A couple of years ago when I was in a place of re-evaluating nearly every adult decision I ever made, I canceled network television. Today I am getting the stink-eye from my 13-year-old son because it’s Super Bowl Sunday, and we may as well be sitting in a cave. My desktop computer display will be our big-screen for the game tonight. I’m good with that. From what I can tell, he’s not all that butt-hurt about our viewing situation. It’s a struggle to get him to watch anything without simultaneously checking Snapchat. After all, it’s his social circle that really matters right now.
I don’t miss the “news-tainment,” the scandal, the feigned outrage, and the “issue du jour” that I’m supposed to be fired up about. I read more, listen to podcasts, and collect music tracks for playlists. I fire up my Latin playlist, open a Corona, and dance Bachata with an imaginary partner in my kitchen. Thanks to Spotify, I have playlists for Latin music, dance music, workout music, meditation music, and “Other” which is code for sexy-time. If you aren’t dancing to your playlists in the shower, you are missing out. Try it and see how your morning improves!
So, being the nerd that I am, I have noticed that several songs on my playlist run a common theme: Talk to Me. These are my favorites right now, generating my Talk to Me playlist:
Yo Te Lo Dije (English Translation: I Told You) by J Balvin
Lay It All On Me by Rudimental, Ed Sheeran
Piensas (Dile la Verdad) (English Translation: You think…tell the truth) by Pitbull et al
Dile al Amor (English Transaltion: Tell Love This) by Aventura
Rivers in Your Mouth by Ben Howard
Talk to Me by Craig David (he had a new album drop last week, SO GOOD)
You don’t have segmented playlists, you say? Well, you are but a Spotify, Pandora, or I-Tunes session away. As you put your lists together, pull back and notice the themes that run through. Can you identify themes of sadness, anger, or a longing to connect? Sometimes this can help us to recognize what’s happening beneath the surface of our day-to-day mindset. Dive deep. Get in touch. Be introspective. You might be surprised.
And if you need to talk to me, my door is open.