Meet Leilani Techaira, 36 years old from Guam.
“I live on a beautiful island where it is Summer all year. This means every Sunday drive is an opportunity to roll down your windows, bask in the warmth of sun freckles breaking through the trees, feel the ocean air cascade over you and bring flight to all your hopes, dreams, creative fires and brush off the past weeks fears, losses and stress. I wanted a playlist that could be the soundtrack to an entire Sunday that would inspire one to drive. Whether that meant towards a destination, adventure, love, self exploration or a much needed resolution. I tried to choose songs that I felt could help spark something within all mentioned above but would also allow the listener to choose whichever path they wanted to settle into for the drive. It took a long time to build and is constantly being added to or edited, some songs would come along that felt perfect for the journey and some, that I felt ran its course, needed to be stowed away until needed again.”
From which year & phase of my life? In the current rotation: Queen, Hall & Oates, Megan Thee Stallion, Anderson .Paak, Poolside, and Pomplamoose
What is the best concert you have ever been to?
Timbaland opened for another performer and it was the best part of the concert. It was magic & inspiring.
Do you play any instruments? If not, any you would love to learn?
Flute, Tenor Sax & Guitar. I would love to learn how to play the Drums.
Do you have a life slogan?
Everything begins and ends with you.
What is the most annoying song in the world?
My morning phone alarm - "Uplift" by Apple
What’s more important to you? Music; or Lyrics? Why?
Both. My mother was drawn to the lyrics by crooners of the 40s & 50s and my father listened to a lot of guitar-heavy bands and, later in life, a lot of purely instrumental music. The first instrument I played was flute which meant a lot, at least in school, of performing classical music, where melodies, scales, crescendos, etc. were telling a story just as much as words could. Then you have lines in songs that are timeless and mean everything, in a different way, to everyone. Both, equally important.