I love sharing the music I like. I also like making mixes. I also do this pretty rarely and as a result, I end up explaining the entire origin of Breakfast at Timothy’s. I’m not doing that this time.
This is a 12 song mix that receives the Coatesvillain seal of approval (if that matters to you). All songs are pop, R&B, dance or some variant as that’s the music I consistently go back to. Despite being someone who can dance (but rarely does it in public) it’s the music that makes me happiest, and I want to share that joy.
I’m a big fan of music.
Years ago I had a tumblog called Breakfast with Timothy’s. On this blog, my sole goal was to write about and share only the music that I loved. I spent a lot of time “digging” for music on Soundcloud, Twitter, and other blogs for something new. It was an obsession, it was a passion, but ultimately it was a secret.
I ran two Twitter accounts. One was for general usage, and the other was for the blog. Despite my general account having a larger following I never once posted a link to my posts. Why? I was ashamed of this labor of love that consumed a great deal of my free time.
While I never portended to be an expert on music the idea of sharing to a wider audience made me feel like a fraud. Not only did I not “know enough,” I felt as if my writing wasn’t good enough. I felt that people who I conversed with on twitter, who pursued careers in music writing, were inherently better than I was. So I stayed on the sidelines.
A deeper reason for this shame? This feeling of fraudulence? I was deep in the throes of depression. I worked, went to school full-time, and put all my energy into a project I hid. My motivation for writing died, and the blog posts slowly came to a halt.
The death knell for Breakfast at Timothy’s came when Tumblr flagged multiple posts for illegally posting songs. I did what many under this dark cloud would do… I completely deleted the blog.
Days like these I’m glad my crappy iPhone 5C is incapable of being updated.
While the lack of storage space gives endless hours of frustration when I have to decide between taking a picture, having a downloaded podcast, having Instagram, having Spotify, or none of the above. There is the blessing that I am not awakened by the horrible news of the domestic terrorist attack in Las Vegas.
The veneer of hope is gone, and we’re confronted daily by the world’s ugliness. It takes no more than two downward scrolls on your Facebook or Twitter timelines to be confronted by a new tragedy. The weight of everything can be exhausting and demands people take an extra measure of self-care. If you don’t take care of yourself it can be hard to make it through each day. That not only touches on the issues in the world but also the things we carry in our own lives.
My form of self-care has been music, and while I have no musical abilities of my own I’ve found pleasure diving head first into music. Whether it’s old favorites, Spotify recommendations, or songs in my own collection that I haven’t spent enough time with it is just about coming up for air and gathering myself.
So without further ado here is another collection of songs for the 20th edition of Breakfast at Timothy’s. Hopefully, these songs add to your sanity and make your day at least 1% better.
1.) Sabrina Claudio – Too Much Too Late
2.) Tom Misch, Carmody – Wander With Me
3.) Steve Lacy – Some
4.) LION BABE – Hit the Ceiling
5.) Franc Moody – In Too Deep
6.) Aeble, Tom Aspaul – Better By Your Side
7.) Ekkah – Figure It Out (Night Edit)
8.) KAYTRANADA, Syd – YOU’RE THE ONE
9.) Tove Lo – Disco Tits
10.) Joe Hertz, James Vickery – Ritual
11.) M.I.L.K. – Following The Sun
12.) Two Another – The World Demands It
13.) Reva DeVito – Kisses
14.) Sunni Colon – Sweet Pearl
15.) Sinead Harnett – Unconditional
16.) Jarreau Vandal, Olivia Nelson – Someone That You Love
17.) HONNE, Izzy Bizu – Some That Loves You
18.) Jessie Ware – Midnight
Below are links to listen:
Mixcloud | Spotify | Download
In 2013, I started a blog called Breakfast at Timothy’s.
The name was inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn, and the site itself featured music I loved and wasn’t ashamed of. When it comes to music I always believe that there should be no such thing as guilty pleasures. If you enjoy a song you should enjoy it without qualifications.
While I loved sharing songs, quotes, and writing about the music itself, my favorite part was the Breakfast at Timothy’s mixes I made. The goal behind the mixes was to share music I loved in one shot. They were intended to be little musical vacations in the listener’s day as they visited whatever place I decided to take them. The goal was never to be bigger than life, or even known, but to share my taste with those who were willing and open to venture into the world of pop.
Over the past three years the blog went away and the mix series went dormant. But now thanks to Spotify’s Discovery Recommendations the inspiration has returned and here is the 19th version.
1.) Lorine Chia, Blended Babies – I Just Want to Love You
2.) Glasses – Close to You
3.) Xavier Omar – Special Eyes
4.) Kelela – Rewind
5.) Tom Misch – South of the River
6.) Lipstick Gypsy – Infatuation
7.) Gavin Turek – Good Look for You
8.) Little Dragon – Sweet
9.) Tuxedo – Livin’ 4 Your Lovin’
10.) NAO – DYWM
11.) Leisure – Know You Better
12.) Joe Hertz, JONES – Simple
13.) Abby Diamond – Love to Watch You Leave
14.) Chairlift – Moth to the Flame
15.) Sinead Harnett – Rather Be With You
16.) Chris McClenney – Pearl
Below are the links to listen:
Mixcloud | Spotify |Download