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HIKOSYSTEM: The 2022 Spring Playlist

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After you recover from your annual St. Patrick's Day binge, take a walk outside, catch a whiff of freshly cut grass, and press play on these 30+ tunes I've curated just in time for Aries season. ( My birthday is less than two weeks as I write this, so please use this information however you wish .) Highlights include: Kygo and DNCE teaming up to get their Bee Gees on in "Dancing Feet"...The Weeknd teaming up with Swedish House Mafia to provide us with some emo EDM in "Moth to a Flame"...and the return of one my favorite British singer-songwriters, Foxes, who's amping up the electro-pop factor in her discography with "Sister Ray" and "Forgive Yourself." Enjoy: @TheFirstEcho

HIKODROME: The 2022 Winter Playlist

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Consider this music you can break your New Year resolutions to.  I am starting 2022 with no expectations because, frankly, the last half of 2021 wrecked me in ways I haven't openly discussed online (but hopefully will soon). And because I have no expectations, all I have is this new music to carry me through the next few months.  Enjoy: @TheFirstEcho

Sigrid's "Burning Bridges": An Anthem for Getting Rid of Toxic People In Your Life

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I admittedly caught Sigrid's fall single, "Burning Bridges," a little late (shortly after Thanksgiving), but since then, it's been on heavy rotation. And now? It's my theme song heading into 2022. The more I listen to it, the more I love it. (I predict it'll pop up on my Spotify Wrapped eleven months from now.) The four-on-the-floor beat and soaring strings conspire to deliver an irresistible and empowering track that offers simple advice on how to avoid getting involved with shitty people who will only bring you down in life and eventually break your heart. It's all there in one killer lyrical hook from the 25-year-old Norwegian singer: "You cry, they don't. That's how you know." @TheFirstEcho

DRIFTING: The 2021 Fall Playlist

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There aren't enough words to describe what this next chapter of my life feels like right now. So at the risk of being vague and ambiguous, I leave you these tracks that I have been listening to during this time of heavy reflection. @TheFirstEcho

One of My Favorite Movies Got Adapted for the Stage

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  One of my all-time favorite movies is Clue . I watch it every year. I know every line of dialogue. I've attended several midnight screenings of it here in Los Angeles. I own Clue T-shirts. I personally know someone who worked on the production back in the 80s. I am a fan. So, when I receive an invitation to attend the opening night of the stage adaptation of the movie and review it for Medium , it is without hesitation that I shall accept it.  And here's what I wrote.

PRIDE 2021: Anthems for a "Hot Vax Summer"

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As a member of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Council at work, I am certainly proud to be a part of a group that celebrates and showcases the various figures and cultures that have shaped and continue to influence our country. And for the month of June, I am also thrilled to contribute to our company's newsletter which puts a spotlight on Pride – including this playlist that will hopefully help everyone find their groove, find their voice, and find their place during this upcoming "hot vax summer." Enjoy (also available on Apple Music): @TheFirstEcho

UNLEASHED: The 2021 Summer Playlist

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The face masks are coming off (for some of you), and there is a certain energy in the air, one that is screaming at the top of its lungs, "Watch out, world! I'm gonna have me a Hot Vax Summer!" This is an energy unlike any other felt at the beginning of the season. These aren't some pent-up feelings from a long, dreary winter. This is more like a life-force that has been suppressed since March 2020, and it. Needs. To. Come. Out.  While I still advise all of y'all to embrace these new "roaring twenties" with caution, I do suggest that you soak up every moment you're given – and use this as your soundtrack while you do it.  As usual, be sure to come back and revisit this playlist as I'll be adding more tunes to it over the next several weeks. @TheFirstEcho