Good Songs that are on my Mind RN #2

Good Songs that are on my mind RN #2

Writer Hamilton A is here to share his playlist of classic songs that have been on his mind recently. From the Travis Scott to Big Country, you’ll find something you like in this mix.

Good Songs that are on my mind RN #2

Writer Hamilton A is here to share his playlist of classic songs that have been on his mind recently. From the Travis Scott to Big Country, you’ll find something you like in this mix.

It’s been a while, but here’s another edition of “good songs that are on my mind RN.” It’s been a busy time with finals and figuring summer plans, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped listening to music! In fact, finishing up school work can inspire some all-new listening choices.

Kacey Musgraves - “Oh, What a World”

Kacey Musgraves is awesome. With a lot of crossover appeal, much like Carly Rae Jepsen, she’s able to make music that everyone can enjoy. Her song “Oh What a World” does just that. The intro to the song reminds me of the French band Air in the way she uses the vocoder to give her song some interesting electronic elements. But besides that, it’s just downright beautiful.

She describes just how amazing our world is as she sings, “Oh, what a world, don't wanna leave / All kinds of magic all around us; it's hard to believe.” It’s impressive how well she’s delved into other styles of music since her start in the country scene.

I was walking back to my car from my college’s main library one night during final weeks listening to this song. It was so nice hearing Kacey’s take on everything around me, and it made for a nice highlight during an otherwise wearying week.

Travis Scott - "Antidote"

Speaking of finals, I listened to “Antidote” right after I had my last final of the entire school year. Listening to this song felt like a needed release after a stressful test.

The song title felt too was pretty fitting giving I needed something to enliven me after my brain had pretty much turned to goo.

Although Antidote is one of Travis Scott’s more popular tracks, that doesn’t make it any less good. It’s addictive to listen, and the dark undercurrents that flow throughout it give it a bite that’s not sometimes not found in the circles of trap music that Travis seems to run in.

Chris Farren - “Be There 4 Ya”

There are some musicians that deserve a bigger audience and much more praise for what they do. Chris Farren happens to be one of these cases.

One of my friends got me hooked on his music about a year ago, and I haven’t been able to stop listening ever since. His songs are extremely colorful and often feature very specific and clever lyricism.

“Be There 4 Ya” is no exception to this: the opening line goes, “You danced around the room in your underwear / To the bossanova preset on the omnichord / I am stubborn, I am stupid, holding onto my bad mood / But I couldn't help but crack a smile at you.”

Everything about his music is endearing, and this song blends blissfulness with energetic pop stylings really well. Nothing about his music ever sounds muddied either which is refreshing to listen to. Basically, listen to Chris Farren and tell all your friends about it — oh, and follow him on Twitter, he’s funny.

Phoenix - “Entertainment”

One of the best parts of buying a CD is that usually no matter what, the music contained on the disc will grow on you. That’s just the nature of repeated listens.

I liked Phoenix’s 2013 album “Bankrupt!” from the outset, but I grew to love to a staggering degree after about my 7th time through it. It’s full of glittering, massive new-wave inspired songs, and it’s very easy to come back to.

Last night on my way to the store, I was trying to figure out what to listen to and for whatever reason, this album popped into my head. “Entertainment,” the opening track of the album, sets an unrelenting pace for the rest of the record. It felt fantastic driving with the windows down listening to this high school classic of mine.

Big Country - “In A Big Country”

I’m not a huge “getting in touch with my roots” person, but occasionally a song will link me back to them. My dad grew up in Scotland and half my family lives there, and while growing up, he listened to a lot of the new wave hits that got cranked out of the British Isles during the 80s. One band, Big Country, had a hit that towered over the rest of them: “In A Big Country.”

There’s some interesting elements to this song that might go unnoticed on first listen. There’s notoriously not a lot of sunlight in the U.K., and the lead singer Stuart Adamson seems to hint as this in one line in particular:

“I thought that pain and truth were things that really mattered / But you can't stay here with every single hope you had shattered / I'm not expecting to grow flowers in the desert / But I can live and breathe and see the sun in wintertime.”

The winter is pretty hard to go through for some people, and Adamson gets that. He talks about being able to cope despite past hardship. There’s something visceral to this song as it builds into an extremely memorable guitar riff. It’s a song that’s easy to revisit, and it can give you a burst of hope when times get tough.