“I’ve got a million and one things running through my mind.”

“Tell Me So” by Paola Mauricio | Paola’s back, after a little over a year, and this music video (which dropped last night) couldn’t have come at a better time. Well, partly because it’s our last week of new posts for the year, but also because I’ve been grappling with these very thoughts lately. I feel left behind by my peers, and I am turning 30. Paola’s got these very thoughts too. After a horrific accident which she came out of surprisingly unscathed, she decided to quit her day job and try music one more time. “It’s not particularly easy for me to be pursuing music now while my friends are moving up the corporate ladder or getting opportunities I could only dream of,” she said. “But then I thought, ‘I almost had my life taken from me. I have nothing to lose from giving this another try.'” So, a cautiously optimistic angle. The further you get into this, the more you think you can’t catch up. But it’s nice to know it’s not just you – because you do tend to think you’re alone in these things. A nice reminder, even if at the moment, in your particular circumstances, you don’t think you could use it. [NB]

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“The rest will follow if you allow it.”

“Consent to This” by Paola Mauricio | Full disclosure: I have been waiting for this for a while, in part because of my efforts to make up for lost time with local musicians. And, well, also because a few times Paola and I have been tweeting about K-pop. This was supposed to be out in January but things happen, and now it’s out a few weeks later than planned. I was planning to feature it on the Local Outsider, but instead I’m giving it its own space, because, well, I really like this song. I like how it jumps around and gets jittery, certain and then uncertain, all while sustaining a groove that hits the right spot at the right time. Now, for me to catch up with the rest. [NB]