Life
Christmas Lights – Joel Adams on Christmas Lights – Single
Daddy – Coldplay on Everyday Life
Chanel – Frank Ocean on Chanel – Single
The Village – Wrabel on The Village – Single7
Movements – Mild Minds on Movements – Single
I Don’t Wanna Die – Betcha on Falling – EP
Swing – Sofi Tukker on Swing – Single8
Ghost – JacobNeverhill on Ghost – Single
Blind – INTET on Blind – Single
Hard Times (Acoustic) – RITUAL & Robinson on Hard Times (Acoustic) – Single
Èkó – Coldplay on Everyday Life
Million Pieces (feat. The Chamber Orchestra of London) – Bastille on Doom Days (This Got Out of Hand Edition)9
What Kind of Love Is Like That – William Fitzsimmons on What Kind of Love Is Like That – Single
Young Minds – Saavan on Observatory – EP
Down – Griffin Stoller on Down – Single
notice me (feat. BENEE) – ROLE MODEL on oh, how perfect – EP
Lucky Me (feat. Great Good Fine Ok) – The Knocks on Summer Series: 2019 – EP
Take Me Apart – SYML on Take Me Apart – Single10
New Day – Benji Lewis on New Day – Single
Apollo – Charles Fauna on Apollo – Single11


  1. This is now in the “heard it on the radio at the gym and was surprised” category. 
  2. Elliot Moss might be my favorite artist I’ve found this year. 
  3. I was very into Coldplay at the same time that I first joined choir, so this hit hard. 
  4. This one’s fun for half-listening to the lyrics and trying to come up with a story behind them. 
  5. Courtesy of Do By Friday, and I highly recommend listening to this on some good speakers with the volume up, it’s a downright tactile experience. 
  6. Kesha is great and I’m excited for this full album. 
  7. “One page of the Bible isn’t worth a life” 
  8. This has some, like… videogame vibes in the opening. 
  9. Very catchy, and fun to sing along to. I keep getting it stuck in my head in the wrong key, though. 
  10. New SYML is always a good thing. 
  11. This hasn’t been on the list for long, but I’m really digging it so far. Combined well in my head with finishing up the first season of For All Mankind
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Playlist of the Month: November 2019

Good news: finished all my Christmas shopping! Bad news: now I have to wrap a bunch of things.
Silhouette by Aquilo on Silhouettes
Cologne by Haux on Something to Remember – EP
Sober by Edwin Raphael on Sober – Single
Coincidental by Betcha on Coincidental – Single
How You’ll Be Remembered by Aron Wright on How You’ll Be Remembered – Single
Connor by SYML on SYML
Antidote by Mr Hudson on ANTIDOTE – Single
Falling Down by Harrison Storm on Falling Down – Single
Angel by H. Kenneth on Angel – Single
F**k Collingwood by Hayden Calnin on F**k Collingwood – Single
Bristol by Imaginary Future on Bristol – Single
Hey, Ma by Bon Iver on Hey, Ma – Single
Haunted by Saint Claire on Haunted – Single
Places by Portair on Places – Single
Silence Is Broken by Cal Trask on Silence Is Broken – Single
Cadillac by Joel Ansett on Cadillac – Single
Crying at the Party by Harry Strange on Crying at the Party – EP
Something About You by Elderbrook & Rudimental on Something About You – Single
Cars at Night by By The Coast on Cars at Night – Single
Oblivions by The National on I Am Easy to Find
Electricity by Danny Bowens on Electricity – Single
Fuzzy Teeth by Portair on Fuzzy Teeth – Single
Truths by bobbycrush on Truths – Single
Barrio by Mahmood on Barrio – Single
On Our Last Day by Hayden Calnin on A Life You Would Choose – EP
All We Have Is Now by Ross Copperman on All We Have Is Now – Single
Tonight – Thorin Loeks on Tonight – Single1
Another Little Lie by Nick Wilson on A Face I’ve Never Seen Before – EP
Bikes by FLØRE on Bikes – Single
start over by RVRB on drift – EP
I’ll Get You Home by By The Coast on I’ll Get You Home / World to Ourselves – Single
Carry Me Away by John Mayer on Carry Me Away – Single
Beyond the View by Chance Peña on Beyond the View – Single
Bloody Mary by Lady Gaga on Born This Way (Special Edition)
Cover Your Eyes by Black Match on Cover Your Eyes – Single
Lost by Portair on Lost – Single
Smiling When I Die by Sasha Sloan on Smiling When I Die – Single
sex by EDEN on i think you think too much of me
Hard Lines, Hard Times by William Wild on Hard Lines, Hard Times – Single
Worship by Amber Run on Philophobia
Tourner dans le vide (Slowed) by Unge Moped & Tuber on Tourner dans le vide : Man slowed down – Single
Chiasso – Random on Chiasso – Single
Hold Me Down – James Gillespie on Hold Me Down – Single
Without Fear – Dermot Kennedy on Without Fear
Giving in to You – Freddie Future on Freddie Future
We Never Die (Acoustic) – Juke Ross on We Never Die (Acoustic) – Single
Fade into Myself – Mattis on Fade into Myself – Single
Ride It – Regard on Ride It – Single
Hollow Coves – Firewoodisland on Hollow Coves – Single2
Slipping Off the Edge – Joel Adams on Slipping Off the Edge – Single
Hold Me Down – YOKE LORE on NOON // 1873
Perfect Sphere (Bubble) – The Early November on Lilac
On the Other Side – Blanco White on On the Other Side – Single
Edge of the Ocean – By The Coast on You4
Bad Dream – Vancouver Sleep Clinic on Bad Dream – Single5
Diamond Days – Elephante on Diamond Days – Single
Neptune – Sleeping At Last on Atlas: Space 2 – EP
Hanging On – Quinn Lewis on Hanging On – Single
Wanted – OneRepublic on Wanted – Single
909 – EDEN on 909 – Single6
Wasted Time – Juke Ross on Wasted Time – Single
Chasing Cars (Reworked) – Snow Patrol on Reworked
Soldi – Mahmood on Gioventù bruciata
Drive – OTR & Panama on Drive – Single
Do You Ever? – Phil Good on Do You Ever? – Single
untitled – EDEN on untitled – Single
everything i wanted – Billie Eilish on everything i wanted – Single7
More Than Friends – Andrey Azizov & Panama on More Than Friends – Single
You & I – Harrison Storm on You & I – Single
anxiety & mixed emotions – Chance Peña on anxiety & mixed emotions – EP8
Say It Again – AJ Mitchell on Say It Again – Single
It Gets Better – Rex Orange County on Pony
Hate Me – Ellie Goulding & Juice WRLD on Hate Me – Single
Symmetry – SYML on Symmetry – Single9
Dolly Zoom – Elliot Moss on Boomerang10
Closedloop – Elliot Moss on Boomerang
Everything Changes – Phillip LaRue on Fall-In – Single
Don’t Take the Money – Harry Strange on Don’t Take the Money – Single11
Roman Holiday – The National on I Am Easy to Find
No Te Debí Besar – C. Tangana, Paloma Mami & Alizzz on No Te Debí Besar – Single
On Melancholy Hill – Riley Pearce on On Melancholy Hill – Single12
Push My Luck – The Chainsmokers on Push My Luck – Single
20 Something – Alexander 23 on I’m Sorry I Love You
Hope – Balcony on Hope – Single
No One Knows Us (feat. Carly Paige) [Acoustic] – BANNERS on No One Knows Us (Acoustic) [feat. Carly Paige] – Single


