playlist number one: “my little corner of the world”

welcome to “the sounds she collected,” a weekly playlist newsletter (sign up at!) that i hope will connect you with new music each and every sunday. i’ve always loved music, and there’s something about making playlists that is so cathartic for me (many of you know this, as i’ve made a playlist for you, for an event we attended, you name it!). so, i figured i’d combine my passion for writing with my passion for music. here we go, with a deep breath and a click—playlist number one: my little corner of the world.

i had a hard time choosing what the first themed playlist would be, but then realized it was obvious—an introduction. what we listen to not only says a lot about what genre we like, but about who we are, too: the songs that were there for us when we needed them the most. the songs that we celebrated with. the songs that we listened to during long road trips. they all make us who we are, and my favorite songs are the ones that take me back in time the moment i hear the opening chords.



playlists eight (and nine!): “things we never say” / “this christmas”

it’s almost christmas. which means it’s nearly 2018?! how. did. this. happen. before i get started, enjoy the bonus playlist, this christmas. it’s the perfect soundtrack for wrapping presents, unwrapping presents, cooking christmas dinner, eating christmas dinner…you catch my drift. this one is best served shuffled.

through this good ol’ retrograde season (which thankfully ended yesterday), i’ve been fascinated with songs that articulate things that are just so hard to say aloud. so with this week’s playlist, things we never say, i urge you to tell people how you’re feeling and that you appreciate them—and not just because it’s christmas, and at christmas you tell the truth (sorry, had to)—and remember that communication is far more than what we see on our screens.

playlists six (and seven!): “days like this” / “where does the good go”

the first playlist, days like this, is inspired by the seasonal shifts of fall and winter, and is meant for a road trip (or a cozy night in or day at the office). i didn’t arrange this one in order because it’s best served shuffled. enjoy some of my favorite songs of 2017 intermingled with vintage gems.

the second playlist, where does the good go, comes to us from a request by my friend jenn. upon hearing a bonnie raitt track on the first playlist, she wrote in to say: “Bonnie Raitt is very underappreciated…maybe that would be a good subject matter…artists you forgot were so damn awesome.” so, i created a playlist full of 50 songs from 50 artists we may have forgotten were so damn awesome, and maybe some artists you’ve never heard of before; i’m pleased to make the introduction.

playlist five: “twist and shout”

so this week, the challenge i implore you to take is asking yourself, “am i feeling inspired? am i feeling drained? either way, i’m doing the best that i can.” this playlist, twist and shout, is dedicated to october’s end and november’s beginning. cheers to feeling inspired again, because as as a creative human, yes, it does come in waves. i’ve included some songs that make me feel ready to take on projects (and the world) with gusto. so enjoy your weekend, and some new songs to accompany it. until next time, friends!

playlist number four: “everyone’s gone to the moon”

with each new moon, i’ve begun to set intentions for myself in regard to the theme at hand. this month, the new moon in libra is centered around our relationships. the mantra i’ve focused on this month (yep, i meditate too, so many topics for me to share with you all!) is choosing in this moment—what would create the best path for me in the next? this applies to how you spend your time, and who you spend it with, too. i urge you to look around you and do the same, if only for a moment, and ensure that the people you surround yourself with truly lift you up.

this week’s playlist is cosmic at its core, with ethereal synth effects, glittering backdrops, and spooky sound cascades (we are nearing halloween and in the season of the witch, after all). and the spookiest part of all? i’ve been building up this playlist, everyone’s gone to the moon, gradually since 2014. it’s eerie to think about how in three short years, so many things have changed with the waxing and waning of each new moon, yet so many important things remain the same.

playlist number three: “get up offa that thing”

this week’s playlist is inspired by that moment, and is filled with songs to get you movin’ and groovin’, no matter what place you may find yourself in. i must note that this playlist was also inspired by one of my favorite things about living alone—solo dance parties all the time, and having zero shame while doing so. i’d like to think i acquire the moves of j.lo when no one else is around, right? (nooot even close.)

and there’s one more reason we need to get movin’! winter is coming. no, really. us chicagoans are settling in for another brutal winter (my radiator is clanging along as I type this), so upbeat playlists are essential.

so take a listen to this week’s playlist, get up offa that thing, grab a hairbrush microphone, and bring your best on-stage moves to the heart of your living room. it’s time to solo dance party—or at least, it’s time to keep that spirit going throughout the week as your sunday winds to a close.

playlist number two: “reflecting light”

as someone who’s been to hundreds of concerts and countless festivals, i compartmentalized music festivals as a sacred space in my mind, one that could not be tarnished. where people are free to be who they are, dance with total abandonment, and escape day-to-day routines for a little while. music festivals bring people to their most joyful state—which is why the events monday left my heart feeling weighed down all week long.

i’ll stop now before i get into a rant centered on my political leanings, but it felt right for the playlist of the week—reflecting light—to be all about healing. whether you’ve been affected by a tragedy, are trying to move through tough events happening in your life, or simply need to reset, music is a key to getting through. i’ve bundled up a group of songs that convey that feeling of safety and security, and most importantly, moving forward when darkness tries to outshine the light.