The Four "Must Listen" Bowie Albums

The Four "Must Listen" Bowie Albums

Celebrate his life by listening to these four records on repeat.
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On the tenth of January it will mark two years since the death of David Robert Jones, more notoriously known by his stage name David Bowie. Since the beginning of his career in 1967 to the final album in 2016, David Bowie goes down in history for the way he broke barriers and shifted his sound and style to change with every decade. Only the greats have album swhich go down as iconic, but Bowie has managed four in his career- and maybe even more! Here is a list of the four most iconic David Bowie albums in Bowie History.

Hunky Dory came out in 1971 and is home of two well known David Bowie songs. The first song, "Changes" which is about artist "compulsive reinvention" . The second of which, "Life on Mars", which looks to reflect modern culture and leniency to media and entertainment. Both songs have been featured on TV, "Life on Mars" having been in American horror Story: Freak Show and performed by Jessica Lange and "Changes" in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen performed by Lindsey Lohan. The whole album is the type of record you put on a record player and just does not sound the same played elsewhere. If you haven't heard it on vinyl, you haven't heard it.

While not many songs are referenced from this album, Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) is truly a testament to David Bowie’s creative adaptability from the 70s to the 80s in his genre, despite being let out at the very beginning of the decade in 1980. It’s far from the acoustic and mellow sound of Hunky Dory, but still true to the Bowie Brand. If I’m going to be honest, first hearing the title track to Scary Monsters, I had assumed it came out at the same time his nineties era had started due to the sound that resonates through the album. I guess it just goes to show Bowie truly was ahead of his time.

Not only is the album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust iconic, but the whole premise of it is iconic. Ziggy Stardust was David Bowie's first persona, noted for his sexual liberation and performance art. David Bowie had created and "killed off" the persona by announcing their last show would be the "last show ever" for Ziggy, and thus the title of the album "the rise and fall". Rise and Fall is noted arguably as one of the most iconic Bowie eras in history, and for good reason. The album consists of multiple iconic songs, such as "Moonage Daydream", which was featured in the first Guardians of the Galaxy movie, "Ziggy Stardust", and "Starman" which played worldwide surrounding his death.

The final album to grace this list of the four most iconic albums is none other than his final album, Blackstar. Featured in the number 2 slot of Rolling Stones “best albums of 2016” list, Blackstar is labeled a one of a kind musical farewell- released on his birthday, January 8th, just two days prior to his death. It is near impossible to compare Blackstar’s soothing jazz sound to the earlier and “dizzyingly adventurous albums”. Blackstar is home to metaphors only fully appreciated after his death, such as the title “blackstar” being the name for “transitional state between a collapsed star and a state of infinite value in physics”. Such analogy is easy to connect to the Starman himself. Truly historic, and while much different, two years later it is still certainly worth the purchase and listen.

Cover Image Credit: npr.org

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.
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Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.


2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.


4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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