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Music that got me through 2020

Music is basically how I feel things. If I’m not listening to something, then I can’t be entirely sure what kind of mood I’m in. Some playlists are great for expressing a feeling and some great for changing feelings. My personal Don’t Panic playlist comes to mind, as one I designed to help me avoid spiraling into anxiety, for example. I usually make playlists for my birthday parties which later turn into wonderful documents of the energy I brought into that year.

 

2020 was one of the worst years I lived through. It was challenging on both a personal level and a societal one. And of course there was no birthday party for me. But it would have been even worse without great music to help me experience and express my feelings. Here are some of the playlists that helped me make it through last year.

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Nothing is real

meany This weekend, my dad and boyfriend and I sat down to watch Yellow Submarine. I think they showed this annually at the student union when I was in college. Even though I usually fell asleep at some point or other, it still had a pretty formative effect on me. Beatles

Imagine my surprise when my dad (a certified baby boomer and rock & roller) told me that he barely even bothered to see Yellow Submarine when it came out in 1968. It turns out the Beatles don’t even play themselves in the film! He and his friends saw it as a commercialization of the Beatles, who had already been immortalized in a crappy TV cartoon by the same guys making Yellow Sub.

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