  1. Still not available on any streaming service, as far as I’m aware, so no link for you. 
  2. I can’t figure out who they remind me of, but it’s someone I like, so whatever. 
  3. This throwback brought to you by an earlier song on this list being called “Hold Me Down” 
  4. This link is different than the rest, because the search engine backing the iTunes Search API is still broken as hell
  5. Vancouver Sleep Clinic has been showing up in my “if you like this artist, you might also like…” things for… oh, probably a year now. Finally decided to listen; they were right. 
  6. Lots of throwback vibes in this one – Sleeping At Last, EDEN, some OneRepublic… 
  7. How is Billie Eilish knocking it out of the park with everything she does?
    That said, like a lot of her music, if you listen to this you’ll wind up going “is… is she okay?” 
  8. This man is really doing a good job of capturing the Gen Z spirit. 
  9. Found this one after Chase introduced me to MusicHarbor; it’s pretty neat! 
  10. This album is excellent, although I think it helped my opinion of it that I accidentally spread out my listening across several months. 
  11. I think this is my favorite addition this month. 
  12. Well-titled, it really is a melancholy song. 
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Tamora Pierce is (Finally) Getting A TV Show

Peter White, Deadline:

Lionsgate and Little Women and King Lear producer Playground Entertainment have teamed on a major fantasy project – a television adaptation of Tamora Pierce’s expansive Tortall Universe series.

I absolutely adore Tamora Pierce, and I cannot overstate how excited I am about this.1

[The companies have] hopes of turning it into a tentpole series that crosses over between fans of Game of Thrones and YA novels.

Obviously, everyone hopes their show will be the next Game of Thrones, but I do think Tortall offers a large enough universe to pull it off. And, again, I would love to see Pierce’s work getting the big-budget approach.


  1. Did I sit down to write a blog post about it for the explicit purpose of making sure there’s some buzz about it online? Yes. Yes I did. I’m trying to encourage them to make it and make it well. 
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Playlist

