Here at The Perpetual You, we don't set resolutions on how we want to be different, or even how we want our lives/year to be different; rather, we follow a practice of intentional living every day of every year. At the same time, the new year is a natural time to envision your ideal creative life, which sometimes including assessing the parts of your life that aren't ideal. That's the paradox, I suppose, of living intentionally--or, really, living at all! With this paradox in mind, we bring you the January playlist: The Story of You. The songs are at once celebratory and contemplative, exactly the way a new year makes us feel!
George Ezra - "Budapest"
Because: his voice. These darling lyrics both invite and challenge, just like a good crooner is supposed to do. Give me one reason why I should make a change, indeed.
Joss Stone - "Free Me"
If you're looking for a badass lady to inspire your 2017, look no further than Joss Stone. We could've smacked any one of her manifesto-esque ballads on here, but couldn't pass up the line: There's something deep inside of me I gotta be. So, "Free Me," it is.
Brandi Carlile - "The Story"
The inspiration for our playlist, this song could easily be misinterpreted as a traditional love song. We prefer to think of it, instead, as a genius epiphany of full-on self-awareness. Because you always have someone to tell your story to: yourself.
Seinabo Sey - "Pretend"
If we did nothing else than listen to Seinabo Sey's voice all year long, we'd pretty much count that as a success! Her lyrics are seductive because they're true. Things are going just as they should -- are they not?
Strumbellas - "End of An Era"
Because we wanted to end on a positive note. Also, we love-love-love The Strumbellas. And we love Love. There's light and love at the end of an era, my friends. Life is cyclical, goodness is always on its way.