Book culture Music Playlist

#NowReading: Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood

Finished reading the book Laurel Canyon: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Legendary Neighborhood” by Michael Walker, a quick and playful read that is never not relevant to the ever-constant push and pull for peace. I picked this one up while we were visiting L.A. in February for my birthday. After getting lost in the hills for an hour, we parked near the road sign for BRONSON AVE because it connected to our Clueless tour) and ended up in front of Counterpoint books. I went in with the goal of finding anything at all and, hey, the shop owner was playing the impeachment trial! Over the loudspeaker! Anyway, I found the music history section, bought the book and started reading pretty much right away.

Musically, it’s something else. From the Byrds to Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joni Mitchell, Frank Zappa, all these people just livin’, in harmony. Walker illustrates the Canyon in a helpful and visual way (especially around the Manson story) that can only be assisted by viewing Once Upon A Time in Hollywood or Echo in the Canyon.

Then I watched Model Shop. It f*cks.

Here’s the playlist I made featuring the bands of the book, such as, The Byrds, Frank Zappa, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, The Mamas and the Papas, and more, in chronological order: ✌🏾


New Spotify / Apple Music playlist: Modern Folk

The latest playlist is up! Modern Folk highlights favorites in 90s and 00s Indie-Folk and Folk-Rock.

I’ve resolved many long days with a Bright Eyes or Jenny Lewis tune, and more recently I’ve been taken aback by First Aid Kit and “Fall to Sleep” by The Wild Reeds. Red House Painters has been an old fave and I, thankfully, made a late discovery of Sun Kill Moon a few years back which became most handy while waiting for the subway. Indie Folk is definitely one of my favorite genres!! so there’s a lot of great faves on here 💖

Hope you find this playlist cozy and inspiring ☺️ You can listen now on Spotify and Apple Music. ✨