The downbeat: How to use music to feel less alone and anxious during social distancing

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 compiles an exhaustive list of ways to use music to your benefit while social distancing, whether through creating, sharing or listening to it.

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The bassline: A Swift transition from ‘Red’ to blue — Taylor Swift’s political fight

Music columnist Kyla Walker PO ’22 explores Taylor Swift’s whirlwind transition from political privacy to political activism in “Miss Americana.”

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The downbeat: RIP Pop Smoke — How one artist reintroduced drill music into the mainstream

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 assesses the impact of musician Pop Smoke’s influence on the New York drill music scene after his death. “Almost with Nietzsche-esque transcendence of good and evil, Pop Smoke played by his own rules, and he won through creating a lasting legacy in the eye of the music industry and general population,” she writes.

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The bassline: ‘High Fidelity’ offers modern spin on love and mixtapes

Kyla Walker PO ’22 praises “High Fidelity”‘s soundtrack and its power to influence the narrative and drive the show’s plot forward.

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The downbeat: 5 of the best love (and it’s complicated) songs

Ella Boyd SC ’21 provides a playlist of 5 songs for any romantic scenario, from love to lust to heartbreak. “Love’s intricacies and realities shouldn’t be ignored; after all, the experiences of yearning, heartbreak, confusion, nerves and sensuality are intertwined with love,” she writes.

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The bassline: Billie Eilish represents the age of anxiety and the future of fiction

Music columnist Kyla Walker PO ’22 examines the allure of Billie Eilish in a time of anxiety and uncertainty for Generation Z. “Eilish and her music speaks to a generation that has grown up in chaos amidst 9/11, school shootings and imminent climate change,” she writes.

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The downbeat: Goth Babe and his new take on West Coast lo-fi

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 talks musician Griff Washburn’s project Goth Babe and how Washburn’s relaxed lifestyle reflects in his music. “Goth Babe proves music can be meaningful and fun, but most of all, that life can be fun, and music can be the way to that reality,” she writes.

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The downbeat: Wilco released ‘Ode to Joy,’ so here’s an ode to Wilco

Music columnist Ella Boyd SC ’21 pens an ode to the Chicago alternative rock band Wilco and their new release, “Ode to Joy.” “Filled with their signature stripped down songs, soft vocals and haunting lyrics, Wilco continues to create meaningful music that’s sure to stand the test of time,” she writes.

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