by Olive


This short playlist is the most exclusive playlist in my spotify library. The songs on this playlist are not chosen by genre, legend status, popular regard, or anything easily quantifiable. I just add music that I think contains something godly. It could be lyrics that have a powerful emotional impact, sound that creates an experience through powerful composition, or anything else that makes me stop and listen in awe every time I hear it. To me these songs are significant because they are, as Cole Cuncha describes in season 3 episode 12 of his podcast Dissect, "a mediary to a higher dimension, an usher into the unknown", thus the name holy. My favorite moments on the playlist include the abstract section in Self Control as Frank Ocean sings "I, I, I..." (2:55) and the lyrics of Soul by Caleborate. These elements move me in almost opposite ways, but are equally transcendent.

Anderson.Paak's cover album from bandcamp, released in 2013. He reworks classic songs in his own jazzy, R&B funk style. His bandcamp website says this was done as commentary on the 'race records' from the 1950's- when white artists would steal the sound of black artists and turn them into pop hits (in short). This cover album symbolically puts the funk and soul back into popular rock and roll songs by white artists. At the end of the first cover, Maps, he added a sound recording, maybe from a movie or a speech, that says "your absence of integrity has filled me with rage...", an excerpt that I think aptly summarizes his motives for the album.


This is a jazz playlist used during the figure drawing sessions I lead at Bucknell. Watching people dance while also trying to draw with charcoal is just as fun as the drawing.


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