Pop singer-songwriter, musician, visual artist Kira Takei
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Kira Takei

April 2023 favorites!

As we close on another month, I want to share some of my April ‘favorites’!

Favorite album: ‘Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd?’ by Lana Del Rey - as a big Lana Del Rey fan, I think this is one of my favorite Lana albums! I feel it’s the most raw, authentic, and real she’s gotten… Most times she writes in terms of a story or character, but songs from this album seem to be based on things that have happened in her personal life. The emotion is so powerful. I am so thankful for songwriters like her.

Favorite Lyric(s): (From ‘Fingertips’ by Lana del Rey)

To get to you, save you, if I take my life
Find your astral body, put it into my arms
Give you two seconds to cry
Take you home, I, I'll give you a blanket
Your spirit can sit and watch TV by my side

'Cause, baby, I
Ran through a time when I felt you were doing it

I couldn't handle it, I was in Monaco
I couldn't hear what they said on the telephone
I had to sing for the prince in two hours
Sat in the shower
Gave myself two seconds to cry

It's a shame that we die

These words feel like shimmering light through a window - so effortless and beautiful. Her words are so real and heavy. The theme of the cycle of life has been very prevalent in 2022/23 for me, and finding songs that communicate the words that I can’t feels like a relief. I highly suggest checking out her newest album - it’s a hard listen, but so powerful.

Jewelry: There’s something about finding pieces that feel like you. I recently bought 5 new rings, and I feel so lifted and ‘complete’ when I wear them. They feel almost like makeup - extending your natural traits and beauty. I bought my rings (and some other pieces) from a website called ‘Evry Jewels’ - they have great customer service, quality of items, and always run different discounts! I highly suggest checking them out! https://evryjewels.com/

New additions to bedtime ritual: After washing my face, brushing my teeth, and changing into PJs, I use an Essential Oil Mist from Bath & Body Works called ‘Lavender & Iris’ and spray it on my pillow and sheets before crawling in. After I’m in my bed, I turn on my heating blanket that lays on top of my regular blanket and enjoy the calming smells and warm bed. My bedtime routine is my favorite time of the day - I love winding down, and being able to have some time by yourself in a calm environment. Developing a ritual has helped my body know it’s time to go to sleep, and helps me feel more well rested. Sleep is so important!

Favorite song to sing: Whether i’m in my car, the shower, my room, or cooking, there’s a few songs I keep on rotation that I like to learn how to sing. My recent favorites I’ve been working on are ‘Cherry Blossom’ by Lana Del Rey, ‘Big Eyes’ by Matt Corby, ‘TV’ by Billie Eilish, and ‘Normal F*cking Rockwell’ by Lana Del Rey. Finding time to do what you love just for fun is so important in keeping an open relationship to it - it’s so fun singing just to sing. It feels freeing, and puts so much less stress on it being ‘successful’ or sounding ‘good’.

Those are a few of my ‘favorites’ from April! Be sure to stay tuned, exciting things are coming soon! Thank you all for your love and support always. I’m sending love and good energy!!!