12 Songs To Listen To In The Fall

12 Songs To Listen To In The Fall

I think I've listened to the entire Mazzy Star discography twenty times this week.

I must be the most terrible person to be with from late October to end of March (length varies depending on year) because when I'm cold, all I can think of is the fact that I'm cold and then all I can talk about is how cold I am. It is never ending torture for myself and for everyone around me. The only thing to cure this cycle is by wearing a million layers, drinking way too much coffee and listening to music.

So if you're like me and are always cold and are looking for a way to survive, listen to these glorious tunes.

1. Fade Into You by Mazzy Star

Mazzy Star is the ultimate fall band. If you find yourself intrigued, take a gander at Halah, Take Everything, I've Gotta Stop and okay let's just face it... their entire discography.

2. Linger by The Cranberries

Ahhh.. nothing like it. Dreams is supreme as well, if you're interested. I'm hooked. Please listen.

3. Tell Me If You Wanna Go Home from the Begin Again Soundtrack

Perfect tune to jam to while going on a nice evening stroll bundled up in a blanket scarf.

4. Party Police by Alvvays

I am actually so in love with Alvvays. There is something so blast from the past about them that just makes them seem so new and fresh.

5. Where You Lead by Carole King

Makes me think of Gilmore Girls which makes me think of fall. So there you go. Listen.

6. Honey by Ill Spector

I was a deadbeat
You were so sweet
Like honey

Never heard anything more beautifully sad in my life.

7. There She Goes by The La's

The OG fall song. Nothing gets me more in the fall mood than this song.

8. Space Song by Beach House

I love this song for more reasons than the fact that it ends with the solid words of fall back.

9. Kiss Me by Sixpence None The Richer

Nothing better than jamming to this song under the comfort of my comforter. Seriously my favorite thing.

10. All Too Well by Taylor Swift

This song is very different from the rest on my list, but it is so necessary. Taylor Swift has songs for every emotion, including one for what it feels like for being cold in the fall and guess what? This is it.

11. Peppermint by Say Lou Lou

Your apartment was my world
The light bulbs were the stars
The fire burned like our hearts

It warms my soul just reading the lyrics.

12. Dog Years by Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers soothes me alvvays with the glorious melody of Dog Years.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.

With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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The Multifaceted Role Of The Fence Symbol In August Wilson’s 'Fences'

The symbol of fences within the play "Fences" by August Wilson.

The title of August Wilson’s play “Fences” is apt, because the symbol of the fence represents three major concepts: the white picket fence representing the American Dream denied to the Maxson’s due to racism and Tory, the fencing-in of the Maxson’s into their state of poverty because of their race, as well as poverty itself limiting their social mobility.

I will frame all three of these fences within the American Dream to show the upset that it has caused both by existing and because it is out of their reach due to their race and poverty.

The American Dream is an ideal that consists of several archetypal images: an owned house, well-manicured lawn, a car or two, the nuclear family nestled in a decent suburban neighborhood, and the aforementioned white picket fence surrounding these possessions.

The Maxson’s are also black in the USA, specifically the 1950’s USA, which means that their race very negatively effects their chances of rising out of poverty to create a better life for themselves and possibly others.

Troy is especially in-tune with this fact, preventing Cory from playing football, a profession he might be successful with, simply because Troy experienced discrimination when trying to play Major League baseball.

The poverty they are trapped within is itself yet another fence for them to try to clamber over, as their lack of wealth means less education, and less services able to be rendered on their behalf, thus limiting their social mobility as individuals, as a family unit, and thus as a community.

The American Dream is an essential idea in Wilson’s “Fences”, as can be seen in Troy and Cory’s longing for jobs in which their truest skills and passions can be utilized.

Troy, though now a garbage collector, once attempted to play Major League baseball, but was stopped short by segregation and age. Troy craved the American dream, the dream of more money and more opportunity, and felt trapped by the past racist policies that pervaded America at this time.

This can be seen in Troy’s extreme effort to provide for his family and to pay for his house. He wishes Cory to achieve the American Dream, “I don’t want him to be like me! I want him to move as far away from my life as he can get”.

Troy uses his knowledge to ban Cory from being a football player, because he feels that, even with desegregation, racism from higher-ups will cause him to face the same harsh fate that Troy did.

Cory argues that there are now black players and, because they had already paved the way to prove segregation a worthless policy, he had a chance, unlike Troy. The American Dream is snatched from Troy by segregation, and Troy, fearing his son becoming a victim as well due to his experiences, stops Cory from trying to achieve the American Dream.

But the American Dream and the picket fence are themselves limiting. As Baharvand argues, “[The American Dream] serves as a vehicle to control colored people… It persuades them to do what the ruling class and factory owners want”.

But Baharvand neglects to consider the idea of the American Dream. It is a hypothetical ideal, that one should be able to “get wealthy”. This ideal of the white picket fence, the American Dream, the chance to become wealthy and build a better life, is blocked by another fence: race.

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