Playlist of the Month: October 2019

Changing the formatting a little bit this month, as I’m working on an improved version of my playlist archiving script.1
Silhouette by Aquilo on Silhouettes
Cologne by Haux on Something to Remember – EP
Sober by Edwin Raphael on Sober – Single
Coincidental by Betcha on Coincidental – Single
How You’ll Be Remembered by Aron Wright on How You’ll Be Remembered – Single
Connor by SYML on SYML
Antidote by Mr Hudson on ANTIDOTE – Single
Without the Lights by Elliot Moss on Boomerang
Falling Down by Harrison Storm on Falling Down – Single
Drew Barrymore by Bryce Vine on Carnival
Angel by H. Kenneth on Angel – Single
Fk Collingwood by Hayden Calnin on Fk Collingwood – Single2
Bristol by Imaginary Future on Bristol – Single
The Sea by HAEVN on The Sea – Single
Hey, Ma by Bon Iver on Hey, Ma – Single
Haunted by Saint Claire on Haunted – Single3
Party by Jon Bryant on Cult Classic
Places by Portair on Places – Single
Silence Is Broken by Cal Trask on Silence Is Broken – Single
Cadillac by Joel Ansett on Cadillac – Single
Sh’Diah by Bon Iver on i,i
Piece Of Your Heart (feat. GOODBOYS) by Meduza on Piece Of Your Heart (feat. GOODBOYS) – Single
Why Do You Love Me by Charlotte Lawrence on Why Do You Love Me – Single
Crying at the Party by Harry Strange on Crying at the Party – EP
Something About You by Elderbrook & Rudimental on Something About You – Single
Byegone by Volcano Choir on Repave
Cars at Night by By The Coast on Cars at Night – Single
Holyfields, by Bon Iver on i,i
Feeling You by Harrison Storm on Falling Down – EP
Comrade by Volcano Choir on Repave
I’m Doing Everything I Can by Imaginary Future on I’m Doing Everything I Can – Single4
Oblivions by The National on I Am Easy to Find
5AM by Amber Run on 5AM (Deluxe) WEB
Hold On by Griffin Stoller on Hold On – Single
Electricity by Danny Bowens on Electricity – Single
Bad Line by The Hunter Express on Bad Line – Single
Fuzzy Teeth by Portair on Fuzzy Teeth – Single
Truths by bobbycrush on Truths – Single
Shortcut by Monica Moser on Shortcut – Single
Barrio by Mahmood on Barrio – Single5
On Our Last Day by Hayden Calnin on A Life You Would Choose – EP
All We Have Is Now by Ross Copperman on All We Have Is Now – Single
Lines by Scott Quinn on Lines – Single
Tonight by Thorin Loeks on Tonight – Single
Tonight by Thorin Loeks on Tonight – Single6
Hideout (feat. Zoe Maxwell) by Blewbird on Hideout (feat. Zoe Maxwell) – Single
Where the Shadow Ends by BANNERS & Young Bombs on Where the Shadow Ends
Paradox by Jaymes Young on Paradox – Single
Another Little Lie by Nick Wilson on A Face I’ve Never Seen Before – EP
Bikes by FLØRE on Bikes – Single
start over by RVRB on drift – EP
Don’t by Saint Claire on Don’t – Single7
I’ll Get You Home by By The Coast on I’ll Get You Home / World to Ourselves – Single
Ours to Lose by JacobNeverhill on Jacobneverhill
SICK by CXLOE & gnash on SICK – Single
Stay by OTR & WYNNE on Stay – Single
Carry Me Away by John Mayer on Carry Me Away – Single
You. by Lucy Daydream on You. – Single
Antes de Morirme (feat. Rosalía) by C. Tangana on Antes de Morirme (feat. Rosalía) – Single
Killing Me by Ed Prosek on Killing Me – Single
Beyond the View by Chance Peña on Beyond the View – Single
Bloody Mary by Lady Gaga on Born This Way (Special Edition)8
Monster by Mark Diamond on Hummingbird Two – EP
Cover Your Eyes by Black Match on Cover Your Eyes – Single
Lost by Portair on Lost – Single
Smiling When I Die by Sasha Sloan on Smiling When I Die – Single
sex by EDEN on i think you think too much of me9
Hard Lines, Hard Times by William Wild on Hard Lines, Hard Times – Single10
Worship by Amber Run on Philophobia
Tourner dans le vide (Slowed) by Unge Moped & Tuber on Tourner dans le vide : Man slowed down – Single11


  1. Technically, I have an improved version of it; now I’m tinkering with giving it the ability to do the links for me, too. 
  2. Been having fun with this one in the scripting – string manipulation in AppleScript isn’t my favorite, and I wound up switching to Swift. 
  3. I wish I could say this was in here because Halloween, but no, I kinda forgot that Halloween was a thing until the day of. 
  4. Singles like this are the downside to including the album title in here as well, but I kinda like having more data points to narrow down which specific version of a song I’m talking about. 
  5. This goes in with Billie Eilish on the “if you get a HomePod, play this on it” list. 
  6. So, this is on here twice, and missing a link in both cases, because there’s a Story about this. Loeks pulled the song from… everywhere, really, shortly after I published my playlist last month. I spent some time trying to figure out if it was a bug, found out it was gone from all the services, found his website, and sent him an email asking about it. He’s reworking it, and going to rerelease a new version at some point in the future, but was kind enough to send me a copy of the original version. That’s the second one here; I left the first, even though it’s not playable, as… part of the historical record, I suppose.
    Anyways, it’s a good song, I’m looking forward to hearing (and sharing) the new version, and in the meantime, go check out the guy’s other music. 
  7. Fun to sing along to! I have yet to get the lyrics right, but maybe eventually! 
  8. This one… is sort of a Halloween one, actually. 
  9. Listening to EDEN reminded me of how much I miss Majik. 
  10. This month’s winner for ‘favorite new addition,’ I think. 
  11. Surprisingly hard to track down – if you try to Shazam the bit of this that made it into the meme (and yes, I’ll admit it, that’s how I first heard it) you get a rap song that sampled it in the intro before making a joke about the meme. Shazam, you have failed me. 
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Playlist

