Every moment in our lives has a playlist. Whether it’s a spontaneous road trip with friends, running away with a lover to elope, a pilgrimage of self discovery or the loss of virginity — it all has a score, that indefinable soundtrack that reanimates those magical moments whenever we hear a song from it; It doesn’t matter where our location is, one song can transport us back to the sights, sounds and smells of our special moment.
If Hola, Morocha, (the book manuscript about my experience living in Buenos Aires) was a film, the soundtrack would sound a little something like this:
1. “All of Me” by Angus and Julia Stone: If you read the long version of my bio, you know one of the reasons I traveled to Buenos Aires was because of heart break (I have an article coming out in a travel magazine with the story about my heartbreak and Buenos aires). This song communicates perfectly how I felt during the months leading up to my move to Buenos Aires.
2. “Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Chantal Kreviazuk: I played this song before I left for Buenos Aires; this song sums up the emotions I was feeling about leaving my comfort zone, family and friends behind.
3. “Let Go” by Frou Frou: This is Hola, Morocha’s “theme song.” In fact, in a perfect world, the film trailer for Hola, Morocha would play out to this song. *Winks*
4. “Help I’m Alive” by Metric: If you’ve read the first story “Rough Landing” in the exclusive Hola, Morocha excerpt already (if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Hurry! Go now! :0) ) then you will know immediately why this song is on the playlist. This is exactly how I felt when I arrived in Palermo, my new neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Emily Haines, the lead singer of the band Metric, actually wrote this song in Buenos Aires!
5. “Can’t Take it In” by Imogen Heap: Another song that played on my ipod while I traveled. I think every traveler feels this way when traveling.
6. “Stop and Stare” by One Republic: As a woman of color living in Buenos Aires, I was stared at immensely. There are not a lot of women of color in Buenos Aires — they are almost non existent — so when Argentines see one walking down the street, they give her their undivided attention.
7.“Street Lights” by Kanye West: There is a part in Hola, Morocha (It’s in the excerpt) where I describe the feeling you get when you take your first taxi ride in a new city. For me, it was the first time I went out for a night on the town. This song would be perfect for that moment if it played out on the big screen. I can imagine the city and the glare from the street lights reflected in the glass window of the taxi while the song played.
8. “Apathy” by One Republic: While you’re abroad, apathy will come to find you every once in awhile. Apathy is like that annoying neighbor who drops by unannounced to borrow sugar, but instead, insists on telling you depressing details about their life. It’s completely unwelcomed and leaves you saying “Uuughhh. I just don’t care!” Don’t worry, like the annoying neighbor, apathy is easy to avoid. I used this song by One Republic to get me through my apathy infected days.
9. “Release Me” by Agnes: Every time I hear this song it reminds me of my girls’ night out bar crawls in Buenos Aires. This song would be perfect for a party montage scene.
10. “Enjoy the Silence” by Depeche Mode: First, I must say that I FRIGGIN LOVE DEPECHE MODE! Argentines love them too! There was not a day that went by when I did not hear this song blasting from a car speeding by. No film about Buenos Aires would be complete without a Depeche Mode song on its soundtrack.
11. “Sober” by Kelly Clarkson: There was a night I could not sleep because I was anticipating a certain moment — one that shall not be named (just yet, anyway. I don’t believe in spoilers. :0) ) like Voldemort — and spent the sleepless hours listening to this song instead.
12. “Sorry” by Madonna: This song is featured in Hola, Morocha and was playing during a very wild night out. Let’s just say it involved glitter, a stage, a dancing traffic light and a dancing crayon. This would make for an interesting scene in a film.
13. “All I Need” by One Republic: I believe this album came out when I was living in Buenos Aires and this is one of the songs I listened to all the time.
14. “Haters” by Collie Buddz: I was introduced to this epic song and artist on one chill evening in Belgrano — Buenos Aires’s version of Brooklyn — it was an evening of dinner, wine and weed. I didn’t smoke of course.
15. “Across the Universe” by the Beatles: This is my travel staple song and will be on all my travel playlists.
16. “Blur” by Britney Spears: It was in NO WAY this extreme, but this song always reminds me of a certain night in Recoleta. ;0)
17. “Bad Girls” by Blood Orange: This song reminds me of some of my crazier nights in Buenos Aires.
18. “Wonderwall” cover by Ryan Adams: I always reflected to this song while looking out through my balcony.
19. “Paper Birds” by Parachutes: This song is the melody to the bitter sweet feelings I had when I headed to the airport to leave Buenos Aires.
20. “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina” cover by Lea Michel: This would be the perfect exit song for the film. There is no greater song to depart from Buenos Aires to. This song expresses how I felt when I arrived back to New York from Buenos Aires.
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