Let The Music Play

Did you know that listening to music for thirty minutes a day can reduce blood pressure, anxiety, and even physical pain? I bet you didn’t. But I bet that you did know that it helps improve your memory. Which it does—it’s a no brainer, really.

I listen to music every single day. Sometimes, it’s an entertainment thing. When I’m bored (usually at work), I’ll put some on to keep myself awake and productive. It even keeps me moving at a steady speed, because hey, it’s literally a rhythm being played in my ear.

Other times, it’s purely a craving. Silence is nice every once in a while, but sometimes, I can’t help but think, “right now would be a good time to listen to some music”.

And sometimes, I know exactly what I want to listen to. Just like how pregnant women have a craving for a certain food, I get cravings for a song. Sometimes, a song or artist is stuck in my head; other times, it’s just the mood I’m in.

But when I can’t decide on what to listen to, which is a lot of the time, I tend to just put my phone on shuffle. And I’m the kind of person who will skip a hundred and thirty three songs until I get to something that I’ll listen through completely.

When I don’t rely on shuffling my music, I’ll resort to one of three artists: Adele, twenty øne piløts, or Queen. It basically just depends on what kind of mood I’m in, but lately, I’ve been listening to a good amount of tøp.

The band is made up of only two guys, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dunn, and they are freaking awesome; their music can basically put me in any mood. To put it bluntly, their beats are sick, and the lyrics are really deep. I’m not entirely sure if you can really categorize them to one specific genre of music, but I think they are like alternative-punk-rock-pop all mashed up in one. (They’re just considered alternative on Apple Music. I just checked.) If you don’t listen to them, you should try them out. My favorite song of theirs is always changing, but currently, it’s The Run and Go.

Adele basically lifts me up back to life, because I usually go for her when I’m feeling down. I have idolized her since her second album, 21, was released, but 25 is still my favorite album of hers. When 25 was released, I had that album on repeat for months. (My favorite song from that album is still Water Under the Bridge.) She’s just so talented and amazing.

Speaking of talented and amazing, did you know that there is going to be a movie about Queen? It’s called Bohemian Rhapsody, and I am super hype about it, even though it will not be releasing until Christmas 2018, so the world will have to wait a little while for it. But I’m sure it will be amazing, because it’s freaking Queen. Freddie Mercury is a straight-up legend, how can you not appreciate his artistry and one-of-a-kind voice? (I feel very deeply about this, don’t judge me.) I can’t even choose a favorite song of theirs; they have too many good ones.

When I’m not resorting to those geniuses artists, or putting my music on shuffle, I’ll play whatever is the last thing I purchased on iTunes. Thanks to that relatively new song, 1-800-273-8255, I have been getting into Logic’s music. I wasn’t exactly sure what I was expecting to listen to, but I’ll tell you one thing: he is really good at what he does. I downloaded all of his albums off of Apple Music, and can’t get enough. I guess you can say that I was pleasantly surprised, to say the least. The guy really knows what he’s doing.

Prompt: Who is your go-to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?

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A twenty-two year old who lives through words and her Netflix account. She makes herself laugh more than others, and she claims that she is okay with that.

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