Playlist of the Month: September 2019

Built entirely without Shortcuts, because while they made many very impressive strides this year, they still didn’t give me a ‘filter’ action.1
Silhouette – Aquilo
Cologne – Haux
Sober – Edwin Raphael
Coincidental – Betcha
How You’ll Be Remembered – Aron Wright
Cocoon – Tommy Ashby
Connor – SYML
Antidote – Mr Hudson
Before You Knew It Was Me – SYML
Without the Lights – Elliot Moss
99 – Elliot Moss
Bad for You – Billy Raffoul
Spoke Too Soon – Jake Scott
Caves – Haux
Falling Down – Harrison Storm
To the Rhythm – Mattis
Drew Barrymore – Bryce Vine
Angel – H. Kenneth
Fk Collingwood – Hayden Calnin
Up, Up & Away – Chance Peña
Bristol – Imaginary Future
Coyote – Mako
Affection – Amber Run
The Sea – HAEVN
Slept on Me – Mr Hudson2
Hey, Ma – Bon Iver
Soothsayer – Of Monsters and Men
Haunted – Saint Claire
Bigger Things – Imaginary Future
Stuck in Gravity – Of Monsters and Men
Party – Jon Bryant
Made of Bones – James Quick
Places – Portair3
Reach – Robert Shirey Kelly
Without You (feat. H. Kenneth) – Alle Farben
Quicksand Arms – Adam Agin & Watts
Silence Is Broken – Cal Trask
Cadillac – Joel Ansett
Sh’Diah – Bon Iver
Faith – Bon Iver
Salem – Bon Iver
For My Help – Hayden Calnin
Oceans – Noah Mac
Piece Of Your Heart (feat. GOODBOYS) – Meduza
Levee – Bo Baskoro
Why Do You Love Me – Charlotte Lawrence
iMi – Bon Iver
Breathe – Mako
Hairpin Turns – The National
Crying at the Party – Harry Strange
Something About You – Elderbrook & Rudimental
Byegone – Volcano Choir
Cars at Night – By The Coast
Holyfields, – Bon Iver4
Wonder – JacobNeverhill
Same Place (feat. Keelan Mak & Thomas White) – Fossa Beats
Jelmore – Bon Iver
Feeling You – Harrison Storm
Llt – Leo Islo5
Comrade – Volcano Choir
I’m Doing Everything I Can – Imaginary Future
Nowhere – Black Match
Oblivions – The National
Light Years – The National
Nothin’ – Navincii
Meant to Stay Hid – SYML6
5AM – Amber Run
Hold On – Griffin Stoller
Electricity – Danny Bowens
Not Giving It Up – JacobNeverhill
Bad Line – The Hunter Express
How to Help – Harrison Storm
Fuzzy Teeth – Portair
Naeem – Bon Iver
Truths – bobbycrush
Wonder (Stripped) – JacobNeverhill
Do You Remember (feat. Death Cab for Cutie) – Chance the Rapper
Shortcut – Monica Moser
I Found – Amber Run
Barrio – Mahmood7
Heavy St
– Blake Rose
On Our Last Day – Hayden Calnin8
All We Have Is Now – Ross Copperman9
Lines – Scott Quinn
Tonight – Thorin Loeks10
Hideout (feat. Zoe Maxwell) – Blewbird
Hallelujah – Oh Wonder


  1. For the list, though, I’m just using the output of my iTunes automation
  2. Just now realizing that I have no evidence for strongly assuming Mr. Hudson lives in New York City other than the name, and like… that’s not necessarily how names work. 
  3. the musical equivalent to the Dr. Seuss book 
  4. Sometimes I’m a little mad that Bon Ever exists, because the whole “disappear into the woods for a while, then reappear with an album of wonderful, weirdly-titled music” niche is one that definitely used to be one of my life goals. 
  5. I don’t want to admit to how long it took me to figure out what “Llt” stands for. 
  6. I’m slowly building an entire playlist around this song; it’s a good one. Very calming. 
  7. I originally found this one via the music video, which I also recommend, it’s kinda fun. 
  8. I have a strong desire to recommend this to all my music major friends. 
  9. Fun fact, if you use the full title and artist’s name in the iTunes search system, it just… stops working. It’s a great platform with no problems whatsoever. 
  10. My brain keeps replacing this with “Thorin Oakenshield” and I would like to clarify that I’ve never read nor seen Lord of the Rings
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Writing

Guest Appearance: Buildable Blog

Related to my recent post on Angular libraries, I wrote an article for the company blog explaining why you’d want to do that. Check it out!

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Playlist

Playlist of the Month: August 2019

If you ever want to feel extremely hipster about your taste in music, try to find anything you listen to with the iTunes Search API. “Billie Eilish? Never heard of her!”
Silhouette – Aquilo
Cologne – Haux1
Sober – Edwin Raphael
Coincidental – Betcha
How You’ll Be Remembered – Aron Wright
Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy
Cocoon – Tommy Ashby
Me, The Prodigal – Lane Norberg
Connor – SYML
Bed – SYML
Antidote – Mr Hudson
Before You Knew It Was Me – SYML2
Let Me Hold You – Nick Wilson
Without the Lights – Elliot Moss
99 – Elliot Moss
Snowblind – Saro
You There – Aquilo
I Won’t – Richard Walters3
Bad for You – Billy Raffoul
Spoke Too Soon – Jake Scott
Caves – Haux
Hold Me While You Wait – Lewis Capaldi
Falling Down – Harrison Storm
To the Rhythm – Mattis
Loverboy – Mattis4
Must Have Been the Wind – Alec Benjamin
Drew Barrymore – Bryce Vine
Angel – H. Kenneth
Heaven – Avicii
All Time Low – Jon Bellion
F**k Collingwood – Hayden Calnin
Up, Up & Away – Chance Peña
Visible – Hayden Calnin
The Chain – Mattis
Bristol – Imaginary Future
Coyote – Mako
Affection – Amber Run
The Sea – HAEVN
Real – Majik
Smoke Filled Room – Mako
One with the Mountain – Firewoodisland
O.C.C.D. – Abra Taylor
Slept on Me – Mr Hudson
Murder (Acoustic) – Mako
Maybe We Shouldn’t Be Friends – Marshall
Hey, Ma – Bon Iver5
Soothsayer – Of Monsters and Men
Wars – Of Monsters and Men
Glass House – LIEZA
Haunted – Saint Claire
Bigger Things – Imaginary Future
Decisions – Sidi
Taken By the Sky – Dalli
22 (OVER S∞∞N) – Bon Iver
Mars – Alexander 23
Stuck in Gravity – Of Monsters and Men
Under a Dome – Of Monsters and Men
When Love Was Easy – VACAY
Party – Jon Bryant6
Touch the Sky – OLIPHAUNT
Leader of the Landslide – The Lumineers
Made of Bones – James Quick
Bones – JC Stewart
Show Me – Gavin Haley
Places – Portair7
Reach – Robert Shirey Kelly
Without You (feat. H. Kenneth) – Alle Farben
Quicksand Arms – Adam Agin & Watts
Silence Is Broken – Cal Trask
Cadillac – Joel Ansett8
Sh’Diah – Bon Iver
Faith – Bon Iver
Salem – Bon Iver
For My Help – Hayden Calnin
Oceans – Noah Mac
Piece Of Your Heart (feat. GOODBOYS) – Meduza9
Levee – Bo Baskoro
Why Do You Love Me – Charlotte Lawrence10
iMi – Bon Iver
Breathe – Mako
Hairpin Turns – The National11
Crying at the Party – Harry Strange
Something About You – Elderbrook & Rudimental12
Byegone – Volcano Choir
Laura No Està – Nek
Cars at Night – By The Coast13
Imagine – JV Jumpin’
Holyfields, – Bon Iver
Wonder – JacobNeverhill
Same Place (feat. Keelan Mak & Thomas White) – Fossa Beats
Jelmore – Bon Iver
Feeling You – Harrison Storm
Llt – Leo Islo
Comrade – Volcano Choir14
I’m Doing Everything I Can – Imaginary Future
Nowhere – Black Match
Oblivions – The National
Light Years – The National
Nothin’ – Navincii
Meant to Stay Hid – SYML
5AM – Amber Run15


