Welcome 2016! New Year, new beginning, new you, blah blah blah. I’m sure you’ve heard it over and over each year. Clichés. But you know what? I have a soft spot for clichés because most times, there is a certain amount of truth in them. If I've learned anything in my 24 years of existence is that the only constant in life is that nothing ever remains the same. That change is the only thing we can always count on. And the thing is, as humans, we don't tend to love change. We kind of hate it. We resist it because change is hard and painful. But in a beautiful paradox, change is also essential and necessary to lead meaningful and purposeful lives. With that in mind, Viv & I have curated another mixtape to serve as background music and inspiration while you sit down to reflect on the past year and set goals for the year ahead. Join us in setting our intentions for 2016 with the theme of change.
“In the New Year”- Walkmen (Viv’s Pick)
I always remember that this song exists around this time of the year. Reminds you to think about how you’ve been sharing the past year with. Remember, YOU get to decide who you’ll see in the new year.
“La Vuelta Al Mundo” - Calle 13 (Rocio’s Pick)
This song urges listeners to stop living a life of shackles in the rat race, monotonous routine world and trade it instead for a life of exploration and traveling around the world. Mmmm. You can see why I dig it. One of my favorite lines is “si quieres cambio verdadero, pues camina distinto” (If you want true change, walk differently). What are we all waiting for?!
“Visions of Johanna”- Bob Dylan (Viv’s Pick)
No point in me attempting to interpret this extremely poetic song. All I can say is if you’re having visions of any sort that is taking up any space in your mind, think about it and then do something about it.
“Clandestino” - Manu Chao (Rocio’s Pick)
Manu Chao is the man. He sings poetically about social issues in Spanish, English, Italian, German, to name a few. Clandestino, which might be his most famous song, recounts his experience as a nomad traveler throughout Latin America in a bittersweet and melancholic light. Hmm, I foresee lots of traveling this 2016.
“Too Much Is Never Enough” - Bob Moses (Rocio’s Pick)
This song will put you in a brooding, dark and sexy mood. That’s all. I just wanna have a sexy and mysterious romantic 2016. You feel me?
“Let It Happen” - Tame Impala (Rocio’s Pick)
Listen to mastermind Kevin Parker and allow life in 2016 to unfold as it’s supposed to. Oh and don’t forget to dance.
“Sweet Dreams”- Roy Buchanan (Viv’s Pick)
This song will bring you to a happy place. Pssst.. don’t forget to daydream in 2016. It’s important.
“Variations” - Nicolas Jaar (Rocio’s Pick)
In true Nicolas Jaar fashion, this song starts off subtle, builds up but never quite culminates. It leaves you wanting more, wandering what’s to come. And isn’t this the case for our futures?
“All About the Money”- Troy Ave, Young Lito (Viv’s Pick)
Let’s not lie to ourselves. You have to think about how you’re gonna make $$$ in 2016. This is a great song to encourage your financial planning.
“De La Casa Al Trabajo”- Rolando Laserie (Viv’s Pick)
Nothing like a fun song about routine life for a married man and his illusion of what hard work brings. What does hard work mean to you?
So, what are your resolutions and goals for this new year? I’ll share mine if you tell me yours :)