Sunday, June 1, 2014

Playlist: June 2014

This year, the month of June contains both my high school graduation and my eighteenth birthday - two very large milestones. So, most of my playlist this month is filled with inspirational songs I've associated with growing older and starting a new chapter in my life!

Anything Could Happen | Ellie Goulding
This song has been like my theme song this year. I used some of its lyrics as a senior quote, used it in my final senior project, and even wrote an entire editorial over my personal correlations with the song. It's a song that makes life seem like an open door. The upbeat synths, happy squeals of "eh, eh, eh, eh" in the chorus, and carefree lyrics just make this the perfect pick-me-up song when life gets confusing.

Here's To Never Growing Up | Avril Lavigne
This is going to sound crazy, but Avril Lavigne has always been a giant guilty pleasure of mine. Her newer material is overly immature for her age, but it's also the type of music that carries its youthful feeling directly to listeners. "Here's To Never Growing Up" is a perfect example of that; it just makes me want to go out and do stupid things with my friends and not give a damn about it.

Gypsy | Lady Gaga
I think it's a pretty well known fact that "Gypsy" is one of the best songs off of Lady Gaga's ARTPOP, and its lyrical content is pretty relevant here. I've spent a lot of time recently wondering where I want to go off to after college is over, and I've come to the conclusion I want to roam a bit by myself before settling down. Hopefully I love gypsy life and embrace it for just short while. After all, "I don't want to be alone forever, but I can be tonight."

Youth | Foxes
So, leading up to my graduation from high school, all of my underclassmen friends simply treated me like I was dying; they hugged me, cried, and said their final goodbyes. I'm not a fan of this whole feeling; we'll still be friends after this! This song exemplifies that I'm not going anywhere; my best years are still ahead of me and I'll still see my friends on the weekends. So, "Don't tell me our youth is running out / We've only just begun." 

Pompeii | Bastille
Although "Pompeii" tells the story of the demise of a city, I have metaphorically paired it with the end of my high school career. The place I have grown so accustomed to is being taken from me, but I'm going to pretend everything is the same. I may be going to a local university instead of a high school, but other than that, nothing much else is going to change in my life. As Dan Smith sings, "But if you close your eyes / Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?"

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