Playlist: Social Distancing Vibrations

We’re all a little tense right now. Some might even say scared shitless.

Maybe what we all need is to pop in our ear buds, fire up a good soundtrack and put something on the stove with loads of garlic. Dancing while cooking is scientifically proven to, if not keep you virus-free, at least make you hate your apartment-prison a little less. So wildly swing your spatula as you dance in your underwear. That’s right, we’re in our underwear; as long as we’re cancelling everything, let’s go ahead and cancel pants. Then go sit in the one place on the floor where the sun pours in long, golden slivers. See if you can melt into your yoga mat. Do you have any brownies? If so, you should eat two right now and absolutely not worry about the pounds. Scream your favorite lyrics until your cat gets really scared. Repeat.

Can we find some humor in our situation? Like a scrap? Is it there? What about joy? Is there joy to be found? I don’t know, I really don’t. But let’s all keep trying, anyway.

Happy listening. (Click below.)

Fall moods playlist

Yes, it’s actually spring here in El Salvador, but my brain still thinks of the calendar on U.S. terms. This year, like the last, I’m vicariously experiencing fall through social media — photos of turning leaves and added layers and Halloween parties.

My birthday, usually an autumn affair, was spent at the beach (not complaining). Instead of Halloween, I’ll again be celebrating Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, later this month.

This fall playlist probably combines those two sentiments — the effervescent, ever-summer feel of Latin America and the moodiness and wistfulness that sinks in with the later U.S. months. OK, there’s probably more “moody” than “bounce” in this one, so maybe draw a hot bath for your listen.

As always, it’s arranged to be played in order, but shuffle if you must (and know that I judge every shuffler among us).