Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Quarantine Jams: Music Recommendations To Help With Self-Isolation

By: Kaelin Hughes/Content Editor

It has been two months and counting since schools have closed to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. As a result of school closures, students have been in “quarantine,” unable to leave their homes. After a while, doesn’t it seem to get boring, just sitting around, doing school work, playing video games, or just scrolling through your social media to pass the time? Maybe all you need is a bit of music to help you to get through your day! Based on recent releases and chart toppers, here is a quarantine “playlist,” with a plethora of genres:

  • Distance – Yebba: A relaxed, yet upbeat R&B song with a lovely bass-line that will just make you want to get up and dance and sing.
  • Eleven – Khalid, Summer Walker: With the use of sound effects and the duo’s harmonies, this song gives off the “being out late on summer nights just driving with friends” feel, which is probably what most of us would love to do right now.
  • Blinding Lights – The Weeknd: This synth filled song has gone viral on the popular app TikTok, and after one listen, you’ll understand why.
  • Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles: Styles solo catalog is expanding, showing the true potential of this ex-boyband member. “Watermelon Sugar” is another song that captures the essence of summer feelings; maybe all we need right now is some “strawberries on a summer evening.”
  • Hero – Weezer: Weezer is notorious for their music, and this recent release does not disappoint. “Hero” breaks down the idea of someone believing they’re an outcast, saying that everyone needs their own hero, but they really need themselves. 
  • Wonderwall – Oasis: Now, this song may have become a meme, but that’s exactly why I’m suggesting it. The song is catchy, and listening to it knowing that its existence is mainly focused on for memes may even make you smile, which everyone really needs to do right now.  
  • Another One Bites the Dust – Queen: Who doesn’t like Queen? Probably a lot of people, but “Another One Bites the Dust” is a song that can help almost anyone get their groove on, and I highly suggest doing just that.
  • Oh, What A World – Kacey Musgraves: Kacey Musgraves has grown to be a popular artist recently, and this song shows just why. Personally, it does not sound like what I’d think all country music sounds like, but it isn’t bad. This song is lovely, and I think anyone who has an interest in country should listen.
  • Friends In Low Places – Garth Brooks: I can’t speak for everyone, but this is an amazing song. I don’t even like country music, and this song just makes me want to get up and dance with everyone around me. I really think we need to try and replicate that feeling of togetherness during this situation, and this song helps doing that.

It may be short, but I truly believe that this list of songs will help you to feel better about your time in self-isolation. Remember to wash your hands, practice social distancing, and most important of all, focus on yourself and your physical and mental needs!

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Kaelin Hughes
Kaelin Hughes is a determined second year journalism student taking on her senior year at Blue Ridge. She has participated in Leo Club, National Honor Society, and theater. When you don't have any idea of where Kaelin is, she can be found doing anything music or theater related, stressing out over classes, or sleeping. Her future goals consist of attending college, but unsure of a specific path, since her ideas change at any given moment, but she's working on it, hoping to go through the motions of life.

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