Life Lately, According to My iPod

Do people even use “iPod” anymore now that so many people have their music on their personal phones? 🎶

Anyway, here are some songs that have been on repeat lately…

This is one of my all-time favorite songs, and I’ve been listening to it quite a lot lately. Despite the sad feeling this song holds, there’s something inexplicably bittersweet about it and when I listen to it I’m full of so many different kinds of emotions. Since coming to Japan, I’ve undergone a whirlwind of emotions, some of them good, some of them bad. I want to talk more about this in another, more detailed post, but for now I’ll just say that this song has been resonating with me so much lately, and I only ever listen to it when I’m truly happy. 💜

I promise I’m not sad about anything. In fact, this is one of the happiest, most warming songs I’ve had on repeat lately. Ben Howard’s voice is so soothing for me, and this song is one of my absolute favorites. It’s another one that I only listen to when I’m truly happy, and lately listening to it fills me with so many emotions. A few weeks ago I was struggling with thoughts of home (for various reasons), but listening to this pulled me through…📍

Like I said, I’ve been missing home a little bit lately. For some reason, listening to West Coast brings back a lot of nostalgia for me. I think it’s because I used to listen to it as loud as possible while driving down the highway at night, and of course it just reminds me of home, since I’m from the West Coast. The other day, I was giving my boyfriend places to go in Las Vegas and I realized a part of me is jealous he’s going back to my city. As much as I’ve hated Las Vegas my whole life, it’s still my home and I’m proud to come from there. ☀️

Okay but “sweather weather” really is here! ❄️ It’s usually around 10-15°C (50-60°F) in Osaka these days, and with windchill, cloudy skies, or sunset, the temperatures drop even more. So, naturally, people are breaking out sweaters, scarves, and boots. This song has always given me strangely “warm” winter vibes, and listening to it brings back a lot of memories of winter back home. It’s one of my favorite autumn/winter jams, so I’ve been listening to it quite a bit lately, especially when I’m walking to and from the station.

Any songs that you’ve had on repeat lately? Or better yet, recommendations you can give me?

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    2017 November 21 at 3:56 AM

    “Saturn” is a beautiful song! Thanks for introducing that to me 🙂 I haven’t heard “Depth Over Distance” before, but I can see how Ben Howard’s voice is so soothing. Aahh, I also love “Sweater Weather”. I’ve actually been listening to that album lately, and there’s other great songs on it too. I especially like “Afraid”.

    I’ve been in a mood for instrumental songs recently (probably because I find them easier to listen to while I work), so I’ve been listening to a lot of songs by Joe Hisaishi and Two Steps From Hell. I’ve been repeating “Victory” and “El Dorado” a lot!

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      2017 November 21 at 2:29 PM

      “Sweater Weather” was such a popular song for awhile! I remember hearing it all of the time on the radio for months.

      Oh, I love Two Steps From Hell! Their music can be soothing, empowering, and inspiring all at the same time. I really love it. I haven’t listened to them in awhile, but I think I’m going to give them a listen now!

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    2017 November 21 at 10:54 AM

    I’ve been listening to the Persona 5 soundtrack and Persona in general. OMG, it is so good. I don’t know if I recommended the Persona 5 OST, but I certainly do. Plus the lyrics are catchy and it is so melodic.

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