On the evening of October 20, I was in a convention center hall behind a table working the penultimate college fair of my travel season. As I talked to eager parents and indifferent teenagers about college and what my institution could offer them, the constant thought kept echoing in my mind: “How on earth am I supposed to concentrate on anything right now, knowing that Taylor Swift will release a new album in just a few short hours?” But alas, I trudged through the conversations and made it to the end of the fair. The hall began to clear out. Tables started to get packed up. Suitcases opening, closing, zipping up, and rolling out of the convention center, mine included. 7:30pm. My hotel was just fifteen minutes away. Once at my hotel, I showered, laid out my clothes for the next morning, and packed the remainder of my belongings so that my exit from the hotel the next morning would be a seamless one. I checked the time: 8:55pm – just five minutes away from the most anticipated album of the year. I grabbed my noise-cancelling headphones, turned off the lights, and got into bed. I impatiently scrolled through TikToks to pass the remaining handful of minutes until – 9:00pm: I eagerly opened Spotify to find “Midnights” waiting for me at the top of Taylor’s Spotify profile. I pressed play and began to listen.Continue reading
Category: Music Reviews
Blogmas Day 16: My Year In Spotify
I like to think that I have a relatively diverse taste in music. When asked what my favorite type of music is, I’m usually pretty open to many genres. Spotify did a pretty good job at introducing me to artists I never would have found without the internet. It keeps track of what I listen to on a daily basis and compiles personal playlists with songs from artists I may be interested in. Spotify also did this cool thing this year, allowing me to view my listening trends over the past year based on my listening history. According to Spotify, I listened to over 44,000 minutes worth of music, spanning across 1,615 different songs and almost 700 different artists, exploring 27 different genres along the way. Spotify also compiled a list of my top 100 played songs from 2017. In case anyone is interested in listening to those songs and taking a peek into what music I like to listen to, here are the songs I listened to most this year, according to Spotify.
Blogmas Day 10: Thoughts on Taylor Swift’s “Reputation”
It’s been exactly one month since Taylor Swift released her new album, “Reputation,” and over a week since she has made the album available on all streaming platforms. Given her pop culture presence over the past several years, it’s pretty safe to say that the release of this album has been long anticipated, whether you stand on the side of excitement or apathy. Now that I’ve had the album in my possession for a month (and has since been on repeat in my car), I feel now is the appropriate time to finally share my thoughts and feelings on this album.
25 Things That Were Going On In Music Last Time Adele Released An Album
It’s been about a month since Adele made her grand return to music with the release of her first single in almost 4 years, “Hello.” Since then, Adele has taken significant strides to reclaim her rightful throne overseeing the seas of scandal-hungry and mediocre-at-best pop stars with a handful of live performances (which were all fire, by the way), new album teasers, long-anticipated interviews, all leading up to the release of her first full-length record in over four years, 25.
Music Monday: Walter’s Month in Music (August 2015)
Lately, I’ve noticed that a few of my friends create monthly playlists of songs that they’ve found over the course of each month. I’ve been meaning to get in on this trend myself, and earlier this month, I finally got around to starting my own monthly playlist.
Music Monday: Hilary Duff – “Breathe In. Breathe Out.”
After 8 long years of waiting for a follow-up to her last studio album, Dignity, Hilary Duff fans everywhere are rejoicing the recent release of her long anticipated record, Breathe In. Breathe Out. Following almost two years of Instagram posts in the recording studio, leaked potential song titles for the then-upcoming album, and entire songs released by Hilary herself, fans are doing anything but Breathing In and Breathing Out (see what I did there).
Hilary Duff “Sparks” Buzz with Latest Music Video
The past several years proved to be pretty dormant in Hilary Duff’s professional life, partaking in minimally publicized projects, but active in terms of her personal life. Since the release of her last big project, Hilary participated in a few charity events, filmed an independent movie, sprinkled a handful of magazine photoshoots into her schedule, and booked several television guest appearances, all while discovering the rewarding lifestyle of motherhood. After remaining under the radar for these past few years, Hilary Duff has finally emerged out from underneath her rock and back into the limelight – and in a big way.
Music Monday: Connor Franta – “Common Culture”
It seems as though breaking into the music industry is a growing interest among the YouTube community. With the likes of online musicians such as Kina Grannis, Tyler Ward, and Troye Sivan, Connor Franta is next in line to grace our iTunes and Spotify playlists with new music – but not in the way anyone would expect.
Music Monday: Zedd (feat. Selena Gomez) – “I Want You To Know”
Over the course of the past few months, European music producer Zedd and Selena Gomez have been teasing the media on many fronts: their rumored budding relationship, and their upcoming music ventures. Selena Gomez has been posting incredibly cryptic photos and captions on her Instagram account, hinting not only at a potential blossoming relationship, but also at a possible new song, tagging each photo with the hashtag #IWantYouToKnow, or some variation of it. Since marking her departure from Hollywood Records with her greatest hits album, For You, and signing on with Interscope Records, Gomez’s musical comeback has been greatly anticipated.
Music Monday: Kodaline – “In A Perfect World”
Happy Monday, everyone! I must once again apologize for my few and far between posts lately. Midterms have just passed, and I have been desperately grasping for time to catch my breath after the past two weeks. But I am (barely) back, and ready to bring you back your regular scheduled program.