Playlist 2: Take a Breath

Mentally prepared for a snow day in on Tuesday, I’m ready for some extra me-time…

Track 8 from album "Tramp" ArtistSharon Van Etten Release date: February 7, 2012
LabelJagjaguwar ProducersSharon Van EttenAaron Dessner


“We Are Fine”
Sharon Van Etten

I have barely done any grad school work on my last three days off, and anyone who knows me knows this is completely unheard of. Typical Elena would be bugging out, especially since I have two big project due dates coming up. But, for whatever reason, I’m feeling especially chill today.

“We Are Fine” ticked off all the right boxes for me. The lyrics repeat the notion of being “alright,” so maybe this song is my unconscious’s way of saying “you got this,” even with my lapse in productivity. It’s an odd feeling to be so relaxed with so much to do, but I am so happy to ride this wave.

Music video of Sara Haze soundtrack Moonshine and Exclusive Clips from the Movie Safe Haven. © 2013






Sara Haze

Nothing like a country song to brighten up the blizzard/hail storm that we had today! The weather kept me home, so I decided to make the most of it and really plow through some of my to-do list. Today was day two of feeling undaunted by my responsibilities, so when this song came on I really connected to its light-hearted feel

While I am one to favor some more unconventional music, I’m a sucker for the simple melody and charm of a country song. It was pretty ironic listening to a song that talks about filling mason jars with fireflies and frolicking through grassy fields as the snow fell out my window. Moral of the story: I’m definitely ready for warmer weather.

twenty one pilots' official audio stream for 'Goner' from the new album Blurryface - available now on Fueled By Ramen.



Twenty One Pilots

When “Goner” came on my iPod, the morose vibe didn’t really go with my mood, but nonetheless, I kept it on and listened. It has since been stuck in my head for no apparent reason, even throughout my repeated attempts at replacing it with something else. So, this song is the winner for today, purely because my brain doesn’t seem to want to let it go. Lucky for me I really love Twenty One Pilots!
*Note: Today was day 3 of feeling super chill. This has been a surprising yet enjoyable turn of events! Let’s see how long it lasts…

(C) Sara Bareilles Kaleidoscope Heart 2010 Sony Music Entertainment




“Kaleidoscope Heart”
Sara Bareilles

I felt unbelievably grounded and centered today. Good Mood Thursday was in effect again, and my entire day at my internship was filled with amazing complex conversations that really got me thinking about how diverse people really are. Yes we’re all made up of the same elements, we all have “red [running] through our veins,” but the rest of our colors, our different parts, are plentiful and immeasurable. Embracing these parts can be a serious challenge; it’s something I struggle with all the time, but I have this hunch that doing so is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves. Interacting with the patients at my site is helping me to be even more accepting of other people’s colors, as well as teaching me to be grateful for my own.


Incubus' official music video for 'Wish You Were Here'. Click to listen to Incubus on Spotify: As featured on The Essential Incubus.


“Wish You Were Here”

It’s really hard to be far away from someone you love. Some days feel easy, others you feel like it’s not fair.  Some days you feel confident that you can be patient and stay positive, others you want nothing more than to be with them. Some days fly by, others feel like you’ll have to wait forever to see them again. Some days, you experience every one of those things and then some. I think today was one of those days for me, although I didn’t realize it until now at 11:00 PM; I’m really missing someone.

Rewind with me here- I felt pretty good all day, a little all over the place, but good in general. Looking back now, I think that all of those opposing emotions were balancing me out, so I was feeling okay and also having trouble finding a song that conveyed where I was at. Then something happened and I got it. And as cliché as this song might seem, it just fits. Leave it to some throwback Incubus to do the trick.

Weekly Wrap-Up

This week was very calm overall. I sought out or landed upon pretty relaxed music every day, and for the most part felt like I had things under control. I’m not letting Friday throw me for a loop or spoil the whole week!

Stand-Out Song of the Week: “Kaleidoscope Heart”

We all have so many facets, some that we’re proud of, some that we’re beginning to accept, and some that we’re still learning to appreciate.

What is one of your favorite parts of yourself?

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