Sunday, November 29, 2015

November Playlist

November Playlist

Yo, what's up, party people?! November is almost over WHICH MEANS IT'S ALMOST CHRISTMAS! And though I am Jewish, my Christmas senses are tingling!

Also, I am very excited for winter break. Thanksgiving break was crucial, but now I'm just ready for the big kahuna. You feel me?

Oh, and I could stand to leave 2015 behind. Some great things happened this year, but it felt...so muddled and confusing. The end of 2014 just bled into the beginning of 2015 and I never really got my momentum. I'm already deep in the trenches of spiritual preparation for 2016 (whoa...that's crazy) and I look forward to starting on the right foot. Especially since I sense BIG things on the horizon for my music and my writing. You'll have to stick around and see what happens! ;)

Enjoy my November playlist and coast into that sweet, wintry, final month with me...

OOP! Before I forget - check out "Songs for Felix," the new EP by USC band The Nova Darlings! I'm friends with a couple of those guys and they really know how to make a great tune. Search 'em up on Soundcloud, Spotify, or iTunes (they're everywhere)! And now for the playlist!

1. "Gold" - 3:46
ALBUM: Gold - Single
ARTIST: Kiiara

2. "Lay It All on Me (feat. Ed Sheeran)" - 4:03
ALBUM: We the Generation
ARTIST: Rudimental

3. "Alive" - 4:24
ALBUM: This Is Acting
ARTIST: Sia

4. "Bird Set Free" - 4:13
ALBUM: This Is Acting
ARTIST: Sia

5. "Hello" - 4:56
ALBUM: 25
ARTIST: Adele

6. "Diary (feat. Jermaine Paul & Tony! Toni! TonĂ©!)" - 4:44
ALBUM: The Diary of Alicia Keys
ARTIST: Alicia Keys

7. "Fingerprints" - 4:17
ALBUM: Choose Your Weapon
ARTIST: Hiatus Kaiyote

8. "Take the Box" - 3:20
ALBUM: Frank
ARTIST: Amy Winehouse

9. "Driving in Circles" - 3:29
ALBUM: Confluence
ARTIST: Zane Carney

10. "Tower of Song" - 3:47
ALBUM: Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (Motion Picture Soundtrack)
ARTIST: Martha Wainright

11. "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" - 3:38
ALBUM: Bob Dylan
ARTIST: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan

12. "Half Asleep" - 3:14
ALBUM: Heigh Ho
ARTIST: Blake Mills

13. "Hold You In My Arms" - 5:06
ALBUM: Trouble
ARTIST: Ray LaMontagne

14. "I've Just Seen a Face" - 2:05
ALBUM: Help!
ARTIST: The Beatles

15. "Cold Is the Night" - 3:15
ALBUM: The Oh Hellos - EP
ARTIST: The Oh Hellos

16. "Shine" - 2:59
ALBUM: Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm
ARTIST: Benjamin Francis Leftwich

17. "Between the Bars" - 2:21
ALBUM: Either/Or
ARTIST: Elliott Smith

18. "Count Your Blessings" - 4:05
ALBUM: Count Your Blessings - EP
ARTIST: George Ogilvie

19. "Sink Or Swim" - 3:44
ALBUM: The Morning
ARTIST: Lewis Watson

20. "Petrolia" - 4:11
ALBUM: Don't Get Too Grand
ARTIST: Donovan Woods

21. "In July" - 2:23
ALBUM: Hi Fidelity
ARTIST: Ernie Halter

22. "Wild Things" - 3:09
ALBUM: Know-It-All
ARTIST: Alessia Cara

23. "In Exile" - 3:53
ALBUM: Beggars
ARTIST: Thrice

24. "Hollow" - 3:31
ALBUM: Hollow - Single
ARTIST: Tori Kelly

25. "Annie's Always Waiting (For the Next One to Leave)" - 2:56
ALBUM: Last of the Great Pretenders
ARTIST: Matt Nathanson

26. "Radio" - 3:31
ALBUM: Labor of Love
ARTIST: Ernie Halter

27. "Don't Wanna Fight" - 3:53
ALBUM: Sound & Color
ARTIST: Alabama Shakes

28. "Ain't That Peculiar" - 2:59
ALBUM: Number 1s: Marvin Gaye
ARTIST: Marvin Gaye

Jeez, didn't realize how long this thing was! Anyway, I hope you enjoy these 28 tunes in the last few hours of November. Time is precious. It slips away quickly. Before you know it, you're halfway through your freshman year of college and you're no closer to figuring out where you belong in the world...or maybe that's just me. I'm feeling good, though. Like I said, big things are on the horizon. Wheels are turning. The universe is preparing for us all.

