The Perfect Fall Playlist

It’s October! My favorite month and my favorite season are here. To celebrate and get into that “fall mood”, I have compiled some songs that always make me think of fall, pumpkin spice, and everything nice. 😉

A Silent Cause – The Paper Kites

The Girl – City and Colour

Flightless Bird, American Mouth – Iron & Wine

Eyes – Rogue Wave

Seventeen – The Tallest Man on Earth

Sagres – The Tallest Man on Earth

When Our Legs Grew Tall – The Paper Kites

Months – The Middle East

Death with Dignity – Sufjan Stevens

Bleecker Street – Simon & Garfunkel

First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes

Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel

Sons and Daughters – Allman Brown

Sparrow and the Wolf – James Vincent McMorrow

 

I hope you enjoy this playlist! Check it out on my spotify here and leave requests for other playlists in the comments.

For more music, view my last music monday featuring British Indie of the 80s!  ❤

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A Journey from Head to Heart

We started our poetry unit in English class, and while I couldn’t be more excited (I love poetry), I was extremely hesitant. My English teacher isn’t exactly the Mr. Keating feel that every English nerd desires. Sadly, no “O Captain, My Captain” here.

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It’s been a few days in and while I’m not exactly enjoying the unit so far, I have enjoyed what we’ve read and the brief discussions we have. One text, however, stuck out to me and prompted a slight epiphany.

It was an essay by Billy Collins about how a poem travels. He remarked that once he starts a poem, he often has no clue how it will end, but when he reaches the ending, he knows it is the ending, and feels like it has been there all along. This idea really got me thinking about art, and how it truly is a journey.

When I know I have delivered a good dance performance, I can feel it. It feels like you stepped out of your body for those few minutes; like your head took a vacation; like something else was leading you on the floor.

When I look at certain paintings, something inside me screams at me, telling me that I like it. It’s not because my head is analyzing the structure, the color, or the texture. But something deeper that I can’t describe.

Well, while reading this essay, I think I kind of figured it out (at least, for me personally).

Everyday, we spend our lives in our heads: thinking, processing, analyzing. However, there are two parts of who we are. Our head, as mentioned above, and our heart. Our heart does the feeling and the real thinking. You know when Disney princesses say “follow your heart”? Well, that’s crap! It’s hard to tap into that part of who you are (I mean, granted they had fairy godmothers and singing birds), because our society forces us to hide that vulnerable aspects of ourselves away.

Art is the easiest way for us to tap into our heart. It is the only way to explain the sensation I feel when I’m dancing, when I’m writing, or when I look at a painting. Something else takes over and leads me to where I need to go. That something is your heart! When we pursue any given art form, it is a breather for our heads and the opportunity for our heart to take over. That’s why art is so relaxing and therapeutic: your heart takes the reigns and helps to heal your busy head that can never take a break.

When I am stressed, I dance. When I am confused, I write. When I am sad, I listen to music. The list is endless. Art is my escape. Art is the time for my heart to run free.

I cage my heart. Everyone does. No one truly wears their heart on their sleeves because most of the time we aren’t aware that this aspect of ourselves truly exist. Some people go through their whole lives without releasing their hearts.

But, this is why art is such a crucial part of culture and the history of human life. It has always been there because speaking with the heart is the most primal form of communication and existence. It need not be defined by language, which at times can be constricting, but instead takes on a whole new form that all humans can connect to because all humans possess this ability.

It truly is amazing. Art. And humans. And I am so lucky to have devoted my life to it.

The English Are Coming! A Custom Playlist for YOU!

It’s been an interesting week, and when I have an interesting week, it usually is accompanied with some teen angst. This weekend, I found that the particular cure to this angst was watching the film (500) Days of Summer, a particular favorite. For those of you who have not seen the film, I highly recommend it. For those of you who have seen it however, I ask you to recollect the scene where the two protagonists bond over their shared love of the band The Smiths. Naturally, I was interested in listening to the group myself, and thus I embarked on a British New Wave train. I have combined some of my favorites below, and while they are not all New Wave (and British), I find they all flow together in that wrench your heart, 80s movie soundtrack, sort of way. 🙂

There is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths

Here Comes Your Man – Pixies

Mushaboom – Feist

Dreams – The Cranberries

Just Like Heaven – The Cure

She’s Electric – Oasis

Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want – The Smiths

There She Goes – The La’s

Back to the Old House – The Smiths

Friday I’m In Love – The Cure

Linger – The Cranberries

Boys Don’t Cry – The Cure

Down Under – Men At Work

In Between Days – The Cure

This Must Be the Place – Talking Heads

I Melt with You – Modern English

 

I hope you enjoy this playlist as much as I have! Leave requests for playlists in the comments, and let me know which song off this list is your favorite. Also check out the playlist on my spotify here

Also, check out last weeks Music Monday that explores the new rock of today!

Keep rocking!

 

Finding Your Superpower

Life is not easy, and every day we need face new obstacles and challenges. As humans constantly we are asked to do the impossible.

One of my acting teachers used to call my peers and I superhumans, saying that what we need to do as actors is one of those impossible tasks. Being genuine in a formulated scenario sounds like an impossible task, yet we must do it, and yet we love it.

This philosophy of regarding oneself as a superhuman is very important to me. I can achieve the impossible, and I do it everyday. We must reward ourselves for small actions and victories because they are what make up who we are and ultimately what we achieve in life.

My teacher led us through an exercise known as “Prevailing Through Witnesses” in which you would stand in the middle of a circle and repeat the following,

“I prevail because I ______”.

Following this, members of the circle (upon their own volition), would stand facing you and repeat the statement as your mirror.

At the end of the exercise, we learned that the reasons we prevail are also what make us superhuman.

