What I’m Listening To: November 2021

Well…as far as predictions go, I got ‘acoustic indie’ and that’s about it for my November listening. The month was as dominated by trends as it was by a persistently gloomy mood and weather. The upside is we have plenty of amazing tracks; the downside is that most of these are quite depressing. That said, I had to narrow it down from 44 ‘liked’ songs in November (with some crossover from the end of October) and more than a few albums. Did any of my chill R&B vibe make it here? Not really, but that’s okay.

That’s 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.

Grab something for comfort; we’re about to get in our feels:

  1. “My Little Love” by Adele ~ I don’t recognize myself in the coldness of the daylight
  2. “Charming” performed by Amber Gray and Denée Benton ~ Oh how she blushes, how she blushes, my pretty!
  3. “Ibuprofen” by Bears In Trees ~ You make us all so happy. You know that, don’t you?
  4. “Neon Moon” by Brooks & Dunn ~ To watch your broken dreams / Dance in and out of the beams
  5. “Eleanor Rigby” by Cody Fry ~ Wearing the face that she keeps in a jar by the door
  6. “apollo” by Faith Zapata ~ And when you’re writing, let me be your muse
  7. “Cherry” by FLETCHER feat. Hayley Kiyoko ~ We should rendezvous sometime, mon chéri
  8. “Twin Size Mattress” by The Front Bottoms ~ Never graduating up in size to add another
  9. “Older” by Gracie Abrams ~ I went quiet and you got cold
  10. “Eldest Daughter” by Isabel Pless ~ Proficient in tension headaches and white lies
  11. “But I Don’T” by JESSIA ~ ‘Cause I could ruin you if I tried
  12. “Fix You” by Kacey Musgraves ~ When you try your best but you don’t succeed
  13.  “erase me” by Lizzy McAlpine feat. Jacob Collier ~ I’m calling just to hear you scream
  14. “Think of You” by Mayday Parade ~ I’ll pull you close ’cause you’re my home
  15. “Tell It To My Heart” by MEDUZA and Hozier ~ The only time you smile is in the photographs
  16. “Last Words of a Shooting Star” by Mitski ~ You’d learned from movies how love ought to be
  17. “Time” by The National Parks ~ Where you go I’ll keep on running
  18. “Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers ~ I could scream to drown you out
  19. “Seventeen Going Under” by Sam Fender ~ That’s the thing with anger, it begs to stick around
  20. “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” by Taylor Swift ~ Just between us, did the love affair maim you, too?

In terms of albums, I listened to Red (Taylor’s Version) by Taylor Swift and cried to about half of it the first time through, 30 by Adele, This is What It Feels Like by Gracie Abrams, the Original Broadcast Recording of Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 (which took a few tries to get all the way through, but it’s amazing), and the score for Chernobyl by Hildur Guðnadóttir. So, yes, even my soundtracks were depressing in their own ways.

I’m hopeful that December will bring some cheerful music my way, and I still have my fingers crossed for jazz. Otherwise, I’m up for some surprises. We have one last WILT to put together, a Best Of list to compose, and—a new addition—some honorable mentions as well. So, let’s finish of 2021 with some tunes that will catch the essence of this year perfectly.

It won’t be too long now. Till then…

You can find the entire What I’m Listening To in 2021 playlist here.