Emily Walsh

She / Her

I am queer woman living in Portland, OR. I work in evidence-based medicine, so by day I’m spreadsheetin’ and by night I’m sewing as much as I can. I have two young kids, so I rarely get to sew as much or as long as I would ultimately want. I primarily sew for myself these days, but will do the occasional kid garment or gift sewing. I like boxy, loose garments, elastic waists, and vaguely dressing like an arty toddler. Natural fibers are my favorite materials to work with, and I’m trying to experiment more with print and color in my wardrobe.

What influence does music have in your life as a creative?:

I listen to all kinds of music as I sew, but in the last several months of sheltering at home through a pandemic, I’ve drifted to just having quiet as I sew. I noticed I would get easily distracted during my precious and brief making time and have been trying to be more intentional about choosing music to listen to as I make. I find that when I do, I am much more able to get into the flow of making and my mood is measurably improved.

Tell us about your playlist:

I love music so much. When I was a teenager I was certain that I would become a journalist focused on writing about music, and spent several years writing album reviews for a local weekly independent paper in my home town. I love lots of different genres of music and will listen to just about anything. When I was initially considering this project, I felt overwhelmed by the idea of selecting a playlist of songs to represent me, and then I remembered how much I used to love making mix tapes for friends and crushes.

I decided to focus on one kind of music in this playlist that I still love very much, always lifts my mood, and that was formative to me as a young person – DANCE music. I love pop and dance music. There was a lengthy period in my teen and young adult years where I felt like this fact made me less “cool” (oh, youth) and I concealed how much I liked it. Simultaneously, I was getting into the rave and club scene. The joy and release I felt then when I was sweaty on the dance floor is a feeling I can still tap into when I listen to this kind of music – that’s why I called this playlist “Joyful Noise”.

When I listen to this playlist while I’m sewing, I take little dance breaks, go down memory lane, and really feel like myself. I’m so glad I spent time in my younger years in this scene and I still love finding new artists who continue this tradition of dance music. I hope you enjoy these tracks and take some breaks to shake it while you sew.

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Joyful noise

  1. Everybody’s Free – Klaas Radio Edit – Global Deejays, Rozalla
  2. Roses – Imanbek Remix – SAINt JHN, Imanbek
  3. White Horse – Laid Back
  4. Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels – Todrick Hall
  5. Free – Ultra Naté
  6. Automatic – Radio Edit – Ultra Naté
  7. In My Dreams – Kali Uchis
  8. Immaterial – SOPHIE
  9. Flamboyant – Dorian Electra
  10. Daniel – Bat For Lashes
  11. Not On Drugs – Tove Lo
  12. Talking Body – Tove Lo
  13. Heartbeats – The Knife
  14. Silent Shout – The Knife
  15. Lasagna – The Knife
  16. Tilted – Christine and the Queens
  17. Gone – The Wild Remix – Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens, The Wild
  18. Lungs – CHVRCHES
  19. Recover – CHVRCHES
  20. Stay Monkey – The Julie Ruin
  21. Deceptacon – Le Tigre
  22. Keep on Livin’ – Le Tigre
  23. My Angel Rocks Back And Forth – Four Tet
  24. Are U That Somebody – Gossip
  25. Regret – 2015 Remaster – New Order
  26. Career Boy – Dorian Electra
  27. Born Slippy (Nuxx) – Underworld
  28. Cherry-coloured Funk – Cocteau Twins
  29. Pharaohs – SBTRKT, Roses Gabor
  30. Just A Touch Of Love (Everyday) – C & C Music Factory
  31. Never Knew Love Like This Before – Stephanie Mills
  32. Let The Music Play – Shannon
  33. Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God) – 2018 Remaster – Kate Bush
  34. Meeting In The Ladies Room – Klymaxx
  35. Enjoy – Further Over the Edge Mix – Björk, Beaumont Hannant, Richard Brown
  36. Immature – Björk
  37. Cosmic Dancer – Remastered – T. Rex
  38. Romeo – Basement Jaxx
  39. Rendez-Vu – Basement Jaxx
  40. Feeling for You – Cassius
  41. A Little Respect – Pop! Version – Erasure
  42. Go Deep – Janet Jackson
  43. Strings Of Life – Rhythim Is Rhythim, Derrick May, Mayday
  44. Good Life – Inner City
  45. The Lover That You Are – Classic Club Mix – Pulse, Antoinette Roberson
  46. You Don’t Know Me (feat. Duane Harden) – Radio Edit – Armand Van Helden, Duane Harden
  47. Finally – CeCe Peniston
  48. Show Me Love – Robin S
  49. Mine – Slayyyter
  50. Be Your USA – EASYFUN, Iiris
  51. Bad Kids – Lady Gaga
  52. Stars 4-Ever – Robyn
  53. BFF – Slayyyter, Ayesha Erotica
  54. Oblivion – Grimes