Yes, I’m Changing//Tame Impala
This track is about leaving an old lover and turning a new leaf. I relate to this not because I broke up with my boyfriend, but because when I first came to school here at OSU, I removed a lot of negative relationships to make room for better ones. I’m changing as a person and this year has been the start of a new era for me.
This song means a lot to me. It helped me to get through the beginning of the school year being away from my loved ones. All my life, my big goal had been to go to college but, once I got here, I hated it. I was where I wanted to be but it didn’t feel right at all. Being away from the one I loved was very difficult but I pushed through it because I knew better days were ahead. This song talks a lot about being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Icky Thump//The White Stripes
This track is one of the very few political songs by The White Stripes. It focuses on the flaws of the Mexican border. I think this song is very relevant because immigration is a huge issue that is being brought up in today’s politics. I completely agree with the message The White Stripes put in this song. I even listened to it on my way to vote in the caucuses this year.
This song talks a lot about depression. This speaker struggles to feel how he once felt and begs for help. This is a lot of what depression feels like. I think its very important for everyone to be aware that depression is a mental disorder and cannot just be fixed with the snap of a finger.
Peaches//In the Valley Below
I don’t know exactly what this song is about but I interpret the lyrics as a message of forgiveness. There’s always that person in our lives that we care for very much but we let them run over us or destroy themselves. This song is just basically saying “I know you have your flaws but I’m not gonna hate you for it. Let’s just love each other and chill out.” I love that attitude on life. There’s no point in hating people.
Interlude 2//Alt J
This track actually has no lyrics. Its just a light, relaxing tune on guitar with the sounds of a city in the background. I love this song because its like a calm in the chaos. It also made me really excited to be living in a bigger city before I came to live in Columbus. This song is so relaxing, it makes me think about life and has even made me cry a few times.
You Only Live Once// The Strokes
This song is significant to me because The Strokes was a band I listened to in middle school that I had discovered on my own when I first started finding my own music to listen to. It’s also that go-to life-is-short song for me because everyone has that song they love that makes them want to live free. The music video to this song also replicated a Rolling Stones music video which I believe is pretty significant.
Otherside//Red Hot Chili Peppers
This song was written by the Chili Peppers in honor of one of their band members who had been addicted to heroine and ended up taking his own life. Anthony Kiedis sings as the addict wanting to end his life for himself and for the people around him because of his addiction. The “Otherside” represents the afterlife he will be in. Addiction isn’t a choice and those who have any kind of addiction need help and security, not punishment. The Red Hot Chili Peppers say this in a very artistic way and its one of the reasons they are my favorite band.