When a slew of midterms rush in and heaps of responsibilities from extracurriculars seem endless, the only way that I find a sense of refuge is through the vessel of music. There’s something so visceral about it that makes an experience not only void of anchoring thoughts but also so full in its dimensions of feeling. Something about it brings you to the forefront of the moment, instilling within you the power of feeling the fluidity of the past, present, and future. To me, music is the most abstract yet pure mechanism to digest time.
What fascinates me the most about music is that it is a felt language that goes beyond what is just heard through the ear – it involves the subjective creation (and recreation) of visualization in our minds both for the listener and the artist. Our minds can, in fact, “see ” music. Though music is essentially just a compression of the pressures of molecules traveling through the medium of air, music has the capacity to take hold of the hidden crevices of the heart by communicating what is the ineffable.
This semester, I’ve tried something new and joined the Peabody-Hopkins Chorus. We meet bi-weekly at the Peabody Institute to prepare our concert for the winter and this semester’s focus is on R.Vaughan Williams piece of Dona Nobis Pacem. Along with the technical choral skills that we rehearse, each practice teaches us how to listen to others to find balance as a choir and challenges us to grow a deeper sense of understanding for the purpose of each component of the music, imagining what Vaughan Williams had in mind while composing the song. I walk out of most practices with a newfound sense of inspiration and the urge to improve.
Thus, in hopes to share with you my deep-running love for music and its significance, here is a list of tunes handpicked by Hopkins students that you can vibe to at your leisure.
Intro / Stronger Than Me – Amy Winehouse
For those want a little bit of soul and funk by Amy Winehouse
What You Don’t Do – Lianne La Havas
For those who want a contemporary groove with many musical elements and a voice-like-honey
Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Joseph Vincent Cover
For those of you want someone to warm the cockle’s of your heart, Joseph Vincent is your man.
Cranes in the Sky – Solange Knowles
For those who seek an ambient sound for the perfect backdrop while studying
Cold Water ft. Justin Bieber – Major Lazer
For those who want to stay ahead of the curve in the music scene, here’s a cool, vibe-y tune that is on our radar
In The Name Of Love – Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha
For those who crave the jittery feeling of hearing a loud, clear, and fun song