The Coachella Diaries

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The last time I left the state of Florida was two summers ago to go to New York. It was Milly’s first time there. It was a three hour flight. And that was the longest flight I’d been on in a decade. Yesterday I upped that with my longest flight in 10 years to California. So, here I stood, atop the parking garage, knowing there’s an amazing adventure awaiting me (Coachella!) but crippled by the grand dame of fear perched upon my shoulder. She and I both know it takes five hours to get to that adventure. 

And my last flight (an hour-long one home from Gainesville) was a nightmare with bad weather the whole way and the stewardess relegated to her seat the entire time. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to this about as much as a overnight stay at the Bates Motel.

So here I am in smiling, but inside I’ve got no less than 250 newly hatched spring butterflies fighting it out inside me. 

Can someone create a Beam Me Up Scotty, stat? I will find you an investor. Swear to god.

Regardless, California, here I come. Coachella bound. My first vacay in two years. My second ever trip away from my mini me. My first getaway with my boyfriend. And all I have to do is make sure the plane stays in the air so it will all happen.

The fact that I’m going to be somewhere where Beck, Chvrches, Neutral Milk Hotel, Washed Out and Foxygen will all be simultaneously is a pretty good motivating factor. Here’s the Coachella-inspired playlist I’ll be listening to to get me through. 


In it, you’ll find ….

Churches “Gun”

Blood Orange “You’re Not Good Enough”

Capital Cities “I Sold My Bed, But Not my Stereo”

Arcade Fire “Afterlife”

Bastille “Pompeii”

Beck “Blue Moon”

Ms Mr “Think of You”

Broken Bells “Holding on For Life”

Haim “Forever”

MGMT “Time to Pretend”

Cage the Elephant “Come a Little Closer”

Foxygen “No Destruction”

Empire of the Sun “Walking on a Dream”

Pharrell “Happy”

Sleigh Bells “Rill Rill”

Holy Ghost “Say My Name”

Washed Out “Feel it All Around”

Bombay Bicycle Club “Shuffle”

Bear Hands “Giants”

The Knife “Heartbeats”

Lana del Rey “Video Games”

Neutral Milk Hotel “King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1”

Neutral Milk Hotel “King of Carrot Flowers Pts. 2 & 3”

Courtney Barnett “Avant Gardener”