everything's growing in our garden // playlist

everything's growing in our garden is the first in a series of playlists I will be sharing that follow a curated theme. Many of the songs on this list evoke a similar emotion when I hear them, no matter how subtle that connection may be. Of the sixty tracks I chose, many have a mellow, relaxed feeling and are carried by the lyrical depth they have. Spring is a time of growth, reflection, and new beginnings after the dark days of winter, which I hope to reflect in this playlist. 

With everything's growing in our garden, Phoebe Bridgers' music particularly served as my biggest inspiration and starting point that I chose the rest of the songs around. The title is inspired by a lyric from "Garden Song", where Phoebe sings "everything's growing in our garden, you don't have to know that it's haunted". Her music bookends this playlist, starting with "Garden Song" and ending with "I Know The End". Punisher is one of my all-time favorite albums and one that I always find myself returning to this time of year. The moment the weather gets warm I always return to one of my other favorite albums, Folklore by Taylor Swift, which just captures the feeling of spring and summer so perfectly for me. She is another artist who is also featured heavily throughout this list and I'm sure many other playlists I make in the future. The opening lines of "Daffodil" by Florence + The Machine also influenced much of this playlist, particularly the concept of "...the helpless optimism of spring". The lyric "worn out and tired, and my heart near retired, and the world bent double from weeping and yet, the birds begin to sing" also particularly resonated. 

I was also inspired by songs that sound very rooted in nature - whether it's Harry Styles' blue birds and sunflowers, Taylor Swift's folklorian gardens, lakes and centennial park, or the butterflies and cherry blossoms both Lana Del Rey and Kacey Musgraves sing about. Others are simply just songs that I've been loving lately and felt cohesive to the rest of everything's growing in our garden for one reason or another. 

With this new series, I wanted to find a way to share more of my music taste outside of my long-form album reviews and monthly New Music Friday posts. I especially want to spotlight the artists that I haven't found a way to incorporate into my content prior to this, or in a different way than before. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I have! 🌼

Follow me on Spotify here to keep up with my future playlists and listen to everything's growing in our garden here / linked above. This is the first of many playlists I'll be sharing - if you have any prompt ideas or music recommendations, let me know in the comments below. Thanks for reading! 

-Melissa ♡

Header: Côte des Grouettes, near Pontoise by Camille Pissarro, 1878

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