+october playlist+

 

This October, I want to go back to my “roots,” which is basically me saying that I want to relive the older days and remember the songs I’ve forgotten.

Banks, Beggin for Thread (2014)
I discovered this jewel as a recommendation from Spotify, and I’m so glad that I’ve added this song to my collection.  I was probably recommended Banks because of Marina and the Diamonds, but honestly, who knows, considering how I listen to pretty much everything.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug, Havana (2017)
I had the opportunity to see a showroom this past week and I noticed something ironic (?) – we Americans are enamored by old Cuba and the romantic Havana image.  I thought that it was funny how fashion easily transcends political issues and uses other cultures as inspirations, even if the country of conception may not have the best relationship with the country of inspiration.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Eminem, When I’m Gone (2005)
Where is Eminem even these days?  I miss his good old music, when he was angrier, and talking about real issues.  Even though his issues didn’t exactly resonate with me, I felt a sense of camaraderie through the emotions he was conveying to us.
Purchase here on iTunes.

French Montana ft. Swae Lee (Tiesto & Dzeko AFTR:HRS Remix), Unforgettable (2017)
Not to be harsh, but the only reason why this song’s even on this list is because the remix is amazing.  Also, humblebragging, but I saw French this past Saturday at Hoops Mania.  I also recorded (most) of the only song that I actually know by him 🙃.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Jay-Z ft. Damian Marley, Bam (2017)
This past Saturday was the SNL Season 43 premiere, with Jay-Z as the musical guest.  Honestly, I haven’t listened to 4:44, his newest album, but I probably should.  After listening to this song, I figured that I’m missing out on life.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Machine Gun Kelly, Camila Cabello, Bad Things (2017)
Like most pop songs, this has been overplayed during its prime.  Now, a few months later, well out of its prime, it’s not a song that’s played on Z-100, but for some strange reason, I can’t get this song out of my head.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Marina and the Diamonds, How to be a Heartbreaker (2012)
If you liked Dua Lipa’s New Rules, then there’s no way you don’t know/love this song.  Even though Dua’s song is five years later than Marina’s, in a cool way, New Rules is part one, when you’re in love with the wrong guy, and How to be a Heartbreaker is part two, when you’re back in the dating scene.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Sam Smith, Too Good at Goodbyes (2017)
2017 has been too good to us, with surprise collaborations and the return of Sam Smith.  Though he wasn’t gone for 20 years or something, his absence from the music industry has been missed.  In a world where EDM DJs rule the music scene, having raw vocal talent like Sam Smith helps you remember that singing is a rare talent that only the few were blessed with.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The Maine, Am I Pretty? (2015)
Two months later, I’m still obsessed with The Maine’s setlist from their August show.  Even though it’s a simple song lyrically, Am I Pretty? is a song that I wouldn’t mind listening to on repeat.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Zedd ft. Jon Bellion, Beautiful Now (2015)
You can disagree with me, but Zedd’s True Colors album is probably his best piece.  All the songs in this album, like Beautiful Now, really showed off Zedd’s creativity and his desire to make good music, and not just a chart topper.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Zedd ft. Matthew Koma, Spectrum (2012)
This is my first Zedd song, which makes me a bandwaggoner-ish, but then I remember all the self-declared fans after Clarity (2012) and his Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande collaborations, and then I feel better.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Also, D-18 until Zedd! 🤗

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As usual, I’ve attached October’s Spotify playlist – enjoy!  Also, for obvious reasons, Jay-Z’s song isn’t in the playlist.

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+september playlist+

Note: Hi everyone!  I apologize for the random two-week inactivity – I’m back at school, so I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things again.  By the time this post is up, I should be back in business, so keep your eyes peeled for some new content!  x ec

The work life grind has gotten me beat, and I can’t remember the last time I had fun.  When life’s stressful, listen to this soothing Top Ten to ease your minds like it does for me!

