Fall Playlist

Music is powerful and nostalgic. Certain songs that I once listened to on repeat have the power to take me back in time. I’m trying to be more conscious of what I’m listening to, so I created a list on my phone to keep track of the songs and albums that have defined the season for me. It doesn’t consist of everything I’ve listened to this fall, but it does chronologically include the big hits that I want to remember later. This playlist runs roughly from the end of August/early September to early/mid-November (I cut it off a week or so before One Direction released Made in the A.M.).

Fall Playlist | 2015
Wilder Mind – Mumford & Sons
“Jet Black Heart” – 5 Seconds of Summer
“Best of You” – Foo Fighters
“Wildest Dreams” – Taylor Swift
“What Do You Mean” – Justin Bieber
“On My Mind” – Ellie Goulding
“In the Night” – The Weeknd
Badlands – Halsey
”Throne” – Bring Me the Horizon
“Gorgeous” – X Ambassadors
“Hotline Bling” – Drake
“The Hills” – The Weeknd
“Perfect” – One Direction
“Sorry” – Justin Bieber
“Hello” – Adele
“I’ll Show You” – Justin Bieber
“Stitches” – Shawn Mendes

What have you been listening to this fall?

Thanks for reading.
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The Happy List | 3

  1. Hot showers
  2. Tomato soup
  3. NyQuil tonight
  4. Old hoodies
  5. My last State meet
  6. Body mist, because I’m too cold for lotion
  7. A day off tomorrow
  8. New boy band music
  9. Gary, because our training is over and he’s changed my life
  10. A complete and utter loss of appetite

On a less happy note, my thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Gene Odom, particularly to his twin children. Mr. Odom died in a plane crash yesterday.

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Thoughts | 4

1. One year ago today, I attended the One Direction concert in my city. So much has changed since then, yet much has also remained more or less the same.

2. I haven’t gained or lost weight since going vegan over a week ago, but I feel better about my body. Maybe it’s the diet change itself or maybe I just can’t hate this body when it is working so hard to make a difference in the world. But that begs the question: why can’t I simply respect it for keeping me alive?

3.  Halsey is an extraordinary lyrical talent. She is so utterly poetic and raw and she brings images and emotions to life with her vocal chords.

4. The band Bring Me the Horizon named itself after part of the last quote in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, when Jack says “Now, bring me that horizon.” I think I might love this small detail more than the band’s music, which, by the way, is fantastic.

5. I have my hopes and my theories, but underneath them all, I am Team Aelin. If you know, you know.

6. I think I’ve finally decided where I’m applying early action and it is simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating. Nothing good will come of it, most likely, but at least I’ll know that I gave it my all.

7. My sister is running for student council at her school and she designed the most adorable posters I have ever seen and when I did see them, I was overcome with a gushy feeling of adoration for her. She was already in bed, but I just wanted to squeeze her. (I did today and she did not take it well.)

8. Lately, I’ve been going by a different name in my head than the one I was born with. It feels normal and right and that’s disconcerting for a girl who’s spent the better part of three years searching for another name that fits her wholly.

9. London is endgame, but what about hockey?

10. I am reluctant to begin writing both essays and blog posts because they are often large emotional, mental, and time commitments. I think that sometimes I just don’t know where to start, or if I do, I fear the process will be draining. But I find (and subsequently forget for the next time) that I actually enjoy writing blog posts and don’t mind writing most essays once I’m in the rhythm of thinking and typing and backspacing and reconsidering and then typing again.

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Drag Me Down

Drag-me-down-One-directionIt’s been a long time since I’ve done a Song of the Moment post. But I’m finally back again with one, and to no one’s surprise (hopefully), my inspiration for this post is the new One Direction single.

