Fall 2015: Deep Cuts, with DJ Ben
It’s typical of my summer routine to begin my autumnal decompression in August, a month that’s always felt to me like a long Sunday night. Come September, I can be found most evenings at my home-away-from-home, hunkering down on essays, theories, dialogue and other things artistic. It’s a knee-jerk reaction, leftover precipitation from academia, like clockwork—the mere thought of Labor Day pushes my head into a textbook.
Music is always a part of a creative process, and though I am often distracted by environmental sounds—even sung music can derail me—the right playlist can get me in the right headspace to be super productive. Once evening comes and I’ve found my groove, the words spill forth. Until then, I must focus, however I can; music helps, a lot.
I made this Spotify playlist of deep cuts—songs off the beaten path, typically non-single album tracks that might venture off into the deep end, or experiment with structure, etc. This list will evolve over the season, but it’s a place to start. You should know, too, that the order of these songs is very much on purpose. (Procrastination comes in all shapes and sizes; I make playlists.) At the moment, these are proving to be a helpful backdrop and provocative push to think deeper, sharper, better about my ideas.
In the spirit of deep cuts, I include a diptych of Instagrams I took and stitched together. Fittingly, they are of my headphones on a desk. Enjoy. 🙂