Bonjour! I’ve been working from home since St. Patrick’s Day and honestly, I’m ready for human interaction. I NEVER thought I would say that; I’m a pretty introverted person and love being alone or with a small group of people. There’s just something different about only sharing a few words with a cashier or delivery person; it’s not special or intimate. I can try talking to the cat, but he sleeps 70% of the time. I do, however, love rolling right out of my desk chair and onto the couch when the day is done and blasting my music with no one to complain about it!
That being said, I’ve had a lot of time to reminisce on my time abroad through my music. A couple of us took advantage of Spotify’s “3 months for .99$” special during the winter holiday and even though the price is no longer that cheap, I haven’t canceled it because I have so many albums and artists I saved that I absolutely love. Here’s a few of them and what they mean to me.
At first I didn’t like The 1975 because I was a moron. No, I really didn’t like their first album very much, especially the song “Chocolate”. They were irritating to me. But then they came out with “I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it” and I was instantly a mega-fan. My favorite songs are “Somebody Else”, “Paris”, and “She’s American”. I was going through a tough time with a boy from back home and these songs reminded me of him and the weird way we left things when I was abroad *takes long drag off cigarette*. I would queue this album up on my bus ride to school and had it on repeat on the train ride to Colmar during Christmas vacation. Sometimes I cried to “Somebody Else” but that’s maybe too much information…
Next up is Deorro’s debut album, “Good Evening”. I REALLY liked “Five Hours” as a song to walk the SFASU track to when it first dropped, so this album followed suit and really impressed me. It reminds me of my trip to Italy, I constantly had it playing on the trains, planes, and buses we took around the cities. I want to apologize to my travel companion if he ever heard it blasting on repeat; I was obsessed. I will say I don’t like “Butt Naked” as a song, but the interludes are absolutely amazing and “Goin’ Up” is a banger, no contest. I still listen to this album in its entirety when I need a good pick me up.
I WAS NOT AN ED SHEERAN FAN UNTIL THIS ALBUM, FULL STOP. I am so ashamed of myself for saying that. He is such a talented writer and singer. When he showed up in the one episode of Game of Thrones, I think I laughed so hard I cried. This album was a random homepage find; I wanted something to listen to on the way to Amsterdam via bus and downloaded it via the free bus wifi (before it kicked me off for downloading, oops)and I am SO glad I did. You’ve got the hits “Shape of You” and “Perfect” which I love, but I’m enamored with “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here” and “Barcelona”. I can picture taking the bus to Galway from Dublin with this on repeat, as well as taking a small break to myself in a cafe in Edinburgh.
Funnily enough, this vacation was meant to be spent with a boy from back home (from earlier), but he never committed. I was very upset over it,and luckily I went with some other language assistants and had a FREAKING BLAST. So, it’s his loss in the end.
I know I’m going to catch some flack for this one, but this Drake album just hit different. “Passionfruit”, “Teenage Fever”, and “Get it Together” are my “I’m feeling emotions over boys” songs, while “Gyalchester” and “Fake Love” are my more hype songs. Drake had a good range on this album, and I like it more than what he had out before and even after. I can remember sitting on the bus to the bigger grocery store, E.Leclerc (think French Costco) listening to this album, and waiting in between class periods with this playing while I scroll Facebook or revise a lesson (what works for one class doesn’t work for all!).
All these albums hold special places in my Spotify lineup. The 1975 have since released two more albums,but they don’t compare to this one. Ed Sheeran also released a collaboration album which is pretty good, IMO. Drake went above and beyond and released THREE albums since”More Life” but I haven’t really listened to them in their entirety. Deorro’s just vibing. I like that.
I’m always on the lookout for new music, so if you have an artist or album you think I should listen to, let me know! It might be my new obsession.