  1. This song was, in part, the inspiration for my playlist backup automation – I wanted to have a ‘nostalgia’ playlist, sorta built around Cologne, but my “gotta have history” thing wouldn’t really allow it. So: git. 
  2. Similarly to Cologne, I’ve now got a playlist built around Before You Knew It Was Me. It’s good for late at night, when you want to be tired but not fall asleep. 
  3. I like this song, but the album art doesn’t really work for me; it looks like a screengrab from a lyrics video on YouTube. 
  4. Still very fun to sing along to. 
  5. So far, my favorite off the new album, but I haven’t finished listening to the whole thing yet, so we’ll see. 
  6. This album art gives me some serious JVN vibes. 
  7. It’s like the Dr. Seuss book, if Dr. Seuss had been on antidepressants. 
  8. Forewarning: this will probably get stuck in your head at least once. 
  9. The opening bit here, “wait, sorry, what if it went-“ is amazingly catchy. 
  10. I recommend listening to the lyrics, they’re fun. 
  11. So far this is the song off this album that gets stuck in my head most. 
  12. This link is to the YouTube video, which I rather liked; here’s the iTunes link 
  13. Ed Tullet/Novo Amor vibes, obviously I’m a fan. 
  14. In the ‘Haux’ vibe, though a little more electronic. 
  15. Thought about this song halfway through a swim and had to hop out, dry off my hands, and add it to this playlist before I forgot again. 
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Playlist

Playlist of the Month: July 2019

I’ve got a little bit of free time right now, which means I’m spending it desperately trying to stop myself from signing up for a bunch of new things. Like, please remember that you’re starting grad school in September, I promise you won’t have too much time on your hands at that point.
Silhouette – Aquilo
Cologne – Haux1
Sober – Edwin Raphael
Coincidental – Betcha
How You’ll Be Remembered – Aron Wright
Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy
The Bird – SYML
Cocoon – Tommy Ashby
Gentle Punches – Jack in Water
Leave a Light On – JacobNeverhill
Me, The Prodigal – Lane Norberg
Killer Queen – FIL BO RIVA
Connor – SYML
Bed – SYML
Antidote – Mr Hudson2
Before You Knew It Was Me – SYML
Let Me Hold You – Nick Wilson
Without the Lights – Elliot Moss
99 – Elliot Moss3
Snowblind – Saro
You There – Aquilo
BITCH (takes one to know one) – Lennon Stella
Until We Meet the Dust – Jack in Water
I Won’t – Richard Walters
Bad for You – Billy Raffoul
Spoke Too Soon – Jake Scott
Wake Up – The Native Sibling
Caves – Haux
Waves – Dean Lewis
Hold Me While You Wait – Lewis Capaldi
Falling Down – Harrison Storm
To the Rhythm – Mattis
Signs – Leon Else
Pteryla – Novo Amor & Ed Tullett4
New Stories – Steve Benjamins
Loverboy – Mattis5
Rich, White, Straight Men – Kesha6
Must Have Been the Wind – Alec Benjamin
Stay (Don’t Go Away) [feat. Raye] – David Guetta
Drew Barrymore – Bryce Vine
Angel – H. Kenneth7
Something Good (feat. All Tvvins) – EMBRZ
Slow Down – Joel Ansett
Heaven – Avicii8
Enemy – Sandro Cavazza
All Time Low – Jon Bellion
Nostalgic – A R I Z O N A
F**k Collingwood – Hayden Calnin9
Never Really Over – Katy Perry
Up, Up & Away – Chance Peña
Down – Marshmello
Visible – Hayden Calnin
The Chain – Mattis
Bristol – Imaginary Future10
Cuando Me Miras (feat. Enry-K) – C. Tangana
lowercase – Luna Shadows
Someone You Loved – Boyce Avenue
Electric Touch – A R I Z O N A
Coyote – Mako11
Cross My Mind – A R I Z O N A
Affection – Amber Run12
The Sea – HAEVN13
Real – Majik
Smoke Filled Room – Mako
One with the Mountain – Firewoodisland
scared – Jeremy Zucker
O.C.C.D. – Abra Taylor14
Slept on Me – Mr Hudson
Murder (Acoustic) – Mako
Green Light – Lorde
Neon Circus – Amber Run
Maybe We Shouldn’t Be Friends – Marshall
Those Three Words – Portair
Hey, Ma – Bon Iver15
Thinkin Bout You – Emily Afton
Powerline – Phangs
Soothsayer – Of Monsters and Men
Wars – Of Monsters and Men
Sorry – Tyrone Wells
Glass House – LIEZA16
Haunted – Saint Claire17
Bigger Things – Imaginary Future
Decisions – Sidi
Taken By the Sky – Dalli18
Down – Marian Hill

