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 | 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

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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