Listen To Matthew J. Thomas’s Quarantunes Playlist
Matthew J. Thomas may be used to singing along to other people’s words onstage, but today, he’s written up an in-depth look into what his curated social-distancing-optimized Spotify playlist really means!
So this playlist could either send you up the wall or down it. I suppose that’s how I’ve been using it. I’ve been finding positivity in this apartment imprisonment: grateful for my health, family, and appreciating the fragility of life. With that, I had an overwhelming urge to get back at the piano, classically, hence the classical pieces on the list.
I also love these overly dramatic classical pieces — they can really make you giggle when taken out of context from their source material. For instance, try listening to Prokovief’s “Tybalt Recognizes Romeo” when you make your eggs (or your vegan eggs, if you are vegan). Just try not to start throwing them all over your kitchen when the music really gets going. Or actually. No — DO throw your eggs all over the kitchen; it’s extremely freeing and fun.
After that has given you extreme anxiety and your eggs are sliding slowly behind the fridge, take your clothes off (if you haven’t already) put on Jamiroquai’s “Virtual Insanity” and try NOT to dance. It won’t work. You‘ll dance.
Next, turn off the news and try on Robbie Williams’ “Let Me Entertain You.” This is great for a run — but please put clothes on and clean up the eggs before going outside. I used to listen to “Let me Entertain You” you every other night to get ready to play Pippin!
After that and a few hours of piano practice (or whatever it is you are doing with your time), put on some Coldplay while you make some sausages for lunch (or vegan sausages if you are vegan). Then, more Jamiroquai here, or perhaps Bowie’s “Rebel, Rebel” or maybe some Disclosure.
Then, at the end of the day, some Andy McKee can help you drift on invisible waves. Add in “Romantic Flight” (which is still my favorite piece of film scoring) by John Powell and it’ll be extraordinary.
Stay safe everyone. Miss you. ❤️ MJT