January Playlist | 2016

Believe it or not, this series that I’m about to start is inspired by Marie Kondo. Yes, that “Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” Marie Kondo; that “anti-feminist because she cleans too much”, our beloved KonMari.

When I read her book, an idea emerged in my head – clean out my iTunes library like one would throw away all the books they were not reading. My iTunes was that way – 6,000+ songs from various artists that I’m not listening to and simply never going to listen to. As a music “collector” (let’s stray clear of the word “hoarder” here), I automatically download entire albums when I come across the ones that spark my interest – as a matter of fact, the ones that don’t, too. My songs are just compiled in this library, making shuffling (a.k.a skipping songs until I hear what I like) extremely difficult. I mean, I don’t need Justin Bieber’s first two albums. In deluxe editions.

I had the determination of deleting everything I had, and just have temporary playlists that changed monthly – if I really want to listen to a song, I don’t mind the trouble of downloading it again. Just when I was going to say goodbye to 200+ Outkast numbers, I remembered that I have an item on my bucket list: to listen to all songs in my iTunes library at least once. So until I go through that, I’m keeping my songs.

But while I’m enduring the agony of some 90’s unpopular rock n’ roll, I am creating monthly playlists on Spotify (@ Leaf Ye), ones which I delete at the end of the month. I think this series will be a great opportunity for me to share what I’m listening to on a monthly (if I’m not jamming to Bon Jovi).

Before we get into it (as if I haven’t rambled on enough), let me tell you my taste in music. 2 words. Bon Jovi. Kidding. I do love me some hardcore rock n’ roll, though. Or grunge rock for that matter, not really a fan of the glam. I also adore the Lumineers, yes, the band that sang “Ho Hey”; but they have so much more than one song!! I won’t lie and say I never used to be obsessed with Taylor Swift, but now I take the Swiftie pill in small doses, once every tough breakup, I think. Haha, other than that, indie alternative all the way.

Ok, we are getting into it.


Actually, more like the entire MADE album by the much beloved K-POP phenomenon. I have plans to go to their concert in March, and I always like to educate myself first. So far, “BANG BANG BANG” is my favorite from the record, the right amount of electric pop and R&B, quite a jam.

Heroes – David Bowie/Heroes

You saw this coming – a legend just left us. Although I’m not a fan of the artsy rock, but I’ve got to pay tribute. My favorite from him is “Space Oddity”for sure, and not just because Joey Tribianni covered it once, okay partly because Joey Tribianni covered it once; but “Heroes” has been my go-to for the past couple of days. The song hits me with so much attitude and regret, I don’t know which one to feel.

LOSER – Bigbang/MADE

I have to mention this one as well. Even though I have no idea what the lyrics are saying, but the melody are definitely worth a go. The tune is catchy and “brain-washy”, I have no choice but to hum broken lyrics from dawn to dusk.

海阔天空 – Beyond/乐与怒

I now know the correctly-pronounced lyrics to my favorite Beyond song! How exciting. I begged and pled my Cantonese-speaking friends to teach me, syllable from syllable, the lyrics of the song. And after a few Beyoncé sessions in the shower, I think I have mastered it. This is my current shower jam – and if you know me at all, you know that means SOMETHING.

Everglow – Coldplay/A Head Full of Dreams

My laptop keeps auto-correcting “everglow” to “overflow”, kinda takes the romance out of it, doesn’t it? As always, Coldplay nails it at the heartbreaking ballads. This one has very soon jumped to the tops of my pretty long list of  favorite Coldplay songs. Give it a listen, you will know why. Be sure to search up the lyrics, because the song is only complete with them embedded in your heart.

YOUTH – Troye Sivan/Blue Neighborhood

Though my Troye Sivan kick dates a couple months back, he’s got me with “YOUTH” again. I don’t know how he does it, ever so perfectly. I can never find a bad bone in his records, and they are a dream to play over and over again.

These are a couple good ones that I’m kicking the year off with. What are yours?

How are you liking the new segment? Follow me on Spotify (@Leaf Ye) for instant update lists!

xx L.


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