P is for Playlist

One of the things I love most about college is the fact that I am constantly exposed to new music.  Almost every day, I wake up to find e-mails from friends and posts on my Facebook wall with songs I just have to hear.  Between concerts by Alma Mater Productions and groups like the Student Hip Hop Organization, I am bombarded with new tunes all the time.  These are a few of the songs I have on repeat right now:

  • The Lime Tree by Trevor Hall
  • I’m So Paid by Akon
  • Waterfall by Griffin House
  • Pretty Wings by Maxwell
  • One Headlight by the Wallflowers
  • I Got This Love by George Watsky ft. Passion
  • On to the Next One by Jay-Z ft. Swizz Beatz
  • Forever Young by Jay-Z ft. Mr. Hudson
  • Your New Success by Death Cab for Hova (Death Cab for Cutie + Jay-Z)
  • Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop by Landon Pigg
  • Throw Me a Rope by KT Tunstall
  • Beautifully by Jay Brannan
  • ABCs by K’naan
  • She by Elvis Costello
  • Alive by Pearl Jam
  • Honey, Let Me Sing You a Song by Matt Hires
  • Brooklyn Girls by Charles Hamilton
  • You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
  • She (For Liz) by Parachute
  • My Hands Are Shaking by Sondre Lerche
  • I Want You Back by the Jackson 5
  • Brightest by Copeland
  • All These Things That I Have Done by the Killers
  • First Day of My Life by Bright Eyes
  • 5 Years Time by Noah and the Whale
  • Her Morning Elegance by Oren Lavie
  • Still Not a Player by Big Punisher
  • I Need a Girl (Pt. 2) by P. Diddy

Of course, my most favorite musical moments at William and Mary have definitely occurred in person.  I saw The Wailers (reggae) when they filled the Sunken Gardens during a free show Homecoming 2006.  I was front row at a Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers concert (rock) at Lake Matoaka amphitheater in September 2007 and back again for a Gym Class Heroes concert (hip hop) in April 2008.  I ended up on stage with M1 Platoon, a North Carolina hip hop crew, during AMP’s Fridays@5 spring 2009.  I have watched countless friends in a cappella groups sing everything from barbershop to ’90s classics to radio rap.  I hosted an International Music and Dance Showcase last weekend through Phi Beta Delta honor society that included the Students of the Caribbean, Heritage Dancers, African Cultural Society, Bboy Club, Beledi, and Appalachian Music Ensemble.  And still, some of my most favorite memories are of late nights with talented friends strumming guitars under the stars, in dorm lounges, or packed into crowded living rooms.

“One thing ’bout music- when it hit, you feel no pain.”  Dead Prez, Hip-Hop

Go Tribe,


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