In celebration of the Lyrids Meteor Shower, occurring across the world’s skies from April 16th to the 25th, I’m sharing my playlist specifically for your stargazing mood.
This playlist is a myriad of a genre I call, “chill vibe indie electronic.” I just made that mouthful up, but that’s the gist of the sounds you’ll hear.
Favorite moments with these songs have manifested as parking my car on a mount’s peak, convertible top down, friends snuggled in fleece blankets, observing the expansive sky above and the personal, humbling recognition of our smallness. When Portland’s constant overcast obstructs me from stargazing like I would in these memories, I listen to this playlist while winding down in the evening. While not particularly sleepy, this playlist definitely gives off a more relaxing, yet generally positive tone. Spare a listen to some of my choice songs by Jon Sine, Ta-ku, Emmit Fenn, and SAFIA.
The Lyrids Meteor Shower will peak during the night of the 22nd and morning of the 23rd. Make sure you scope out a prime viewing spot beforehand so you don’t miss out on the show’s climax. Areas with too much light pollution can put a damper on optimal viewing opportunities, so if you have the accessibility to reach higher altitude places outside of town, I highly recommend it.
Special shout-out to Justin Hartney, a supremely talented photographer who specializes in capturing stunning landscape shots. Only recently passing the threshold into his early twenties, Justin has already distinguished himself as a talented artisan in digital photography. With millions of views on his most viral images, Justin has been able to share nature’s wondrous beauty with folks across the globe. As a fellow Silicon Valley native and University of Oregon Duck, needless to say, it’s exciting to see what further adventures his photography career will take him!