Song: Drag Me Down
Artist: One Direction
Album: Drag Me Down – Single
Source: Bought on iTunes

Favorite Lyrics:
I’ve got fire for a heart
I’m not scared of the dark
You’ve never seen it look so easy
I got a river for a soul
And baby you’re a boat
Baby you’re my only reason

Drag Me Down is the first song One Direction has released since Zayn left the band earlier this year. But never fear, he gave his approval via Twitter:

Proud of my boys the new single is sick. Big love. 🙂 x

This song dropped just as I woke up the morning of my last day in Europe (the day I flew home). I listened to it on repeat in the airport and on both my flights. It’s catchy, has a great beat, and is a slightly different sound for One Direction: it’s a bit darker and more intense sounding than some of their other tunes. The lyrics are repetitive, but the boys switch up parts throughout so it’s never boring. Drag Me Down is unapologetic; I love it. And the guys look so happy in the cover art. Even better, the release was a complete surprise! The Drag Me Down music video was apparently shot a few days ago at the NASA Space Center in Houston, Texas. Needless to say, I am highly anticipating its premiere.

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Lyrics Lately

These are pieces of lyrics that have really spoken to me or that I’ve just been loving recently. A lot of them I particularly like with the music of the song, so they may look strange just written out.

“Love’s a game, wanna play?”
– Taylor Swift, Blank Space

“Where do broken hearts go?”
– One Direction, Where Do Broken Hearts Go

“It’s all fun and games ’til somebody loses their mind.”
– Taylor Swift, Wonderland

“One night he wakes, strange look on his face. Pauses then says, “You’re my best friend.” And you knew what it was: he is in love.”
– Taylor Swift, You Are In Love

“The bed’s getting cold and you’re not here. The future that we hold is so unclear. But I’m not alive until you call.”
– Selena Gomez, The Heart Wants What It Wants

“How did we end up talking in the first place?… How did we end up here?… Everybody thought you were so insane ‘cause you were so far out of my league.”
– 5 Seconds of Summer, End Up Here

“I hope you find a way to be yourself someday, in weakness or in strength. Change can be amazing. So I pray for the best, I pray for the best for you. I wish you could be honest, I wish you could be honest with me.”
– The Neighbourhood, Honest

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate hate… Fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake… I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. I shake it off, I shake it off.”
– Taylor Swift, Shake It Off

“But you will remember me, remember me for centuries.”
– Fall Out Boy, Centuries

“I’m slowly drifting away wave after wave, wave after wave. I’m slowly drifting (drifting away) and it feels like I’m drowning, pulling against the stream.”
– Mr. Probz, Waves

“Afraid to lose control and caught up in this world, I’ve wasted time, I’ve wasted breath. I think I’ve thought myself to death.”
– KONGOS, Come With Me Now

“So blame it on the night; don’t blame it on me, don’t blame it on me.”
– Calvin Harris feat. John Newman, Blame

“You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve and I have always buried them deep beneath the ground.”
– Bastille, Flaws

“I could’ve been a princess, you’d be a king. Could’ve had a castle, and worn a ring. But no, you let me go and stole my star.”
– Coldplay feat. Rihanna, Princess of China

“‘Cause in a sky, ’cause in a sky full of stars, I think I see you.”
– Coldplay, A Sky Full Of Stars

“She said to me, “Forget what you thought ‘cause good girls are bad girls that haven’t been caught.””
– 5 Seconds of Summer, Good Girls

“She sleeps alone; my heart wants to come home. I wish I was, I wish I was beside you. She lies awake; I’m trying to find the words to say. I wish I was, I wish I was beside you.”
– 5 Seconds of Summer, Beside You

“But hold me fast, hold me fast ‘cause I’m a hopeless wanderer.”
– Mumford & Sons, Hopeless Wanderer

“But oh my heart was flawed; I knew my weakness. So hold my hand; consign me not to darkness. So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down, I’ll never wear your broken crown. I took the road and I fucked it all away. Now in this twilight, how dare you speak of grace?”
– Mumford & Sons, Broken Crown

“There’s a drumming noise inside my head that starts when you’re around. I swear that you could hear it; it makes such an almighty sound. Louder than sirens, louder than bells, sweeter than heaven, and hotter than hell.”
– Florence + The Machine, Drumming Song

“Let’s have another toast to the girl almighty. Let’s pray we stay young, stay made of lightning.”
– One Direction, Girl Almighty

“And I know in my heart you’re not a constant star… But I’m not done yet falling for you: fool’s gold.”
– One Direction, Fool’s Gold