hello friends. how are you doing? what strange times. even stranger is that i had the urge to blog again. share a bit of brightness, some distraction, some familiarity. i don’t know how many of you are still out there reading this, but let’s start slow – with a new music mix.

we have been enjoying our tunes a lot lately. Axel is obsessed with the classic Beatles hits. he knows all the words to Yellow Submarine, Hey Jude and Michelle. i tend to put my Spotify Likes playlist on shuffle and we often end up jamming in the kitchen. you should see Axie’s dance moves….! it’s a great way to get a 1.5 and a 4 year old to expend some energy, and just make us a bit happy, during these endless days at home.

listen to the mix here. i hope this brings some light into your day, wherever you are.

cover image: Leon James & Willa Mae Ricker, 1943 photographed by Gjon Mili for LIFE


  1. Marie-Eve S. Reply

    Hey from Montreal (Qc, Canada)!
    I don’t know for the others, but I’m still here and so very thankful for the music mix!
    Sending good vibes ☺︎ ♡

    • Also from Montreal and a huge fan of your blog Diana! Thank you for the mix, will listen to it.

    • Seeing your post is like finding a little ray of sunshine in all this gloomy-ness. I’ve missed you! So glad you feel like sharing again :)

      I’ll keep check back in.

      Warm wishes to you and yours,


  2. I visit your blog often, even when you’re not updating it! I still find your past posts inspiring. I love browsing your posts for some joy and beautiful content.

  3. How wonderful to have a post from Miss Moss! NOW I’m not sad – thank you!

  4. me too! <3 and i have been looking for new music for all the walking around the neighborhood i'm doing lately, lol. thank you and sending you and your family good wishes from Minneapolis :)

  5. Thank you Diana! I’ve been listening to your music mixes since I was in high school. I used to burn them onto CDs and play them in my car… 10 years later and I’m just as excited to listen to this one. I still come to your blog a few times a month to look up old posts. I was reminded this morning of a photo series of old vacation resorts in upstate New York that have since been abandoned and taken over by nature. Can anyone help me find that??
    Anyways, thank you for your commitment to the “compendium of radness”!

    • I’ve always enjoyed the music mixes & have found some of my favorite groups through them. I’m excited for a new one. Thanks!

    • Hello from France thank you for the playlist. Music helps me so much at the moment.

  6. I’ve been following you for years, love your taste in music! Stay safe and healthy :)

  7. Randomly I was thinking about your music mixes earlier… I put some music on as I was getting my two year old ready for his bath (never do this normally!) and a cover of Springsteen’s I’m On Fire came on, by The Staves. I then started reminiscing about your playlists, as one had a remix of the same track. I’ve since gone through them all the find it… (Feb 2011, what?!) “there’s something about us”
    Such a lovely trip down memory lane…
    Thank you! Hope you’re all safe and well and surviving x

  8. I’m here! I love your blog! I’ve missed your words and pictures. Please keep posting Diana x

  9. Hi from New York City! Glad to see you back. Thank you so much for the new mix, especially the first song – I’ve been a fan of Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon lead singer) since she sang “Summer Sun” with Koop – which , if you don’t know it, is pure joy and just right for a pick-me-up.

  10. Hejhej from Munich, Germany!
    I am so happy you are back blogging. I really miss your music mix. Used to listen to them for years as a student and was just looking for me music when I saw your new post! Thank you and stay healthy!

  11. Hello from Virginia, USA!! Yay!! You’re back! Please keep posting, it’s so nice to ‘see’ you again!

  12. I have been listening to this mix like I listened to the others – nonstop. Thank you for this.

  13. Oh, yay! So glad you’re back. I’ve always adored your music mixes, you’ve turned me on to SO MUCH good stuff over the years. This is like a little xmas present!
    Also, hi from Tallahassee, Florida 👋

  14. Girl, YES we are still reading you. I tried to send you a message through here about a month ago for you to make another playlist (I don;t think it went through). So happy you did! Thank you!

  15. Hi! I logged on to be inspired by some of your older posts. Feelin’ so lucky now! Thank you!

  16. I’m still here and check every day in the hope that you’re blogging again! I’m so happy you’re back :)

  17. Hello from Toronto. So happy to get a new music list from you!
    Take care

  18. For years I’ve come back to this site, always hoping to see another playlist of yours. You’ve provided the soundtrack to many trips in my life, and I hope you know that the music you’ve shared (that I wouldn’t have otherwise known about) really made an impact, as only music can. So thank you for this, and please keep them coming!! Hopefully we’ll all be able to use them on some trips soon <3

  19. So pleased you are s l o w l y blogging again. I have missed your posts x

  20. bernadette c Reply

    just checked in on a whim and very happy to see you! it’s nice to know that you and your sweet babes are in there, dancing…anyway, warmest greetings once again from northern new mexico, usa

  21. I stumbled on one your playlists from 2013 and it brought me right back to that time… I am loving rediscovering your blog years later. Grateful you have continued to share your perspective and pleasures with the internet. Sending you joy from Providence RI

  22. Wei-Yann Chen Reply

    Still here, lovely Diana! Always checking back for new stuff, although I always have a 3rd, 4th etc look at your previous posts. I remember always browsing your website through the years, before both my kids were born. And now I have a 5 year old and an 8 month old, kind of like you and your two lovely children :) greetings from Malaysia!

  23. So happy you’re back in whatever way! Hope you and the family are well. This sheltering at home as been no joke with a 3 and 6 year old… your blog is always a welcome escape!

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