Here are our monthly music faves for March, curated by our editors!
- Sit Still, Look Pretty (Daya) — Catchy melodies, bright and addictive. Also has a theme of female empowerment!
- Good Vibrations (The Beach Boys) — An oldie (1966), considered one of the masterpieces of rock music.
- your text (Sundial) — Sundial is an Asian American duo. Their songs have a R&B / slow jazz kind of sound.
- Imagine (John Lennon) — When I think about March for Our Lives, Black Lives Matter, #metoo, and other current movements, the lyrics “imagine all the people living life in peace, you/ you may say I’m a dreamer/ but I’m not the only one” drift through my mind. John Lennon was more than imperfect. The continuum of his identity shifted during the period when he wrote “Getting Better” and later the beloved peace anthem “Imagine.” Listeners of Lennon and Yoko Ono’s albums witness an intimate, almost primal breaking open, a yearning to be really, truly, deeply seen and accepted. In a Playboy interview, Lennon not only admitted his violent past but explained, “That is why I am always on about peace, you see. It is the most violent people who go for love and peace. Everything’s the opposite.” “Imagine” is a powerful song, but Lennon’s history makes it even more meaningful. To achieve world peace, we must first rehabilitate ourselves before seeking to redeem others. // Review by Prose Editor Sarah Hutchins
- Who You Are (Jessie J) — Beautiful vocals, catchy melody, melancholic yet upbeat.
- Min (Hunjiya) — Hunjiya, an emerging Korean American artist, explores themes of heritage and family.
- Something in the Way (Jorja Smith) — Haunting, classy, romantic.
As 2017 comes to an end, the staff at Minute Magazine would like to introduce a new blog installment called “Music Minute,” where editors share their favorite music picks of the month. Below are the tracks for December 2017 – take a listen as you enjoy this holiday season.
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Some highlights from the playlist…
“Champion” by Fall Out Boy // reviewed by Prose Editor Elizabeth Ruth Deyro
Notable lyrics: “I’m just young enough to still believe / but young enough not to know what to believe in”
Since their pre-hiatus emo days, bassist and songwriter Pete Wentz has always made sure that their songs would be poems for the troubled, and I love that most about this band. This song from their forthcoming album “Mania” just hits so close to home. With strong lyrics that scream “If I can live through this, I can do anything”, this anthem aims to inspire – and it surely does.
“Mrs. Potato Head” by Melanie Martinez // reviewed by Prose Editor Elizabeth Ruth Deyro
Notable lyrics: “Mrs. Potato Head, tell me / is it true that pain is beauty? / Does a new face come with a guarantee? / Will a pretty face make it better?”
This song is a powerful piece that talks about the pressure to change what you look like to fit in the societal standards of beauty. As a feminist and a firm believer of body positivity, I feel strongly about Melanie Martinez’s obvious criticism of plastic surgery, the risks it entail, and the repercussions that ensue. This song is dark, raw, and bold – perfectly complemented by Melanie’s unique style and brilliant voice.
“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen // reviewed by Prose Editor Elizabeth Ruth Deyro
Notable lyrics: “Is this the real life? / Is this just fantasy? / Caught in a landslide, / no escape from reality”
Honestly, who even doesn’t know Bohemian Rhapsody? This song is literal classic: unique in its form as it doesn’t fall under a single genre, but rather weaves together different sounds into six beautiful minutes. Fans speculate on what the song truly conveys, relating it to other literary texts such as the tale of Faust and Albert Camus’ The Stranger because of the many similarities in themes and tone.
- “The Trio Project – Warrior” by Hiromi // reviewed by Poetry Editor Tanya Singh
This piece is a battle cry, the roar of a thousands lions collective, the dance of penguins, the bustle of magpies living in the anticipation of a rain shower some light years away. It is a sort of transformation. Hiromi, Anthony and Simon, have blessed this piece with the joy escaping their hands in music, reaching to us, you and me, their heart-beats synchronizing with all the notes you didn’t even know existed before. This is the kind of music that makes me feel that this is all beautiful, that the world is a possibility in the making. It transforms itself, it transforms me, we are both different people when the piece hits its last note. A part of me feels, this, now, is a healing, kind of like nan’s stories, full of magic, and all the more possible.
- “Blue Drag” by Django Reinhardt // reviewed by Poetry Editor Tanya Singh
The first time I heard this, the guitar dancing a sort of hopscotch, I thought to myself, Reinhardt must really know what he wants from his life, to make others feel that the tinge, fading light is a want, still burning, asking — you want this, don’t you? How many lives would you be willing to live through again simply to feel, to know, that you want what you want? Want is endless, never ending, and sometimes almost bigness, self driven madness, that is both selfless and selfish. But this want feels like a soft prayer to yourself, an antidote for your fears, the guitar is reciting your name like a poem — doesn’t that feel warm? This piece is a want, a child-full desire to dream again. I listen to it often, often enough to remind myself that my dreams are colours, these pastels rising to a birth of another possibility.
Curated by Stephanie Chang, Blog Contributor
Coalesce, a playlist featuring soft and mellow songs by POC. This selection is best listened to during a rainy evening, chamomile tea in your favorite mug. Old honey sitting on your tongue while you reminisce all the sweet things you smiled upon today. An overcast sky battered with pinpricks of light; just about cold enough. Your heart in funny places and silence seeps in from the floorboards. It’s the best kind of quiet, the least haunting nothingness can be. Listen to the playlist on Spotify here.
- Fireworks – Mitski
I will be married to silence
The gentleman won’t say a word
But you know, oh you know in the quiet he holds
Runs a river that will never find home
- Boyish – Japanese Breakfast
Watched her lips reserving tables
As my ugly mouth kept running
- Mermaid – Yvette Young
The last time I felt love,
The sun was a halo around your head.
I saw clouds, I heard waves
- Oak Tree – Mirel Wagner
So if you walk in the woods and you see
A big old oak tree
Thread carefully, please
Cause I’m dreaming underneath
- Free – Body Language
Tell me what you really wanna be
Tell me, are you really free?
Do you trust, do you care?
- Heartbeats – Dabin
We had divine sense
To know what to say
Mind is a razor blade
- Cold Apartment – Vagabon
And we said it’s not the end
But she wore that white dress
And I changed
- Two Hearts – Valerie June
Then they fell
Two hearts they fell
What they felt
- Blank Maps – Cold Specks
Head for the heart; does it break?
Words may fall, the body remains
And every map is blank
- Chasing Shadows – Santigold
You find us where we fall
We’re chasing shadows
Here is the glow