In the past 3 years, I have stood small under the shadows of the Andes Mountains. Skylines have taken my breath away and left me standing with my eyes glued onto the city. People speaking in different languages have rushed and hurried past me, not knowing that the words they spoke sounded like songs I wanted to understand. You could say that traveling makes a person more knowledgable, that it makes their world a bit smaller. I believe that when I am in another country and learning about the cultures and every day lives, the world becomes a size I cannot fathom to measure. I see one place and then thirst to see another. I begin to think about all the places I have not visited and a mental picture begins to form in my head. It's a globe of the Earth, and on that globe are small, shaded shapes, representing the places I have seen. I stare at the unshaded space, and wonder what lies on the surface. I wonder what type of people live there and what they eat- what they wear. Traveling is not about luxury or staying in the best 5 star hotels. The lessons you learn and the hope that you appreciate the people who share the same ground as you do- that's what traveling is about. I think becoming one with a native allows you to experience the place on a deeper level. Taste their food, try on their clothes, walk their streets. Take in the beauty of the next place you visit, because looking at pictures on Google and simply saying "I've been there" means absolutely nothing if you have not truly "been theirs."
I'm not totally sure exactly what my "taste" in music is. I seem to have a wide palate from Zedd to American Authors to The Cure, basically anything that gets my adrenaline pumping. The music that genuinely makes me happy are those songs that just give me the urge to dance from within. Like I can feel my heart burst with happy endorphins when "my jam" comes on. So I guess my ideal summer playlist, although totally random and without theme, basically calls to the kids who love summer more than anything in the world, the people who are happiest when I am happiest. I can just imagine this playlist blasting in my car, around mid-July, with the windows rolled down and a few of my friends with me headed where ever the sun leads us. Most songs are ones that the typical teenager (aka me) dances to in her room just for kicks. Consisting of EDM, a hint of indie, and of course a little 80s flare, you can say it's quite a mix of genres.
There is approximately one reason I like summer: time. Time to catch up on everything I've missed while my head has been in my iPad for the duration of the school year. I love lazying around wherever I am and listening to a collection of my favorite songs, not feeling guilty about being unproductive for the first time in months.
Most of the songs I've included are old news, but still favorites of mine that I turn to time and time again.
This eclectic mix of music represents the entirety of my music taste: varied with no boundary. There is everything from 70s rock to recent indie romance tunes that'll make your heart melt (I'm looking at you Wolf Gang). And while this mix may not be the most uplifting, or the most underground, it does serve as a great soundtrack to waltz around the house to. Enjoy!
I still remember those never-ending car rides when I was seven where my parents would only play Simon and Garfunkel and Carly Simon. And even before the car rides, five year old me would screech "Part of Your World" around the house while twirling my favorite teddy bear, Mr. Ritz . As I grew up, The Beatles lead the path towards my present music taste and now you can probably find me jamming out to Vampire Weekend and Phoenix. With alternative music, I find a certain depth and conceptual understanding of how influential certain lyrics and songs can be to a person. I personally became attached to the band Vampire Weekend because of their witty and intellectual lyrics as so with other alternative bands like Two Door Cinema Club and The Vaccines. And just in general, alternative bands and artists make some pretty rad beats to dance around to while you're alone in your room. Now with the prospect of summer and senior year looming ahead, the music i play unbearably loud everywhere I go will reflect my feelings toward those specific situations. I made a lil mix to sum up my summer jams and just some sick bands/artists that everyone should give a listen to.
So, my style of music is centered around a "feel good" mood. I listen to music to better my day or in search of inspiration. I can't say that focus on specific bands but if I hear a song I like it becomes one of my favorites. Lyrics are important to me because sometimes they cause me to think a different way and I appreciate that. I don't think that the type of music you listen to defines who you are, it just shows others what you're about. A person can like different types of music whether it be indie or mainstream but that doesn't automatically make them a mainstream or hipster person. My perfect music moment would be lying on a hammock on the beach with two palm trees giving me shade while all my friends are sat around me telling stories and laughing. I love listening to music that takes me to that place. My summer playlist consists of mainly folk and indie music, and songs that make me want to dance or sing or whatever. These song make me happy and I hope they make you happy also. Press the button to listen to my summer playlist below!
Recently I went to a concert in Fort Lauderdale (which is not too far from Miami) to watch (one of my favorite bands) a band called The 1975. Originally from Manchester, the band sky- rocketed when Harry Styles from One Direction tweeted about them. My cousin, being the Directioner that she is, forced me to listen to them, and I was auto(matty)cally hooked. The lead singer of the band is Matty Healy, best known for his skinny visage and rocker attitude. He has, in all honestly, become one of my biggest obsessions over the last months. His voice is dreamy yet extremely unique and the band's sound goes perfectly with it. Their love of music is transparent when you watch them perform. All of the band's members seem to transport themselves to a different place when they're on stage and play their hearts out. Matty's lyrics are smart and most of his songs hold a deeper message. This band is not into the chiché pop sound but, instead, strive to be different, but don't care what people think at the same time. Overall, I recommend listening to this band if you know what's good for you. Here are some of my favorite songs: