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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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How College Changes Music

By Kelsie P. Smith

College; it is the quintessential experimentation period in a young adult’s life.

Filled with excitement, growth and a vast amount of change, college can embody diversity and propel transformation. Everything from friends to opinions, beliefs and style has the opportunity to change. One aspect that undoubtedly changes in a student’s time at a university is their taste in music. Whether it is a total revolution of preferred genres or just the introduction to new and different styles, people are simply exposed to more music when they reach college.

Stephanie N. Wolf, 21, is a senior at the University of Washington who listens to music every day for a multitude of reasons. “I couldn’t make it through a day without music,” said Wolf. The music she listens to on a day-to-day basis changes by the hour and heavily depends on her mood, she said. “I’ll go from hip-hop/pop I listened to in middle school one morning to indie soft rock that afternoon,” Wolf said. One key change Wolf noted about herself was the discovery of underground, independent artists since attending college.

This same sentiment was expressed by 21-year-old Washington State University alum Jennifer A. Wroe. “I listen to music every day for a lot of different reasons,” Wroe said. She explained that her taste in music completely transformed when she started university. “I didn’t have cable TV when I came to college, so I went online to Hulu to watch shows. I started watching international shows and that led me to international music,” she said.

Before college, Wroe’s main choice of music was indie and alternative rock. However, once she pursued her curiosity in the international industry, she was introduced to a completely new world of music. Wroe still listens to the same bands that she did in high school, though. Her horizon of music has just expanded to include Korean pop, hip-hop and European indie.

Similarly, 20-year-old Washington State University junior, Brittany E. Reid, stated how her taste in music has expanded vastly since entering college. Reid said she has started listening to a lot more artists since her freshman year. “In high school your music choices are a lot more limited by your hometown and group of friends,” she said, “but in college you have ten times more influence.” Introduction through peers is key, Reid said.

Reid also said that just because a person is exposed to and enjoys new music, does not mean that person is abandoning their old self. “Just because someone finds new music they like doesn’t mean they can’t still like the old music they listened to. That’s what’s so awesome about college,” she said. College is a time to grow and add to your previous self, she said.

College is indeed a time to grow. Parents and universities alike use this very aspect to persuade students into choosing a certain college over the other. The chance to live life, discover oneself and grow. So, why would a student limit themselves and not apply this to every aspect of their life, including music? Music is, after all, one of the biggest influences on today’s generation.

Broaden music preferences, broaden influences and broaden insight. Music has that significant of an impact.