I will recommend a couple of songs, films, and artworks each month. It’s hard for anyone to do this because the target audience of all forms of art vary, but I’ll see what I can do. Be ready for a scattered palette of works; it’s all for you!” P.S. Check out my many, many Spotify playlists if you want. Enjoy!
The grand prize of The Dark Side of The Moon, Time offers everything we can ask for out of music: Nuance, tension, harmony, dynamic acoustics, solid lyrics, guitar solos, and constant curveballs in terms of the musical direction. All in one 7-minute composition.
Off the brand new Odesza album, Meridian is equally chill and invigorating. Wonderful electronic music.
This is poetry in its purest form.
“My teachers told me we was slaves
My mama told me we was kings
I don’t know who to listen to
I guess we somewhere in between
My feelings told me love is real
But feelings known to get you killed
I feel as if I’m misconstrued
I spend my moments missin’ you
I’m searchin’ for atonement, do I blame my darker tone?
I know somethings are better left unsaid and people left alone
Pick up the phone
Don’t leave me alone in this cruel, cruel world.”
To everyone else out there with bipolar disorder, this song is for you. Wonderfully apt lyrics, harmonies—oh and that perfect outro.
Personally, I’d take Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, or Radiohead over The Beatles any day—but we can all agree that this song is so timeless!
This song absolutely radiates a sense of euphoria that makes you want to ride into the night and conquer the world. And it never gets old.
Quite simply, this song is beautiful in every way. Wait for the end; just do it. So much emotion, so much nuance, and so much power.
I try not to curse due to the wide audience, but let’s keep it raw and blunt: Jimi Hendrix was a true badass. Greatest guitarist ever? You tell me.
This R&B/rap song (with touches of hip-hop, electronica, and some guitar strums) from the ultra intelligent singer-songwriter Frank Ocean is one of my all-time favorites. The first 100 seconds are alright, but the rest is BRILLIANT (with some of the best musical production you will ever hear). Watch out if you don’t like curse words—this song features some, as it’s about growing up with both dreams and poverty, Frank’s life being ravaged by Hurricane Katrina, his cocaine addiction while at the University of New Orleans, and the monotony of always battling mental health—but this video boasts universally appealing elements of music and photography. And if you’re a huge music head, you will enjoy!
Cheers to a radical beginning of this list. Why? Jesus Walks is a radical song. Jesus was a radical dude; he hung out with the tax collectors and prostitutes—he preached love to all. So why can’t you talk about him in a hit rap single, not just church, even if humanists (like me) and co. are listening? Nobody else had done it. Then Kanye came around. Plus he synthesized Jesus with commentary on racism, imperialistic history, contemporary politics, and more. Legendary.