I open the oven. Hot air floods over my face, scented with woodsy turmeric and sweet cinnamon. A tray of orange cookies bakes on the top rack. The chocolate chips settle into the cookie dough, glossy and melting. I turn the tray from front to back, then settle it on the lowest rack.
5 minutes later, I have maple-sweetened cookies in my hands. Chewy, autumnal, chocolate flecked rounds. Steam spins up from my mug of herbal tea, sitting on my side table. I watch streams of rain roll down the living room windows. Soft, dusty folk music plays in the background.
Music is a big part of my life. It’s currently in hobby status. Although I admit I occasionally day dream that I’m a musician, in my own project. Currently, I play in a friends project as a backup singer and drum noodler. I’m learning guitar. That same muse that wakes me up from reverie, whispering ideas for black sesame donuts, she also plants songs in my head.
Or maybe I’ve got two muses, asking me to play. It’s hard to tell the difference when they’re dropping ideas and melodies into my minds eye.
I used to spend all of my free time looking for new music, making playlists for my friends, going to shows, or attending open mics. My computer crashed the Summer I graduated from college. I lost all of my music. I remember shrugging my shoulders and thinking, “thanks for the love, music library. I guess it’s time for something else.”
That’s the same year I taught myself both gluten-free baking techniques and how to make chocolate from bean to bar.
I was driving with my friend Angel recently and she still has a couple of those mix CDs I made her in college. Most of them are scratched and skip. But it reminded me of how much love I put into those CDs. For each person, for each mood.
You guys. I made you a playlist. It’s something I’ve been listening to while I make dinner. It’s dancey and has a smattering of some of my favorites (The Dodos, Beirut, Devotchka) and lots of new-to-me songs (Empress Of, Sleepwalkers, Vacationer). I hope you like it. I like you. Get the playlist here.