A Short Goodbye Note

Just wanted to write a belated goodbye note to Dolores O’Riordan, the frontwoman of the Cranberries, who passed away on Monday. The Cranberries, to my mind, will always be the kind of magic-making band whose sound is impossible to replicate, in large part because of Dolores’s voice. They’re also a band that I’ve bonded with a surprising amount of CC people over… So, if you, like me, are sad about so many talented musicians leaving us in the past little while, then here’s a little reminder for you that good art will outlast us all.

Friday Playlist: WINTERING

Friday Playlists don’t stop for winter break! Hope all the students out there are enjoying some well-deserved time off to cool our brains down before they melt to mush. This week’s theme is wintering. You can find this playlist on the SoCC’s Spotify: thesoundsofcc.

Songs for those majestic winter strolls with snow crunching under your boots and the cold air taking your breath away.

Image credit: Emily Komie

PLAYLIST: 4thwk x 4thblk

The end of a semester is undoubtedly an emotional roller coaster. It’s the only time of year that you can go to the library and get to see a silently weeping student juxtaposed with the jiggly scrotum of the streaker who had the foresight to take Intro to Nature Sounds and is done with finals four days before anyone else.

Much like the average Fourth Week Experience, the Perfect Study Playlist is hardly one-size-fits-all. I’ve written papers to soundtracks ranging from Death Grips to Vivaldi. Regardless, Spotify playlists are the new mixtapes, and I just want the world to know that I am your secret admirer, I made this playlist for you, and I want it to make you happy and productive.

Godspeed, my children. The end is near.

SONG OF THE WEEK(END): Loving- “Bowlly Goes Dancing Drunk Into the Future”

Loving is a mellow indie rock band from Victoria, British Columbia. Their song “Bowlly Going Dancing Drunk Into the Future” is off their 2016 self-titled LP, an album heavy with motifs of delicate nature, letting go, and wandering.  Listen to “Bowlly Going Dancing” while sharing a dessert with a friend this weekend.

maybe you could talk freely 
speak to me for once so truly 
for once so truly 
i could know 
just where you’re going 
just where i’m standing. 
that would really be something. 

in most ways on most days 
i am clearly disappearing 
i am clearly disappearing 
at the thought of our nearing 
an end. 

this morning i awoke 
and read the words 
that you wrote. 
they were different from what you spoke 
they were different from what you spoke 
and it was there you declared 
all love is unfair. 

Photo credit of Loving from their bandcamp, https://loving1.bandcamp.com/

Friday Playlist: FEELING MYSELF

Happy Friday everyone!! No time to love yourself like the present. So put these songs on, and feel all the good! Just like my dog Gabby.

All the Friday Playlists are on the SoCC’s Spotify: thesoundsofcc.

Image credit: Emily Komie

Song of the Week: Robbie Basho- “Variations on Clair de Lune”

Breaking the silence 

Of an ancient pond,

A frog jumped into water-

A deep resonance.

-Matsuo Basho, The Narrow Road to the Deep North 

Daniel R. Robinson was an acoustic guitarist who changed his name to Robbie Basho in honor of the Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Like Matsuo Basho’s poetry, Robbie Basho’s music captures a beauty and calmness deeply rooted in the natural world. In Robbie Basho’s rendition of Debussy’s piano solo “Clair de Lune,”  Basho’s guitar echoes the effects a piano’s sustaining pedal would produce in a typical performance of the song while adding a rugged folksiness and energy to the piece.  Take a listen:

Friday Playlist: MORNING WALK

Friday Playlist! This week’s theme is morning walk. Find this playlist on the SoCC’s Spotify: thesoundsofcc.

Put this on when you’re walking to class, glance at Tava, and bask in some gratitude. It’s a new day!!

Image credit: Emily Komie

Friday Playlist: NIGHT WALK

Belated Friday Playlist coming atchu. This week’s theme is night walk. You can find this playlists on the SoCC’s Spotify account “thesoundsofcc”.

Put this playlist on when you’re strolling late at night under the light of a big ole moon.

Image credit: Emily Komie

Song Of The Week: Pavement –– The Killing Moon

Just wanted to give Pavement a little bit of love and appreciation. This song is originally by Echo and the Bunnymen, but they put their own, slightly more melancholy spin on it. I don’t really feel like I have the ability to describe this song at all adequately enough to illicit in you the admiration it deserves, so just press play.

Alone Again (Naturally)

creds to Mitski for screenshot

It’s Wednesday of 3rd week. I’m on the I-25, crawling through rush hour traffic foggily towards Denver. The Cranberries ask me over the stereo if I have to let it linger. A little anxious pit in my stomach starts to open again; I push it down. My day, up to this point, has been a sort of tug-of-war between feeling really excited about the Tyler, The Creator show I’m currently on the way to see and the weird, soul-sucking feeling people’s responses have prompted in me when I told them I was going to the show alone.

     The first show I went to alone was an Alex G show in the summer after my senior year of high school. None of my friends had really started to like him yet, but I’d been listening to DSU non-stop since it came out, so I told myself I’d go. “I’m a big girl now,” I thought, “I can go to shows alone.”
     The hour-long train ride there consisted of me pushing down anxiety-nausea with big gulps of water. I would spend time obsessively thinking about what the people at the show might think when they see me alone. Then I’d tell myself that nobody would be paying enough attention to anybody else to notice that kinda thing. Then I’d get sad. You get the picture.
     That show was probably one of the best I’ve seen to date, slightly ruined by the fact that this girl (another alone-attender, though she had a “Press” badge to deflect the blame onto) would not stop following me around until my subway station on the way home. A part from her mild clinginess, there was nothing wrong with this girl––if anything, she seemed pretty sweet. Having experienced a small part of the show alone, though, I didn’t wanna turn back. Being in this small, 100-year-old basement, listening to Alex play guitar, his face covered in cake (don’t ask), felt really intimate. I wasn’t distracted; or, rather, nobody was distracting me. I was completely there, and it was really fucking wonderful. (Until Lindsay tapped me on the shoulder and asked what my name was. Bitch.)
     Go to shows alone! Or, rather, don’t let a lack of company stop you from seeing any bands live. CC is a more socially-focused environment than most, but even here, shows don’t exist for you to be seen. Shows exist for you to see, listen and pay attention to who’s on stage.
     The Tyler show was amazing. I took the empty spots by the stairs of the Ogden, left behind by a crowd of five k-holing teenagers that were being escorted out by the cops, as I walked in. For the next hour and a half, I just listened. It was the best night I’d had in a long time (maybe I really am a big girl now).