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.