The exercise, for me, was an important step in the journey towards self-love. I mean, why can’t I be superhuman? That’s pretty cool if you ask me.

I am superhuman because I fall in love with everyone I meet.

One smile, joke, opinion and bam I’m in love. There are so many beautiful people around me, and everyone has something to share. It truly is lovely and heart wrenching.

Why do you prevail? What makes you superhuman?

These are important questions to answer if you ask me. Identify what enables you to do the impossible, to LIVE, because you will feel much better and happier afterwards.


 

As always, this is merely my own philosophie (with the help of course to my wonderful acting teacher Michael). If you wish, leave a comment telling me your thoughts. I love hearing your feedback. ❤

keep doing the impossible

Explore New Wave Rock

There is nothing like classic rock and roll, but who wants to be stuck in the past? Here is a custom made playlist exploring the best of modern rock, including The Black Keys and Tame Impala. Enjoy!

Next Girl – The Black Keys
New Person, Same Old Mistakes – Tame Impala
Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High – Arctic Monkeys
Calm Like You – The Last Shadow Puppets
If You Wanna – The Vaccines
The Only One – The Black Keys
Knee Socks – Arctic Monkeys
Mind Mischief – Tame Impala
Put a Flower in Your Pocket – The Arcs
Lucy the Tease – Allan Rayman
C-C-C-Cinnamon Lips – OK Go
Fever – The Black Keys
Arabella – Arctic Monkeys
Cold Companion – The Arcs

Check out this playlist on my spotify, and tell me if you like it in the comments! Tell me your favorite song on the playlist, or your favorite new wave group. I love to here what you think and your recommendations.
You can also check out last week’s playlist all about David Bowie here.
Look forward to an awesome new playlist next monday! 🙂

Our Favorite Space Oddity (MM 8/21)

David. Bowie.

I repeat.

David. Bowie.

A musical genius. Probably my favorite artist.

David Bowie truly changed music forever and the world forever.

Please listen to him; I hope you love him as much as I do.

That is all I can say.

David Bowie

Five Years
Soul Love
Moonage Daydream
Starman
Lady Stardust
Ziggy Stardust
Suffragette City
Rock ‘N’ Roll Suicide
Aladdin Sane
Changes
Oh! You Pretty Things
Life on Mars?
Space Oddity
Rebel Rebel
Blue Jean
Ashes to Ashes
Under Pressure
Let’s Dance
Golden Years
China Girl
Fame
Modern Love
Please leave requests for playlists in the comments below! And don’t forget to check the playlist out on spotify here! 🙂

Waiting for Godot

Here we go! The first play of the play series here on My Philosophie 🙂

It’s no reason why the first play I chose was Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. This is a classic in the theatre world.

History of Absurdism

Waiting for Godot is an Absurdist play, and is often remarked as the most well-known piece of Absurdism. Absurdism was an unconscious artistic movement that began in 1950s Paris post WWII. After the war, the world had lost all meaning and sense, and certain playwrights captured this paranoia in beautiful pieces of text. Absurdism captured the beliefs of existentialism, stemming in the belief that the world was beyond rational explanation and man have to commit themselves to something important to make life meaningful. Absurdist plays are anti-realistic, have essentially no plot, and exist to convey a poetic image. Though there may be no plot, there is always a point!

About the Plot

You might’ve guessed it, but there is NO PLOT! I cannot describe what happens in this play, you just have to read it.

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I mean, I suppose I can try. Essentially, the play begins with two characters waiting onstage, Vladimir and Estragon, and (you guessed it), they’re waiting for Godot. Overtime, the reader realizes that the two men don’t even know who Godot is, or why they are waiting for him. In the world of Absurdism, this scenario is clearly representing something. Some may say Godot represents God, but paraphrasing Samuel Beckett, they are waiting for GODOT, not GOD. In my eyes, Godot represents whatever the reader is waiting for. Maybe it is happiness, or a job promotion, or for those cute shoes to go on sale. This concept is truly the heart of why this play is so magical and done over and over again. It is a clear image of life in which the audience can connect to the story without being afraid of how close it is to reality, if you will. What I mean by this is that sometimes when shows are spot on about human nature, it makes the audience uneasy. Waiting for Godot avoids this problem entirely by having no plot, sense of location, or structure. It is difficult for the audience to get attached to what is on stage, and instead place their own emotions there.

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Rating

9 / 10

I enjoyed reading it thoroughly, but there were some parts that I think need to be seen onstage.

Would I Recommend It?

Yes! Both as a read and as a watch. It truly is a classic, and I can now see why. It not only taught me about Absurdist theatre, but also about life and what it means to be human and participate in relationships.

 

A custom made playlist for YOU!

Another Monday, another Music Monday playlist coming at you! This playlist is a combination of light alternative music and underground indie bands. Uncreatively, I have thus given it the name Alternative Indie. I find myself listening at the beach, while driving, or on a hazy day when I just need to relax. This playlist also features the up and coming band Real Estate who just landed a huge gig at the music festival Outside Lands this past weekend. So, without further ado, enjoy! 🙂

Serve the Song – Real Estate
Dark Days – Local Natives
Monki – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Talking Backwards – Real Estate
‘Cause I’m A Man – Tame Impala
True Affection – Father John Misty
The High Road – Broken Bells
Different Creatures – Circa Waves
Stay in My Corner – The Arcs
San Francisco – Foxygen
Darling – Real Estate
Baby I’m Yours – Arctic Monkeys
Shut You Down – Caveman
Under Control – The Strokes
Golden Haze – Wild Nothing

Check out the playlist on my spotify here

I hope you enjoy it! Let me know in the comments if you like any songs on here, leave recommendations, or possible ideas for playlists in the future! I’d love to check out your favorite songs ❤