Blogging for the sake of blogging.
I've missed that.
For a while, Self Centred Sundays was feeding the desire I had in me to share openly about my life, about what was capturing my attention, inspiring me. But after a few months, it started to feel a little too... self indulgent and... icky. So I canned it. Cuz I can.
But lately, there's been a craving returning, and it's insisting that I tap back into the same light-hearted approach to sharing that I brought with me when I very first (and very clumsily) stumbled into the blogging world.
It's easy to forget that while this website has many functions - not least of which is the fact that it's responsibile for my livelihood - it is still, in essence, a blog. A fun place to hang. A secret garden of sorts to adventure in (especially now that I've upgraded the site). My intention is to bring a little more of that energy to this space. More play. More sharing. A little more silly stuff.
And so, moving forward, you can continue to expect a video on Tuesdays - which will always be aimed at adding value to your life - and on Fridays, we'll rotate throughout the month between a Vixens interview, a recipe, Five Soul Faves and a Lucky Dip of who knows what.
Five Soul Faves is a platform which'll allow me to share with you what's landing right in my heart. The stuff worth sharing. The stuff that's simply too ripe not to share. And we're kicking this off with songs that move and soothe me to my core.
And I mean that - I'm talking about songs that kinda take your breath away, that carry your spirit to a place that's a little dark, and a little stary, and fluid. Songs that makes you close your eyes and embark on a journey through your cells. Songs that make you feel more like a woman, somehow.
Songs that ravish your body while you're lying in savasana.
Songs that are ideal for moving around your candlelit lounge room in a flowy skirt and lace bra on. Messy hair. Skin peppered with sweat beads.
Songs that turn one corner of your mouth into a resonant half smile - as if you just KNOW that the lyrics, melody and beat were composed especcially for you.
Here are my picks:
1. Clare de Lune - Flight Facilites
This is a great example of a song that you can hear dozens of times, and it's not until you hear it at the right place, and at the right time, that it finally arrives in your life.
Early this week, I was lying in savasana. It was about 8pm. The studio was blackened, save for a few candles.
And this song... it entered my body and has stuck with me since. The word 'divine' does not do it justice.
Be still, this beating heart of mine. Exhale.
2. Stay Alive - Jose Gonzales
Wah! I just played this again, and I can barely get through the first ten seconds before the tears rise.
There's something about the simplicity of it. The beautiful beat. Jose's magical voice.
Have you seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? No? Oh, you must. It's such a gorgeous showcase of all the possibilites of Life. At the end of the film, as the credits start rolling, this gorgeous track plays, and paired with the images that cross the screen, I'm not joking when I say it brought me to a sobbing mess. You know those beautiful cries? Yeah, that.
A song to listen to whenever you're doubting the beauty in this world. Let it dance into your eardrums with your hands placed upon your heart.
3. Blue Ocean Floor - Justin Timberlake
This is one of my favourite ever JT tracks, no word of a lie.
It's seductive and mysterious and truly gorgeous.
A few months ago, after my morning run, this song sauntered its way into my ears via my headphones while I was stretching out my hammies. The feel of this song melted my muscles and allowed me stretch deeper, with loving intention. It allowed me to feel more intimate with my body; holding each stretch a little longer.
Give this one a go after a good cardio workout (give your knees a little kiss as you stretch over them!), and it will bring a whole new sensual vibe to the word 'recovery.'
4. Basic Space (Jamie XX Space Bass mix) - The XX
Don't be fooled by this track. It sounds like it's going to peak, but it never... quite... does. And that's what makes it so magical.
This song found me in Bali. The DJ would spin it at the Ecstatic Dance parties at the world famous Yoga Barn, sending us all into a surreal, disconnected mess of movement.
I just love how it grabs a hold of your heart beat.
I love what this remix does to your body.
I dare you to listen to it and not shift between head pops and shoulder sways and slow motion, sultry moves. One you'll definitely want to explore in privacy, lights dimmed.
5. A World Alone - Lorde
To finish on a light and bright note, the chorus of this song never fails to cover me in goosebumps.
It compels me to move my hands in the air, like I'm a teenager going on a roadtrip, making waves out the window.
But then again, Lorde's music has a tendency to make us all feel that way, doesn't it?
She is, I believe (in all sincerity), a musical genius. Her voice, her lyrical prowess, her presence, it all creates alchemy in your body. Her songs sound like the way I want my life to feel. Fuck yeah.
These are lyrics you sing with a smile on your face (while secretly wishing you could be her bestie), for reals.
Speaking of being moved and soothed!
My girl Susana is hosting a Sacred Dance Party in Brisbane May 9!
Guys. This was fun. I really hoped you liked this post, because I fricken LOVED creating it for you.
If you've got a similar taste in music to me, to make things super easy for you, I've created a playlist that you can follow on Spotify. I'll continue to add to it. :)
Tell me in the comments: what songs soothe and move you? I'd love to add to my collection!
Don't forget to share this with your friends :)