Avicii ft. Sandro Cavazza, Without You (2017)
Avicii has returned.  Good EDM music has returned.  Don’t get me wrong – I do love various other artists, but Avicii’s songs always had a special place in my heart.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Handel & Halvorsen, Passacaglia in G minor for violin and viola (1897)
This piece, originally from Handel’s Harpsichord Suite in G minor, is a rarity.  I prefer to listen to piano solos or orchestral music, rather than violin pieces because I loved playing Beethoven on the piano as a child.  The violin genius, Itzhek Perlman, and his viola partner, Pinchas Zukerman, bring this piece to life, demonstrating that pouring your emotions into a piece doesn’t mean it has to compromise the quality of the delivery.
Watch Perlman and Zukerman’s interpretation here.

Illenium ft. Annika Wells, Crawl Outta Love (2017)
Illenium is an artist that I would love to see live, but as long as his touring schedule doesn’t match up with my school/work schedule, I probably won’t get the chance to see him live.  In the meantime, I guess I can watch fan recorded sets and live vicariously through them.
Preorder here on iTunes.

John Williams, Hedwig’s Theme (2001)
The main theme to the Harry Potter franchise, Hedwig’s Theme celebrates all of us facing first day of school jitters.  While we probably won’t understand the joys of magic taught at Hogwarts, we can hope to make great (mundane) memories at our Muggle schools.  Fun fact: September 1, 2017 is the date the epilogue takes place (“19 Years Later”), with Albus Potter beginning his wizarding journey at Hogwarts.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Justin Bieber, BloodPop®, Friends (2017)
I have to listen to anything my birthday twin (same date, different year) releases because birthday twins should support each other, right 🤔?
Purchase here on iTunes.

Liszt, La Campanella (1851)
Though I’ve quit the piano, I have always heard that being able to play Liszt’s piece properly shows true piano mastery.  The title, which means “the little bell” in Italian, asks the pianist to imitate the twinkling and delicate sounds of bells.  There’s little room for error, so when a maestro(a) gives it justice, La Campanella just tickles your ears as you listen to it.
Watch Valentina Lisitsa’s interpretation here.

Logic, ft. Alessia Cara and Khalid, 1-800-273-8255 (2017)
Short story: my friend and I were stuck in a car for 1.5 hours instead of the estimated 20-minute ride to a party.  The moment that my friend moaned about our situation was the part when Logic was singing, “I don’t want to die,” reducing us to tears; at the time, we really felt like we were going to die on the highway, going 2 mph.  Jokes aside, mental health should be approached with compassion and discussed, rather than be shamed and pushed aside.  If you or a loved one feels alone, know that you are not alone, and there is help waiting for you.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Taylor Swift, I Knew You Were Trouble. (2012)
I remember the days when I was still in high school and Taylor Swift wasn’t a complicated artist to listen to.  Well, this is apparently a song getting back at John Mayer or something, but high school me (and me today) doesn’t really care about that kind of stuff.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The Killers (Two Friends Remix), Mr. Brightside (2016)
Who doesn’t love this song?  Specifically, who doesn’t love this song remixed?  Well I do, and Two Friends really upgrades this song to the current music scene.
No iTunes, but check it out here on SoundCloud.

Zayn ft. Sia, Dusk Until Dawn (2017)
I love Sia.  Not a Zayn fan (team Harry, obviously 😂) because he never released music that I liked listening to, but this song really made me reconsider his stuff again.  Also, I’m a sucker for good, angsty love songs, so this was right up my alley.
Purchase here on iTunes.

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From my experience, loud and passionate songs, really help my productivity.  Maybe it’s because of my city life upbringing, but noise really helps me center myself and concentrate on the task at hand.

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Here’s September’s playlist to jam out to!

+august playlist+

Here’s August’s Top Ten!

