Scent is often described as the most primordial sense, more emotionally tied to our memories than any other.
I believe this whole-heartedly. It has the power to take you beyond the present moment.. To transport you to another time or feeling in an instant, on a waft of smoke or buried in the embrace of a hug.
In the same way that scent can connect us to a place in ourselves I've always believed that music can as well. And the combination of the two can be very powerful and potent.
As well as a love of incense from childhood I have always had an affintiy with music and sound. My discman was my company on the bus to school and I carried around more CD's in weight than books. Every cafe and restaurant I worked in would play my playlists (although they had no choice in the matter) and I always felt the right song could communicate more than words could.
I've fallen in love through music, given birth while music carried me and music held me while I grieved, and while I grieved again.
When my old housemate and dear friend suggested I make these playlists because she loved listening to my Yoga playlist, long after we weren't living under the same roof and even when she doesn't DO yoga, I jumped at the idea and got immersed in the task for days. I enjoyed every second.
Some of the songs in the lists may be obvious why they've been included by the song titles, but mostly I curated them based on the feeling that they gave me, if they resonated while I burned the incense.
Hope you love them, hope you feel them.
Play the list directly from the right or click on the image on the left to go to Spotify