📚 The notes 📚
Today’s playlist is inspired by epiphanies. Seeing the light. Guidance from above. Some small drop of divine wisdom trickling down from the heavens and hitting like a thunderbolt of pure, uncut clarity.
These moments can be life changing. When we know better, we do better. They give us the strength to realise a dream or the vision to forge a path toward what we know is right. But what struck me is that, in my case, all these flashes of cerebral euphoria were triggered by music. I can’t recall what I could smell or taste, what I said or the intricate details of my surroundings, but I will always remember what song was playing when the stars aligned and brought order to the world.
Some of the tracks on this playlist relate to my own revelatory moments. Others are simply artistic expressions of joy, love and revelation. I’ve realised since writing this letter that quite often, they’re both. This says something to me about the power of music. The first time I stumbled into the NYC Downlow as Luke Howard put the needle on Melba Moore’s ‘You Stepped Into My Life’, I felt my world do a handbrake turn. That split second was to be the beginning of the rest of my life. Clubland, in all its transgressive, Bacchanalian unity, was the home my volatile young spirit needed. I later learned Luke had a similar epiphany to the same track years before. It’s no coincidence the lyrics talk about a sudden moment of clarity.
And on that note, this playlist is dedicated to all the Downlow / Maceos crew who have set the stage for so many of these times over the years. If you want to change the world, change the record. Stay safe and well everyone x