stars by the pocketful // playlist

stars by the pocketful is a playlist curated around some of my favorite songs that include celestial lyrical or sonic themes. It is inspired by a lyric from the song "Snow On The Beach" by Taylor Swift and Lana Del Rey. They are my two favorite artists ever, and I was beyond excited when I heard they were finally collaborating back in 2022. The song is so beautiful, with glittering production from Jack Antonoff, along with stunning lyrical imagery and vocal harmonies. A lot of the songs on this playlist are inspired by some of the best work the three of them have made over the years.

Other songs that shaped this playlist are; "goodnight n go" by Ariana Grande, "Space Cowboy" by Kacey Musgraves, "Space Bootz" by Miley Cyrus, "mirrorball" and "Starlight" by Taylor Swift, "Moon Song" by Phoebe Bridgers and "Paris, Texas" by Lana Del Rey, among others. I love so much music that is inspired by the moon and stars and will definitely continue to share more of it in more playlist variations to come. It's an aesthetic that I have always been so inspired by. 

Along with the recurring celestial themes of this music, as we are experiencing the first few snow days on the East Coast this week, I felt inspired by the title "Snow On The Beach" too. I wanted to curate this playlist around songs that evoke the feelings of winter for me, not necessarily holiday songs, but more general for the season as a whole. Many of them reference specific dates in December and January, too so I always return to these songs this time of year. Songs like "At The Holiday Party" by St. Vincent, "Wintering" and "When We Are Together" by The 1975, as well as "tis the damn season" and "New Years Day" by Taylor Swift are among some of the highlights. This is my go-to cozy playlist to listen to on a cold winter night.

The photo I used as the cover of this playlist I found online from a 1904 book about astronomy called "Astronomy For Amateurs". The image was taken at an observatory in France, taken on August 10, 1899, coincidentally exactly one hundred years before I was born! I'm always looking for inspiration from vintage photography and designs. I thought that the date it was taken was such a cool little detail to share about it. I also felt like it represented the music so perfectly. 

I hope you enjoy listening as much as I have!💫 Be sure to follow me on Spotify to keep up to date. Check out stars by the pocketful here or linked above. If you would like to check out more of my playlists click here or the links below. ♡

Thanks for reading! I am looking forward to sharing more music content throughout the year, including many more playlists like this to come! I would love to hear your thoughts and any suggestions in the comment section below!  

-Melissa ♡

Photo Credit: Fig 56. Fire ball seen from the Observatory at Juvisy, August 10, 1899. - from page 218 of "Astronomy for amateurs" (1904)

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