May Playlist // making music again

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I’ve been playing a lot of music this month and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ve mostly been practicing guitar and ukulele and I’m finally building a pedalboard! For now it’s complete (all I need now is a bigger pedalboard). I couldn’t be happier. I’m using a pedaltrain nano pedalboard with these five pedals:

  • TC Electronic Polytune 3
  • Electro-Harmonix XO Micro POG Polyphonic Octave Generator
  • EarthQuaker Devices Sea Machine Super Chorus
  • TC Electronic The Prophet Digital Delay
  • TC Electronic Skysurfer Reverb (the very first pedal I bought)
  • TC Electronic Ditto X2 Looper

I now know a few songs on ukulele, most importantly the Mii channel theme, and I’ve been following JustinGuitar tutorials for guitar. His lessons are so good, I highly recommend checking him out on his website and YouTube channel. I’ve also been sporadically playing with the free version of Yousician and working on scales from the exercise book from The Guitar Grimoire.

Here’s what I’ve been listening to this month. Let me know what you all have been listening to in the comments or on Instagram @healthy_ghost.

April Playlist


This month’s playlist is composed of the music I’ve been playing while making breakfast before work. Calming and comforting. It’s what I’ve needed this month.

I’ve been playing a lot of music lately too. I’m re-teaching myself piano and it’s been a lot of fun. I also ordered a tenor ukulele online and it’s currently on its way. Next month may be a playlist full of ukulele and piano songs I’d like to learn.

What have you been listening to lately? Let me know in the comments or on Instagram: @healthy_ghost.

December + January Playlist


I wanted to post a little throwback today.

I like posting monthly playlists on my blog because it forces me to listen to more music than I usually do and rediscover old songs I used to love. I listened to a lot of music when I was in high school, but now I don’t take the time to sit down and listen to an album without any distractions.

I would make playlists on iTunes and burn them to CDs to give to friends. We’d listen to them in their cars or when we’d have pool parties. I also used to make playlists on the website 8tracks any time I felt inspired by music and wanted to share what I heard. I used to spend a lot of time curating them and finding cover art for them.

This month’s playlist (a combination of December and January) will feature one of my old 8tracks playlists from high school, “Chill Electronic“. Thom Yorke’s music has always been a huge inspiration for me, and it’s what inspired this playlist. I added a few more songs to the original and posted it on Spotify:

Here’s a link to the original playlist: Chill Electronic. Check out some of my other old playlists too: ParanoidNoAndroid.

Here’s where all of my monthly playlists live: Monthly Playlists.

November Top 10 // a cosy and introspective playlist.


Another month, another playlist. For November I chose mostly acoustic tracks that encompass the feelings of the start of winter and that are very nostalgic for me. Listen to it at the bottom of this post.

Alexi Murdoch – Through the Dark

I discovered Alexi Murdoch’s music through the movie Away We Go about 7 years ago. I listen to his music whenever I need to relax: a calm start to my morning or a to get a relaxing mood flowing at night after a stressful day of work.

Brand New – Could Never Be Heaven

I finally listened to Brand New’s album from 2017, and I hate that I didn’t check it out sooner. Deja Entendu is one of my favorite albums; listening to Brand New brings back a lot of fond memories and nostalgia. I was hesitant to listen to it for some unknown reason, but I finally did and it’s great.

Jack Johnson – Belle

This song brings me back to high school, sitting in my room trying to learn it on guitar. I never got it down, but I may revisit it again soon.

Kings of Convenience – Leaning Against the Wall

Another relaxing acoustic album. I highly recommend checking this whole album out on a lazy Sunday, but this song is one of my favorites on that album.

Say Hi – My Eyes Won’t Weep No More

I listened to Say Hi a lot in high school, but I recently bought a Say Hi CD at a thrift store in Austin for $1.99. I’ve been hooked again since and it’s all I’ve been playing in the car (to DJ’s annoyance). To me, his voice is so relaxing and his music’s a masterpiece.

Thao and Mirah – Teeth

Another oldie for me from high school, this duo collaborated and created a beautiful indie rock album that I cannot listen to enough.

Vagabon – Alive and a Well

It seems I always have at least one Spotify recommendation each playlist. I was recommended this while making this playlist, and I’ve found one of my new favorite bands. I’ve listened to this album almost every morning before I go into work the past few days.

