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.

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.

iTunes | Lyrics | Audio

Blank Space Music Video

The music video to Taylor Swift’s new single, Blank Space, released today. I love it; I think it’s incredible. I love the luxury portrayed in the video and can I please have every single outfit Taylor wore? I think Taylor’s portrayal of insane girlfriend was hysterical, playing off one of her biggest criticisms. I also adore the dobermans, being a doberman owner myself. And the new guy showing up at the end just reiterates the point of the song: if it doesn’t work out (and it probably won’t), there’s always someone else waiting. The music video is very entertaining, and the song is fantastic. Have a look (listen?)!

Purchase 1989 | Purchase Blank Space 

Shake It Off

Well world. Today I was going to write a post about my first day of school. But somehow it’s become quarter past eleven at night, and I truly do not have the mental competence to do all that pondering nonsense right now. So instead, I want to fangirl talk about Taylor Swift’s new single. “Shake It Off” debuted worldwide yesterday evening at five o’clock EST. And of course I was sitting in the driveway in my car listening to it. I came up with some pretty serious seated dance moves, if I do say so myself. 

This song is the rare type that makes me want to simultaneously dance while cleaning my room. It’s got an addicting beat and chorus that wedges itself right into my head, looping on repeat for hours while I swim and do math homework. 

I think “Shake It Off” has some inspiring messages for everyone, but particularly for Taylor’s huge audience of young girls. She sings about shaking off what others say, and that her own truth is all she needs. She sings about not being afraid to dance alone and make her own moves. And the whole song comes across as a Taylor having a positive attitude: everyone will do what they do, she’ll do what she does, and in the end, everything will be alright. These concepts translate into valuable lessons for adolescents and young adults, most of whom face judgement, gossip, and the challenge of fitting versus staying true to themselves on a daily basis. I think “Shake It Off”, while younger-sounding and very different from Taylor’s normal aesthetic (she talks, almost raps, through part of it), is a good, fun song with positive messages and a retort from Taylor to her critics. I appreciate how Taylor addresses some of her biggest criticisms in this song, like dating and breaking up too much. 

I go on too many dates
But I can’t make them stay
At least that’s what people say
That’s what people say

The music video is a bit silly, but it’s entertaining. After only one day, it has garnered almost ten million views on YouTube. Do I think it could have been better? Absolutely. It’s not a stand-out music video, but does it matter really? I’m not one who believes that everything an artist produces needs to be innovative and meaningful. I think that as long as they provide people with pleasure, there’s no harm done and no need to chip away at their work. (This is sort of turning into a rant, isn’t it?)

Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989, releases October 27th and is available now for preorder. I’m torn over whether to order it on iTunes so that I receive each single as it’s released, or to wait until the release date and buy the deluxe edition from Target, which comes with three bonus songs. Either way, I am so excited and can’t wait to hear more new music from my girl, Tay Swifty. 

Hear and see it for yourself
Music Video | Buy “Shake It Off” | Preorder 1989