Quarantine Playlist to Keep You Dancing

by Michele Amira / March 23, 2020

As an introvert, it’s very easy for me to self isolate during COVID-19 since I’m somewhat of a feral cat. And for me, social distancing is vital because I have an autoimmune disease which makes me vulnerable to severe health complications. That being said, now is not the time to skimp on self-care. Circumstances around the coronavirus can make self-care difficult. The city is on lockdown, so my weekly acupuncture-and-reflexology sessions are canceled and stores are out of many essentials. 

While the idea of self-care has been consistently debated by the media, as to whether or not that self-care is indulgent, too capitalist or, in actuality, necessary for survival, especially in times of emergency. So, now is the time to get creative with your self-care, because quality of life is ESSENTIAL for survival. For example, I got creative and made my own curl cream from shea butter and coconut oil to keep my “Jew-fro” curly and indulged in some Spanish wine.

Although DC is in a state of emergency, Rumi (a 13th-century Sufi mystic) once said, “The human shape is a ghost made of distraction and pain. Sometimes pure light, sometimes cruel, trying wildly to open, this image tightly kept within itself.” 

Here are some feel-good songs to dance around to while you’re stuck at home to make sure that light shines bright and you are taking care of yourself!

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Cover art for “The Secret of Mana” album



“In My Feelings” by Drake      

“I buy you champagne, but you love some Henny

From the block like you Jenny

I know you special, girl, ’cause I know too many” 


“Chera Meetarsand” (Why Are They Afraid) by The Secret of Mana                                          

“If only you knew you had the power in your heart, so if you want it let’s get it”      


“Cranes in the Sky” by Solange Knowles                                                                           

But it’s like cranes in the sky

Sometimes I don’t wanna feel those metal clouds

Yeah it’s like cranes in the sky

Sometimes I don’t wanna feel those metal clouds”                                                                   


Me Against the World” by Tupac Shakur 

“Don’t settle for less – even a genius asks-es questions. Be grateful for blessings. Don’t ever change, keep your essence”                                   

“Waterfalls” by TLC

“Dreams are hopeless aspirations / In hopes of coming true, believe in yourself / The rest is up to me and you. ”                                                         


“Rebirth of Slick” (Cool Like Dat) By Digable Planets 

“He touch the kinks and sinks into the sounds                                                                    

She frequents the fattest joints caught underground

Our funk zooms like you hit the Mary Jane

They flock to booms man boogie had to change”


“Fast Car by Tracy Chapman” 

“Maybe together we can get somewhere

Anyplace is better

Starting from zero got nothing to lose

Maybe we’ll make something

But me myself I got nothing to prove”


Best Life by Cardi B (feat. Chance the Rapper)

“I’m living my best life. It’s my birthday, at least that’s what I’m dressed like” 


We’re Gonna Make it By Damien Marley

“Searching for the light because you’re living in the dark

You must realize that Jah was with you from the start”


Balenciaga by Princess Nokia

“I’m so fly, I don’t even try

I get so high, I can touch the sky

Dress for myself, I don’t dress for hype

I dress for myself, you dress for the likes”


micheleAbout the Author: Michele Amira is a nice Jewish girl,  DC based journalist, spoken word artist, and vegan. When not writing, she might be found Israeli dancing,  listening to hip-hop, and enjoying a l’chaim (toast) with her favorite drink – margaritas on the rocks. 





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