Bon Iver – Beach Baby

How could I not add Bon Iver to an autumn inspired playlist?

Badly Drawn Boy – Camping Next to Water

I’ve only listened to his first album, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, but I plan on listening to all of his albums soon, especially after revisiting this one.

Radiohead – Gagging Order

My all-time favorite band. Their acoustic pieces always leave me mesmerized. Gagging Order and Faust Arp are my two favorite acoustic pieces by them, but I chose Gagging Order because I thought it was a nice closing song for this list.

Thank you to everyone who has listened to and followed my playlists these past few months. I love making them. ♡

October Top 10 // what I’ve been listening to lately


It’s that time again for another monthly playlist. This time for spooky season we’re celebrating with an ominous and somber set of songs. (The Spotify playlist is at the end of this post.)

Tele Novella – Umbrella at the Station

Spotify’s recommendations are pretty spot on most of the time. I came across this song as I was building this playlist which lead me to check out this album, which is a really good indie pop album. I put a Voxtrot song in the beginning of my last playlist and this time I’m starting out another one with a band that consists of a few of the members.

“No need to put it into words  / ’cause I know what you heard.”

Free Cake For Every Creature – Talking Quietly of Anything With You

This is an artist from one of my favorite record labels, Double Double Whammy. I like the majority of the bands on that label, so it was no surprise when I stumbled upon Free Cake For Every Creature that I would like their sound too. This one is another indie pop  band that I started listening to this month that I have really liked. Although I wanted to make this a somber playlist, a lot of her songs are feel-good indie pop songs.

“Music under the door, / we’re not old but we’re getting older. / What will we keep on our coffee tables? / We’re getting older.”

Cloud Cult – The Ghost Inside Our House

I mentioned this in a previous playlist, but I have been listening to Cloud Cult for years. They’re one of my favorite indie rock bands.

“We saw a ghost inside our house / or was it wishful thinkin’? / Oh god, don’t leave us by ourselves / or we’re bound to take up drinkin’.”

Dead Man’s Bones – Buried In Water

This one is from Ryan Gosling’s band that he formed with his friend, Zach Shields. Their background is pretty neat, and I would recommend checking out their wiki article: Dead Man’s Bones. In summary, they write love songs about ghosts and monsters.

“Down under the ground / there’s a town there. / I’ve been down there / in the middle of the lake. / I hold your hand, for goodness’ sake.”

Portishead – The Rip

Back in 2008 and 2009 I had a playlist that I had made on my MySpace page. This song sat alongside The Killer’s Romeo and Juliet and Hoobastank’s The Reason. I always come back to this album when I’m feeling nostalgic.

“And as I take on myself / and the bitterness I felt / I realize that love flows.”

Mark Pritchard and Thom Yorke – Beautiful People

I will listen to anything Thom Yorke is in.

“I’ll smile careful / to know you’re there (in the morning light) / and I am fearful.”

Philip Selway – Ghosts

The drummer from Radiohead, Philip Selway, has two solo albums that I recommend checking out. They’re very calming and relaxing albums to listen to, especially on rainy and stormy days.

“Is there someone there watching as I sleep? / I’ve woke and I struggle to breath. / Something weighed me down, riding on my back. / Ghosts, ghosts, a crowd at my windows and doors.”

Little Dragon – Gravity

I’ve been listening to Little Dragon for years, but I haven’t listened to their most recent songs until this past month and they’ve been on repeat since.

“Let’s be old fashioned, were all using telephones. / Will you call me tonight, boy?”

The National – Guilty Party

I love The National’s sound. They are an alternative rock band that have been around for almost 20 years. Their most recent album, Sleep Well Beast, is mournful and funereal like most of The National’s past albums.

“You’re sleeping night and day. / How d’you do it? / Me, I am wide awake / feeling defeated.”

The Microphones – I Felt Your Shape

I took a walk listening to his latest album (A Crow Looked At Me, under the moniker Mount Eerie). He had just lost his wife to cancer and wrote an album on everything he had felt during that time. By the end of the walk it had me in tears. I highly recommend checking that one out. This album that I Felt Your Shape is on, Glow Pt. 2, is the first one I listened to of his. All of his albums hold a special place in my heart and I highly recommend listening to all of them.

“But I don’t know, the nights are cold / and I remember warmth. / I could have sworn I wasn’t alone.”

Previous Playlists: August // September