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I don’t know what happened, but I stopped creating Spotify playlists during my last relationship.
I would always make a playlist to capture songs that I was into that year with all the new songs or artists that I’ve discovered. Then when the year is coming to a close, I would leave it untouched so that I could look back and see what my music moods were throughout that year.
Shortly after my ex and I broke up last year, I started using my Spotify account again and started curating a “sad girl playlist”.
Songs that I found from TikTok, songs that randomly popped up after I finished listening to an album, or songs that I heard from friends' IG stories.
After a while, I started to reorganize it so that it would flow better and I’m pretty satisfied with how it turned out.
It kicks off with JVKE’s golden hour which i'm sure everyone recognizes now from every IG reel or TikTok on their feed.
His video where he plays the song for his old piano teacher really melted my heart. Including the fact that i haven't heard someone play an original piano piece like golden hour in a long time. It made me emotional.
The song really moved me during my time of grief and sadness because ironically, it was about seeing someone’s glow. They’re just in awe. And I wanted that feeling again. For someone to see me shine again.
The playlist then goes into songs about mixed feelings/emotions, a lil horny, sad but chill vibes, and a lil bit of español.
One day, I came across a TikTok that “deep dived” into the trending genre of music. He called it “cinematic pop” and mentioned JVKE and Joji as examples. Cinematic pop makes you feel like you’re in a movie, basically romanticizing our lives like it is one.
Funny enough, Joji is one of my ex’s favorite artists. He followed him when he was still known as Filthy Frank on YouTube. (He was the guy that started the Harlem Shake trend)
I never really listened to Joji’s music except for Glimpse Of Us whenever it came on the radio.
Fast forward to October 2023, I think I remember listening to this playlist only a few times since I arrived in Chicago. It wasn’t until recently I added a few more songs because I was back in a low point while reflecting on my breakup.
I haven’t listened to the playlist in months, but now when I listen to each song, I can remember the emotion I was feeling when I added each song. Some with a lot of hurt. Some with a bit of hope. Just know that I have a bit of an attachment to each one.
Then I came across Joji's Daylight with Diplo. I never heard it before. But after listening to it a few times, I felt it was kinda fitting to end the playlist with this song.
It starts off with one of my new favorite artists and it ends with one of his favorite artists.
a sunset to a sunrise.
I am both happy and sad that 2023 is coming to an end. But I think the biggest thing I want to do is finally leave the remnants of my ex in 2023 and finally move on.
No more sad girl songs.
Here's my sad girl playlist appropriately titled: "lol in my feels"
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