[The Audiofiles] Required Listening for HARD Summer, Day 1

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This morning I woke up, looked at my calendar and almost freaked out because this is the last week of July;  I’m sure I’ve said this a few times already this year but where the hell has the time gone?! Granted, I’m far busier than I’ve ever been: last November I started volunteering at an organization called the Kitty Bungalow: Charm School for Wayward Cats and was quickly named the Board Liaison for the organization.  During my time there, I lost track of a few very important mantras – like love yourself first, be cognizant of the way people treat those who are inconsequential to their lives and that with great power comes great responsibility.  Thank goodness I have an amazing boyfriend, support system and family to keep me in check – I was losing perspective, soul and my positive perspective; there was something sucking at my soul and I needed to breathe and figure out why.  Ultimately, I realized what was going on in that pretty little mind of mine – I was placing my dreams on the back-burner so I could go and chase someone else’s, and it was causing me the most strange kind of anxiety: that my dreams weren’t _____ enough to chase.  And just fill in the blank with whatever you will: good, valid, amazing, wonderful, solid, proactive, achievable, doable.  After a few weeks of minor anxiety attacks and frustrations, I realized that what I was forgetting/neglecting/ignoring was the most important part about these dreams: they’re mine.

I took a deep breath to re-evaluate my life’s trajectory and then I made a move: I left the organization.  I love cats, I love people and I love making lives better – but it’s difficult to remain affable and altruistic when at the end of the day I’m unable to help myself.   Beyond my dreams being deferred, the kicker was that owner of this amazing foundation built on the idea of saving feral cats couldn’t figure out how to treat people.  I took a moment and mediated on an adage from an old friend – you can’t win’em all, but you can surely throw the game; so, after toying around with e-mail drafts for two weeks I finally took the plunge and sent in my resignation letter.

It hasn’t even been a month since I’ve sent it – twenty days to be exact – but in my adult life, I can tell you one thing for sure: my soul feels free again.  I’ve had the chance to experience, embrace and cultivate so many new and exciting feelings within my heart, soul and head.  Each day, I fall more in love with my soulmate – the term ‘boyfriend’ doesn’t do it justice and the English language lacks the capabilities to aptly describe the way I feel inside.   He’s my biggest cheerleader, a shoulder to cry on and the best support system – and friend – a girl could ask for.  We’ve been able to spend more time together – and productive time at that: laying down the groundwork of our goals and converting them into possible realities.   He makes me believe – not just in myself, but in my dreams and the time I’ve invested into them;  it’s surreal and I can only hope everyone finds this type of counterpart in their life.

What’s even better is that my dad came into town this weekend and I got to introduce my favorite men to each other – it was so much fun!  We ate – oh, we ate – well, had wonderful conversation and I even got to introduce my father to Danny’s mom – best relaxing weekend I’ve had in a while!  On Friday we headed over to the Farmer’s Market at the Grove to have some Brazilian BBQ and Pinkberry; on Saturday we got our Eggs Benedict on at an amazing place called Tres at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. They had feta foam on top of the eggs; just process that for a second and try not to drool on your keyboard. During the day, we had an adventure to Universal Citywalk to catch Despicable Me 2 in 3D – if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out.  One of the cutest movies I’ve seen in a long time and probably the best sequel ever  Finally, we ended the day with some stellar Sushi and conversation.  Sunday morning was for the parents meeting – and that went phenomenally.  We all took a walk down to the Farmer’s Market and got some crepes – both sweet and savory – and the Waffles Versaille.  I was tres full!  Last but not lease we rounded out the weekend with some Abbey Road on vinyl – because why not!

Speaking of being a perpetual five year old trapped in the body of a 28 year old, there are certain things that will simply put never ever lose their meaning to me.  There are little bits and pieces of my reality that I covet and keep close to my soul; n no particular order: bubbles, cotton candy, sprinklers that create rainbows, tanlines, live music, miniature bottles of liquor, costumes and fabulous people.   There’s something uniquely special about each one of them to me, but if you throw them all together and put a little magic in it – you essentially get a music festival. And speaking of, we’re currently gearing up for one in LA right now!  HARD Fest is proud to present HARD Summer – coming up at LA’s State Historic Park. Last year’s event was absolutely ridiculous and this year’s shouldn’t be any different!  I’ve compiled a playlist of the Day 1 artists to get down to and I’ll hit y’all with a Day 2 playlist later this week =) enjoy!

 

  1. Knife Party – Internet Friends
  2. Duck Sauce – Barbra Streisand
  3. Dog Blood – Next Order
  4. DJ Fresh – Gold Dust (Flux Pavilion Remix)
  5. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  6. Major Lazer – Bubble Butt f. 2 Chainz
  7. SBTRKT – Wildfire
  8. Disclosure ft AlunaGeorge – White Noise
  9. TNGHT – Acrylics
  10. Tommy Trash – Monkey In Love
  11. Kill the Noise – My World
  12. RL Grime – Pockets
  13. Alvin Risk – SKYCLAD
  14. Destructo – Higher
  15. Oliver – Night is On My Mind
  16. Duke Dumont – The Giver
  17. Will Sparks – Ah Yeah (TJR Edit)
  18. Alex Metric ft Oliver – Motion Study
  19. Keys n Krates – Dreamyness
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