I’ve been in a really indecisive musical mood for the past month or so. I’ve been revisiting some old songs that I used to love, I’ve tried to venture out into the depths of Spotify to find new artists and sounds, and more recently, I decided that I want to listen to summer songs in the middle of January (as you do). Two songs that reflect my recent listening habits are “Baby” by Clean Bandit featuring Marina and The Diamonds and Luis Fonsi, and “My Favorite Part” by Mac Miller and Ariana Grande.
“Baby” sounds like a vacation anthem and is the perfect mental getaway during this really bleak weather. The mix of Marina’s seductive voice, paired with the infectious rhythm provided by Clean Bandit, produces a song that is modern pop with a lovely Latin twist, courtesy of Fonsi.
“My Favorite Part” is a really chill, low-key song that is perfect for this time of year. Ariana’s subdued vocals with Mac’s voice are a fantastic combination for such a simple yet emotional song. The chemistry between the two artists is tangible and makes the material raw and vulnerable, which complements the darker, sultry vibe of the music.
– Shruthi Mekala
This week I have been listening to a couple of things, the first being Ariana Grande’s new song “7 Rings.” It is such an anthem for focusing on yourself and how friends are important in being happy in life. The lyrics are catchy and overall motivates me to work for the type of lifestyle where if I want something, I can easily get it. Since Ariana Grande has always written songs about love, it’s really nice to hear a song about how friendships are more important than a romantic relationship. This idea is something I feel a lot of girls today need to hear because of the societal pressures of needing to always be in a relationship.
Another thing I’ve been listening to isn’t a song, but podcasts. More specifically David Dobrik’s podcast “Views” with his co-host Jason Nash. David Dobrik has always been a source of comedy for me, but his podcasts are nicer because it’s a full 40 minutes of ridiculous stories he has experienced. His podcasts are a longer version of his vlogs (which are only about 4 minutes long) and elaborate more on how the footage came to appear on the vlog. It’s an amusing background noise for walking to class, cleaning my room, that type of stuff. Anyway, I recommend the podcast for anyone who wants to start listening to podcasts, want comedy or crazy stories, and relatable content.
– Becca Bertram