Charli XCX, Boys
When I first heard this song, I thought it was a Slushii song because of the video game sound effects.  The vocal and arcade sound effect combo really come together to make a fun song to listen to.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Cheat Codes ft. Demi Lovato, No Promises
I don’t know what it is, but there’s a pleasant, chart-topping quality to Demi’s voice.  Like it’s addictive to listen to because her vocals are actually strong and Cheat Codes clearly know how to take advantage of it.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Dua Lipa, New Rules
I honestly became addicted to this song when Dua sings “And if you’re under him, you ain’t over him.”  And attention girls, here are some new rules we’ll now all follow.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Kendrick Lamar ft. Rihanna, LOYALTY.
Truthfully, Kendrick can rap about anything and it’ll always be amazing.  Add Rihanna to the mix and you’ve got a Billboard chart topper for sure.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Linkin Park, Numb
Numb describes hearing Chester’s death.  A piece of mine and thousands of people’s childhoods all died the day Chester left our presence.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Mick Jagger, England Lost
It’s always a treat to listen to Mick’s stuff, whether it’s with The Rolling Stones or his solo work.
Purchase here on iTunes.

Snakehips, Anne-Marie ft. Joey Bada$$, Either Way
This song shows off Anne-Marie’s versatility, from Clean Bandit’s powerhouse vocal, to a chill, laidback summer song.  There’s also an overall night feeling to the song that I associate Snakehips to.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The Maine, Into Your Arms
To prepare for tonight’s Dashboard Confessional, The All-American Rejects, and the Maine Summerstage, I had to listen to some old songs that made me feel young(er) again.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The All-American Rejects, It Ends Tonight
When darkness turns into light it [the wait] ends tonight.
Purchase here on iTunes.

The Warp Zone, Rick and Morty Theme Song Acapella
In honor of Season 3 returning with a bang, cheers to Rick and Morty.

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Here’s August’s Spotify playlist!

+july playlist+

July’s Top Ten are a combination of songs I’ve listened to in preparation to the respective artists’ concerts, or just something cool I stumbled across.  Enjoy!

Chanyeol, Punch, Stay With Me
I kind of stopped listening to k-pop because as a hipster, I prefer listening to songs that no one has discovered yet.  I can’t tell you why I find this song so delightful, but thanks Mom for making me go to Korean school at 8 in the morning every Saturday 🤗.
Purchase here on iTunes

Daddy Yankee, Gasolina
This song takes me back to when I first started dancing – this was one of our practice songs.  Nowadays, people dance to EDM or rap songs, but the easiest way to get you moving is the Latin rhythm.
Purchase here on iTunes

G-Dragon, Untitled, 2014 (무제/ 無題)
My best friend and I bought tickets to see him at Barclays towards the latter half of the month, and I’m lowkey excited to see him live.  His recent songs sound pretty cool, though he could brush up on his English.  Just saying.
Purchase here on iTunes

Lana del Rey ft. The Weeknd, Lust For Life
I have a love-hate relationship with Lana del Rey’s music.  I know that it’s good, but a part of me hates that it’s so good.  Though it took her a while to come back with stuff that I liked listening to since Summertime Sadness (2012), I appreciate this song.
Purchase here on iTunes

Missy Elliott, Work It
Dance helped me gain a lot of confidence about who I was, as well as become aware of space.  Songs like these encouraged this confidence because who says that girls can’t rap (or dance, etc.) as well as boys?
Purchase here on iTunes

Owl City, Fireflies
This song brings back so many great memories, from the times I would listen to this while playing Gaia and Maplestory, to my eighth grade English teacher who wrote a creative piece inspired by this song.  Random fun fact: There’s a meme saying that most white people have the lyrics to this song tattooed to some part of this body.
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Johann Pachelbel, Canon in D Major
I found out that in Catholic wedding tradition, you need to play a a Christian-based religious piece, rather than Wagner’s Bridal Chorus or Mendelssohn’s Wedding March because they are secular pieces.  Pachelbel’s song, which is often incorrectly played during Advent/Christmas time, is a popular choice.  #WEDDINGFEVER
Purchase here on iTunes

Seven Lions ft. KARRA, Silent Skies
I’m in love with anything Seven Lions releases.  It would be a dream to see him live.  Can’t talk because it’s so good 🖤.
Purchase here on iTunes

