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Brain Music Episode 24: Chloé du Plessis

 

There's no doubt that finding the perfect playlist can motivate and inspire you. Whether it's finishing the last mile of your run, tackling that laundry you've been putting off, or getting you through your workday, tunes can change everything. So let's motivate and inspire each other, shall we?


This is Brain Music: a selection of songs curated monthly by different members of the Rochester community that we hope will inspire you the same way it inspires its curator.

Today we bring you a playlist from local artist, creative mind and glowing soul,  Chloé du PlessisWithout further ado, here's Brain Music Episode 24.

 

Chloe Intro Photo by Olivia Bauso

My name is Chloé du Plessis. By day I work as an Art Director at The Father’s House Church. I spend my days with incredibly gifted creatives, setting direction for unique brands and initiatives. My days are filled with colors, typefaces and a lot of human beings. When I’m not there, I am a flower-loving, room-styling, theology-studying bookworm. (I started a book club, which I need to get on!)

Photo by Olivia Bauso

Does anyone else feel trapped when you give an account of the things you do? It never feels like it conveys entirely who you are. I love these words by Jerry Spinelli (in Stargirl). I think they explain me better than I can: 

“She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds, we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.” Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

Photo by Olivia Bauso

I am today and tomorrow.  I am nostalgic and present. Some days I overkill one album until it’s ruined. Some days I only have the emotional capacity to listen to trashy music. Some days I just sit in silence. Most days, I’m listening to old hand-me-down Ella Fitzgerald CDs in my car (my aux input is broken).

This playlist embodies the bittersweetness of Fall. These are the months where orange starts to take over the green. For me, music can elicit a sense of wonder and imagination beyond present reality. These particular songs make me want to jump into my car and drive into blue skies with puffy white clouds all the way to the South of France-- if one could do that.

 

Photo by Olivia Bauso

Fall is a very bittersweet season; it feels like I’m always saying goodbye to Summer before I’m ready. Yet within the complexity of that annual bitter goodbye, I get this warm feeling inside as I think about the things Fall brings. Fall reminds me that change is necessary and letting go is important. Plus, there is something ridiculously magical about earth-made confetti.

Chloé du Plessis

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Listen to Chloe’s playlist here, or preview it below. 

 

Comments on this post (1)

  • Sep 30, 2018

    Ahhh, I love the book Stargirl… just the title alone had me… and the words you use to describe the bittersweetness of seasonal change into autumn. Yes, I drag my feet, yet am awed by the multitudes of colors.

    — Donna D

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