A splash of limeade and orange zest, a rub of basil and flower petals, a breath of cedar, and then it’s gone.
The brevity is a strength–4711 glories in its opening moment, the interaction of refreshment, the awakening.
Many of us grew up with this one in the medicine chest rather than the vanity, used to disinfect cuts and soothe burns. It’s still one of my favorite comfort scents.
Haydn’s Surprise Symphony (No. 94) came out in in 1792 too.
Put on that waxy red lipstick you can’t get rid of, bite a chocolate cherry cordial, then kiss the mirror. Voilà! Lolita Lempicka Sweet.
This one wears a short skirt with torn fishnets and whistles at construction workers and laughs outright when anyone tells her she shouldn’t do exactly as she pleases.
Drunk in Love by Beyoncé is by far the best song of 2014–when Sweet came out–but Lorde’s Royals is more lighthearted.
“A summer rain shower had left the evening air thick with steam.
Lazy fireflies flicked between the trees edging the streets as he drove. He tuned the radio to the campus station with eclectic song sets, and wound through several neighborhoods, old and new.”
In chapter thirteen–Kitchen Sync–of THE DIRTY SECRET, Killian drives through Burlington to walk in on Vessa, baking. She’s listening to the same indie radio station he was just playing.
A friend asked what song they were both listening to, so of course I had to make a playlist of some cool musicians from Vermont.
“He felt drunk, post coital with the euphoria spiraling through his guts and his spine, all because a girl had made him cookies.”
THE DIRTY SECRET Vermont Playlist:
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“What are you?” His voice is raspy with sleep. “I’ve never dreamed of an angel in a mask before.”
“In China, we get to be dragons.” A sharp pinch on her toe snaps Seraphima back into her bones, the boy and his room sliding into the astral plane like a morning star.
–The Scent of Flames, Chapter Three: A Borrower
Dido – No Angel
Talvin Singh feat. Amar – Jaan
Temple of The Dog – Say Hello 2 Heaven
Hildegard von Bingam – O Euchari In Leta Via
Black Mountain – Angels
Eurythmics – There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
Lesiëm – Fundamentium
Beyoncé – Halo
Enigma – Sadeness pt. 1
Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing