Winter 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 winter, but it does chronologically include the big hits that I want to remember later. This playlist runs roughly from mid-November to early February (I cut it off a few days after my birthday).

Winter Playlist | 2015-2016
Made in the A.M. – One Direction
“Going Back to Cali” – LL Cool J
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
“679” – Fetty Wap (ft. Monty)
“Brokenhearted” – Kalin and Myles
“Everglow” – Coldplay
“Been You” – Justin Bieber
“Clock Don’t Stop” – Carrie Underwood
“Relapse” – Carrie Underwood
“Cake by the Ocean” – DNCE
“Hands to Myself” – Selena Gomez
“Roses” – The Chainsmokers (feat. ROZES)
“2 Heads” – Coleman Hell
“Stressed Out” – twenty one pilots
“State of My Head” – Shinedown
“Magnets” – Disclosure (feat. Lorde)
“PILLOWTALK” – ZAYN
“One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)” – One Direction
“Dream” – Imagine Dragons
“I Took a Pill in Ibiza” (SeeB Remix) – Mike Posner

What have you been listening to this winter?

Thanks for reading.

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Lyrics Lately | 3

So after a whole year of no “Lyrics Lately” posts, here’s my second in the past two days. Those college decision feels, am I right?

“But I, I’ve got a lot to say. And I’m scared that you’re gonna slip away.”
– Vance Joy, Wasted Time

“Deep in the meadow, under the willow, a bed of grass, a soft green pillow. Lay down your head, and close your sleepy eyes and when again they open, the sun will rise.”
– Jennifer Lawrence / James Newton Howard, Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)

“Forget your woes and let your troubles lay, and when again it’s morning, they’ll wash away.”
– Jennifer Lawrence / James Newton Howard, Deep in the Meadow (Lullaby)

“I ain’t hung up on you, I ain’t in love with you. This is just time that I’m wasting. One or two little sips, I’m alright, I can quit. You’re just some wine that I’m tasting.”
– Carrie Underwood, Relapse

“I don’t have to have you, I don’t need to need you. Just a high that I’m chasing.”
– Carrie Underwood, Relapse

“And we’ll make it right tomorrow, but tomorrow’s not a sure thing.”
– Carrie Underwood, Clock Don’t Stop

“The clock don’t stop ticking away, away. Always hanging on the wall; no, it don’t care at all. It won’t slow down; it won’t wait. The clock don’t stop ticking away – it’s ticking away.”
– Carrie Underwood, Clock Don’t Stop

“If I would’ve known, if I would have known it could have been you. If I had the chance, if I had the chance I’d make us brand new.”
– Justin Bieber, Been You

“Feeling the remnants, caught in an instance; blink of an eye, no goodbye. I had a notion, deep as the ocean, blue like the sky, oh my. Like a permanent stain, wishing I could just wash away, away.”
– Justin Bieber, Been You

“Haunts me tonight, the ghosts are alive. All of the memories of serenity dwindle in my mind, all the time.”
– Justin Bieber, Been You

“Hello from the outside… At least I can say that I’ve tried.”
– Adele, Hello

“Up with your turret; aren’t we just terrified? Shale, screen your worry from what you won’t ever find. Don’t let it fool you. Don’t let it fool you… down. Dancing around, folds in her gown.”
– Bon Iver, Rosyln

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Lyrics Lately | 2

Guys. It just hit me. I haven’t done a Lyrics Lately post in over a year. That is crazy, especially considering I think about doing them all the time. I compile lists of lyrics in my head quite often, but it seems that they’ve just remained there since last November. Don’t worry, I’m not going to inundate you with a year’s worth of lyrics – this will just be a post covering the past month or so. Enjoy!

“Won’t you stay ’til the A.M.? All my favourite conversations, always made in the A.M. ‘Cause we don’t know what we’re saying; we’re just swimming round in our glasses and talking out of our asses like we’re all gonna make it (yeah, yeah).”
– One Direction, A.M.