  1. One of my favorite things about iTunes is that it can show me play counts for songs; I think it’s neat to see what my Clear Favorites are. ↩︎
  2. Two songs by Mr. Hudson on this list now, and I only started listening to him because I hit the wrong thing while trying to play Coldplay one day. Gotta love random chance. (Or a good marketing strategy, I suppose.) ↩︎
  3. Found this song by way of Elementary, who usually have pretty good final songs. And speaking of Elementary, it’s ending this season, I believe. I’ll be needing a new Sherlock Holmes show soon… ↩︎
  4. A bit more from my nostalgia break last month. ↩︎
  5. I really enjoy this one; Mattis has a good voice for it. ↩︎
  6. Gotta love Kesha. ↩︎
  7. One of my top two favorite additions this month; not the album art I chose, though, because Elliot Moss had an excellent design. ↩︎
  8. I… do not want to admit to how long it took me to figure out that this was Chris Martin singing. Just a lot of “wow, I didn’t know Avicii sounded so much like the Coldplay guy!” ↩︎
  9. My other favorite addition this month; some serious Bon Iver circa 2016 vibes. ↩︎
  10. If you like Haux, you’ll like this one. ↩︎
  11. Very catchy, also an excellent pick. ↩︎
  12. I’ve been getting more and more excited for this album over the past month, I’m quite looking forward to it. ↩︎
  13. Again, an excellent addition in the Haux vein. ↩︎
  14. Eventually I’m gonna have an entire playlist of songs that I picked because they reminded me of the excellent sound design in the opening to Passengers. ↩︎
  15. Hey, Bon Iver is back! Bon Iver is great. ↩︎
  16. Lyrically, at least, this is sorta… Evanescence-y? ↩︎
  17. Similar song on this list: “How You’ll Be Remembered.” Sadness and piano, definitely my aesthetic. ↩︎
  18. Reminds me of when I used to listen to Noon Pacific. I wonder if they’ve stopped doing the whole “Spotify-only” thing?
    Follow-up, having taken a break to go check: no, they’ve gone deeper into it and won’t even show song names now. Exclusivity: it’ll reduce your audience!
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Playlist

Playlist of the Month: June 2019

All of these links point to music.apple.com instead of itunes.apple.com now, but the tool I use to get them is still at itunes.apple.com. It’s a slow death that iTunes is having.
Silhouette – Aquilo
Coldplay (feat. Vic Mensa) – Mr Hudson
Cologne – Haux
Sober – Edwin Raphael
Coincidental – Betcha
bury a friend – Billie Eilish
How You’ll Be Remembered – Aron Wright
Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy1
A Big World – Joel Adams
The Bird – SYML
Cocoon – Tommy Ashby
Gentle Punches – Jack in Water
listen before i go – Billie Eilish
Leave a Light On – JacobNeverhill
Me, The Prodigal – Lane Norberg
WHEN I WAS OLDER (Music Inspired by the Film “ROMA”) – Billie Eilish
High Beams (feat. slowthai) – Flume & HWLS
Killer Queen – FIL BO RIVA
I Make Sparks – Novo Amor
Connor – SYML2
Bed – SYML
Antidote – Mr Hudson
Before You Knew It Was Me – SYML
Find Someone – A R I Z O N A
Rebota – Guaynaa
Let Me Hold You – Nick Wilson
Denim Darlin’ – Edwin Raphael
I Of The Storm – Of Monsters and Men
Where Your Secrets Hide (feat. Katie Garfield) – Klergy
Big Yellow Taxi (feat. Vanessa Carlton) – Counting Crows
Girl – SYML
Without the Lights – Elliot Moss
99 – Elliot Moss3
Snowblind – Saro
You There – Aquilo
BITCH (takes one to know one) – Lennon Stella4
Half a Man – Dean Lewis
Until We Meet the Dust – Jack in Water
I Won’t – Richard Walters
Bad for You – Billy Raffoul
Saturn – Sleeping At Last
Gold – JacobNeverhill
Spoke Too Soon – Jake Scott
Wake Up – The Native Sibling5
Amor Genuino – Ozuna
So Called Love – Melis
I Found – Amber Run
Three Strikes (feat. Jack McManus) – Afrojack6
Caves – Haux
Silence (feat. Khalid) – Marshmello
Big Jet Plane – Angus & Julia Stone
Waves – Dean Lewis
Hold Me While You Wait – Lewis Capaldi
Falling Down – Harrison Storm
To the Rhythm – Mattis7
Signs – Leon Else
This Song Reminds Me Of You – Jai Wolf
Do You Mean (feat. Ty Dolla $ign and bülow) – The Chainsmokers
Oceans Away – A R I Z O N A

  1. I heard this playing on the radio the other day and was thoroughly confused, and then confused about why I was confused. I think the moral of the story is that I don’t really understand the concept of radio anymore. ↩︎
  2. This one keeps getting more fun to sing along to. ↩︎
  3. About two weeks after I’d added both of these songs to this list, I was like, “oh, maybe I should try listening to the rest of the album.” So, y’know, look for that next month. ↩︎
  4. Pretty catchy, but I do have to ask: is this actually something people say? ↩︎
  5. This would actually work pretty well in one of those ‘gentle alarm clock’ type apps. ↩︎
  6. This pops up whenever I’m in a nostalgic mood, because I just go to the folder of playlists from a past year, and iTunes sorts by artist first, so this is up a the top. ↩︎
  7. I think this is the catchiest addition this month. ↩︎
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Playlist of the Month: May 2019

