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Student Development and Inclusion Spotify Playlist

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Amanda Beardphoto of Amanda Beardallall: “Shelter” by Porter Robinson

I chose “Shelter” because of its melancholy hopefulness. I think it captures feelings of loneliness but also the comfort that there is always someone there for you. The song demonstrates this not only through its lyrics but also through its mix of electronic rhythms and beautiful vocals. The music video is an animated story of a young girl who is the sole survivor of an apocalyptic event because her father sent her into space in the last escape pod. The music video and song never fail to make me emotional. I think this song is especially important now because with COVID, it’s easy to feel isolated and alone, but it’s important to remember we are in this together and others are still there to support you even if it isn’t in person.
photo of Dan MosesonDan Moseson: “Mojave” by Afro Celt Sound System

“Mojave” is one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard, for starters. It’s especially good to listen to when crossing the meadow in Fort Douglas while the moon comes up over the mountains. It’s also an example of people from different cultures creating something incredible together. This song, for me, is a suggestion of what’s possible. It reminds me of the Celtic-infused contemporary music projects I grew up on, like the Broadway production Riverdance, and albums by the fiddle player Eileen Ivers (who appears on several Afro Celt Sound System tracks). These artists have been important to my own life as a musician.
photo of Francine MahakFrancine Mahak: “Sound of Silence” by Disturbed

The vocals of this version are extraordinarily beautiful and this singer conveys the real (and quite dark) meaning of the song. I came of age when Simon & Garfunkel’s version came out, but the lovely way it was sung then never gave a clue of the somber warning. With Draiman (who has a highly trained voice), you can’t miss it. Yet the beauty of his singing is so powerful that I keep coming back to listen. I care about what is real, not just what sounds nice: this is deep and very substantial, but I find it sobering and uplifting. This is likely what art is meant for. This song also reminds me that the sublime can come from any unexpected source (like a heavy metal band). I love that kind of surprise.



Last Updated: 5/13/21