A Quarantine Playlist for When You’re Not a Teen Anymore

By Kinga Irzyk

Are we tired of hearing about “unprecedented times”? Yeah, thought so. We should listen to music, instead.

Living through a pandemic is weird. So many of us are working from home, fleeing city apartments, and reflecting on the activities and interests that define us *without* leaving the house. As we enter a quarantined fall, the weather feels like “back to school,” while quarantine just says “back to bed.” Every morning, we are one more day into a new routine wherein we wake up and re-realize, “I don’t even have the opportunity to say no to going out” because we can’t even go out to the grocery store without a mask and hand sanitizer.

But when the grocery store and sidewalk don’t feel safe, nostalgia and daydreaming do. And right now, there is more than enough time in the (work)day to daydream (in my pajamas), about “the good ole days” and the songs that make me want to jump up and down sweatily with my friends, sloshing a drink down my blouse. And what songs in the club hit better than the ones we learned all the lyrics to while listening to them on our walkman, riding the bus to middle school?

Kinga Irzyk is a graduate student and serial hobbyist in Boston, MA. Usually found baking, rollerskating, watching garbage TV, or putting on too much eyeshadow. Follow @kersplatski on instagram for mostly just cat content. 


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