Are you worn out? Frazzled? In need of a serious break from the hard work you’ve been putting into your writing? Then you’re reading the right blog. Tonight, I hope this post will bring you some respite and clarity of mind.
I’m happy to announce that I’m bringing back my Aural Autumn series for the second year in a row! What’s the purpose of Aural Autumn, though? Simple: To unite writers with diverse interests and backgrounds around a single song once a week. I see this series, which I first kicked off last year with my “Sounds of Summer” posts, as a sort of soft reset for everyone in the blogging world. So many of us are aspiring to post more, write a book, get published, amass hundreds of followers, or some mixture of all of the above, that we deprive ourselves of meaningful moments of stillness. We work ourselves to the bone! Me included.
But for this brief moment, that still point is all I choose to focus on. I would be delighted if you joined me for a little musical journey.
The Discovery (feat. Krosia), by Doomroar.
If you haven’t heard, there’s been a surge in the genres known as Synthwave/80s retro electro/Dreamwave. Hazy and laced with retro bass lines and a flurry of synth notes, Synthwave and all its sub-genres are a wonderful love letter to everything that is the 80s. Doomroar is no exception. Take a listen. Whether or not you enjoy “The Discovery,” you’d be hard pressed not to get caught up in the sheer electro-veneer of this song.
Sunglasses at night. Midnight drives down the neon-lit strip in a Corvette. VHS dreams. Moments of glamour and violence from Vice City and all those Patrick Swayze movies. Somehow this song encapsulates all those things. I’m riding waves of nostalgia that I shouldn’t feel as a 90s kid and yet, somehow, still do.
The hard work’s done for the day, and music is a way to remind ourselves of that. Cruising and kicking back to nostalgic music as you know it may be the best thing you can do for your mind and soul.
Don’t overlook chill moments like these. Your future self will be glad you didn’t.
Have a great night, and I’ll see you all next Thursday for another Aural Autumn entry. Until then, later!