“I’m going to let you in on a little secret. Every day, once a day, give yourself a present. Don’t plan it. Don’t wait for it. Just let it happen. It could be a new shirt at the men’s store, a catnap in your office chair, or two cups of good, hot black coffee.” - Dale Cooper, Twin Peaks.

OK, so, real thought has gone into this mixtape and I’ll tell you all about it now. So Annie, difficult character to reconcile for me OK? She is a female character that was written into the show solely to provide a love interest for Cooper after the whole Audrey thing didn’t happen. She’s a pretty shitty trope; mentally ill sequestered away victim whose come back into the big wide world and needs a good man to protect her and show her the world? The only side of her character we see is in the context of her chosen role. Even her words are chosen by others; Cooper helps her to write her speech. She exists solely for him. Bad shitty male writing. 
The ‘How’s Annie?’ thing is kind of weird if you think about it. She talks about how she hates that question, because society just wants you to say that “I’m fine” and you say it even if you don’t mean it. And the last words of Twin Peaks, how’s Annie? But we don’t hear her answer. 
Anyway, so with this playlist, I kind of wanted to give Annie back a voice. So it’s an all-female playlist and also, there’s a lot of covers on there that I feel are better than the original, what with it being women coming and giving it their own spin on it. Particularly Skinny Love by Bon Iver. That song always makes me uncomfortable, cos it feels so, I dunno, objectifying and guilt-trippy about mental illness, but when Birdy sings it it sounds more like that objectified woman is actually speaking. 
I had wine with Sunday dinner, I’ll shut up now. 

I’m Fine Thankyou - Spotify URL

What Kind of Man - Florence + The Machine
Skinny Love - Birdy
Over the Rainbow - Eva Cassidy
In Sleep - Lissie
Heartbeat - Annie
Tessellate - Ellie Goulding
Welcome to the Room … Sara - Fleetwood Mac
Blinding - Florence + The Machine

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