What I’m Listening To: September 2021

            To be honest, September passed by in a bit of a quick haze. Whether that’s because I was adjusting to my new work schedule, trying to figure out a new sleep schedule, or managing my most basic self-care routine on top of that, I’m not sure. All of a sudden, it’s over. The upside, of course, is that I had lots of good music as the soundtrack, and it’s odd how a song I listened to at the beginning of the month feels like forever ago already. Regardless, I have a nice little walk-and-music habit now which enables me to enjoy whatever I’m digging into at the moment. This has only solidified certain favorites and alienated others. I had to narrow it down from around 33 new ‘liked’ songs on Spotify, choose from some of my rotation albums, and a few songs that didn’t make it last month wiggled in.

This is why we have the rules: no more than 20 songs per month, no more than 1 song per artist (not counting features), and no more than 3 songs per compilation album. At the end of the year, only songs from each of these monthly lists will be eligible for the Best Of list. My music, as always, is culminated from Spotify, recommendations from friends, other music platforms (such as YouTube), and devotion to some of my favorite artists and the content they put out.

Will this September be one to remember?

  1. “Witches” by Alice Phoebe Lou ~ It was three times the size / In your moon-lit eyes
  2. “Thelma + Louise” by Bastille ~ Leave your job and your gaslight man
  3. “Oxytocin” by Billie Eilish ~ If you only pray on Sunday, could you come my way on Monday?
  4. “Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula” by The Diamonds ~ And when I hold her, she’s like a dream / If only she can hear somebody scream
  5. “Crush” by Ethel Cain ~ Can you read my mind? I’ve been watching you
  6. “Honey, It’s Alright” by Gregory Alan Isakov ~ You were woven in patchwork
  7. “Light My Love” by Greta Van Fleet ~ Your mind is a stream of colors
  8. “honey” by Halsey ~ And well she’s impatient and I’m complacent / With just a little taste of wasting time
  9. “Assault & Batteries” by Ice Nine Kill ~ You won’t ever grow up / You won’t make it past six / ‘Cause this two-foot tall demonic doll will make you his bitch
  10. “good wife” by Kacey Musgraves ~ Try to loosen up and be more fun
  11. “Babooshka” by Kate Bush ~ And how she was when she was beautiful
  12. “THATS WHAT I WANT” by Lil Nas X ~ Need a boy who can cuddle with me all night / Keep me warm, love me long, be my sunlight
  13. “Mata Kohore / Stoned at the Nail Salon” by Lorde ~ Noho atu ki te hunga nā rātou koe i poipoi
  14. “ZITTI E BUONI” by Måneskin ~ Parla non sa di che cazzo parla
  15. “Soledad y el Mar” by Natalia Lafourcade feat. Los Macorinos ~ Que en el canto de las olas
  16. “History Hates Lovers” by Oublaire ~ And historians will call them / Close friends, besties, roommates, colleagues, anything but lovers
  17. “Mama Said” by The Shirelles ~ There’ll be days like this, my mama said
  18. “Wildest Dreams (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift ~ He’s so tall and handsome as hell / He’s so bad but he does it so well
  19. “fleabag” by YUNGBLUD ~ And kill my stale state of mind
  20. “Time of the Season” by The Zombies ~ What’s your name? (What’s your name?) / Who’s your daddy? (Who’s your daddy?) / (He rich) Is he rich like me?

            Not only was this a good month for singles, but I also had some great albums to enjoy. In addition to replaying some of my favorites from August, I added Lorde’s Te Ao Mārama, Natalia Lafourcade’s Musas (Un Homenaje al Folclore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos, Vol. 1), Kacey Musgraves’ star-crossed, and Lil Nas X’s MONTERO. I do like that the time I spend commuting and working also means more time to appreciate full albums without interruption.

            I can’t quite predict what October’s music update will hold after a month of spooky songs, but I can promise it’s all building toward some difficult choices in narrowing down my favorites of the year.

            Until then, you can find the currently complete What I’m Listening To 2021 playlist here.