Weekly Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/65Xi2qC4efCIjSWNNzPj8G?si=aG95HvipQwaD00tACqoz3g
- Bane’s World – “When My Life’s Over”
- Young the Giant – “Strings”
- Djo – “Roddy”
Bane’s World is an alternative indie band that has been releasing music since 2016. “When My Life Is Over” is the band’s third most popular song on Spotify with over three million plays. This song is slow and sounds like a mix of the bands Beach House and Mac DeMarco. Just over two minutes long, this song is about loneliness, the end of a relationship, and the changes the two individuals have to make afterwards.
“Strings” is the seventh track from Young the Giant’s 2011 self-titled album. Young the Giant’s discography is a mix of alternative, indie and folk. The band’s songs are full of melodic guitar riffs, rhythmic drum beats and vocalist Sameer Gadhia’s clear, crisp vocals. “Strings” is no exception, with lyrics on a clean slate and a new connection with references to summer, tides and the beach. The song sounds like summer and a trip to the beach, staying on the same themes.
If you’re a fan of the “Stranger Things” series, you may already know Djo, whether you know him or not. Joe Keery, who plays Steve Harrington in “Stranger Things”, makes music under the pseudonym. Prior to making alternative indie music under the name Djo, Keery was a member of the psychedelic rock band Post Animal. “Roddy” is from Djo’s first and only album “Twenty Twenty” released in September 2019.
- MisterWives – “Coloring Outside the Lines”
- Camila – “Todo Cambiwhere”
- Willie Nelson, Ray Charles – “Seven Spanish Angels”
“Coloring Outside The Lines” by MisterWives is about creating music and the relationships that can come from it. It exemplifies breaking the normals that society is attached to and being creative because you want to. Throughout the song, they compare themselves to the sun, as its brightness is not comparable to the feeling they experience while creating music.
Camila is a Mexican pop-rock band that sings mostly Latin pop. “Todo Cambió” is one of the most beautiful love ballads in the music industry. Its English translation is “Everything has changed”. The lyrics describe how everything changes for the better when you fall in love, black and white turns to color, and you care about them more than ever. The song centers around love at first sight and immediate feelings of love, passion and devotion.
In “Seven Spanish Angels,” Willie Nelson and Ray Charles team up to tell the story of an outlaw and his lover who fled to Mexico in an effort to evade law enforcement. Texas. The outlaw prays to God to release him in the afterlife. Presumably they were killed as the choir sings, “There were seven Spanish angels at the altar of the sun”, which we may believe to be heaven, and the seven angels refer to the biblical book of the ‘Apocalypse. One at a time, the outlaw and his lover are killed as the seven Spanish angels “bring another angel home”.
- Squirrel Flower – “So Hot You Hurt My Feelings”
- Les La – “There She Goes”
- Trash Panda – “Aging 20th Century”
Caroline Polochek originally performed “So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings” in 2019 and it has more of a pop vibe, while Squirrel Flower’s version has instrumental rock and takes on a much more solemn sound. This song addresses the concept of knowing someone is toxic to you, but not being able to let go because of their attraction.
“There She Goes” was released in 1988 and was borrowed from The Velvet Underground’s “There She Goes Again”. This song is unique in that it contains no verse, just a repeated chorus and a bridge. He starred in many movies and TV shows throughout the 90s and early 2000s, so it’s a great song to put on if you’re feeling nostalgic.
‘Aging out of the 20th Century’ is from Trash Panda’s 2016 EP ‘Off’. It explores how certain experiences cause people to mature much faster than others. The song has a slow tempo paired with an instrumental electric guitar riff.
- John Lennon – “Handsome Boy (Honey Boy)”
- Fleetwood Mac – “Say You Love Me”
- Led Zeppelin – “Tangerine”
As the weather warms up, with occasional chilly days to keep us on our toes, we all need songs to remind us of the freedom and feeling of euphoria that summer brings us.
Released on his latest album ‘Double Fantasy’, John Lennon’s ‘Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)’ is a loving tribute to his youngest son Sean. The beautiful lyrics show Lennon’s devotion to his five-year-old child and are somewhat tragic when the lyrics “I can’t wait to see you come of age” appear. Of course, Lennon would be assassinated before that happened. The song is serene and holds a special place in people’s hearts, especially if you’ve seen the movie “Mr. Holland’s Opus.”
“Say You Love Me” was a single from Fleetwood Mac’s self-titled 1975 album featuring the incredible vocal talents of keyboardist Christine McVie. Its rhythm is optimistic and romantic. While Fleetwood Mac is somewhat more famous for the vocal talents of Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham, McVie’s vocals were one of many great weapons the band had in their arsenal.
After two hard rock masterpieces, Led Zeppelin is moving more towards folk influences for its third album. “Tangerine” has beautiful acoustic melodies. Some may recognize this song at the end of “Almost Famous” and the song takes on a whole new life when you first experience it. While songs like “Black Dog” and “The Immigrant Song” are better known and display the band’s wilder side, “Tangerine” displays an intimacy that Led Zeppelin will continue into the future, most notably with “Stairway to Heaven”. ”