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A Playlist for the Commuter Student

This week I thought I would try something different.

I have created a playlist that of some songs I’ve been listening to on my commute to school and wanted to share. Just like my taste in music, this playlist is a little all over the place, but I think that’s what keeps things interesting.

I’ve always loved indie music that you don’t hear everywhere, so I hope that I can introduce you to some new songs and artists that you will like as well 🙂

While you can listen to this playlist anywhere you go, I have found these songs to be especially impactful when I’m on the road.

And I have to admit that this playlist is a little melancholic, but play it when you’re on your way to that early morning lecture, looking out the window of the bus as if you’re in one of those teen movies. Trust me.

If you have any song recommendations, I would love to hear from you in the comments below!

quality tunes: movies with A+ soundtracks

If there’s one thing I have always loved about movies, it’s the integration of music. Sometimes it’s something that you don’t even notice in a scene, or it will be the main focal point and everything in the scene will revolve around it. Today I am going to be talking about some of my favourite movie soundtracks. Although, just to keep this list as concise as possible, I am going to exclude movie scores as well as musicals and focus on movie soundtracks. The score of a film is the background music (usually instrumental) that is composed specifically for that film. While the soundtrack is typically a compilation of songs (usually including lyrics) that are chosen to be included in the film, and are sometimes even written specifically for the movie — I’m not going to be including scores & musicals because if I did that this list would be about 50 movies long, and I don’t really think any of us really want that — do we?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2013, dir. Stephen Chbosky)

the soundtrack is sadly not on Spotify, so here is a youtube playlist of the songs

I have talked about this movie a lot on my blog — probably because it is one of my favourites. And one of the main reasons I love this movie so much, is the soundtrack. And not only that, but in the book the protagonist Charlie creates a mixtape to give to his friend Patrick for Christmas — and I myself recreated that exact mixtape to give to my friend for Christmas one year! All the songs in the soundtrack (and even the mixtape, titled one winter) are 80’s and 90’s songs that were compiled by the author/director of the book/movie, so it’s introduced me to a lot of awesome songs and artists, and I actually still listen to the soundtrack on a regular basis because I love so many of the songs. (and here is the one winter mix tape as well!)

The Guardians of the Galaxy (vol. 1 & vol. 2) (2014-2017, dir. James Gunn)

this playlist consists of both Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 soundtracks!

If there’s one thing these movies are most well known for, it’s their extensive and excellent soundtracks. Comprised of mostly old school songs (all being ones the protagonist Peter (Starlord) Quill’s mother made into “Awesome Mix” mixtapes). I personally think the first one is a liiiiitle bit better, mainly because I enjoyed the 1st movie a bit more, but the second volume did include some Fleetwood Mac — so who can complain. And much like the Perks soundtrack, this one also introduced me to so many awesome old songs as well as artists.

Baby Driver (2017, dir. Edgar Wright)

I don’t think I have talked about this movie on my blog yet, and if I’m being honest I don’t think people talk about it enough in general. This was one of my favourite movies in 2017, one of the main reasons being the integration of music at almost every moment of the film. The main character, Baby, has tinnitus and so he listens to music through his earphones for pretty much the entire movie. And with different songs playing throughout most of the film, everything goes to the beat of the music (!!!) every little gun shot, head turn, foot tap, and punch. As someone who did dance for most of my life, it is incredibly satisfying when things go to the music and so this movie was no exception. Not to mention the actual soundtrack itself is so good and full of so many different songs. The summer this was released I was listening to the soundtrack at literally any moment I could have headphones in. (also if you don’t believe me watch the opening sequence of the film here on youtube)

Lady Bird (2017, dir. Greta Gerwig)

Now this movie is definitely not one where immediately after watching it I wanted to listen to the soundtrack. Although there is something very cool that they have done with the soundtrack that I very much enjoy. They integrated short little snippets of dialogue from the film, and placed them in-between some of the songs. I really like this (and have even see them do this with other soundtracks like the one for A Star is Born (2018)) That being said if you haven’t seen this movie there is a chance you may not love the soundtrack, because many of the songs are very relevant to the film and seem odd out of context. (they also included a HAIM song which is not in the movie so I usually skip that but whatever…)

Call Me by Your Name (2017, dir. Luca Guadagnino)

now I know I said I would not be talking about the scores of films, which are primarily instrumental songs that play throughout the movie. but I would say that the Call me by Your Name soundtrack doesn’t count because not only were the songs not composed for the movie — but there are several songs with lyrics and so on (and two original songs by Sufjan Stephens). This soundtrack is beAuTiFuL, and I love listening to it because it makes me feel like I’m on vacation somewhere in Northern Italy, while i’m actually stuck at home doing school work. The original songs are also beautiful and high-key make me want to cry. While there are also some very fun 80’s classics in there as well.

