Something new is coming, you guys! I cannot wait to tell you about it! For now, all you have is this teaser playlist full of tracks to get inspired by while I work out the kinks of this new venture I’m trying to piece together. I’m not sure how it’s gonna work – or if it will – but just know something fun is coming within the month of October!
Starting something new is scary, magical, fun, crazy, and intimidating all at the same time. When I started TDL, I had no idea it would do so well. These 12 tracks are a representation of starting something new and creative – whether it be a blog, a new career direction or just something you’ve always wanted to explore. Whenever I place TDL stickers around NYC, I hear Lostboycrow‘s “Start Something” playing in my head as he sings, “Just got caught starting something,” as I make our mark around music venues and popular hangouts in hopes of sparking a passerby’s interest somehow.
LIGHTS exhibits the notion of figuring out why and how we go about doing what we love exceptionally in “How We Do It” as she explains that it’s not about the fame but about the stories and relationships we make along the way – the opening line of, “Ask me a question, I only want to talk,” a prime example of how ideas are inspired by one simple conversation.
It all starts with a dream, though, and “Four Pink Walls” by Alessia Cara reminds me of when I’d sit in my bedroom as a kid in the late 90’s and wonder where I’d be when I was in my twenties. Little did I know that the posters that lined my wall and the music I inhaled like candy every day would play such an integral role in my well-being and overall state of happiness that not turning it into a career feels like suicide to me at this point.
Twenty One Pilots jam “Lane Boy” plays along the line of every negative comment I’ve ever received about how I operate – from our kindness policy here at TDL to how I always strive to stray away from your average album review. Tyler Joseph says it perfectly: “We go where we want to.” There is no one set lane for music journalists and if you’re writing like the rest, be prepared to be forgettable.
Ending with Magic Man‘s “It All Starts Here,” I wanted to get you guys psyched for what’s to come. I promise it will benefit everyone in the long run.