The 2019 Lesson We Should Learn From Taylor Swift

The 2019 Lesson We Should Learn From Taylor Swift

What her most recent album really has to say

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Taylor Swift has been criticized her whole life for so many things. She's been criticized for having too many boyfriends, for writing too many songs about them, for abandoning the genre of country, for fighting with other celebrities, for trying to avert attention to herself, and so many more things. Taylor Swift's most recent album, Reputation, addressed this. A lot of the people avoided her album after they had listened to her released singles, thinking that her switch in style of music was unpleasing. What the public didn't realize was the fact that Taylor Swift's album Reputation went much deeper than just the music. Recently, Taylor Swift released her Reputation tour documentary on Netflix streaming services. The documentary was basically her live concert in full for people to see.

Taylor Swift's documentary caught the eye of a lot of different people who weren't fans and had the world suddenly finding a deeper meaning to the girl who just "writes songs about her exes".

Swift's whole show focuses on the fact that so many people are have been commenting on her reputation with little no information about her actual personal life. The whole show and album focus on the fact that she wrestled with trying to hard to clean up her reputation until she finally decided that it wasn't going to bother her anymore. She starts her concert with a mashup of different audio clips from different news and celebrity gossip channels talking about her in a negative light and the show ends with a short film with a statement that says, "In the death of her reputation she finally felt alive".

Leaving this concert, I felt like I had something to think about and to reflect on.

This statement alone blows me away. Whether or not you're a Swift fan, I believe that Taylor's message is something very important for us all to hear. How many of us worry about what other people are going to think of us? We don't wear the things we want to wear because we are afraid of getting judged. We don't admit to our music tastes because we are afraid that our "guilty pleasures" are too embarrassing to share. We wear different masks for different people in order to fit in. The pressure to be someone we are not is something that is extremely overwhelming and it often suffocates us, preventing us from obtaining happiness within our own selves.

While some may think that Swift released this stadium tour documentary in order to promote her brand and image, I personally think that Swift timed the release of this documentary before the new year in order to inspire us with a goal for the new year. Swift challenges us in this documentary to leave our worry about our reputations behind and to embrace our true selves. When we abandon our reputations, we find a new found love and confidence in ourselves that we have never been able to find before. Abandoning our reputations allows us to be brave, resilient, strong, and independent. As we start the year of 2019, I encourage you to take the advice that Taylor Swift offers. You never know, you may find yourself happier than you've ever been.

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Lil Dicky's 'Earth' Is The Most Influential Song Of 2019, Change My Mind

And the music video may be even better.

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Lil Dicky is a known musician know for his songs 'Pillow Talking' and 'Freaky Friday' featuring Chris Brown. The songs are fun silly and are very catchy. Last week, Lil Dicky released a new song titled 'Earth' featuring about 30 plus artists including Ariana Grande, Justin Bieber, Brendon Urie, Zac Brown Band, and many others. This song is just as enjoyable as his other songs; however, this one carries an extremely important message.

In this song, Dicky brings awareness to the condition of the Earth along with the idea of world unity. Through the inclusion of several animal species, he shows how the earth doesn't just belong to us as human, but to the animals as well. Oftentimes, the human race can be extremely selfish and forget that we do share the planet with other species who are just as important as us.

In one of his last verses, Dicky mentions the way we are harming the earth through pollution and fighting wars. This part of the song becomes more serious to emphasize the importance of this topic. In the music video, the colorful visuals turn dark and gray which can bring to attending the dying planet.

In his effort to save the earth, Dicky calls for unity among all countries and continents. Saying how all past issues are in the past and we all need to come together since we live on the same planet. With all the political issues happening on a global scale, the earth and its health are often pushed to the end of the priority list. By adding this part to the song, Dicky brings awareness of that topic back to the top.

'Earth' by Lil Dicky is the most important song of 2019. Through his creative artistry and inclusion of over 30 artists, people will notice the message of this song and hopefully begin to make changes that will impact the earth in positive ways. If you haven't watched the music video or listened to the song please do.

Earth is the only planet we have; thus, we need to show how much we love it by actually taking action to care for it.

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15 Songs That Will Keep You Going Throughout Finals Week

Gotta put in work, work, work, work, work, work.

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We are rapidly approaching the most stressful time of the year...finals week. With looming deadlines and busy schedules it can be hard to find time to relax and reflect on the things you have accomplished and the things to come. We are often so wrapped up in our busy life styles that we forget to take a break to breathe. It's hard to constantly be on the move, so motivation is key. Next time you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take a break to listen to some music and relax. Listen to these songs for motivation and upbeat messages to help you get through it. You're awesome and can get through anything, never forget that!

1. Work from Home - Fifth Harmony

Time to put in work.

2. I Wanna Be a Billionaire - Bruno Mars

The world better prepare...for when you're a billionaire.

3. Not Afraid - Eminem 

Just lettin' you know that, you're not alone.

4. Girl on Fire - Alicia Keys

Not backing down.

5. Survivor - Destiny's Child

I'm not gon' stop, I'm gon' work harder.

6. You Gotta Be - Des'ree

You gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger.

7. Hall of Fame - The Script

You can move a mountain.

8. Hustlin' - Rick Ross

Everyday I'm hustlin'

9. All I Do Is Win - DJ Khalid

Never been defeated and I won't stop now.

10. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor

Risin' up to the challenge.

11. Petrified - Fort Minor

Concentrated power of will.

12. Don't Worry, Be Happy - Bobby McFerrin

When you worry your face will frown, and that will bring everybody down. Don't worry, be happy.

13. Beautiful - Christina Aguilera

Words can't bring you down.

14. Titanium - David Guetta

Bulletproof, nothing to lose.

15. Don't Stop Me Now - Queen

You're a shooting star.

16. Work- Rihanna

Work, work, work, work, work, work.

Take a deep breath and a study break to listen to these songs for some motivation. Clear your mind and know that you are going to do great! Good luck on all of your finals!

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