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  • Jasmine-Kay Johnson & Caroline Watkins

life on lockdown: a playlist

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

When I'm at my lowest of lows or highest of highs, usually one common denominator is always involved — music. Music has been my unwavering and steadfast companion throughout all of the chapters of my life. From playing to "Fifteen" by Taylor Swift on repeat before my first day of high school to dramatically listening to "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac on my move out to Missouri to start my freshman year of college, music has played an integral role in my upbringing.

Once I arrived at Mizzou, I quickly became friends with Jasmine-Kay Johnson — someone who was perhaps even more passionate about music than I was. Scratch that. Who was EVEN more passionate about music than I was. I still remember sitting in our dorm's common room and bonding over our obsession of artists like Stromae and Cherub. And then when we were able to meet Cherub in person when their tour came to Columbia, MO? It was a religious experience.

So when times have gotten tough as of late, music has been my best friend. In fact, there might be more hours of my day filled with music than not.

Recently, I reached out to Jasmine to ask if she'd like to share a playlist with Now Boarding. She has always shared such spot-on music recommendations for me, and I felt that the world would be at a disservice without her musical insight during this time.

This week, she put together a pandemic-inspired playlist: life on lockdown. And let me tell you — it's phenomenal. I've been listening to it all week. This playlist is full of classic hits and hidden gems and they all sum up how 2020 has gone perfectly. With songs like "Everything is Meaningless" by Alexander Wren, "Tough on Myself" by King Princess, "IV. Sweatpants" by Childish Gambino and "Lost in Yesterday" by Tame Impala, you might find yourself dancing alone in your bedroom or contemplating life as we know it to this soundtrack of 2020.

Here's what Jasmine had to say about her masterful "mixtape":

"2020 is a year bound to go down in history. This playlist comprises songs, be it in name or content, that explain what we're all feeling, thinking or experiencing."

Without further ado, here's Jasmine's playlist!


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