Brooke’s Hawaiian Playlist

Written by Brooke Alewel

Most people are conversant with the stricken pain of writer’s block. Your ideas are present, however, translating them to paper is near impossible. One of my key solutions to end my writers block is listening to music. It’s able to grasp my attention, and I can focus on my words and what’s translating to my theme. The Spotify Playlist (linked below) entitled, “Hawaiian Dreams”, is one that I have more often than not relied on to bring me out of that “blocked” feeling.

This playlist encompasses an array of soft instrumental music, mostly played under a ukulele. It is the complete embodiment of what most people believe is Hawaiian music. While listening, the artists take you on a journey through white, sandy beaches and a sunset reaching over the crest of the horizon. I could sit on my desk chair and travel to a whole, fresh set of surroundings. This all keeps focus on the computer screen and establishes the general feeling of, “tranquility” amongst its listeners. Because lyrics cause an unwanted distraction, this playlist does not admit any. I find it helpful, as when I listen to normal pop songs, I tend to fall into a singing frenzy and never get anything answered.

When I started listening to this soundtrack, I thought it was only going to listen to some soft sounds with a ukulele. However, to my surprise, there is a numerous number of hits on there. Covers of songs like, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Hallelujah”, “What a Wonderful World”, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”, and “Fly Me to The Moon” are integrated within the playlist. These songs, nevertheless, are a bit too distracting for some listeners. I still sometimes see myself singing along when they come on, and I usually have to skip them. Along with these popular songs, there are some fresh sounds, which are particularly enjoyable to any listener. None of these new singles are covered in the playlist, and they don’t introduce any lyrics or a pattern for lyrics. They only use rhythmic patterns and a variety of sounds to convey an enjoyable experience.

One of my favorite songs within the playlist is entitled, “In My Life”, by Jake Shururukio. The song doesn’t begin with a fade in, but rather just a heavy combination of strums on a ukulele. The pitch of this song often differs, ranging from high to low notes; however, generally staying within the lower-toned areas. This song contains a nice rhythm as well. Every element of this track flows into the next, creating a vibrant-yet calming beat for the listener to enjoy. All of these combined create an even tone, and help give quality to what seems like a boring sound. The structure of this music also incorporates some tranquilizing tones to it. It doesn’t follow with the normal pattern of song structure, but rather creates its own, and every new chorus and bridge is different. I also feel as if I am traveling through the artist’s life when I hear this. Almost as if he can describe everything happening around him with only the strums of a ukulele.

Another one of my favorites is, “Pua Lilia”, by Keola Beamer. This song is the most relaxing in my judgment. The songs never get harsh, and the gradual increase and reduction of pitch help with the pacing of breathing. The structure of this track is similar to most, however it contains varying elements such as, tone and rhythm. The strums are slow and gentle, creating almost an ominous tone against some other songs. The rhythm is consistent and gives the piece definition. Listening to this while writing, eases the tension around forming and articulating ideas. It helps take off all the stress surrounding what goes into a piece, and I find that my writing goes faster while listening. This is also one that only uses ukulele. This helps me slow down and ultimately correlates to the pacing of my composition.

Overall, if you find yourself in a bad writing place, I would suggest this playlist. By a numerous number of artists, it is able to encompass all feelings that give way into writing, while throwing in some hits as well. The soundtrack combines a variety of emotions into each song and prepares writers for getting out of that block. Because they don’t use lyrics, the writers won’t get easily distracted and can’t focus on their topic. With familiar Hawaiian sounds, you can feel transposed to a tranquil beach and just write. If you’re looking to use this playlist, the link is below:

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