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Songs for Summer

Some things come naturally: April becomes May, and Spring becomes Summer. When the seasons change, so does the music that people listen to. With dead week in full swing on the Palouse, the playlists have already began to change.

When the sun comes out, the volume goes up, and when you share your music with the world it’s important to have the best beats. The world of music is vast, and there is a song for every occasion. “I look for a summer vibe, usually I listen to a lot of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) or whatever P!nk has released,” said senior Spanish education major Yuri T Can, “it gets you in the mood to dance, it’s up, you can’t feel sad.”

However, EDM is not the only way to get yourself into the summer mood. Freshman social studies education major Jordan T Frost said “I like Imagine Dragons because it keeps me motivated and gets me into a good mood.” This is important because without music that gets you motivated, it becomes very easy to spend the entire summer on the couch.

“I will definitely be listening to Graffiti6’s new album ‘The Bridge’ all summer’” said sophomore accounting major Reilly Berggren. It’s very relaxed but very upbeat. It’s the kind of music that you can listen to while you drive with the windows down, said Reilly.

The music you listen to has the ability to define you. It becomes so much more than the background or the soundtrack to your life. It is a powerful force that can alter your mood and the way that you see things. While a small decision at the time, the CD you throw into the player will set the tone for your entire day.

“I like to have different music depending on what I’m doing,” said junior communication major Helen Y Capron, “When I’m outside or driving around, I usually play something really poppy and upbeat, but if I’m just relaxing, I love to listen to jazz or movie scores. They really add to the relaxation mode.”

Not everyone has a preference for genre. Some people look specifically for the mood. “I like songs that are upbeat and fit the bright, free mood of summer,” said junior public relations major Kelsie P Smith. She listed off a few songs including Classic by MKTO, Happy by Pharrell Williams and Sing by Ed Sheeran as the songs on the top of her summer playlist.

 

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Macklemore, The Grammys, and the NFC Championships

In recent months, championships and awards have taken Seattle by storm. For the first time in history, a Seattle based artist has taken home four Grammys, only days after performing in the half time show at the NFC Championship Football Game.

Macklemore, an artist born and raised in the greater Seattle area, was nominated for seven Grammys, including song and album of the year. He took home four, sweeping the hip hop and rap categories. He also made history by marrying 33 couples during his performance.

“I think Same Love was a good song, but it’s also quite old,” junior zoology major Ashley S Dezellem said, “we’ve already seen him perform this song at award ceremonies.” While it is an important political statement, the Grammy Awards are about the year in music and honoring contributions made in the last year, not about making public statements.

Ashley continued on to say that much of the impact of the wedding ceremonies was lost, especially with Madonna performing in the middle. If he had performed the weddings the first time he had done “Same Love” at an award ceremony, the impact would have been much bigger.

However, not everyone is in agreement on this front. Senior history and political science major Ryan J Baye said “I think that the mass marriage was a very poignant effort, especially on [Macklemore’s] part to demonstrate a lot of things.” Macklemore provided a once in a lifetime experience to these couples, and by providing a public figure to represent their beliefs, he’s reducing the amount of potential backlash these people could face, said Ryan.

A member of Macklemore’s Grammy choir said that “the mass wedding was a shock at the core. None of the performers were informed in advance.” When the members of the choir were finally told, they were floored that it was going to happen, but everyone treated it like it was routine. “I definitely have a new appreciation for the LGBTQ community. I was ignorant to the prejudice they face, but it’s a huge battle.”

One thing that was agreed on was that Macklemore was absolutely the right person to perform at the NFC Championship game. Both Ashley and Ryan said that because Macklemore is from Seattle, having him perform was a way to show off some serious Seattle pride, especially because the NFC championship game broadcast nationwide.