Friday Playlist: Busy Being Free

Songs for going your own way.

My favorite Joni Mitchell song is “Cactus Tree.” I always think about the lyric “she’s so busy being free,” and the way the protagonist can never settle down anywhere or with anyone because of how much she values her independence. This mix is full of songs (“Cactus Tree” included) about the price and payoff of going your own way.

Photo by Araki Nobuyoshi.

Illustration by Minna.

Illustration by Minna.


  • sungiant April 18th, 2014 11:11 PM

    this is so damn perfect ugggghhhhh because i just decided i am moving to new york and im nearly free <3

  • honorarygilmoregal April 19th, 2014 11:15 AM

    What a sweet mix :)

  • Kilani April 19th, 2014 12:58 PM

    This playlist came at the perfect time.

  • sashafayesquash April 19th, 2014 2:33 PM

    AAAAHH I totally L O V E Sky Ferreira!!!!!! Her album is so perfect!! :))

  • Jacquie April 19th, 2014 6:43 PM

    Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters is one of my favorites!!!!! I love the scene in Almost Famous when william is running down the streets in NYC and this is playing.

  • chelcsmiles April 22nd, 2014 12:14 AM

    THE best music playlist. Thank yew beautiful people <3 <33 <3