Seven Lions ft. NÉONHÈART, Where I Won’t Be Found
Can’t stop, won’t stop.  Just speechless 🖤.
Purchase here on iTunes

Zedd, Alessia Cara, Stay
I literally cannot stop singing and dancing along to this song.  When Alessia sings, “All you have to do is stay a minute,” you can find me popping to it.  #dancer4lyfe
Purchase here on iTunes

**BONUS**

Machine Gun Kelly ft. James Arthur, Go For Broke
I still have my reservations about MGK, but James Arthur has never disappointed since his X-Factor (UK) days, so it’s a great piece.
Purchase here on iTunes

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July’s clearly a dance month, along with random facts.

xoxo,

the girl who dances like nobody’s watching

p.s. And as always, here’s the Spotify playlist!

 

+amp+

Good music is good music.

Gretchen Wilson, American country music artist (1973-present)

Everyday I go to the gym, I wonder what people listen to while they workout.  Obviously not everyone listens to music while they workout, i.e. my one friend studies on the treadmill by watching chemistry videos, but most of us are generally plugged in while we whip ourselves into shape.  Some may have their go to playlist, while others just listen to whatever’s on their phone.

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Personally, my playlist(s) changes depending on my mood.  There are days when I just want to listen to the old songs on my phone, while on other days, I will listen to a set of playlists targeted for certain workouts.

On my old songs days, some of the songs I jam to are

  • Avicii vs. Nicky Romero, I Could Be The One (Nicktim)
  • Boys Like Girls, The Great Escape
  • DJ Sammy, Heaven ft. Yanou, Do
  • Enrique Iglesias, Bailando ft. Descemer Bueno, Gente de Zona
  • G-Dragon, Black/Without You
  • Jimmy Eat World, The Middle
  • Justin Bieber, Sorry
  • Marina and the Diamonds, Blue/Forget/Froot/Primadonna
  • Phoebe Ryan, Mine (Illenium Remix)
  • Secondhand Serenade, Fall for You
  • Seven Lions x Illenium x Said the Sky, Rush Over Me ft. HALIENE
  • Shakira, La Tortura ft. Alejandro Sanz
  • We the Kings, Check Yes Juliet

On my old songs days, I basically workout to any song I have heard from the late 90s to today.  And if I’m not feeling a song while I work out, I just simply skip it and listen to the next song in the queue.

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When I’m feeling anal, I have multiple playlists that I must listen to.  These playlists are targeted for a specific workout; the cardio songs are different from my weight training songs.  I may be projecting too much, but I try to match the energy required for the workout with a respective song that will maintain that energy during the workout.  I don’t know if this is a scientifically proven thing, but personally, I feel that whenever I do this, I’m able to maximize on my productivity.

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Here are some of the songs in these playlists, separated by routine:

Walking to the gym and warm-up

  • AJR, Weak
  • Avicii, Wake Me Up
  • Daft Punk, Get Lucky ft. Pharell Williams
  • Jason Derulo, Talk Dirty ft. 2 Chainz
  • Sean Paul, Get Busy/Temperature
  • Slushii x Marshmello, Twinbow
  • Survivor, Eye of the Tiger

Cardio

  • All American Rejects, Dirty Little Secret
  • Cash Cash, Matches ft. ROZES
  • Ellie Goulding, Burn
  • Lady Gaga, Applause
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Can’t Hold Us ft. Ray Dalton
  • Pitbull, Timber ft. Ke$sha
  • Sia, Cheap Thrills ft. Sean Paul
  • The Chainsmokers and Tritonal, Until You were Gone ft. Emily Warren

Weight training

  • Alan Walker, Alone/Faded/Sing Me to Sleep
  • Eminem, The Monster ft. Rihanna
  • Jennifer Lopez, On the Floor ft. Pitbull
  • Jon Bellion, All Time Low (Shew Remix)
  • Snakehips & MØ, Don’t Leave (Gryffin Remix)
  • The Chainsmokers, Roses ft. ROZES
  • will.i.am, #thatPOWER ft. Justin Bieber

