Like Father, Like Daughter
I’ve officially turned into my dad. Not only do we share abnormally long toes and irritatingly large pores, but we also share an affinity for pop culture and media. A caricature of my dad would undoubtedly have him in his signature headphones (usually one plugged into his ear while the other dangles by his chest). Even with his half-hearted efforts to stay present with one of his ears, he usually has to to be told things a few times before they register. Any free time my dad has he is listening to something: music, audiobooks, radio programs and podcasts (he was way ahead of the curve on this trend!). He is like a sponge—eager to soak up as much information as he can about the world.
My dad was a marriage and family therapist and then a psychology professor. In the late ’70s, my dad hosted a radio program based out of Santa Cruz. He was often ahead of the curve with quirky interests and a sometimes controversial approach. His radio program was called, “Head Job: Radio That Sucks On Your Cortex.” It featured samples of thinkers and visionaries mixed with audio clips from popular culture. Think Jack Kerouac immersed with clips from the movie “Easy Rider.” He also started an Alan Watts program in 1973 that still airs today (although not by him). He’s a pretty cool cat, my dad.
Not surprisingly, I also have a love for media and audio. Although, somehow without registering it, I had copied his annoying habit of being constantly plugged in. So much so that my husband will come up to me and pull out my one AirPods that I’d forgotten was even in there. “Too many things to listen to, too little time” is my usual response. It’s gotten worse during self-quarantine. My adored alone time has completely vanished. The spare time I had before to listen to things while driving the kids to school, cleaning the house, while working is gone. I’m aware this isn’t a serious issue, but I miss it. I search for little opportunities to plug in.
In the early morning, I listen to The Daily while drinking my coffee and preparing for work (keep in mind I’m interrupted like 15 times, but hey, that is the new normal for working at-home parents). Then during family quiet time, I try listen to 20 minutes of my current audiobook (right now it’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets). Before I shower, I will listen to some music (usually accompanied by a little cry). It’s these momentary escapes into my AirPods that are bringing me comfort. I thought I would share them with you in case you’re also looking for some comfort.
This isn’t really a playlist exactly. It’s more of a listen list:
- The Daily — The New York Times: OK, a news podcast may not be all that comforting, but during these rapidly changing times, I want to keep up with the news. However, I really limit how much I consume. The Daily is my version of the morning news. The episode “Why the American Approach Is Failing” was very insightful.
- LOVELINK Podcast: I often listen to LOVELINK—a podcast by two female therapists who explore all things love and sex. They did an episode on “Connection During Quarantine” that I thought was really great.
- Lou Doillon’s Morning IG Lives: Some mornings after I listen to The Daily, I feel anxious. I’ve found that tuning into Lou Doillion’s (Jane Birkin’s very cool daughter) IG Lives where she plays live music and recites her poetry to be the perfect antidote to my stress. Here’s a preview.
- Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou — “Homesickness”: Emahoy is an Ethiopian nun known for her piano playing and beautiful compositions. I’ve been gravitating to her music a lot right now. Her song homesickness is especially calming. You can listen to it on my new Spring Playlist on Spotify.
- The Beatles — “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da“: This has become sort of an anthem for my family. We love to blast it loud and then have a dance party in our living room. We always feel better after. You can listen to it on my Stay-At-Home Dance Party Playlist.
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2): I’ve seen all the Harry Potter movies a bunch of times, but I’d never read the books. Earlier this year, I read Book 1 and I just started the audiobook of Book 2. I’m finding it really therapeutic to escape to an imaginary world right now.
Tell me, what are you listening to right now? Send me a DM! I would love to know.
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