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Music That Rocks: April 2017 Edition

“Happy Spring,” they said. “It will be sunny,” they said. I think I’ve forgotten what the warmth of the sun feels like, and honestly this whole “April showers bring May flowers” deal can be a real style-cramper. In lieu of the next week’s forecast, here are some songs suggested by our staff that fit perfectly with this weather. Throw in your waterproof headphones attached to your phone with a waterproof case, and stomp through the puddles to your 9 AM class that you definitely aren’t skipping with these tunes in your ears.

Terms and Conditions” – Chet Faker

“I actually found out about Chet Faker during my semester abroad in Melbourne, so not only does he remind me of my favorite city in the world, there’s nothing quite like looking out the window at the rain and hearing this beautiful man’s voice in your ears. This mellow track makes me feel a little better about having perpetual wet feet because I forgot to pack my rain boots from home.” – Caroline Lewis ‘18

American Girl” – Tom Petty

“I am ignoring the depressing/rain theme and going with some summer tunes. I have announced this song as my road trip song for the summer. Sometimes when you’re looking for new bangers to come out, you gotta look to the past. Play this song and tell me you don’t get hype as Hell. I’ll wait for contrary opinions. (Spoiler alert: contrary opinions are fake news) – Matt McCarthy ‘19

Both Sides Now” – Joni Mitchell

“If you’re familiar with this song, it’s probably because Emma Thompson plays it after she discovers that her husband (Snape) is cheating on her in Love Actually, forming the most iconic and heart-wrenching scene in the film. In my opinion, it’s one of the most beautiful songs ever written – I can’t even read through the lyrics without tearing up a bit. Mitchell takes you on a journey – of clouds, love, and life – and makes you realize that we all still have so much to learn. Additionally, her low, soothing, unmistakeable voice is perfect for your rainy day aesthetic.” – Lucy Palmer ‘19  

Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” – Creedence Clearwater Revival

“Just imagine that you’re in a movie about your life. And that the movie starts out with you putting on your headphones and walking to class in this dreary, rainy weather. Cue this song as you’re leaving your dorm room and the title card comes on screen. Cut to some shots of other students walking, eating in Mac or Lower, obligatory shots of St. Ignatius and Gasson, while the opening credits roll. Song ends as you sit down in your seat as class begins. I mean, the song has the word rain in it. That’s literally the only reason I put it here. It’s not exactly a happy song, but I mean, this weather sucks, so I guess it’s appropriate.” -Emmett Walsh ‘18

Witness” – Benjamin Booker

“As I sit in O’Neill, writing this to procrastinate studying for my midterm on a day that can only be described as dreary, this song is one of the only things keeping me going. Actually, that’s definitely an exaggeration, but I have really been vibing to this nonetheless. It’s definitely the kind of song I’d blast while driving around in the rain at night back home. Benjamin Booker was super fun to discover, given the fact he’s only really risen to prominence recently. His songs have a bluesy, vaguely gospel-ish sound that’s been tiding me over until Sam Smith puts out some new music.” – Grace Rice ‘18

Critical Mistakes” – 888

“I have a bizarre obsession with rain and all of the metaphors of renewal and purification that it inspires. That being said, I can’t think of a better song to capture the lonely and nostalgic (and beautiful and reassuring) feelings that rainy days can be depended on to bring with them. The lyrics and the video for this song will make your face a reflection of the rain-streaked window that you’ll inevitably find yourself staring out of as the tears roll down your cheeks. Not to mention, the second song on this 888 EP is titled “Seattle Rain.” RAIN. Coincidence? I don’t think so.” – Shelby Grasso ‘19

It’s Raining Men” – The Weather Girls

“For all the straight girls nervous about getting their hair wet, plug in your headphones and imagine better days. Not much more of an explanation is needed tbh” -Trish Jackson ‘20

Forget The Wave” – Joe McCartney

“Another shameless self-promo for my own music, but hey, this one is actually good! A remix of ‘Forgot About Dre’ over a relaxing piano and synthesized beat makes for a perfect rainy day mood. Plz like, share, and repost for a fame-desperate aspiring music producer.” – Joe McCartney ‘19

I. Flight Of The Navigator” – Childish Gambino

“Childish Gambino doesn’t rap in this song; instead he sings in a smooth, melancholy voice that makes it perfect for rainy days.  Whenever I listen to it, I just picture myself looking out a window and watching raindrops roll down the glass.  You really have to just listen to it to know what I mean, but the beat is super droning and repetitive to the point at which it almost puts me to sleep, but in a good way.  Perfect for a dreary day.” – Austin Hord ‘20

River” – Bishop Briggs

“This song is kind of water-like. After all, the title is very aqueous. All water jokes aside, this is a standout single from young artist Bishop Briggs. She has a very soulful voice that carries the song through an aesthetically pleasing audio experience. But the instrumentals really make the song bop and wave, if you will. There is a steady sound of feet-stomping, a few somewhat dark but pop-leaning synth elements, and there is a significantly gritty rock edge and vibe to this song. Overall, “River” has very good pacing and timing, and I’m no music major. I highly recommend this song, it’s a solid experience no matter what time of day you listen to it. Rock on!” – Kyle Donohue ‘17

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