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009, dir. Chris Weitz)

No, this is not a belated April fool’s day joke. All of the soundtracks for the twilight movies are actually really good — although my favourite is New Moon (which is funny cause it is most definitely my least favourite movie/book of the saga, but that’s not the point right now). I find it very funny that these movies, which are not very good if we are being honest with ourselves, have some of the best soundtracks. Pretty much all of the songs were written specifically for these movies, many being written by very well known artists. To me, I think it is because the artists knew how much money these movies made and how popular they were — so this would then result in publicity for them and their music. That being said, this soundtrack in particular contains one of my favourite songs of all time (“Roslyn” by Bon Iver & St. Vincent) and the other movies had many other classics like “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by Iron & Wine (both of which are songs I have done lyrical solos to when I was in dance). So yeah, while you may hate the twilight movies with a burning passion — there’s a very good chance that you will enjoy the soundtracks.

So there ya have it! some of my favourite movie soundtracks. Like I said, I decided to not include movie scores as well as musicals, because then this list would be very long. That being said, since there are many other movies I love for their integration of music, I may make another list — and possibly one specifically for scores and musicals!

Bohemian Rhapsody: An Exciting Film but Inaccurate Queen Tribute (79%)

Bohemian Rhapsody will have you stomping your feet and singing in theatres, but it may also leave you irritated if you’re a devoted Queen fan. The movie follows the formation of the band with a focus on Freddie Mercury, capturing their experimentation with music and successes on tour. The film focuses closely on Freddie Mercury (Rami Malek) as he struggles with his sexuality.

Looking at Bohemian Rhapsody strictly as a film, it was an exciting movie worth seeing on the big screen. The beginning of the film and band formation felt rushed; the movie quickly moved from concert to concert, which was entertaining but had me worried there wouldn’t be much of a storyline. In the first 20-30 minutes of the film, I began to wonder if this movie was just an excuse to have a cast dress up as the band and recreate their biggest moments. Fortunately, this feeling subsided as the movie progressed and the writing became more comedic and emotional.

The film had a strong cast that helped build up these comedic and emotional scenes. Rami Malek made the concert scenes feel real and energetic, while also making Mercury’s loneliness evident and overwhelming. Malek also manages to make record deals seem hilarious, but the humour in these scenes should also be attributed to Mike Meyers. That’s right—Mike Myers has a cameo. He plays the EMI executive Ray Foster. Though Myers’ screen time is brief, it was memorable.

The main criticism I’ve been gathering about this film is that there are major inaccuracies that were simply added as a means of making the movie dramatic. I must admit, I love Queen’s music but I didn’t know much about Freddie Mercury or any of the band members. Without much knowledge of the band, I genuinely enjoyed the story. Refusing to standby blissfully ignorant, I searched online for the main causes of frustration. This article highlights the two main concerns: the timing of Mercury’s HIV diagnosis, and portraying Mercury as a villain for quitting to make a solo album. Perhaps this is just a good reminder that even “true stories” in Hollywood are often, well, not the most truthful. I still recommend seeing this movie in theatres, but don’t walk away thinking the events portrayed are factual.

The most accurate fact highlighted in this movie was probably Freddie Mercury’s love of cats…

*If you’re interested in Bohemian Rhapsody, you may also enjoy A Star Is Born.

Songs That Make Me Feel Nostalgic

I may only be 18, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have good old days to look back on. As of Tuesday, I will be finished my first year of university, and that is absolutely crazy to me. It feels like just yesterday I was barely 15. Although I am extremely happy at this point in my life, it’s nice to think about when I was younger. One of the ways I do this is by listening to old music. Here is a playlist of songs that make me nostalgic.

P.S. Isn’t it weird how music marks a specific point in time forever?

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#inthemoodformusic: let’s take a nap

One of my fondest memories during the summer of 2016 (the summer before I began university) was doing nothing. I loved having the time twice-a-days (two naps a day – one in the morning, and one in the afternoon). I especially loved my afternoon naps where I would wake up with the warm sun rays on my skin, the sound of the fan whirring as its air cools me, and the softness of my pillow against my face. In fact, I love this memory so much, that I often think about. If my life were to be made into a movie, I would want it to capture that moment, and maybe these songs in the playlist that I created would play in the background.

Happy listening!

#inthemoodformusic: young love

I’ve never been in love, except for milk tea.

But if ever you’re in the mood love in the bringing-you-to-the-state-line-so-you’re-at-two-places-at-once, kissing-a-temporary-butterfly-tattoo-on-your-shoulder, and closing-your-eyes-as-you-go-through-a-love-is-like-the-wind-spiel type of love, then here’s a playlist I curated just for you!

And if you didn’t get my reference, I regret to decline to any offer of friendship from you.

Happy listening!

