What Taylor Sterling Is Listening To During Quarantine #6

My craving for stories has been insatiable but also erratic. I’ve had trouble focusing—dipping my toes into so many stories, barely finishing anything. I have so much I want to consume. My appetite is ravenous for knowledge, experience, and comfort. Mostly comfort. Without the normal contact of my friends and family, I’m desperate for the pleasurable sound of voices. This is why I turn to audio. There is a delight in hearing, in listening. It warms me and gives me a sense of togetherness.


“The Cheeky Natives” with Upile Chisala: Soft Magic and Nectar: I’m in love with Upile’s poetry. I wanted to learn more about her. I came across this podcast and it was such an amazing conversation with Upile and Dr. Alma-Nalisha Cele. I highly recommend this podcast show.


I just picked up Adrienne Rich’s Diving Into The Wreck—I’m still deep into it. I feel as if I’m drowning in this irresistible and thought-provoking prose. It’s going to take me time to fully digest these poems. Yet, I can already tell that I’m transfixed by her.

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Listen to her read her poem Diving Into The Wreck.



“The Times They Are A-Changin'” by Odetta: “Odetta Sings Dylan” is one of my favorite albums. Every single song is a pleasure. This song speaks to me right now:

“If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.
Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again”

I also love Tracy Chapman’s version.

“Bitter with the Sweet” by Carole King: I often turn to Carole King in tough times. Her lyrics resonate. This past week, I’ve gravitated to her song, “Bitter with the Sweet.” It’s a reminder that nothing comes easy. That we will always face troubles while simultaneously experiencing joy and happiness.

“I guess it gets to everyone, you think you’re not having any fun
And you wonder what you’re doing playing the games you play
Hey, well, it’s true what they say
If you want to feel complete, don’t you know that
You’ve got to take the bitter with the sweet
A friend of mine once told me
And I know he knows all about feelin’ down
He said everything good in life you’ve got to pay for
But feelin’ good is what you’re paving the way for”


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Author: Taylor Sterling

Taylor Sterling is the founder and creative director of Glitter Guide. When she's not working on all things GG, she can be found reading and sometimes art directing photoshoots for @LolaJayne. She enjoys spending time with her family and eating french fries (not necessarily at the same time, although that's definitely the best combination). Follow her at @TaylorSterling