WU soundtrack 2 our lives
By Shannon Sollitt
The year is almost over. This is not a drill. I repeat: The year is almost over. This is the Collegian’s last issue before graduation. Finals are fast approaching, seniors are panicking about graduation and what happens next, and students of all ages are looking back shamefully at the resolutions they never kept. Amidst all the panic, however, spring is the season of nostalgia. Moments not spent pulling hair out in the library are spent reminiscing over the past year, or maybe even the past three. In the spirit of nostalgia, we asked students to reflect on their Willamette experiences and share a song that embodies some facet of them. We’ve compiled these songs into a playlist, or rather a series of playlists to accompany a variety of moods and scenarios. Some come with stories, others speak for themselves. The full playlist can be found on Spotify*. This is: “The Soundtrack to Our Lives.”
*Spotify playlist called Soundtrack To Our Lives (WU), found on Shannon Sollitt’s profile.
For Dorm Rooms and DownTime
“Rivers and Roads,” The Head and the Heart
I’ve had a thing with that song with like, everyone one ever met. It has different happiness with different people.
-Hailey Arnold, senior
“Home,” Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
It always reminds me of Grace (Katzmar) and a few other great friends I’ve met at Willamette.
- Caleb Legg-Van Buskirk, junior
“Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don’t,” Brand New
Basically, this song reminds me of living with Theresa (Martin) freshman year in Southwood. We would listen to this song after class or while cleaning our room or just hanging out. We would sometimes sing it to each other really loudly, but it wasn’t a big deal because, well, Southwood was kind of loud. I just remember listening to this and being grateful that Theresa was assigned as my roommate and that I got to meet such rad people freshman year. That sounds really cheesy, but I’m still friends with a lot of the same people. Also, this song was perfect for the multitude of angsty freshman feelings I had. I mean, we were all pretty emo that first semester. Remember how every weekend it felt like your heart would explode from all of the excitement and the love you felt for your friends and then your heart would break come Sunday? This song is for Sundays.
-Elisabeth Saul, senior
“Lay Low,” Josh Turner
“Gettin’ High in the Morning,” Ariel Pink
“F**in’ Problems feat. Drake, 2Chainz, and Kendrick Lamar,” A$AP Rocky
“Reminds me of living in Matthews.”
- Shayna Weimer, junior
“The General,” Dispatch
“Tuesday,” ILoveMakonnen (feat. Drake)
I lived on Matt 3rd…
-Owen Gow, freshman
“I Just Wasn’t Made for These Times,” The Beach Boys
Getting to college is weird, and it only seems weirder if you’re put through OD and are away from all your friends at home.
-Lance Rossi, junior
“Changes,” Tupac, because racism. “Changes,” David Bowie, because college.
-Marisol Garibay, sophomore
“Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head,” BJ Thomas.
This song always reminds me of Salem because of how rainy it is, and the crazy, hard times I’ve survived through. When I was at my internship, I was talking to [my supervisor] about what I think of the weather here, and I told him that I never liked the rain, but I learned that it made me appreciate the sunny days a lot more. I’m from the bay area where it’s always sunny, and I never appreciated how nice it was until I came here… Sort of like that, though. All of the dark times I’ve been through have made me appreciate the good even more. I’ve had friends go to jail, drop out, and even one committed suicide. But even when things got bad, the sunny days always came back. My friend killed himself when I was in Japan, and I was inconsolable. Whenever I heard Japanese it made me sad. So I stopped studying Japanese for a semester because I couldn’t stand it. But I picked it up again this semester, and I’m going to graduate with a minor in it in addition to my Sociology major.
“In the Long Run,” The Staves
“Time Stand Still,” Rush
It’s kind of about how the things we’re enjoying and experiencing right now are all going to be in the past, and then you sometimes just want to freeze certain moments so you can just live in them and enjoy them while they’re happening because they’ll be over… Also the music video is the most 80’s thing that’s ever been made.
- Brian Highkin, senior
“Out Among the Stars,” Local Natives
“Did You Hear the Rain?” George Ezra
Because rain… from a jaded, angry desert-dweller.
-Miles Hollinger, sophomore
“1 Train,” A$AP Rocky
I’ve been thinking bout, all the 0’s in my bank account.
-Elize Manoukian, junior
Romance (or lack there of)
“Story of My Life,” One Direction
“Little Talks,” Of Monsters & Men
“Dancing on My Own,” Robyn
On this small, small campus, everyone has experienced running into crushes, past-lovers, one-night stands etc.—whether it be between classes, in the light of day, at the Bistro or at a party watching them canoodle with someone who isn’t you BUT SHOULD BE—and no one helps you cope with these feelings of jealousy/abandonment/loneliness like ya gurl Robyn. THIS IS FOR YOU! I’M RIGHT OVER HERE! WHY CAN’T YOU SEE ME?!
-Jamie Ervin, junior
For Finals/Thesis/Study Sadness
“Stayin’ Alive,” The Bee Gees
“Amor Fati,” Washed Out
“Play it Again,” Luke Bryan
“Time to Run,” Lord Huron
“Don’t You Worry Child,” Swedish House Mafia
“Spring of sophomore year never dies.”
-Nora Canty, senior
“Graduate,” Third Eye Blind
“All I Do is Win,” DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Ludacris, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross
All I did was win in college. And I’m still winning after college.
-Delia Olmos-García, ‘14
For Grading Papers/Assignments
“Silence.” – Professor Bill Duvall, history
“I don’t listen to music except to sit and listen to it. I want to have my own thoughts and be knocked out by other peoples’ thoughts, and I don’t want to have them on the periphery. I want to give them my full attention.” -Doan
“Super Rich Kids,” Frank Ocean
“All The Small Things,” blink-182
“Your Body is a Wonderland,” John Mayer
People are adjusting to so many different substances and experimenting with so many different things.
- Andrea Adachi, senior
“Blackout (Remix),” Mike Posner
“Tomorrow,” Chris Young
[The singer] put off leaving this girl till the next day, but he knows that leaving is the right thing to do, and in this song he just gives in one last time… so it’s like, I dunno, seize the day. So you still have to do the right thing — just post pone it.
- Laura Hu, sophomore
“Number 9,” Moon Hooch
“It Wasn’t Me,” Shaggy
“It Began With A Burst,” Kishi Bashi