Weekend Playlist 🎧 🎶

My job has been non-stop busy lately. The upside to that is I get to listen to a lot of music while I work. So I thought I’d share some things that have been in my playlist rotation recently. I discovered a new-to-me artist, Sevdaliza through those random YouTube recommendations. I’m glad I clicked through because, wow - just love everything about her vibe, aesthetics and of course, sound. Her music has a kind of haunting quality to it with certain beats that gave me tingles when I listened to it through my headphones. Below, are some of my favorites so far. If you like her style, I suggest FKA Twigs as she was burning up my playlist for the past couple years and am so glad to have found similar music.

Now for a TV and music recommendation in one - 3 words, Big Little Lies. At first, I was apprehensive about watching as I heard about some of the grim and difficult to watch storylines but I kept hearing so many great things so I gave in. I binge watched this show in a couple days, I was riveted to say the least. The acting, storylines, and cinematography were outstanding. The characters showed human elements in their flaws, which allowed you to connect with them. This is definitely not light fair, but it left a significant impact and will have you thinking about it after it’s over.

Here is the trailer, but don’t base it off of that as it is so much more.

While watching the show, I fell in love with how a lot of the music was so carefully crafted to help tell the story in the most poignant scenes. It was a fantastic mix of classic and modern, I immediately had to go on Spotify and find the soundtrack.

Here’s some of my personal highlights from it:

What are some of your favorites to listen to at the moment? Hope everyone has a great weekend!

This is High School

Going through my YouTube binge, this show - "This is High School" came across my recommended and something compelled me to click. Now, I have to confess in this day and age of technology I rarely sit through a full video/movie/tv show without checking my phone or computer at least once. That is, unless there is great storytelling involved. 

This is an actual reality show (a.k.a. non-scripted as far as I can tell) based in a Canadian High School, that highlights a group of teachers and students each episode. The 44 minute run time flew by and by the end I was clapping like a seal and rooting for the underdog. I recommend you check it out, the first five episodes of six are available to watch for free on YouTube here.

Gilmore Girls Is Back!

I am a little preoccupied at the moment, a.k.a currently bingeing on the Gilmore Girls revival that's out now on Netflix. Gilmore Girls was my television equivalent to comfort food, a place I could visit whenever I was having those teenage blues, the kitschy fictional town of Stars Hollow brought out their magic to always make it better. I owned all seven seasons on DVD, watching it so religiously, that anyone in my life would be like, "you're watching that again?!", so to say I'm a little excited about this additional series is definitely an understatement. 

However, having re-watched the series as an adult, my perspective changed on the characters. Before I would look up to the witty mother/daughter team, but later found them to be quite selfish and rude to everyone around them. I guess that's what happens when you grow up?

Nonetheless, the nostalgia and love for the series didn't deter my urge to finish the series in one day. I was a little skeptical from the previews of how I would find it, it had been years since the actors and writers revived their characters and it seemed to come off a little stiff. I am currently on the third episode of four and it's blowing me away, it's matured (which I appreciate) but still keeps the tone that I've missed so much. The first episode in, waterworks already began, as it hit really close to home in dealing with the death of a close loved one and the aftermath of it. But, there were plenty of laughs to make up for it and seeing those familiar faces again had me squealing like Petal (if you saw the new series, you'll know who I'm talking about).

Did you have any shows growing up that you'd like to see a continuation of?

UPDATE: I finished all four episodes now and I laughed and cried my butt off. While there was a few moments of too many time fillers and not enough closure on a few characters (possibly due to scheduling), overall I did enjoy it for what it was and there's one scene I think Lauren Graham should get an Emmy for. Hoping for a second season!

UPDATE #2: After having time to digest the show, I see now how a lot of my watching was viewed through nostalgia tinted glasses and many of the character development reverted backwards. I think the criticism of the revival is fair with good points, but I also have encountered people who do crappy things for years, never learning or changing after all that time and though I'm not sure if that was the point of the storyline, it is in a way realistic.

Poster via People