Talk soon. xo

Monday, November 9, 2015

White Privilege Reader's Theater

INT. - LIVING ROOM - DAY

A, the homeowner, stands in the middle of a room, ankle deep in water. B, the handyman, stands on a raised platform with wheels, carrying a toolbox.

A: Thank you for coming on such short notice.
B: No problem. Ivory Roofers is here to help. Now what seems to be the problem?
A: Well, as you can see, my house is flooded due to a leak in the ceiling. Not surprising, considering how bad the weather has been these days.
B: Whoa, whoa, slow down there.
A: Sorry?
B: I just don't want you to jump to any conclusions.
A: I'm afraid I don't know what you mean.
B: Well, we don't know if there's really a leak in the ceiling.
A: How can you say that?
B: Don't antagonize me, I'm just playing devil's advocate. All I'm saying is that from where we're standing, it's impossible to tell if there's really a leak in the ceiling.
A: My house is flooded. That's a pretty good indicator that the ceiling has been leaking.
B: Flooding is kind of a strong word. There's not really that much, is there?
A: Do you not see the water on the floor?!
B: Try not to get too emotional, it's only water.
A: Surely you wouldn't want to live in a house where you're constantly ankle deep in water. It's damaging everything I own and generally ruining my quality of life.
B: At least you have a home.
A: Excuse me?
B: A lot of people don't even have homes to flood.
A: I mean, sure, but that's hardly the point right now. The point is that my home is flooded, and I called you to fix it.
B: Why do I have to fix it?
A: Well, for one thing, you're a roofer. That's literally your job. And second of all, because your company put the roof up in the first place, so you're really in the best position to fix it.
B: It's not my house. It's your house. Shouldn't you fix it?
A: I'm not a roofer! You are a roofer! Why won't you just fix the leak?
B: Couldn't you just learn to live with it?
A: I've been living with it for some time now, but I'm tired of just "living with it." That's why I called you. The weather has been bad, and--
B: Whoa, whoa, don't blame the weather for your problems.
A: How can I not blame the weather? The only reason there's water flooding my home is because of all the rain.
B: No, there's water in your home because you let it in your home.
A: That literally makes no sense. There is a hole in my roof--
B: Conjecture.
A: --And it's been raining, so there's now an excess of water all over my home. Please just fix it so I can move on with my life.
B: Look, it really doesn't seem that bad. Why don't you just stand on your platform?
A: Sorry, what?
B: As you can see, I've got a platform that I always stand on when things get too wet. Why don't you stand on your platform?
A: I don't have a platform.
B: I guess you could stand on mine.
A: There are no stairs. Could you help me up?
B: Wow, I offer you a spot on my platform, out of the water, and now I have to help you up, too?
A: There's really no other way for me to get up there.
B: That's not my problem.
A: Look. YOU put in the faulty roof. YOU refuse to fix the problems with it. I'M the one that's suffering because of it.
B: Technically, I didn't put that roof in. My grandfather did. When HE built this house, by the way. You really ought to be thanking me.
A: Why on earth should I thank you?!
B: Like I said. MY grandfather built this roof and put a roof over YOUR head.
A: The roof is leaking! And you refuse to fix it!
B: You can't blame me for something my grandfather did.
A: You're being ridiculous.
B: I'm not being ridiculous. You're the one complaining about everything and ignoring all your good fortune. If my grandfather hadn't built this house, you would have nowhere to live.
A: No, I'd just be living somewhere else.
B: But this house is so big and beautiful! It's got plenty of space for you to move around. And it's soundproof. You can say whatever you want as loud as you want!
A: All that would be great if it weren't flooded and all my things weren't water damaged. Why did you even come here if you weren't going to fix my roof?
B: I was trying to help you look on the bright side.
A: You're a roofer! That isn't what I hired you to do!
B: You haven't even paid me yet.
A: Because you haven't done your job!
B: I'm done being yelled at. I'm leaving.
A: Wait! You haven't fixed my roof! What am I supposed to do?
B: Solve your own problems!

B pulls out an oar from the toolbox and unfolds it to its full size.

A: Can I at least have that oar? Jesus, where the hell did you get that thing?
B: My father gave it to me so it's mine.
A: Is your house flooded?
B: No. But all the houses in this neighborhood have water in them. So I'm gonna need this to get around.
A: Are you going to fix the other houses, then?
B: Probably not. Hopefully they'll be more receptive to my help than you've been.

B uses the oar and the rolling platform to leave the house. A sighs and removes a blanket from a nearby couch, beginning - however futilely - to mop up all the water.