Music can help people process hard things like grief, overwhelm or loneliness. The Darling playlist series was created to help you during this time of quarantine. We hope to use music to bring you a little hope today.
Whether I am driving, getting ready, going on a walk, riding my bike, cooking a meal, baking a treat or working, music is always in the background. There is a playlist blaring in the background most times of my day.
In college, during study sessions, I could only listen to classical music or film scores. Anything with words threw off my concentration. On a sunny day, a slow, moody playlist wouldn’t suffice. I had to listen to something upbeat and fun. My music library is littered with playlists that were created for specific moods, days, seasons and activities. They are named things like “Making Pizza!” and “Cafe in Paris” (where I have never been for longer than a layover) and “Sunshine and Pineapple.” I truly believe in a playlist for everything.
Like many people, I’ve been working from home throughout quarantine. In the first few days, I realized the vibe and the songs I once listened to while I sat in my office don’t inspire creativity or motivate me at home. Instead, I found myself feeling the exact opposite. I didn’t feel like doing anything but lying around. I felt like I had no energy for the things I wanted or needed to do.
I soon realized I needed a new playlist for these uncertain times. While the unknown can be difficult, my hope is that these songs inspire your creativity, kickstart your motivation and help you make it through each day.