July 16th, 2020

Playlist by Emma W.

Like many of us, I've been yoyo-ing between where I am versus where I wish to be.  I dream of the river that snakes behind the house where I grew up, wishing that I could dive into that water again and again, like a baptism, welcoming the beginning of summer. On the other hand, I imagine that I can blink and nod my head like in "I Dream Of Jeannie" and escape into the streets of suburbia on command, wander through the familiar parks with their maple trees, the sidewalks dusty with chalk only a few blocks from where I live now. But sometimes I'm too tired to leave home. Sometimes I overthink things, get wrapped up, and before I know it, the day has escaped me.


These songs allow me to disappear to the places I dream of. These songs fool me into believing I'm there. If we close our eyes and lean into the wind, we can arrive into the world of our daydreams. I hear it in the upheaval of "Les Fleurs" by Minnie Riperton, the impossible possibility in "Today" by Jefferson Airplane, the otherworldly intro of "Love Walks In" by The Flamingos. In these songs, I'm alive and dreaming and up to no good and I follow it through the aching sun of afternoon, through the magic hour of dusk, all the way to the violet snare of sunset. The magic is there, it's everywhere if we want it to be and although we've been stuck at home, it'll exist as long as our imagination is open to brush the sky with it.


Emma W. lives in Toronto. The first print issue of her zine @pinkrabbitfootdiary will be available this summer.