In theory, a couple days from now we’ll find out that iTunes is being retired; I’m just going to hope that whatever they replace it with still supports smart playlists, because otherwise my entire music workflow is going to collapse.
Silhouette – Aquilo
Coldplay (feat. Vic Mensa) – Mr Hudson
Hide & Seek (Imogen Heap Cover) – Amber Run
Cologne – Haux
Sober – Edwin Raphael
Coincidental – Betcha1
Heavy Lungs – FLØRE
St. George – Mt. Joy
bury a friend – Billie Eilish
How You’ll Be Remembered – Aron Wright
Run – Harrison Storm
when the party’s over – Billie Eilish
Starboy (feat. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd2
Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy
Jumper – Natalie Taylor
A Big World – Joel Adams
The Bird – SYML
SKINNYDIP – Jake Miller
WHAT IF YOU FELL IN LOVE? – Jake Miller
my strange addiction – Billie Eilish
Ooh Love Love – sophiemarie.b
Emotion (feat. Panama) – Hazey Eyes
bad guy – Billie Eilish
Cocoon – Tommy Ashby
Last Thread (feat. Huntar) – EMBRZ
Gentle Punches – Jack in Water
listen before i go – Billie Eilish
Leave a Light On – JacobNeverhill
Me, The Prodigal – Lane Norberg3
WHEN I WAS OLDER (Music Inspired by the Film “ROMA”) – Billie Eilish
Eastside – benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid
Loving You – Seafret
High Beams (feat. slowthai) – Flume & HWLS
No Church in the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean & The-Dream) – JAY-Z & Kanye West
Thinkin Bout You (Frank Ocean Cover) – Midnight Pool Party4
Killer Queen – FIL BO RIVA
Best Behaviour – Mansionair
Everything All at Once – SYML
Will You Think of Me Later? – Edwin Raphael
I Make Sparks – Novo Amor
Easy – Tycho5
You Spin Me Round (feat. Silver Letomi) – Auralnauts6
Carry On (From “POKÉMON Detective Pikachu”) – Kygo & Rita Ora7
Isle of Strawberries – Edwin Raphael
Maze (Acoustic) – Angel Snow
Saving Grace – Nathan Ball
Connor – SYML
Bed – SYML
Antidote – Mr Hudson8
Before You Knew It Was Me – SYML
Find Someone – A R I Z O N A
SOS (feat. Aloe Blacc) – Avicii
Rebota – Guaynaa
Let Me Hold You – Nick Wilson
Forever Young – Ursine Vulpine
Denim Darlin’ – Edwin Raphael
Alejandro – Lady Gaga9
I Of The Storm – Of Monsters and Men10

  1. The problem with having these playlists be in order like this is that I wind up with the ‘vanguard’ of stuff that’s made it through months of the playlist, and I don’t have any new comments to add to them. ↩︎
  2. In my head, the origin story of this song involves the two guys in Daft Punk just being… paralyzed by introverted terror when The Weeknd walked into their studio ↩︎
  3. This is… pretty off-brand for me, gotta admit. But hey, it sounds good. ↩︎
  4. This is one of two blocks of “it’s time for some throwback music!” in this playlist. ↩︎
  5. Tycho is excellent “lazy Saturday morning” music. ↩︎
  6. Link for context ↩︎
  7. I want to see this movie, but I also… keep forgetting that it’s actually in theaters right now. ↩︎
  8. A+ song for singing along to, surprisingly ↩︎
  9. Fun fact: if you just search for “Alejandro” in Apple Music, you’ll get several covers of this song, but not the original. ↩︎
  10. Found out that a friend of mine recently moved to the neighborhood where I live, and immediately got this album stuck in my head – it came out right when we moved out here, and I spent a lot of time listening to it while getting deliberately lost so I could learn the lay of the land. ↩︎
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Playlist of the Month: April 2019

If I’d planned better, I would’ve written this up before I took my laptop to the Apple Store to get a new keyboard. Again.1
Silhouette – Aquilo
Coldplay (feat. Vic Mensa) – Mr Hudson
Hide & Seek (Imogen Heap Cover) – Amber Run Body – SYML
Better – Khalid
Cologne – Haux
Teardrop – José González
Shadow and a Dancer – The Fray
Hands Held High – LINKIN PARK
Sober – Edwin Raphael
Love Me Back – RITUAL & Tove Styrke
RLNDT – Bad Bunny
Coincidental – Betcha
Heavy Lungs – FLØRE
St. George – Mt. Joy
bury a friend – Billie Eilish
How You’ll Be Remembered – Aron Wright
Faded – Alan Walker
Bigfoot – Mt. Joy
Sheep – Mt. Joy
Run – Harrison Storm
when the party’s over – Billie Eilish
Dinner & Diatribes – Hozier2
Starboy (feat. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd
Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy
Jumper – Natalie Taylor
Human (feat. Tom Walker) – dodie
A Big World – Joel Adams
WDWGILY – SYML
honest – GOLDN
Freedom Falls – Khushi
The Bird – SYML3
My Boy (feat. Amor Romeira) – Allen King
Tell Me Its a Dream – Phillip LaRue
all the good girls go to hell – Billie Eilish
SKINNYDIP – Jake Miller
WHAT IF YOU FELL IN LOVE? – Jake Miller
my strange addiction – Billie Eilish4
Ooh Love Love – sophiemarie.b
Emotion (feat. Panama) – Hazey Eyes
ilomilo – Billie Eilish
bad guy – Billie Eilish
Cocoon – Tommy Ashby5
Vhs – Mykey
Last Thread (feat. Huntar) – EMBRZ
Gentle Punches – Jack in Water6
listen before i go – Billie Eilish
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – Imaginary Future
Fade (feat. Paris Jones) – J.u.D.
I Love You (Quintet Version) – Woodkid
Bad Day – Daniel Powter7
HP – Maluma
Purple Sand (My Home) – Big Wild
Leave a Light On – JacobNeverhill8
Me, The Prodigal – Lane Norberg
WHEN I WAS OLDER (Music Inspired by the Film “ROMA”) – Billie Eilish9
Eastside – benny blanco, Halsey & Khalid
Loving You – Seafret
High Beams (feat. slowthai) – Flume & HWLS10
Pity Party – Melanie Martinez