Abs

  • Alan WalkerTired
  • Alexandra Stan, Mr. Saxobeat
  • David Guetta, Play Hard ft. Ne-Yo, Akon
  • Lady Gaga, Paparazzi
  • Porter Robinson & Madeon, Shelter
  • Rihanna, Diamonds
  • The Chainsmokers, All We Know ft. Phoebe Ryan

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I feel like when you work out, you can never go wrong with songs by Sean Paul, Lady Gaga, and Rihanna.  Their songs have a great combination of relevant lyrics and addictive beats that get you into the mood to move.

While I didn’t include my dance playlist, many of the songs scattered throughout my playlists have gotten inspiration from my dancing days.  Sean Paul, Usher, Britney Spears, and many more greats all have a place in my heart, as they are the original dance practice songs I would listen to when I was younger.  Just writing these names makes me want to dance as often as I used to.

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EDM songs are also a great choice to work out to because their beats usually keep you motivated throughout your workout.  Some of these choices are obvious, like Ellie Goulding’s Burn, to burn off your fat, or like The Chainsmokers and Tritonal’s Until You Were Gone, whose music video was a tribute to cardio (shoutout to soul cycle 🤗).  Other songs are there to boost your self-confidence, like Rihanna’s Diamonds and AJR’s Weak because “I’m weak, and what’s wrong with that?”, a clear tribute to my noodle arms that struggle the most during arm workouts.

xoxo,

the girl who proudly shows off her noodle arms at the gym

p.s. I compiled the songs featured in this posts into a large melting pot playlist.  Feel free to listen to these songs while you work out, and I hope they help you on your fitness journey!

 

IMAGE CREDIT: Pjatt.is

+june playlist+

I know this is late, but here is this month’s Top Ten!

Erik Satie, Gymnopédie No. 1
This summer I’m trying to go back to my creative roots, and this song just tickles you in a pleasant way to get your creative juices flowing.  Also shameless bragging, but this was the song I used in my final for my creative writing class in freshman year.
Purchase here on iTunes

Fall Out Boy, Sugar, We’re Goin Down
These days everyone has been talking about the return of some of our favorite groups (#RIPMCR), and I know everyone had a crush on Pete Wentz at some point, even if it was for five minutes 😁.
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Future, Mask Off
To be honest, rap music is whatever Biggie or Tupac made, but Future has a nice voice, plain and simple.  I can actually understand his words, rather than bob my head to a bunch of gibberish.
Purchase here on iTunes

Jasmine Thompson, Old Friends
I recently saw Jasmine Thompson, and reconnected with literally old friends that I haven’t spoken to or seen in a few years now.  It literally captures the reason why old friends will inevitably be better than new friends.
Purchase here on iTunes

Lady Gaga, Paparazzi
I remember the first time I listened to Lady Gaga in my friend’s dark computer room, and I remember thinking that she was weird, yet ten years later, I know the lyrics to many of her popular pieces.
Purchase here on iTunes

Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee, Despacito
My friend told me to listen to it because Justin Bieber was featured, but I think it sucks.  Do yourself a favor and learn some Spanish and listen to the original, and NOT the remix, even if I do love JB’s songs.
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Marina and the Diamonds, Primadonna
I recently applied for a part-time job and one of the questions was, “What is your anthem?” and the only song that came to mind was this song because every girl, well most girls, would love to live the life Marina sings about.
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The Chainsmokers ft. ROZES, Roses
This was my gateway drug to The Chainsmokers because even after the release of Don’t Let Me Down, I was still wary of them, and who wouldn’t be?  #Selfie was a disaster.
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The Night Game, The Outfield
I love it when artists explore different genres because I can truly appreciate their singing ability, but also because as a fan, I feel like I am graced with the opportunity to see a beloved performer grow and develop over the years.  Also Martin’s cute.
Purchase here on iTunes

Zara Larsson, Lush Life
Besides Symphony and Never Forget You, I didn’t think that Zara Larsson had any memorable or popular songs, but was I wrong – Lush Life is so addicting and dance-able.
Purchase here on iTunes

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Like May, June is also filled with a seemingly mismatched set of songs.  Most of these are not of the recent kind, one even being 130 years old.  As it’s the summer, everyone should experience new things, like new genres.

xoxo,

the girl who projects (?) with her music

p.s. Here’s June’s Spotify playlist!

