leo in bloom magazine


Playlist: Head in the Clouds

“I want to dream. I am so moved by clouds.

They are illuminating of the ephemeral nature of our joys, troubles, and lives.

And how we cycle among phases and ways of being!”

Danny Whitty

Feeling inspired by this issue’s theme of clouds, I created three mini-playlists to go along with different cloudscapes that might pass through your skies. I hope you enjoy, and maybe even share some of the songs you like to listen to during different types of cloudy moods! See below for links to the Spotify playlists for each, as well as the Apple Music and YouTube Music links copied at the bottom (thanks to our friend Angelina for those!).

Note: some songs might have language that might not be suitable for children


Ever have those days where you feel as if you’re walking on clouds through a sky full of golden iridescence and you never want that feeling to end? 

Here are some songs I hope can help keep you smiling and strutting up in the clouds and on top of the world.

Uplifting Playlist: (Spotify Link)

1.“Over You” by Macy Gray

2.“Somewhere over the Rainbow” by Judy Garland and by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

3. Nanã by Polo & Pan

4.“I Feel the Earth Move” by Carole King

5.Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun

6.“California Soul” by Marlena Shaw

7.“Put Your Records On” by Corinne Bailey Rae

8.“Lovely Day” by Bill Withers

9.“Number 1” by Goldfrapp

10.“You’re My Best Friend” by Queen


For those days when the sky is grey and you can take the time to hibernate, snuggling under your warmest blanket and sipping on a hot drink in your favorite mug.

These melodies are for the days we take a moment to cozy up to ourselves and take space to perhaps reflect, create, reminisce, and/or get inspired.

Introspective Playlist: (Link)

1.“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles

2.“White Winter Hymnal” by Fleet Foxes

3.“Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding

4.“everything i wanted” by Billie Eilish

5.“I Can See Clearly Now” by Johnny Nash

Dark & Stormy

We all have days where we feel unsettled by dementor gloomy weather or stirred up by stormy days. While not the most pleasant, these feelings can act as a catalyst and shake things up.

May these tunes help you feel those feels to process any fiery emotions.

Dark & Stormy Playlist: (Link)

1.“Get Off of My Cloud” by The Rolling Stones

2.“Where is My Mind?” by The Pixies

3.“Freedom” by Beyoncé (featuring Kendrick Lamar)

4.“I am a Rock” by Simon & Garfunkel

5.“Teardrop” by Massive Attack



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