Weekend Playlist: Vehicle to Escapism

1. the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant realities, especially by seeking entertainment or engaging in fantasy.
The right combination of tracks can conjure up a feeling within me that is almost indescribable.  It is a stopwatch on my life – it freezes time and allows me to take a step back from my reality in order to develop a new, holistic perspective. The ability to isolate emotions is elusive, yet magically powerful. Throughout life, our expectations can become mangled images of what they once were, leaving us paralyzed and unable to enjoy the many pleasures right before our eyes. If we don’t adapt and constantly redefine our expectations, we will surely live lives full of what-ifs and what-could-have-have-beens.  Train yourself to be a world-class escape artist, learn how to ignore the unpleasant realities around us, and focus on the beautiful world we live in.
This week, this playlist was my vehicle to escapism — enjoy the ride.


New Playlist: “For Her”

I wasn’t going to post this playlist.

It started as a pretty sappy assortment of songs that reminded me of someone who used to be very special in my life. I would only make it through a couple songs before turning it off. Just couldn’t do it. But lately I’ve realized that, in some strange way, this playlist has evolved into a genuine source of happiness. Time will do that.

It reminds me of some of the happiest and saddest times in my life.  Rather feel one of those than neither, right?

For Her


Fare Thee Well – Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford


Last week, I witnessed the beautiful confluence of art and reality. Sitting on my porch, safe from the rain pouring down around me, “Fare Thee Well”, an incredibly famous folk revivalist song, was playing. Cohesion is a beautiful sight to behold. How often do things perfectly align? A lot less often than I’d like to admit. But this was just one of those moments.

Losing myself in the moment, blankly staring into the yard, raindrops seemed to fill the holes of the track, and those drops seemingly knew when to take the back seat when Oscar Isaac and Marcus Mumford took center stage. It was as if I was listening to the cover as it was intended to be consumed. Moments like these are few and far between, and sometimes you don’t even realize what’s happening till it’s all said and done, but it’s our job to hang on to these moments for dear life. Or at least try out very best.