Breaking Down March 2019’s Playlist: Sitting with Emotions

Welcome to the monthly series where I write about the ideas and inspiration behind the Spotify playlists I release on the first of every month.

Lately I’ve dedicated a good amount of time studying and practicing meditation. One of the practices I found myself most intrigued by in the past month was a type that has you sit with all types of emotions — enjoyable, challenging and everything in between.

This month’s playlist is a musical journey through that meditation practice. The arrangement of songs took me chronologically through moments when I’ve felt empowered, joyful, in love, nostalgic, sad, angry, open-minded, carefree, passionate, and empowered once again. The list of emotions certainly isn’t exhaustive, but it touches on a lot of the things I’ve been reflecting on through this practice. I figured I’d explain or tell a couple stories about just a couple of them. I don’t expect you to have any considerable connection to the actual experiences, but knowing that these journeys are something we all go through as humans, I hope it serves as a starting point to explore, remember and sit with different emotions you’ve felt throughout your life.

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Panama – It’s Not Over

Panama the Band

Panama is Australian label Future Classic‘s latest signing. The band is made up of Jarrah McCleary, an Australian himself who learned to play classic piano at the age of six. McCleary had once formed a band called The Dirty Secrets, who got to work with legendary producer and engineer Nick Terry. They did quite well for themselves, making it to big-name festivals around the world. But in early 2011, McCleary headed toward Los Angeles. The Dirty Secrets quickly became something very different, something very LA. The band’s bio describes the transition beautifully:

a short summer experience in the ‘city where dreams are made’ lead to tracks tinged with hints of hopeful house music strewn with the sleaziness of Venice beach and too much free poured tequila. Heavily steeped in sunburn, the scent of coconut, beer drinking on the promenade and bikini-clad girls on roller-skates – the band was faced with no other option than to create a new project – and so, Panama was born. 

Panama just crossed my radar for the first time today with this track “It’s Not Over,” and I’m immediately feeling the urge to dive into this pool of crystal clear, blue water and go exploring. Anybody else feel a bit like they’re snorkling and looking at awesome underwater wildlife when they listen to this song? Or maybe it’s just because the picture here is the background of their website.

You say you wish you were younger, so you can make mistakes again

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