As a religious user of Spotify and an admirer of travel, I constantly find myself putting on playlists and looking back over travel memories from a time when life existed.
Music manoeuvres as an escape route from the chaos that we are living through.
Listening to an assortment of artists helps to remind me of past holidays! Although we may feel stuck in lockdown, music can invariably transport us to a time of freedom. I find that music and memories blend together flawlessly to benefit mental health, especially during a pandemic.
A song that carries me into a more glorious time is Acceptable in the 80s by Calvin Harris. This tune (which I’m certain majority of the English-speaking world must know), reminds me of dancing with the students that I taught during my eight months living in South Africa. Its electronic and awakening atmosphere brings an element of positivity to lockdown!
The next song is a little calmer. Porcelain by Moby is beautifully constructed. As an epitome of serenity, it is the perfect piece to accompany reflections on past holidays. It reminds me of being in Thailand and also features within the film, The Beach.
I have also enjoyed listening to Orchestral Manoeuvres in The Dark. Messages and (Forever) Live and Die are songs which remind me of exploring Mozambique on constant buses.
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