+may playlist+

Usually, I listen to the same 15 songs until I get sick of them, but since my blog is a way to reinvent myself, I decided to start publishing a monthly playlist.  The understanding is that from this experience, I can discover new genres/sub-genres and artists that I’ve never heard of before, and share the wealth for others who also may have not heard of these hidden gems.

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Rules: Each month, I will be posting my Top Ten songs.  To be a Top Ten song, it must either

  • be a hidden gem – a new genre/sub-genre that I have not yet explored OR a new artist from a genre that I enjoy listening to
  • be an indulgence – an artist that I already enjoy listening to

Obviously, I’ll try to limit the indulgence songs because what’s the point of reading this post if all you’re going to see are songs from the Billboard Hot 100?  Also, I may not always post exactly 10 songs because there are some months when music is dry and uninteresting, so I can only scrounge together less than 10.

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For May, here are my Top Ten:

Black Veil Brides, In the End
This song came out years ago and it’s probably the only BVB song that I like, though I can’t tell you why I don’t listen to more of their stuff.
Purchase here at iTunes

Chase Atlantic, Cassie
A friend recommended this song and artist because of the title (can you guess what her name is?) and it’s a pretty nice song, though I probably would have never found it, which is pretty embarrassing because I like to explore genres.
Purchase here at iTunes

Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson, Symphony
This song has to be on everyone’s playlist, asap.  I’m in love with Clean Bandit’s angle these days, singing about struggle and frustration, yet delivering it with beautiful melodies and strong female vocals.
Purchase here at iTunes

Harry Styles, Sign of the Times
Okay, so I was in love with One Direction because of Harry, don’t judge because everyone had their favorite One Direction member and loved 1D more than they would like to admit.  I love the angle that Harry goes in this song, with a soft classic rock that he probably wanted to sing all along instead of the cheesy pop genre.  Though I am confused why iTunes would label it as pop 🤔.
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Kendrick Lamar, HUMBLE.
I think rap music is perfect when you want to think about things, well not all rap songs, but the artists I do listen to always make me think about my life’s struggles in comparison to others.  Kendrick Lamar is not an exception and his music video is beautifully shot, with cool angles.
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Slushii x Marshmello, Twinbow
Marshmello, whoever he is under that mask-hat thing is a genius.  Slushii is like the go-to name everyone goes to, so they can show off their EDM knowledge.  While it is a shorter piece, this is no doubt a perfect song to ~groove~ to.
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The Story So Far, Clairvoyant
I generally don’t go crazy about guitars and stuff, but this song is beautiful.  It kind of a has a chill vibe from the 2000s (it was released in 2013), and the essence of a struggling musician, which is kind of cool.
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Twin Forks, Cross My Mind
This folk song is a sweet song that always makes me think of a sunny road trip by the beach.  #summer
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Vampire Weekend, California English
I love this song.  My friend reintroduced me to this song, but it’s trippy and really cool.  I’m kind of upset that I haven’t listened to Vampire Weekend in a while because I forgot all the fun songs, but I guess this is what happens when you have trouble remembering titles 😥.
Purchase here at iTunes

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May’s songs may seem like a hodge podge of things, but given the point of the semester, I need an eclectic variety of songs to soothe the pain of finals and get me excited for summer vacation.  I hope you enjoy these songs like I do!

xoxo,

the girl who can’t be pinned down with her song choices

p.s. I made a Spotify playlist, so you can enjoy my May finds!