Mixtape Monday

Though she’s been on the scene for a few years now, I recently spent an entire day finally getting acquainted with Lana Del Rey. Last Friday, when I was in a particularly “off” mood, her ethereal voice seemed to be one of the few things that spoke to me. It’s unique, haunting, powerful, and beyond the cliché description of beautiful. I spent several hours drowning into her music. I couldn’t exactly say if her voice was pulling me out of my funk-like state, or pushed me further into it in such a way that simply made it okay to be a little “off.”

What I can commit to saying, was that in exploring her music, I felt more at ease despite the myriad of things that were bugging that day. In effect, what I love about her voice is its ability to calm, providing a place to literally zone out, and just breathe.

And so, we find ourselves visited by that illustrious thing we call “Monday.”

I’m a believer that making the transition back into the routine of the week always helps with good music. I’ve curated a short playlist of those songs that gave me chills in such a way that helped create that much-needed breathing space I needed recently.

So log in to your Spotify account, hit play, sit back and get to work on those Monday to-do lists and emails with a little Lana Del Rey in background perfect for vibin’ out and working through those infamous Monday blues if they’ve happened to pay you a visit.  It’s what I’m likely doing myself as you read this.

Have a great week. Enjoy!

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9 thoughts on “Mixtape Monday

    • I love her too now, new fan here! I’d heard of Lana Del Rey, of course, but never took the time to really sit down and listen to her music. I don’t know if it was fate that particular day, but I’m so glad I did. I hadn’t thought of that comparison, but I can see how she might remind you of Florence and the Machine! She’s another favorite of mine.

  1. I can listen to Blue Jeans, Video Games, Mermaid Motel, and her Once Upon a Dream cover endlessly. And while Ride isn’t my favorite song, it’s my favorite video – especially the poem at the beginning. Lana’s my girl, yesssss!

    • Yay – another fan! As you can see, I’m a little lame and a bit behind on my Lana Del Rey discovery. I’ll be sure to check out those tracks that you mentioned that I haven’t heard yet and will check out that video. I haven’t seen it yet. Thanks for stopping by, Zauni!

  2. I am starting to love Lana Del Rey. I’ve kind of pushed her under the bus because I thought she sounds too much like Miley Cyrus but as I was on my Spotify I noticed I was listening to her and Lorde more than I originally wanted. I love her new song “West Coast” a lot, I was reading that people think it’s like a take to Stevie Nicks “Edge Of Seventeen” it kind of does in parts. I also love her take of “Once Upon A Dream” it’s so dark and totally what that movie needed to match the dark inspect of it. 🙂

    • Hi Megan!
      I didn’t catch the Stevie Nicks feel at all, but that’s an interesting take now that I think about it more closely. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite at the moment, I’m still getting to know her music, but West Coast has a great vibe and sound to it. 🙂

      • I love “Dark Paradise” and “Off To The Races” the most. Something about “West Coast” it kind of gives out a very chill, almost 70s feel to it. I’ve never been the west coast but I would think that’s how I would feel about it whenever I listen to that song. Her voice just takes you there too!:)

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