Hi guys. June has been incredibly rough for me. I’ve been working so much that I’ve barely had time to write. In my free time when I used to work on writing, I am now prone to laying in bed staring at my wall. I remember years ago I would lose whole days to this sort of behavior. The difference is that back then it was from severe depression. Now it’s from burn out.
I try to keep a daily balance, and it’s working for the most part, but stress always creeps in every now and then. I use Trello and several journals and planners to keep track of everything. I wrote a post about Trello here, if you are interested in what it is and how it works. It’s basically a mobile to do list that you can bring with you wherever you go, and it’s entirely customizable. But I will let the post explain that a bit more.
In my last post, entitled I Didn’t Get Into Graduate School, I shared some sad news that I wasn’t accepted into the graduate school of my choice, but I am delighted to share with you all that I was accepted to my second choice! For privacy reasons, I will not reveal the name of the school, but if you follow me on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve already got this update.
I’m not going to lie. I’m very nervous about going back to school. I’ve been out of academia for so long. I hope I am able to keep up and test well. But my anxiety about this new development has been manageable thanks to my friends, family, and boyfriend. I’m just glad the application process is finished. It is so stressful getting together all your material, sending it in, and waiting. The waiting is the hardest part!
Outrun, Vaporwave, & Lo-fi
One good thing about June is that I’ve found a new passion for music. I go through long periods of my life where I don’t listen to music. I know some people live their whole lives around music. The only time I ever really get into music is if something sparks my interest.
Have you heard of outrun? It’s an “aesthetic”, much like vaporwave and lo-fi. The difference is that outrun is primarily based on the 80’s aesthetic and vaporwave is largely based around the 90’s. Lo-fi, I’m fairly certain, has more focus on the 2000’s era and has much more drug influence than the other two aesthetics.
I watched a cool Youtube video that explained the differences more in depth. Outrun uses a lot more darker colors, but with an emphasis on neon, palm trees, 80’s cars with streaking red tail lights, and sunset colors. It always reminds me of Akira and all those old animes, and Silk Stalkings too! Vaporwave is usually brighter, lots of pinks and blues, with Japanese influence, classic greek statues, and a focus on tech, pcs, and video games. Those are the visuals of these aethetics, and the music that goes along with them are some of my favorites.
Actually, I’m more a fan of lo-fi than vaporwave, but I’ve been listening to outrun music almost exclusively for two weeks. There are so many playlists on youtube and 8tracks for all three of these music genres, and while there may be some overlap, Outrun music tends to have a heavy 80’s synth focus where vaporwave and lo-fi tend to be more on the experimental stoner sounding side of things. Outrun is also more upbeat and fast, and vaporwave and lo-fi are more downtempo music.
New aesthetics are born every day, honestly. It can be hard to keep up. But I love this new trend of music. It reminds me of being little and watching all those 80’s movies, but more than that, especially the video games. Listening to outrun gives me the best nostalgic feeling of playing old games like Sonic, all those racing games whose names I cannot ever hope to remember, and Sega Genesis. Life was so much simpler when there were only two or three buttons and a four way direction pad.
The 80’s have also seen a huge comeback with Stranger Things. I haven’t gotten around to watching the new season yet, but I’ve heard great things about it. I never thought I’d see my childhood aesthetics coming back into vogue. Growing up with three older siblings, even though I was born in the 90’s, I was very much an 80’s child.
Now that I think about it, 80’s and 90’s fashion has made a comeback too. Jean jackets, plaid, doc martens, grunge. Maybe I’ll make a post about real 80’s and 90’s fashion and how it’s been modernized, and how you can get those retro looks. So stay tuned for that!
I hope you all had a great June! Share your favorite retro music in a link!