  1. This is the fourth keyboard replacement since I got it last summer; gotta love that butterfly keyboard. ↩︎
  2. There are some excellent jokes about Hozier’s new album, but I won’t be repeating any of them, because I like to pretend I’ve got a better sense of humor than I actually do. ↩︎
  3. This didn’t make it into my playlist on the first listen, but then I came back to it and liked it more, and I’m glad I gave it a second chance. ↩︎
  4. But seriously, Billie Eilish is amazing ↩︎
  5. In the same musical aesthetic as Cologne, above, so of course I’m a fan. ↩︎
  6. Putting this playlist together is actually the first time that I’ve seen the album cover for this. Very ‘Noon Pacific.’ ↩︎
  7. This is what happens when the person driving says “hey, we should listen to a bunch of throwback music.” ↩︎
  8. Still can’t read this title without getting part of Midnight stuck in my head. Coldplay: I’m still a fan. ↩︎
  9. I don’t know how I missed this when it came out, but I’ve listened to it like a thousand times this month, so I guess I’m caught up ↩︎
  10. It’s got an aggressive intro, but I really like the way the guy goes through the lyrics. ↩︎
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Playlist of the Month: March 2019

An update since last time: the iTunes Store Search API is nicer if you don’t try to do a lot at once. The moral of the story is… teach your algorithms to slow down and smell the roses?
Silhouette – Aquilo
Coldplay (feat. Vic Mensa) – Mr Hudson
Ibiza (feat. Romeo Santos) – Ozuna
You Found Me – The Fray
Hide & Seek (Imogen Heap Cover) – Amber Run
Congratulations – Blue October
Body – SYML
Better – Khalid
Cologne – Haux
Teardrop – José González
How to Save a Life – The Fray
Shadow and a Dancer – The Fray
Pyres of Varanasi – Thirty Seconds to Mars
Hands Held High – LINKIN PARK
Sober – Edwin Raphael
Flashback – Majik
Strangers – Majik
Friends (Under the Influence) – Majik
If You’re Gone – Matchbox Twenty
O Superman (For Massenet) – Laurie Anderson
Movement – Hozier
Love Me Back – RITUAL & Tove Styrke
Sola – Luis Fonsi
RLNDT – Bad Bunny
Coincidental – Betcha
Lust – Xela
Temporary – Ella Vos
Heavy Lungs – FLØRE
Let You Down – NF
St. George – Mt. Joy
bury a friend – Billie Eilish
How You’ll Be Remembered – Aron Wright1
Green Eyes – Edwin Raphael
Back In My Body – Maggie Rogers
Visions (feat. RBBTS) – Lane 8
Harbours – Edwin Raphael
Faded – Alan Walker
Places We Don’t Know – Kasbo
Bigfoot – Mt. Joy
Out of Love – Peter Manos
Queen of Coasts – Edwin Raphael
Sheep – Mt. Joy2
wish you were gay – Billie Eilish
Run – Harrison Storm
13th Floor (feat. Lil Halima) – Elias Boussnina
when the party’s over – Billie Eilish3
Dinner & Diatribes – Hozier
Starboy (feat. Daft Punk) – The Weeknd
Power Over Me – Dermot Kennedy4
Where’s My Love – SYML
Mirage – Elina
Not Easy – Evan Roman
Jumper – Natalie Taylor5
Lucky for You – Novo Amor & Gia Margaret
Human (feat. Tom Walker) – dodie
A Big World – Joel Adams6
WDWGILY – SYML
honest – GOLDN7
Freedom Falls – Khushi
The Bird – SYML
Here With Me (feat. CHVRCHES) – Marshmello
When It Ends – Imaginary Future
My Boy (feat. Amor Romeira) – Allen King8
Cama Vacía – Ozuna
Tell Me Its a Dream – Phillip LaRue
all the good girls go to hell – Billie Eilish
SKINNYDIP – Jake Miller
WHAT IF YOU FELL IN LOVE? – Jake Miller9
my strange addiction – Billie Eilish10
Thinking of You – Christian Kane11

  1. I still want this to be used in a movie. No idea what movie, but it feels very cinematic. ↩︎
  2. Fun to sing along to, 10/10 would recommend ↩︎
  3. This whole album is great ↩︎
  4. Instagram’s little ‘share a song in your story’ thing is a good way to discover music. Not as good as it could be — if they’d give Apple Music links instead of only Spotify, I’d be happier. ↩︎
  5. This is a really good cover. ↩︎
  6. This will very much get stuck in your head ↩︎
  7. Also very catchy ↩︎
  8. Protip: don’t google this guy; if you’re lucky, you’ll just find his YouTube channel. ↩︎
  9. This song really reminds me of “I Like Me Better” ↩︎
  10. As of this writing, this is tied with “bury a friend” for being my favorite song on this album. ↩︎
  11. If you haven’t watched Leverage, you absolutely should, it’s a wonderful, wonderful show. ↩︎