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Mixing It Up: My March Playlist

The final year blues are definitely strong at the moment. My never-ending to-do list is just another reminder that there are only 43 days between me and relaxation.

With these deadlines for my final papers approaching and having to deal with other complicated life stuff, I hit a creative roadblock for blog post ideas. The only thing that has been providing some much-needed inspiration to get through these tough times is music. So today, I wanted to take things easy and share some of the music I’ve been enjoying recently.

First on my list is Snoh Aalegra, who I love! Even if you don’t know her, you might know her from Drake’s “Do Not Disturb” on More Life, where he sampled her song “Time” (one of my favourites). I have her 2017 album FEELS, which features Logic, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples, and Swedish rapper Timbuktu, on repeat. Many describe her voice to be a combination of Sade and the late Amy Winehouse, and I agree. Check out her amazing performance of “Fool For You” and “Nothing Burns Like The Cold” to decide for yourself! (Cool fact: Prince was her mentor!)

The next artist that I am currently enjoying is NAO. Some of my favourite songs of hers are “Bad Blood” and “DYWM” from her 2016 album For All We Know and “Make It Out Alive” featuring SiR and “Love Supreme” from her 2018 album Saturn. She has a beautiful voice and she really showcases her vocal talents in this performance of “Orbit” and “Saturn” featuring Kwabs.

Far Caspian is a band that I found through YouTube recommendations. I absolutely love their EP Between Days, which has a dreamlike vibe to it. “Let’s Go Outside,” my favourite song off of their EP, makes me feel like I’m enjoying a sunny day on a beach in California. (Can you tell that I can’t wait for summer?)

A favourite piece of music that I’ve recently rediscovered is The Secret Life of Walter Mitty movie soundtrack. This soundtrack brings me back to 2014 when I was in grade 12 and preparing to come to Mac. The soundtrack has some of my favourite artists: Of Monsters and Men and Jose Gonzalez as well as the band he is part of called Junip! It’s definitely worth a go if you want to feel like you’re travelling, going on exciting adventures or sitting on a beach (while you’re actually studying for midterms or working on essays and assignments).

On the topic of nostalgia, it wouldn’t be a post about music without mentioning the Jonas Brothers’ reunion. After playing Sucker a few (or more) times, I decided to go down memory lane and checked out their older songs as far back as “Please Be Mine” (if you know, you know). “Fly With Me” has to be one of my favourites… so much so that I watched Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian which the Jonas Brothers had a cameo in as cherubs. I wanted to sit through the credits so I could enjoy this song in the theatres.

After the Jonas Brothers, I went down the rabbit hole of returning to all my favourite Disney Stars and that’s when I came across “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus from Hannah Montana: The Movie, which I can’t believe was released 10 years ago. As cheesy as it might be, the song seems really relevant to my life right now, as a chapter is coming to an end and a new one is beginning with graduation on the horizon.

Although I wish it did, the song didn’t miraculously alleviate all my anxieties about the future; however, this part of the chorus really had me reflect: “Ain’t about how fast I get there / Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side / It’s the climb.” From this song, I realized that I need to start letting go of the expectations I had about what I thought my life would be like after graduation and instead learn from my experiences during my time at Mac by embracing the journey. I never thought a song from the Hannah Montana movie, which funny enough was the first movie I watched in theatres after immigrating to Canada, would resonate with me today just like it did 10 years ago when I was trying to find my identity in middle school, but I guess you never know where you can find inspiration in life!

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Manveetha Muddaluru is the blogger for the Student Success Centre’s Stories From the Arch blog for the 2018 – 2019 year.

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