The Perfect Quarantined Playlist

Organizing and categorizing my music is a chore that I’ve been putting off for a while now. 

As someone who feels the need to listen to as many artists as possible, I’ve accumulated a hefty library that was in desperate need of some TLC. 

There was never a good reason to stay at home and scroll through thousands of tracks before. However, now that quarantine is the new normal, it’s the perfect pastime. 

After countless hours of dragging specific songs into individualized folders from the ‘60s to the ‘90s and everything in between, I decided to celebrate by crafting a playlist with this new normal in mind. 

"Isolation" by John Lennon

First on the list is “Isolation” by John Lennon. 

I think the lyrics in this ballad are fitting for a multitude of themes, but they especially hit home in the age of coronavirus. 

When Lennon sings, “We're afraid to be alone,” it reminds me of one of the biggest fears I had coming into this pandemic. 

I knew that with all this abundant free time, I was going to have to spend a lot of time with myself, which can become very introspective. 

He also sings that, “The world is just a little town.”

Although this is a global pandemic, being confined to my house surely makes my universe feel more limited. 

"Day Dreaming" by Aretha Franklin

Next up is “Day Dreaming” by Aretha Franklin. 

This song automatically lifts your spirits.

Honestly, daydreaming is something I do a lot of as of late.

Productivity doesn’t always happen, and that’s okay.

On those days when I don’t feel like picking up a new skill or having an intense study session, I play this one while I chill in my backyard. 

"Sky Might Fall" by Kid Cudi

On a more melodramatic note, “Sky Might Fall” by Kid Cudi is a go-to. 

“What a world that I’m livin’ in,” indeed, Kudi. On the days where an end seems nowhere in sight, this gets the vibe just right. 

There’s an overtone of acceptance when he sings, “The sky might fall, but I’m not worried at all.” 

I always question if I’m doing enough.

At the end of the day, all we can do is stay home and try not to be in a perpetual state of worry. 

"It’ll All Work Out" by Phoebe Bridgers

One of my personal favorites is Phoebe Bridgers’ cover of “It’ll All Work Out.” 

Her angelic voice is the most calming experience.

And as a bonus, these reassuring words were originally written by Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

So when you’re really missing Gainesville, as I do too often, this hymn by an OG member of the Swamp brings me home in a way. 

"To Be So Lonely" by Harry Styles

And lastly, “To Be So Lonely” by Harry Styles. 

Fine Line is a masterpiece. Enough said. 

But in all seriousness, internal reflection during this pandemic is essential.

While it may seem juvenile, developing a playlist that imitates how you’re feeling can be the perfect outlet.

I hope this inspires you to document your current state of mind, regardless of the medium. 

My Apple Music ID (sorry Spotify users) is: madelinemurphy. Happy listening and stay safe!