There was a time a few years ago when I really prided myself on being more "plugged into" the music scene than the average person. I went to a show just about every week, knew a lot of local musicians, and had some cool stories about my time with some rather famous artists. It was a big part of my identity but the truth is, it didn't come from a happy place. You see, at the time I was in a very unhealthy relationship with a man for whom music was life. He made a living by producing records and I fell into the role of being his biggest supporter. I provided space, money, and emotional support while getting less and less in return. What's more, he was very opinionated about "good" and "bad" music and I eventually just gave up on having any opinions of my own.
When that relationship ended, about 3 years later than it should have, I suddenly stopped having anything to do with music. I no longer went to shows. Listening to some of my favorite bands only evoked painful memories. And I didn't have much confidence in my own opinions. I pretty much just listened to podcasts and audiobooks for a couple of years.
Lately, though, I've really felt like I'm missing that connection with music that I think most of us feel when we hear something that moves us. I've slowly started seeking out the new, the familiar, the danceable, the dark. Sometimes, the best part of my day is singing along in the car or jogging along to a beat. I don't have anyone shaming me about what I like.
So with that rather heavy introduction, I'd like to share a little playlist of some songs I've been enjoying lately. They run the gamut, but I hope you can find or rediscover some gems among them. And I'd love to here from you...What have you been listening to lately? It doesn't have to be cool or unique. It just has to make you smile. :)