Nick Triani returns with his Life during quarantine playlist and reflects on his highlights of 2021 so far.
I honestly thought I was done with quarantine playlists. But here I am a year later, positioning tracks in the right order, for a free flowing listening experience and for maximum impact. The vaccine roll-out seems ultra slow as EU bureaucracy creates a sense of unease throughout the union. Right-wing conspiracists take cheap shots.Time stretches inconceivably as the lack of human interaction outside of one’s immediate family and our computer screens remains a fading memory.
For me culture has kept the fires burning. Some personal highlights from 2021 so far:
-Adam Curtis’ revealing and thought provoking documentary about how we got here, Can’t Get You Out of My Head
-A timely reminder of how things can get out of control with MAUS by Art Spiegelman
-Elvis Costello’s entertaining Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink
-The general art-house pretentiousness of Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Yes, it was a mess and yes it was strangely moving and really essential all at the same time)
-Catching up with my discography gaps of Judy Collins‘ astonishing 1970s back catalog
-Discovering Jorge Ben’s remarkable A Tábua de Esmeralda album
-Litku Klemetti cementing her reputation as the only interesting presence within the Finnish music mainstream in 2021
-Joni Mitchell’s Wild Things Run Fast
Until next time.
Nick Triani is an editor and contributor to One Quart Magazine.