BLOOM: A March Playlist

Hey there, Lithium readers! 

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m on spring break right now, and I truly don’t think I’ve ever needed a break more in my LIFE. Everything has been so crazy busy lately, and with our current political climate being the way it is, I often find myself feeling totally, completely exhausted by life itself. Also drained. Sometimes helpless.

That being said, I decided to use this month’s theme as inspiration for a playlist that’s all about growth. I enlisted the help of the Lithium team and created a playlist full of songs that inspire us, uplift us, and help us shake off those pesky winter blues. 

"Fight Song" – Rachel Platten
“This song came out right around the time I started seeking treatment for anorexia. In the song Platten sings about taking back her life, and it made me feel like I could fight off anything the world threw at me; it was MY life.”
-Rachel Pfeffer

"Chanel" – Frank Ocean
“It reminds me of one of the most inspiring, [carefree people] I knew. "Chanel" is one of the songs that makes me feel relaxed and [know] that my future will be okay.”
-Amelia Dogan

"Wonderful" – Gary Go
“The song is a bit older, but I rediscovered it recently when I was going through one of the worst anxiety/depression spells I had ever experienced. There weren't any metaphors or lyrics to decipher; it was very straightforward and became a mantra for me. I always feel like I radiate sunshine when I listen to this song.”
-Elysa Rivera

"Yes I’m Changing" – Tame Impala
“'Yes I'm Changing' by Tame Impala was the first one that came to my mind.  I listened to this song so much when I first started college to remind that change is a good thing.”
-Allison Barr

"Sweet Disaster" – Dreamers
“This song reminds me of when I started hanging out by myself, but [it's] also the song my new college friends and I scream to in the car.”
-Allison Barr

"Glenn the Dawg" – Cherry Glazerr 
“I listened to a lot [of music] when I was going through a heartbreak. It normalized the pain I felt while simultaneously helping me realize I was more than how I was treated.”
-Allison Barr

"Where Have You Been My Disco" 
 IV of Spades 
"Hey Barbara"  IV of Spades 
“I discovered this Filipino band recently and truly believe I discovered a gem. Whenever I listen to these songs, they make me want to just dance everything away. I rarely listen to upbeat songs, but IV of Spades got me real good. They're so great and their music videos are extremely aesthetically pleasing too. They deserve more recognition, honestly!”
-Sam Fabian

“Although it’s just an instrumental track, it has such an atmospheric, relaxed sound that I really vibe with when I’m feeling low. It’s also got the sound of wind chimes and some epic synths that really reflect and highlight the beauty of nature in a really unique way, and reminds me of the ocean on a warm spring day. Every time I listen to it, I get chills and am filled with images of growth and change!”
-Ethan Welsh

"Screen" – Twenty One Pilots
“I will always stand by the fact that I think Vessel by Twenty One Pilots is a perfect album. Say what you will about “Stressed Out” being overplayed or the band selling out, but I still think that Vessel is a completely, undeniably good album. From beginning to end. This was the album that made me fall in love with this band. It got me through a lot, and even today I still get chills when I listen to this song and it gets to the bridge. We’re broken people. Indeed we are. But we’re not alone.”
-Charlotte Smith

"Come On Eileen" – Dexy’s Midnight Runners
“I dare you to feel sad while listening to this song. I dare you.”
-Charlotte Smith

Check out the playlist here and feel free to add your own songs!

By Charlotte Smith

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