The excitement of getting a room with a minibar

Image: Creator’s Inn.

“Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words. I don’t believe in “sadness,” “joy,” or “regret.” Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, “the happiness that attends disaster.” Or: “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.” I’d like to show how “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” connects with “the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.” I’d like to have a word for “the sadness inspired by failing restaurants” as well as for “the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.” I’ve never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever. “
- Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex.

Look at me, all grown up and still pretty naïve. I already know much of the things that I like and those I don’t. I feel both happy and sad most of the time and I don’t really know what that means or what to do with it. There was a time where I devoted most of my energy trying to decode it. Now happiness and sadness reveal themselves as emotions that can’t really be narrowed down into simple words. For all I know they might be the same thing.
This playlist is an exploration of sorts of the colliding hues of happines and sadness. Debased by a feeling that these might just be the last days of summer. Hazy, laidback and breezy but wistful and yearning at the same time. They don’t realize that when the end of the night comes and you say goodbye you’ll truly mean it, but we’re all having fun so why ruin it with drunken ruminations. Take your picture and keep on dancing. The sun will keep on rising with or without you.

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Category: Bedroom playlist, Folk, Psychedelic

11 Responses

  1. Gordon in Wendatland, Québec. says:

    The importance of telling stories to people we don’t know.

  2. María says:

    the calm that comes from knowing others feel as you do

  3. Wiley says:

    Damn yous a middlesexy bitch

  4. somnovore says:

    The mild embarrassment that overcomes you when you enter a long period of silence when someone asks you “how are you doing”? and you’re contemplating telling them a lie.

  5. jbeast says:

    The reluctance you feel to submit a comment upon realizing you have to volunteer your email address.

  6. ha says:

    a lovely list. and so summer begins in the northern hemisphere.

    thx moka!

  7. Moka says:

    Apologize for combo-breaking but have to say I love this chain of comments. Jbeast don’t worry, you can pretty much enter any email adress like say, a@a.com, it’s just a measure to prevent spambots we don’t really have a mailing list or anything.

  8. Cameron says:

    Everything about this post is whole hearted. Thanks for getting me out of a serious funk, Moka & co. “I got a THING about ya baby!”

  9. alex says:

    songs for travelling around, catching a boat through amazon river and having someone waiting by the shores…

  10. Noel says:


    Big fan of the blog for a long time and now this Bedouin Soundclash tune too.

    Here is a shameless plug for my own soundtrack themed weekly blog. Keep up the good work!

  11. plain_lo says:

    another perfect playlist that i stumble onto eons after the fact.

The song makes its imprint
in the air, making itself felt,
a felt world. Here, there,
the stunned silence

of knowing I will not remember
what I heard;

futures that will never happen,
a fluidity we cannot achieve
except as a child
creating possibility.

This is the untranslatable song
hidden in the earth.

-Untranslatable Song [1]