in case you care to know which songs made their way into my heart this year...
satisfied from hamilton - i was lucky enough to see hamilton at the start of the year. in many ways, this whole soundtrack was, well, the soundtrack to 2016 for me. but a few songs were played over and over again, and this one has probably been played the most. you strike me as a woman who has never been satisfied really fucking hit me and in many ways made me look around at my life and wonder in what ways i hadn't been satisfied. beyond that, i have a goal of actually remembering all the lyrics and being able to do my best renée elise goldsberry. i practice this once a week, when home alone. i am getting better.
sorry by beyoncé - really the entire lemonade album. it came out and i felt like i had been waiting all year for it. like i needed it. like i needed black girl magic and strong words and serena williams. and this song...well...it was so necessary. it came out the night i was wearing a yellow dress (i was made for the hold up video) and a few weeks before my show about black women opened. it was...perfect.
clair de lune by kamasi washington - on a summer evening, the bf and i went to summerstage and listened to kamasi washington play this song. we both knew we recognized the tune but couldn't place it...until this scene came to my mind. it has become a special song for us and the entire album can often be heard playing in our apartment. (p.s. this whole episode made me realize just how often i recall things from movies...)
homecoming by kanye west - the bf reminded me of this album of kanye's. i thought i had listened to the whole thing but it seems like i missed some songs. including this one. this one became my favorite song to run to. during marathon training this song played during every hard hill, every time i wanted to stop. when feeling sad, i play this and for a few moments, i feel like i am on top of the world. too bad i don't feel about chicago the way kanye feels about chicago...but i went to chicago twice this year...so maybe it is all connected. (p.s. what is going on with kanye? like...he met with trump? like...kanye...KANYE. i miss old kanye.)
f.u.b.u. by solange - the soulful anthem i needed to round out this year of black girl magic.
i know you know by esperanza spalding - after years of being told to listen to esperanza by multiple people, i finally listened. and all of you were right. i fell in love with this song as well as unconditional love. i still have a lot of her work to listen to. but it'll happen.
there were many more. a lot of oldies. a lot of bad pop songs. a lot of songs were played on runs, walking to class, while waiting for things to happen.
music, oh music. what would i do without you?