Music to Study to!

Music to Study to!

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This week us Disney Alumni article writers for the odyssey were asked to write about something that we were passionate about. So I decided to talk about my favorite type of music while also incorporating some study music suggestions for any students reading this. The music that I am passionate about is instrumental soundtrack music. I'm not really sure when this started but it's music that I have always enjoyed! There's just something about how the orchestra comes together to tell the story of a film/tv show in a different way then just watching it! Heck even Joss Whedon made a point of showing us how music makes such a difference in our viewing experience when he did the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "The Body" and stripped the whole episode of any background music.

This music is something that I think I am always going to love and I just want to share it with others to show them how great it all really is by sharing some of my favorites.

Films

How to Train Your Dragon by John Powell

Listening to this almost makes it feel like you're flying and it's just such a good sound that can instantly transport you to your happy place.

Best Tracks:

*Forbidden Friendship-x

*See You Tomorrow-x

*Test Drive-x

*Coming Back Around-x

John Williams

You might not know his name, but you probably know his music. This guy is the genius behind almost all of the classics from Star Wars to Harry Potter. I'll only mention a few of my favorites but believe there are more!

Best Tracks:

*The Hologram/Binary Sunset-Star Wars a New Hope x

*Raiders March- Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark x

*Leaving Hogwarts (This makes me cry every time)- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone x

*Buckbeak's flight- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban x

*The Superman Theme - Superman x

Patrick Doyle

Best Tracks:

*Neville's Waltz- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire x

*Can You See Jane?- Thor x

*Who is She?- Cinderella (2015) x

*Remember to Smile- Brave x

Michael Giacchino

A lot of Disney parks fans might recognize his sound from Disneyland's "Space Mountain".

Best Tracks:

*Married Life- Up x

*That New Car Smell- Star Trek x

*End Credits- Star Trek x

*As the Jurassic World Turns- Jurassic World x

TV

Doctor Who/Sherlock

Best Tracks:

*Doomsday- Doctor Who Series One x

*This is Gallifrey- Doctor Who Series Three x

*I am the Doctor- Doctor Who Series Five x

*The Game is On- Sherlock Series One x

*Irene's Theme- Sherlock Series Two x

*Back to Work- Sherlock Series Three x

Game of Thrones

Best Tracks:

*Main Title- x

*A Lannister Always Pays His Debts- Season Three x

*Mhysa- Season Three x

*The Children- Season Four x

Bear Mccreary

Best Tracks:
*Main Title- Da Vinci's Demons x

*The Lullaby- Da Vinci's Demons x

*Dance of the Druids- Outlander x

*Fallen Through Time- Outlander x

Cover Image Credit: Film Score Monthly

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14 Inspirational 'Winnie The Pooh' Quotes For College Kids Feeling Like Eeyore

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Winnie the Pooh and his friends were my best buds as a child. Now, as a college student, I've realized they knew more about life than I thought.

These 14 quotes from the 'Winnie the Pooh' movies, TV shows, and books, is getting me through this difficult semester, and maybe it will help you, too.

"You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." -Christopher Robin

"The nicest thing about rain is that it always stops. Eventually." -Eeyore

"The things that make me different are the things that make me." -Piglet

"It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine." -Eeyore

"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day." -Winnie the Pooh

"Don't underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering." -Piglet

"Could be worse. Not sure how, but it could be." -Eeyore

"Spelling isn't everything. There are days when spelling Tuesday simply doesn't count." -Rabbit

"There's no difference between falling a thousand feet to the jagged rocks below and tumbling out of bed." -Tigger

"People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day." -Winnie the Pooh

"I always get to where I'm going by walking away from where I have been." -Winnie the Pooh

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"You can't stay in your corner of the forest waiting for other to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes." -Piglet

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Before 'Sex & the City', There Was 'The Carrie Diaries'

I have three final exams coming up next week…so it only makes complete sense that I'm about one season deep into my third rewatch of "The Carrie Diaries".

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I have three final exams coming up next week…so it only makes complete sense that I'm about one season deep into my third rewatch of "The Carrie Diaries".

Carrie isn't afraid to be herself 

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Carrie is unapologetically herself. Like me, she over-analyzes every little detail and makes no secret of her passion for writing. She has a real zest for life that makes it a little easier for her to bounce back after dealing with hardship. She comes across as naïve at times, but Carrie knows exactly what she wants and what she's willing to do to get it.

New York, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

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Carrie has an awe-inspiring appreciation for the city that never sleeps. Every time she so much as steps into the Big Apple, she radiates a sincere love for the essence of the city.

I have no doubt that if this show were set in the present day, Carrie would be my twin in taking Instagram after Instagram of the city, hash-tagging with #Don'tNeedAManJustNeedMANhattan, because let's be real - New York is the true bae, so to speak.

Always Remember: Career first, Guys second

Carrie's liberated, fabulous boss at her fashion internship, Larissa Loughlin (Freema Agyeman), disperses little bits of advice that suggest in no uncertain terms that girls should focus on becoming someone. That someone should be well spoken and be determined to get the job done. At one point during the show, Larissa offers Carrie an amazing opportunity. When Carrie turns it down in favor of a relationship with a boy, Larissa looks at Carrie incredulously and says, "You're giving it up for a boy? The world is full of boys."

Larissa also reminds Carrie that not everyone is made for a future languishing in the suburbs. While that is the dream of some women (and that is totally alright), Carrie, like a lot of the girls I know (including myself), has a vision for herself that extends beyond the nostalgic allure of a white picket fence and a station wagon. She has goals that transcend attaining the attention of a boy, and that transcend being a wife or a mother.

That being said; love is utter and total madness 

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In the show, Carrie's relationship with Sebastian is one heck of a rollercoaster, and at one point she tells him she loves him so much that it physically hurts.

Love is always confusing, and there's always one person everyone goes back to regardless of how difficult things seem. Carrie's tendency to read into everything makes it even more nuanced.

One of the best lessons on this show is that even if you're perfect with or for someone, circumstances may make it such that you have to let them go. Not everything is going to go according to plan, and even if it does, there is no guarantee it will stay that way. All you can do is hold on to your memories and keep the people you love in your heart.

Good friends will always have your back

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It's no secret that being in high school or even college is hard. There's so much to balance, and so much change going on. This is why it's essential to have friends you can lean on when times get tough.

As you grow up, you may find that some friendships survive and others don't. Carrie certainly is lucky to have such a close gang of pals who love and support each other.

Carrie's different friends also bring out different sides of her. Mouse (Ellen Wong) reminds her to focus on the important things in life and be steadfast in her aspirations. Walt (Brendan Dooling) shares Carrie's love for the city and for fashion. Maggie (Katie Findlay) gives Carrie advice on relationships and helps keeps things light in times of trouble. In return, Carrie offers her own practical advice and listening ear to her best friends.

To just about sum it up—watching heartwarming, realistic characters struggle through an era when "Reagan and shoulder pads were all the rage"? Count me in.

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