Admittedly, my most recent playlist “16 Songs For Sweaters (And The People Wearing Them)” was a bit of a downer. My 2015 summer playlist was sprinkled with angst, far more appropriate for daydreaming in the shadows than prancing through sprinklers in the sunlight. Upon coming to this realization, I began to project my real-life “wet blanket syndrome” onto my online presence. “Nobody is ever going to listen to your playlists!” I shouted inside my brain with a hint of frantic anxiety. “Because they are the aural equivalent of Eeyore suffering from a bad case of lost tail.”
So, naturally, I got a new attitude! The solution was to turn the beat around. When I heard an upbeat, inspiring pop anthem, I made my best effort to tilt my head back and say “YES” like Shonda Rhimes, Grace and Frankie and Michelle Williams featuring Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland. These were my fight songs! My take back my life songs! And I needed to embrace them with open arms and an open heart.
Except, well, this started to feel disingenuous.
I wasn’t ready to have shots with Jussie Smollett, play the lottery with Michelle Chamuel or even venture to contemplate the sugary mall-pop sound of Eden xo‘s latest release. It was midway through yet another October – traditionally one of my least favorite times of the year – and I was trying to force-feed myself medicine that left a horrible taste in my mouth and, even worse, didn’t make me feel any better.
The trust was, I just felt okay… And I was okay with that.
Those are all the fascinating details behind my new playlist “12 Songs For Feeling Okay“, a collection of songs that make me feel good (without making me feel guilty for not feeling even better). Within this set, there are sprinklings of hope, romance and empowerment, yet overall, the unifying theme is a sense of urgency. These twelve selections drive you forward with the music, and if I do say so myself, they’re also pretty great for driving.
At this point, you’re welcome to hit the play button now or save that step for later. Meanwhile, I’m going to get back to the roots of It’s The Money Shot and give a painfully long track-by-track explanation for each songs’ presence on this list. Feel free to join me on this journey or abandon me to do something much cooler. It’s okay! I don’t mind.