Letter #121


How are you? I hope you’re ok. The rollercoaster of emotions that 2020 has bought with it are exhausting. I think, to be honest, that my nerves are a bit frayed. Anyway, I hope you’re ok. I hope you’re staying safe, and healthy.

Thank you for all the birthday wishes from last week too (both for Love Will Save The Day, and for me!). I still can’t believe that either of us have aged a bit 😂.

The sun is shining in the UK (well, at least it is at the time of writing!), and I think sunshine is a sort of bleach for melancholy, so I hope you’re all getting plenty of outside time. The sunshine is also the perfect accompaniment to this week’s mixtape, which comes from a wonderful guest editor. Amelia Ryan is a poet with exceptional music taste (you’ll see). As you’d expect from a poet, the letter is glorious. The mixtape is… The best explanation I can think of is this; the mixtape sounds like it feels to float out to sea on a lilo. It feels like summer on the water. It feels like an escape. It’s excellent. I think you’re going to love it.

One final thing; I know that the black squares are gone, and the press is moving on, but racism hasn’t stopped, so please don’t you stop either. Read, learn, listen, protest, vote, sign petitions. Be active. Don’t let the silence creep in. As always, there’s lots of links below, so stay involved. Don’t stop.

As ever, please stay safe, and stay in touch xxx

PS. If you’re new then this is how it worksHere’s what you’ve missed so farAnd this is me.

PPS. If you’re wondering why you’re getting Love Will Save The Day so soon again, then it’s because I’ve taken it back to being weekly while we’re on lockdown in the UK – we all need more music, more culture, and more of each other ☺️

🌪 TL;DR Section 🌪
Anti-racism resources
🙋🏻‍♂️ Driving change 🙋🏻‍♂️

  • Platforming; If you are black, a POC, or you’re a person that has been marginalised, and you would like to guest edit an edition of Love Will Save The Day, please get in touch with me. I want to ensure that your voice is heard. Just reply to this email.
  • Mentoring; As a senior white man in a media agency, I hold a very privileged position. If you, or any one that you know, is interested in a career in advertising or media and needs a mentor and/or a leg-up, please contact me / get them to contact me at jed.hallam@initiative.com
📚 The notes 📚
Firstly, big thank you to Jed for creating and sharing the gorgeous gift that is Love Will Save The Day. I was introduced to it by a pal (shout out to @simonkmatthews) just before lockdown and my goodness what joyous discoveries it has given me over the last few months.

Secondly, I don’t want to dwell on talking about this situation we all currently find ourselves in.

For me, the whole point of creating this mixtape and listening to music during this period (and throughout my life) is that it serves me as an outlet of relaxation, relief and escapism or ‘travel’ if you will.

Living in East London, in a flat with no outside space during ‘lockdown’ has been tricky to say the least and so I have turned to meditation through music on many occasions to portal my way out of this space.

I always start by lying beneath the skylight in my room and watching the clouds drift by. Taking a deep breath in I find myself amongst a lush green woodland with the whispers of a cool clear stream twisting its way through the trees. Or thawing out my skin upon hissing summer lawns, sticky with sweat and spilt fizz. Idle days that roll over into candy floss glowing sunsets. Via a heady evening on a rooftop surrounded by all my friends, laughing, dancing, hugging, kissing… god, I miss kissing.

Smiles beaming, arms raised we transcend into a jewel-filled sky. Stars glisten around us as we tip-toe over a giant pink moon. Finally, we dive off a cluster of stardust. I roll over and fall back, arms outstretched into a gentle, dreamlike decent. Like a feather swaying from side to side, I float until grounded.

And I’m back, in my little spot here in Hackney. I bat my lashes open, wiggle my fingers and toes. Feel the cool floorboards beneath me and notice the skylight, so blue above me. The kind of blue you cannot touch. No more clouds. I think about all the special, beautiful people in my life.

And I exhale.

Now I’m going to need you to get cosy, press play, and take a deep breath in.

📖  Old notes  📖
Notes on culture
Notes on music

Notes on mental health

📃 The tracklist  📃
  1. Floating Points – Falaise
  2. Leon Vynehall – From The Sea / It Loos (Chapters I & II)
  3. The Cinematic Orchestra –  Arrival Of The Birds
  4. Andy Bey – River Man
  5. Joni Mitchell – Woodstock
  6. Nico – The Fairest Of The Seasons
  7. Cosmo Sheldrake – Wriggle
  8. Kool & The Gang – Summer Madness
  9. Herb Alpert – Rotation
  10. Jorge Ben Jor – Oba, La Vem Ela
  11. Ray Barretto – Acid
  12. Mr Twin Sister – All Around And Away We Go
  13. Lemon Jelly – Space Walk
  14. The Avalanches – Since I Left You
  15. Crazy Penis – There’s A Better Place
  16. Orbital – Halcyon And On And On
  17. Underworld – Low Burn
  18. The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar
  19. LCD Soundsystem – Home
  20. Breaka – Get Your Sweat On
  21. The Paradise – In Love With You
  22. New Jackson – Having A Coke With You
  23. M83 – Lower Your Eyelids To Die With The Sun
  24. Spiritualized – Shine A Light
  25. Brian Eno – An Ending (Ascent)
  26. The Durutti Column – Requiem Again
  27. Yo La Tengo – You Are Here
  28. Julia Holter – Hell Stranger
  30. The Beatles – Because
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See you on the dance floor.
Love Will Save the Day

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