Waking Life: A Monthly Music Mix From OpenAir’s Jeremy Petersen

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Jeremy Petersen

I’m not going to lie to you: The hours required by a morning radio host are not the hours of a clear-minded person (at least not this mind).

I’ve found advantages to early mornings too, but ultimately my staggered and chunked-out sleep schedule leads to a dissolution of the lines dividing dream state -- or sleep, as most know it -- and my waking life.

A similar phenomenon sometimes occurs when I find a new song I love for the first time. I think you know what I’m talking about. It’s as if music has the ability to alter consciousness and make one’s waking life more like one’s dream life. (Is this what The Clean was getting at when they insisted “In the Dreamlife You Need A Rubber Soul”?). I’m going to posit that this possibility rules.

Here then is a monthly smattering of new music that’s making the rounds of my brain as of late, the outcome of which is often emotional, intellectual, biological, psychological—even for the big, dumb jams. Audio remnants of waking life.

Follow my Waking Life playlist each month via the OpenAir Spotify account.