November 5, 2020 | Lifestyle
songs to get you through these times
We are over halfway through the semester. You might be feeling the midterm slump, the impending doom of winter, or the stress of the current election. These are strange times indeed, and it can be hard to find motivation or hope. The one thing that I can always rely on to inspire and heal is music. So, I have curated a playlist of songs that I feel encapsulate this moment in time—hopefully you can find solace in it, too. You can find the extended playlist on Spotify.
“Why Are Sundays So Depressing” by The Strokes
“I sing a song, I paint a picture
My baby’s gone, but I don’t miss her
Like a swan, I don’t miss swimming
All my friends left, and they don’t miss me”
The Strokes have made the perfect pandemic album, accurately entitled The New Abnormal. This song is a reflection on past times and previous attitudes toward life and, similarly, I often find myself pondering the state of the world these days.
“Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” by Jack Johnson
“I keep playing your part
But it’s not my scene
Want this plot to twist
I’ve had enough mystery
Keep building it up
But then you’re shooting me down
But I’m already down”
This song is technically about the frustrations of pursuing an unrequited love, but I think this sentiment also applies to the feeling of being stuck that I and many others have experienced this year.
“Dreams” by Fleetwood Mac
“Like a heartbeat drives you mad
In the stillness of remembering what you had
And what you lost and what you had and what you lost”
Has anyone else been having freakily vivid dreams during quarantine? This must be the result of overthinking everything and using my dreams as a way to escape reality for a few hours. As much as I’d like to say I’ve adapted to this new way of life, as the song suggests, there is an inevitable draw to remembering how things used to be and seeing this change as a loss.
“Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd
“Hello? (Hello, hello, hello)
Is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me”
Another classic song that encapsulates my mood these days, especially with midterms and the election happening. The constant daily stress has desensitized me to everything, creating this meh feeling I carry around.
“Insane” by Flume, Moon Holiday
“Your mind is on track
For games we play these days
With every path we take
You know you’re safe, safe, safe
The only risk is that you’ll go insane
The only risk is that you’ll go insane”
This song is an electronic trip. It’s a journey down the spiral of mental games we play with ourselves. The energy of the song is constantly building, making for a great addition to your solo or pod raves.
“Chamber of Reflection” by Mac DeMarco
“No use looking out
It’s within that brings that lonely feeling”
Okay, I know a lot of these songs seem rather depressing, but I see it as catharsis. DeMarco’s signature synth vibes and longing voice in this song make me want to lay out on the Main Green and stare into space for hours.
“Oblivion” by Grimes
“I will wait forever
Always looking straight
Thinking counting all the hours you wait”
It feels like I’m lost in oblivion searching for a sign to snap me out of it. While I wait for that to happen, I will be dancing carelessly to this song, which can only be described as an ethereal atmosphere of pop.
“The Suburbs (continued)” by Arcade Fire
“If I could have it back
All the time that we wasted
I’d only waste it again
If I could have it back
You know I would love to waste it again
Waste it again and again and again”
The continuation of my favorite song, this short track is the feeling of nostalgia encapsulated in sound. It makes me think that if I knew our whole world would be upended, I wouldn’t want to go back and change things before the chaos had begun because there is something special in how simple things were before. This makes me smile.
“Forgive Myself” by Sam Smith
“Now and then you cross my mind
It takes me back to a sweeter time
But I let it go
I let you go”
I think it is way too easy to think about yourself and what you should have done or should be doing. This song off of Smith’s new album Love Goes is a reminder to myself to let go of the regrets, forgive myself, and just keep growing up.