I like to have themes for my Spotify playlists, usually having something to do with drinks.

Gretchen, 2021

It’s a tradition that started with the original Sweet N Sour playlist, and it’s one I find entertaining. High Octane Coffee is probably the one I listen to most while driving, and Here’s a Toast, There’s Only One is my go-to pick-me-up playlist. It’s Another Tequila Sunrise has songs that remind me of the desert southwest, and Why Is All The Rum Gone? has a Caribbean feel. Supersonic Slushie celebrates my new home in Seattle, and I’m sure the other themes are obvious enough. And I still listen to the original Sweet N Sour playlist at the start of every big road trip.

And it seemed like Inauguration Day needed its own playlist, one to celebrate the end of four years of a nightmarish dumpster fire political hellscape. It’s finally time to start fixing the slash-and-burn, and begin walking the long road back to working on making the world a better place.

So here’s a little traveling music, on a playlist I call Pop the Cork. And thanks again to my partner Gretchen for posing for the cover art.

This post is a part of another round of the 52-week challenge photography project. I’ll post the pieces on Tuesdays, and this is the shot for this week. Click the camera icon above to see the other pieces for this project, or just click here.