Lifestyle Spotify Weekly Playlist #57 – Northern Star
Weekly Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6LAnnUWBnzwq6SbIQqWx7u?si=1e87d3f6bd3446fa
- John Mark Pantana – “In Your Mind”
- Phoebe Bridgers – “Waiting Room”
- Lizzy McAlpine – “Apocalypse”
“On Your Mind” was released in 2019 on Pantana’s “Love Secrets” album. Pantana is described as a Christian indie musician, which is different for me, as I don’t listen to a lot of Christian music. This song is different, however, as Pantana does not explicitly explain his beliefs; it’s much more subtle as it explains getting high, drinking and feeling ashamed but knowing he’s still in God’s mind. It’s a beautiful song because it can describe anything from Christianity to love.
Bridgers’ “Waiting Room” is a song she wrote when she was 16, but contains the raw emotional storytelling of someone much older, showing off her songwriting abilities. She describes being so in love with someone that “if you were a waiting room, I would never see a doctor. I was sitting there with my first aid kit and bleeding. The song has a simple guitar instrument, but the lyrics are the main strength of this song. Bridgers ends the song by repeating the line “know it’s for the best”, acknowledging that the relationship will never happen and that it would be unhealthy if it did.
In “Doomsday,” McAlpine describes ignoring all the red flags from a previous relationship and not knowing they were headed for disaster from the very beginning. The single has a unique drum instrument which adds to the frustration McAlpine experiences as she reflects on the relationship. That relationship was her metaphorical death, but now that it’s over, she’s freer than ever.
The choices of Laqes
- Fergie – “awkward”
- Timbaland feat. OneRepublic – “Apologize”
- Black-Eyed Peas – “Meet Me Halfway”
Fergie’s “Clumsy” was released in 2006 on the album “The Dutchess”. The song entered the Top 10 in 2007, helping Fergie become the first woman to hit five top 10 hits from a debut album since Paula Abdul. “Clumsy” belongs to the pop, bubblegum pop and R&B genres. The song is about being awkward over a crush and getting into awkward situations because they love them so much.
Timbaland’s “Apologize” with OneRepublic was released in 2007 on the “Shock Value” album. This song won the band a Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo with Vocals and was ranked No. 1. 50 on the Billboard Hot 100’s All-Time Greatest Songs list. This song is about a person coming out of a painful breakup and telling their partner it’s too late to apologize.
“Meet Me Halfway” by Black Eyed Peas was released in 2009 on the album “The END”. The song peaked at no. 7 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and talks about a relationship where they argue and want to meet halfway so they can work out the tension between them.