“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.”
– Jessica Hische
the selfie project
in march of 2017, four of my friends and I agreed to take a selfie every day for a year, tracking our physical changes, our routines, and the course of our lives…
in may of 2010, just prior to graduating high school, I created a mix for each of the four previous years. compiled together, the songs told the comprehensive story of my adolescence.
during my time in college, I expanded the project to include my childhood. the playlist continues to this day, with news songs added as they become vessels that make me nostalgic for now.
while there are a few missing pieces, such as underground demos, songs from my college roommate’s band, and other gems unavailable on Spotify, this playlist captures my life moment by moment, from my earliest memories to the present. bands and entire genres come into focus and then vanish altogether. seasons of heartbreak ebb into times of joy sink into periods introspection. if you listen closely, you can hear everything.
the infinite playlist is a meditation on how songs and the moments they capture add up to the story of a life.
“breathe” – with music by JK Hilbert
Composer John-Kevin Hilbert approached me to collaborate on a piece of music in the spring of 2019. In a time of personal and social chaos, I wanted to write about the only certainty of living: “tomorrow will come.”
With words in hand, Hilbert composed and arranged a gospel-inspired piece, performed here by The St. Augustine Chamber Singers on April 19th, 2019.