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.