Music Playlist 4

The Weekend-My Dear Melancholy

The Weekend releases a new heartbreak album firing shots at both Selena Gomez and Bella Hadid. It shows still very strong Weekend notes and tones but sounds much sadder this time and the darkness really shines through in the lyrics.

Rudimental-These Days

A great new upbeat song with lucrative drops and catchy hooks. It makes great use of the Mackelmore feature

Cardi B-Invasion of Privacy

Cardi B goes in on this one not being afraid to demonstrate her sexuality at all. While at the same time showing her sensitive side and warning men what will happen if they try to play her.

Taylor Swift-Reputation

Taylor Swift comes back as a new Taylor making references to her past self while also showing love for her new found boyfriend in the song “Delicate”. It may take some time to get used to it at first but give it some time and I’m sure you’ll grow to love it.

Love Songs (I Hate to Love)

Who likes listening to really cheesy love songs? Even though I like to think (pretend) I have a sophisticated and cool taste in music, I always find myself reaching for that old Taylor Swift album. And I’m sure there’s a lot of people who won’t admit it but they do as well! (At least, I refuse to believe I’m the only one who does this!!)

I thought I’d make a playlist of radio love songs I love listening to but I won’t admit that I love. Here it is:

Have fun listening! Love, Joy.

Process Post (Week 11)

A couple weeks ago, our TA suggested that we should collaborate with other classmates to create content for our blogs. I paired up with Jade and Sam to create a YouTube video where to try not to sing or dance to catchy songs. We wanted to do this because it encompassed all of our blogs themes (YouTube, music, and vines). Here’s the final product.

 

 

 

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Songs for a Rainy Day

The weather has been pretty grey in Vancouver this weekend. I’m not complaining, though. Rainy days are perfect for some of my favourite things – a cup of tea, a warm blanket, a good book, and of course, a good playlist.

At the same time, it’s easy to feel lazy and un-energized. I also find it difficult to leave the house when it’s dull outside. Long commutes in the rain? No thank you. So, in an effort to beat the rainy day blues, I decided to create a playlist of some of my favourite songs.

What are your favourite songs to listen to on a rainy day? Comment below!

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Rainy Day Playlist

It’s been raining for the last few days and while some people dislike the rain a lot, living in the Pacific Northwest – you kinda get used to it.

It’s really atmospheric for me and at times, I really love the rain because I can walk around with my headphones in and pretend I’m in a drama. Here’s a playlist that you can plug in and pretend you’re living something else!

Have fun listening!

Love, Joy.

Between the Stripes — A Review

Jenny Chan’s blog, “Between the Stripes”, is a beautifully simplistic space to explore new worlds of music while being within the comforts of home. Especially at a time of the year where I would be sitting inside, by a window, while the weather can do whatever it pleases outside. The design reflects this, as if the sun or the natural light was peering through the window trying to see what I was doing.

 

Exploring the site itself, I first notice there is a strange “social media & sharing icons” link that brings me to a page for plugins with WordPress; I’m not sure if you can get rid of that or not, it’s at the bottom of the page, so it’s not the biggest deal if you can’t. However, it looks a little off just because it isn’t aligned right with the blurb above it that reads “BETWEEN THE STRIPES Powered by WordPress and FancyThemes”.

Like I mentioned before, I love the colors, not sure if you could add a bit more shadow around the title and play around with that a bit more? As for the menus and categories, I also think the Home About and Captures sections would benefit from and stand out a bit more if it was placed on the black stripe, but if that was the point to be in between the lines, I would add shadow to that as well.  As for the content, I love how you incorporated all the different senses in the “About” section. Keep up the Captures page!

Your “Recent Posts” section keeps repeating every time you post “song of the day” so maybe change that somehow, or number the title in each one? As well, as a reader who may want to comment, it was hard to understand that the“post comment” button was there because it is highlighted black, so it was a little confusing until I hovered over it to make a comment. I would change that so it’s not highlighted black. The mobile version of your website looks very nice as well.

I’m loving the social media outreach on the site; it makes it very interactive and builds more dimension to the simplicity of the site. My one suggestion would be to use specific social media pages as the blog, instead of your own personal Instagram, or your own personal Instagram. With a Between the Stripes Instagram, you could post your song of the day, maybe a blurb with it. You can also purchase InstaReport to keep statistics on that as well! I know some music-based social medias post parts of songs and perhaps you could do the same on behalf of the page. My confusion with Pinterest leads me to ask if there is a specific page on Pinterest you’d like us to look at that is relevant to your blog? Because there are many boards related to your Pinterest. Maybe make sure it just links to a specific board or perhaps a completely different Between the Stripes Pinterest account instead of your whole Pinterest profile. Otherwise, I have definitely been inspired by the social media interactivity and aspire to reflect that in my website as well!

If anyone is feeling adventurous and has a craving for new music, definitely check out Jenny’s blog here: http://triangularzebras.com