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Kyle’s Favorite 100 Songs: 10-1

Here’s the finale: songs ten through one on my 100 favorite songs countdown.

10. Bob Dylan- Don’t Think Twice, it’s Alright

I ain’t sayin’ you treated me unkind/ You coulda done better, but, I don’t mind/ You just kinda wasted my precious time/ But don’t think twice, it’s all right.

I adore Dylan as an influence, how could you not when so many of your favorite artists view him as an inspiration, but there’s only one song of his which actually stops me in my tracks. “Don’t Think Twice, it’s Alright” captures Dylan telling his girl that he’s leaving, and that he is doing it because of her. It’s the chance of getting hurt in the relationship that scares everyone, and Dylan goes through a bad one here where the girl “Just wasted [his] precious time”, and Dylan blames her for it because she didn’t do enough to try and make it work. Still, he makes sure to let her know that she doesn’t need to worry about what she’s done to him, because this is a risk that he knew about going in. He’s going to be able to get over this. There’s no desire to see her again, and he knows that she never really had the intention of hurting him in the first place, it just didn’t work out, and that’s alright.

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9. The Velvet Underground- Heroin

“Oh, and I guess that I just don’t know.

This list was made before the death of Lou Reed, but it’s difficult to not take that route while writing about it now. When Reed passed I had to learn about it through social media posts which took an overly symbolic approach to the subject, and as people re-explored his catalog they searched for the lyrics which suddenly looked more meaningful than previously thought. It’s cool that people found these connections, but I hated it because that overly-symbolic look wasn’t what Reed was about at all in my eyes. This wasn’t the man who tried to hide anything in his music, he was the guy who’d actually done it and wanted to let you how what it was. On “Heroin” we get a look at the the hope in the music alongside the gradual buildup and rush of the instruments which ultimately leads to the song’s ‘high’, but it never fails to fall back with what is in my opinion the best lyric that Reed ever wrote: “And I guess, that I just don’t know”.

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8. Animal Collective- Fireworks

“They’ve got two flashing eyes and they’re colored why/ They make me, feel, that I’m only all I see sometimes.”

There’s so much joy in “Fireworks” once you learn what to appreciate in it. The narrator is an observant and self-aware man who dreams one day of having a family he can take to the beach, to watch the fireworks. In his current life though he’s dealing with the same monotony as the rest of us and  he’s learned the routine of how to ignore the repeated questions and tasks he encounters every day. Instead he gets lost in thought about what he hopes for, he thinks about what his kid will think the first time that he sees the fireworks, and all the wonder that will be in his eyes at that point. But what if the child was color blind and just wasn’t able to comprehend what he witnessed? This view on experiential learning reminds him that what he views in the world is completely shaped by how he happened to view it when he was growing up, and leads him to think that “I’m only all I see sometimes”.

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DJ Survey: What’s Your Favorite Book?

This week we asked some of our DJs to give us some information about what they like in a different realm of entertainment, literature. We asked our DJs what their favorite book was, and received the following responses.

 

Kyle: The Stranger by Albert Camus

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DJ Brian: I have two favorite books (one of them is more or less a long critical essay). One of them is definitely 1984. I believe it brings up important topics of the increasing power of technology through a sociological lens. My other favorite is The Theory of Communicative Action by Jürgen Habermas. I believe the is a module by which public speaking within the public sphere should take place. It provides a guideline for educated discussion, however it’s only flaw is it takes place in an idealistic world. Regardless I believe it is one of the most important works of all time as it applies to any period of time.

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Enzypenzy: I’ll have to answer this in two:

The book that pops into my head after hearing the words “favorite” and “book” in the same sentence is The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Rightfully so considering that I must have reread it about five times, crying and feeling all the feels every time. Augustus Waters is an amazing character, and at the time of my first read-through, my grandfather was going through cancer along with him. The emotional connection for me was pretty significant.

However, the book that has always haunted me since many years ago is The Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. It isn’t a horror, it isn’t a terrifying mystery, but at the same time it is. If any of you read it, you’ll know what I mean when I say that Hannah’s words always sent chills down my spine. The whispers of a dead girl being left for me to imagine is creepy after all, especially since I was young when I was introduced to this book.

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Robby RedSometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey