Wowowowowow I can’t believe it’s been three whole years since I started this blog. My little Scorpio baby is growing!

It’s been a helluva year. I know it’s been rather quiet around here: I haven’t posted super frequently in the last few months, my collaborators have been on a break for the foreseeable future, and it seems like I might not be investing in the site as much as I used to. At least that’s how it feels.

But truthfully, this past year of SOUNDS LIKE FEELS LIKE has been a lot of necessary growing pains for me personally. As in, just when I thought I was comfortable, a shakeup was on the way. I’ve been in therapy for a year, continually learning to accept my humanity. Work responsibilities have increased due to downsizing. And the harsh reality that life has truly shifted from the last two years (because lest we forget we’ve been living through a pandemic) has set in.

Like of one biggest songs of 2022 says, you know it’s not the same as it was.

This time last year I felt super ambitious, albeit emotionally turbulent. I thought I was on top of the world for a second, but unfortunately the turbulence took over. And as much as I tried to shake it, I’ve been “faking it til I make it” for most of the year as I’ve sought healing.

But I’ve found freedom in the purpose I’ve had all along for this blog: a space to process the messiness of my life through music. I shouldn’t care if this blog is growing in a traditional sense, because what matters more to me is that I’m expressing myself as honestly as I can and I’m inviting others to do the same.

And that’s where we get into what I feel is my biggest achievement this year: opening up to have artists tell the stories of their lives through their songs and the songs they love. It was an honor to interview my pals Spectre Jones as they released their debut album Joy in the Morning. Not to mention the amazing opportunities to sit in on press conferences with James Bay and Maggie Lindemann via Universal Music Group.

As we start another chapter in the story of SOUNDS LIKE FEELS LIKE, I’m reinvigorated to remember that music helps me get to the heart of things. When I’m too in my head, there’s a song to get me out. When I’m really feeling myself, there’s a song to celebrate it. When I don’t know what I’m feeling, there’s a song to work through it. And the fact that I get to connect to someone else’s music and lyrics like that is something sacred.

I don’t know what this next year is going to bring, but I can promise you that I will not shy away from being super fucking honest through the songs I’m listening to. I have a two-part series I’ve been sitting on for literally my entire life and while I’m excited to share it with you soon, I just need to do a couple photoshoots to capture the gravity of it to me. I can’t wait for you to read it.

Until then, stay tuned for some more lighthearted posts this November, a new music crush I’m SO FUCKING EXCITED TO SHARE in December, and my annual album of the year reflection. It’s gonna be a good one.

To another year of honest storytelling and great music 🥂

Shoutout to my favorite photographer extraordinaire, Madeline Main.

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