“Hey Angel, tell me, do you ever cry when we waste away our lives?”
– One Direction, Hey Angel

“I’m not just trying to get you back on me ‘cause I’m missing more than just your body. Is it too late now to say sorry? Yeah I know that I let you down; is it too late to say I’m sorry now?”
– Justin Bieber, Sorry

“Sometimes it’s hard to do the right thing when the pressure’s coming down like lightning. It’s like they want me to be perfect when they don’t even know that I’m hurting.”
– Justin Bieber, I’ll Show You

“You know you look so Seattle but you feel so L.A.”
– Fall Out Boy, Irresistible 

“Hello from the outside. At least I can say that I’ve tried to tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart. But it don’t matter – it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore.”
– Adele, Hello

“You’re broken hearted baby – he broke your heart in two. I’ll tear my heart out baby to give up half to you.”
– Kalin and Myles, Brokenhearted

“Lips so good I forget my name. I swear I could give you everything.”
– One Direction, Never Enough

“But you’ve got stars in your eyes and I’ve got something missing tonight. What a feeling to be a king beside you, somehow – I wish I could be there now.”
– One Direction, What A Feeling

“You wanted my heart but I just liked your tattoos.”
– Ellie Goulding, On My Mind

“He sang a song when he did it. He was cold and he was so unforgiving. Now she dances to the song on the minute, yeah, all the time, all the time. It make her weak when she hear it and it got her on her knees like religion.”
– The Weeknd, In the Night

“Everything is grey – his hair, his smoke, his dreams – and now he’s so devoid of color he don’t know what it means.”
– Halsey, Colors

“He says ‘Oh, baby girl, don’t get cut on my edges. I’m the king of everything and oh, my tongue is a weapon. There’s a light in the crack that’s separating your thighs and if you wanna go to heaven you should fuck me tonight.’”
– Halsey, Young God

“I found a martyr; he told me that I’d never. With his educated eyes and his head between my thighs.”
– Halsey, Coming Down

“But no flame burns forever, oh no – you and I both know this all too well. And most don’t even last the night.”
– Mumford & Sons, Tompkins Square Park

“The sticks and the stones that you used to throw have built me an empire, so don’t even try to cry me a river, ‘cause I forgive you. You are the reason I still fight.”
– Bring Me the Horizon, Throne

“‘Cause you’re so gorgeous. ‘Cause you make me feel gorgeous.”
– X Ambassadors, Gorgeous

“I know what you did last summer. Just lie to me there’s no other. I know what you did last summer. Tell me where you’ve been.”
– Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello, I Know What You Did Last Summer

“I’m going back to Cali, rising, surprising, advising, realizing she’s sizing me up. Her bikini – small, heels – tall. She said she liked the ocean.”
– LL Cool J, Going Back to Cali

“I’m like, yeah, she’s fine. Wonder when she’ll be mine. She walk past, I press rewind.”
– Fetty Wap (feat. Monty), 679

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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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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

When I was nominated on Instagram (by someone I haven’t spoken to in three years) to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I groaned. It was a Sunday morning, the second to last day of summer break, and the last thing I wanted to do was pour a bucket of ice water over my head and post the video on social media. I spent the morning worrying about when I would do the challenge, who would film it, what I would wear, blah blah blah. Then I went to a friend’s pool party where, coincidentally, a few others had also been nominated. We were already in bathing suits, so we used a cooler of ice to fill buckets of warm water and filmed each other completing the challenge. It ended up being a lot of fun, with everyone gathering around to watch and laugh when each person squealed from the cold. 

I realized afterwards that the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is not something to dread or worry over. It is a silly task that takes about five minutes total to prep, film, and upload. When I did it on a whim at the party, I couldn’t take myself too seriously- in fact I was laughing in the video. I didn’t worry about what I wore or said or looked like. I ended up really glad that I had been nominated, because I had a lot of fun doing the challenge and I made some funny memories. Plus, I helped raise awareness about ALS, and how could I regret that? This challenged helped me let loose and learn a little bit about “don’t sweat the small stuff”. For that, I am grateful.

The rules as I understand them are simple: if nominated, you must complete the challenge and post it within 24 hours. If you refuse the challenge, it is requested that you donate money to an ALS foundation of your choice. The goal of this campaign is to raise awareness about ALS.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually leads to their death. When the motor neurons  die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed.  (Source: alsa.org)

I think the Ice Bucket Challenge is a great idea, and many people I know have done it. According to the ALS Association, this challenge has been wildly successful in the U.S. so far, raising over 10 million dollars. Well over 300,000 videos of the Ice Bucket Challenge have been uploaded to Instagram. Many prominent people have done this challenge, including Bill Gates, Martha Stewart, and Ethel Kennedy. Even Justin Bieber completed the challenge… twice! President Obama declined the challenge, instead pledging a donation. Either way, awareness about ALS is being made and donations will provide massive funding for ALS research. To this, I say bravo. 

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 

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