Written by: Caitlin Madlinger
If you’ve ever lived in Tallahassee, it probably didn’t take you long to figure out its environment is truly unlike anywhere else. Between days spent at Strozier and nights spent at Standard, it’s easy to get sucked in to Tally’s chaotic way of life. For most college students a busy agenda is inevitable, but sometimes taking time for yourself to just sit back relax and enjoy the day can really help your sanity. As the weather gets a little colder and my hot chocolate cravings turn into an actual health concern, is the season to grab your favorite sweater, put on some groovy tunes and just relax.
While Saturdays are for the boys, your Sunday playlist sets the mood for the week ahead. In Tallahassee especially, its hard to escape the subtle “womp womp womp” that seems to be a default background noise. If you’re looking for more of a coffee shop vibe but your discover weekly playlist on Spotify just won't give up on Gucci Mane, you’ve come to the right place. Unfortunately, finding new music is a time consuming and often discouraging process, which is why a lot of people settle for what the radio tells us is up and coming. New music can be found almost anywhere, all it takes is a second to stop and listen. While looking up local Tallahassee concerts, I came across a groovy group called Mild High Club. Their techno beat and 70s feel provide a refreshing change of pace from the norm. A few of my personal favorite songs include “Kokopelli” “Homage” “Skiptracing” and “Tesselation”.
When it comes to euphoric music, young Los Angeles artist Cuco gives his listeners an earful of old school. His music is rich with emotion and has a mellow vibe perfect for days relaxing on the beach or driving around with the windows down. Songs “Lava Lamp” and “Lover is a Day” will have you feeling groovy all day long. Much like Cuco, low key singer/songwriter Clairo fills her music with emotion and pretty sounds. Her music is the type of tune that will put you in a trance, so don’t fight the urge to close your eyes and sway to the beat. Clairo’s debut single “Pretty Girl” has a unique sound while still sending a powerful message on self-acceptance. While I could go on and on about individual artists, I’ve composed a list of songs perfect for those lazy days, or what I like to call soul food Sundays.
Kokopelli – Mild High Club
Homage – Mild High Club
Skiptracing – Mild High Club
Tesselation – Mild High Club
Note to Self – Mild High Club
Lava Lamp – Cuco
Lover is a Day – Cuco
Pretty Girl – Clairo
Flaming Hot Cheetos – Clairo
Get With U – Clairo
Stay Away from My Baby – Banes World
Drowsy – Banes World
You Say I’m in Love – Banes World
Nice Boys – Temporex
Treat Me like Fire – Lion Babe
Rockets – Lion Babe
Idk Interlude – DAP The Contract
La Loose – Waxahatchee
Yuca – Warner Meadows
Sex n’ Drugs – Abhi The Nomad
Childs Play – SZA ft Chance the Rapper
Go Gina – SZA
November – Tyler the Creator
U Ba Khin – STRFKR
Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second - STRFKR
Sunset Lover – Petit Biscuit
The Less I Know the Better – Tame Impala
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards – Tame Impala
Let it Happen – Tame Impala
Still Beating – Mac Demarco
Chamber of Reflection – Mac Demarco
This Old Dog – Mac Demarco
No Other Heart – Mac Demarco
For the First Time – Mac Demarco
Coins – Local Natives
You & I – Local Natives
Sun Hands – Local Natives
Past Lives – Local Natives
Wide Eyes – Local Natives
Dark Days – Local Natives
Ceilings – Local Natives
Tuesday – Hippo Campus
Days – The Drums
Blood Under My Belt – The Drums
Lets Go Surfing – The Drums
Brazil – Declan McKenna
Death Cup – Mom Jeans
Pool – Derek Pope
All I Got – Oliver Tree
Jazz – Mick Jenkins
Déjà vu – Souly Had
Hiccup – Verzache
Hazey – Glass Animals
Gooey – Glass Animals
Hourglass – Catfish and the Bottlemen
K – Cigarettes After Sex
High By The Beach – Lana Del Rey
Breezeblocks – Alt-J
Photomaton – Jabberwocky
Time for You – K Flay
Okay – Holy Ghost
At Least I Have Nothing – Saint Motel
Puzzle Pieces – Saint Motel
Slow Motion – Saint Motel
Firefly – Mura Masa
Breath – Reverse
While anyone can send you a good playlist, the best songs are the ones that bring back good memories. Because of this, taking time to check out live music is always a rewarding experience. Nothing goes together better than good music and good people, so round up your fellow music enthusiasts and have yourself a day!
I know you are probably tired of hearing the phrase “I am thankful for…” by this time in the season, but here is something else to consider that may change the way you feel about year-round gratitude and not just with holiday stuffing in front of you. Recently I came across something called a “Reverse Bucket List.” This list is not all the things you don’t like to do and are thankful to have never experienced; but a list of the things you have done, accomplished, witnessed, and celebrated in your life that brings you that warm little feeling apple pie does on the 4th Thursday in November.
It works like this: If you make list and lists about the things we hope to do, or the places we want to go, we could be missing what is right in front of us. Not to say I don’t have desires because I have plenty of them. Just this morning I was telling my boyfriend most of the things I want I don’t have the means to buy, or the experience to complete my goals. It sucks sometimes. I think about how my three favorite artists had concerts in the same week, but it was the week before recruitment so I couldn’t go. Not that I don’t love my chapter, but it did suck to miss. Instead of thinking about the people much more qualified to do the things I want, I should have the courage to try them out because sometimes. Because at the end of the day, someone else has been in your shoes and they see your potential, and spark to write for a super cool fashion magazine on your college campus (i.e. rush Clutch Magazine).
Next time that you feel stuck in a rut, think about all the good that has come out of this weird time. If you feel like there isn’t anything good going on, or that has happened in your life, think smaller. Remember that one time our football team won by like 70 points? Yes, Go ‘Noles, that is going on my reverse bucket list.
Seriously though, take the time to highlight the little things you accomplish, and the other things you care about that are happening around you. We will have the time to be lazy and vacation in Greece with your gal pals, just like there will come a time where you get to watch the ball drop in NYC. The best of things don’t happen overnight.
Here are some things on my Reverse Bucket List that I would like to share:
1. I met two perfect people I have the honor of calling my littles, most of the time they are referred to as my literal children.
2. I met the most amazing guy and now were grossly happy together.
3. I got my first A on an exam in Italian, thank The Universe, I needed that one.
4. I started reading a book I love, and it has changed me for the better (I won’t tell you what it’s called because I am writing about it soon).
5. For someone who never travels, I have been to New Orleans and Miami this semester, and am going to Tennessee with that boy that makes me so happy with all our friends.
6. I have watched some of my best friends fall in love, win competitions within their major, and land their dream job.
7. There have been cold days this fall! (seriously I am very thankful)!
8. My brother turned 21 and even though he is still a kid at heart, he has grown so much and that makes me happy.
9. My writing has been published a handful of times this semester.
10. I am on the road to becoming who I want to be.
Nothing but Light,
Heaven Lee Rubin
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