My Love Affair With Spotify

My Love Affair With Spotify

8 reasons why I will always use Spotify.

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This is a very controversial topic that I am going to discuss; what is the best music app? I will always side with Spotify instead of Apple Music or Pandora. I even recently heard one of my friends talk about how she uses google music, which I did not know even existed. Anyways, Spotify is simple the best app to listen to music on. My opinions might be a little bit bias because, besides Spotify, I have only used Pandora. That was a long time ago, before I discovered the gloriousness that is Spotify. Here are the top 8 reasons why I am hooked on this app.

  1. Spotify has every song that you could ever want to listen to. You don't have to pay to download the app so that is essentially all the free music that you could want.
  2. Spotify offers a bundle deal for students. They can get Spotify Premium and Hulu for just $5.00 a month. This is cheaper than the Apple Music student deal which is $5.00 a month of just music.
  3. With Spotify, you can download playlists to your phone so they are available offline without data. This is one of my favorite features because if I am running out of my monthly data I can save the songs. If I am running out of storage on my phone, then it is very easy to unsave them.
  4. I like how I can add a song to my queue and then it will come on next in my line up. I have a habit of adding a lot of songs to my queue. With Spotify, you can go through and delete songs from your queue and rearrange the order. This is something that I just recently figured out, but it has been a blessing.
  5. Spotify will make playlists customized to you based on the music that you listen to this most. This is helpful because if I don't know what to listen to, I will just listen to one of those playlists.
  6. Along with these personalized playlists, Spotify also has premade playlists. There is a playlist for just about every occasion, mood, and genre someone is looking for. I love these playlists. It is so much easier to listen to one of these than to create my own playlist.
  7. There is also a station option with Spotify. This reminds me a lot of Pandora. You can click an artist you like and go to their radio. Then you will get songs that are similar to that artist as well as that artist's songs too.
  8. At the end of 2018, Spotify had a website called Spotify Wrapped. You could login in with your Spotify account information and it would show you the songs you listened to most, the artists you liked, and the amount of minutes spent on Spotify in the year. This was cool to see because it was like a recap of my year in music.

Basically, Spotify is superior to Apple Music and Pandora, and all other music listening apps. I will forever be loyal to it.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender Is Still Iconic, And Here's Why

Although it's a children's cartoon from the 2000s, ATLA remains one of the greatest shows ever made.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender ended in 2008, but I've watched the full series at least ten other times since then. I was a big fan of ATLA when it was first airing, but sometimes I marvel at how lasting it's impact is over a decade later. I've seen ATLA bumper stickers and tattoos depicting the four elements, not mention that I myself have a "Jasmine Dragon" sticker on my laptop resembling the Starbucks logo. ATLA was incredible. It's witty, fun, emotionally impactful, interesting in plot, and filled with relatable characters. "Korra" was a nice attempt to follow up on a passionate fanbase, but it ultimately didn't resonate with viewers to the same degree. That said, sometimes people wonder why I'm still so invested in a kid's cartoon from the 2000s. Here's why.

The show referenced a variety of cultures from around the world

If you've watched the show, you've probably realized that there aren't actually any "white" characters in the Avatar-verse. Not that European cultures aren't valid, but it is notable that the show was created as an appreciation of cultures that often go overlooked. The art and music were heavily influenced by East and South Asia, and the different nations clearly reference Asian and indigenous traditions. Earth Kingdom cities were based off of real cities in East Asia, and the culture depicted drew from various East Asian nations as well. The same applies to the fire nation, which was originally modeled off of Japan and China. The water tribes have their foundations in Inuit and Sireniki cultures, and the air nomads are based on Tibetans, Sri Lankan Buddhists, and Shaolin Monks. There are many other historical references throughout "Avatar," including a nod to ancient Mesopotamia in the Sun Warriors.

The characters were complex and relatable

"ATLA" didn't just give us a typical group of teenage heroes, with each one fitting into a typical mold. They were complex and realistic, and that's what made them relatable. We saw Aang balance his role as Avatar with his personal moral philosophy, all while experiencing the onset of puberty and young adulthood. We watched Katara struggle with responsibility as the main female role model in her family after her mother's death. We observed and related to Toph and Zuko's complex relationships with their families, including the influence that an abusive parent can have on a young life. We experienced the struggles of inferiority to "better" friends with Sokka, and even learned about toxic friendships with Mai and Ty Lee. These were all growing kids and teenagers, and nothing could have been more genuine.

"ATLA" gave us some incredible, strong female leads to look up to

Katara was truly the first feminist I ever encountered on television. Not only did she become a master waterbender in the span of weeks, she also taught the Avatar! And the whole time, she reminded us that strong fighters can be feminine too. Meanwhile, Toph showed us that just because a person has a disability, doesn't mean that they are defined by it. In fact, Toph's blindness only enhances her abilities, rather than holding her back. We also encounter powerful female characters like Azula (I know, she's evil, but that doesn't make her any less of a prodigy), Ty Lee, Mai, Suki (and all the Kyoshi warriors for that matter), Smellerbee, and even Princess Yue (who literally died for her people, mind you).

It made a deep, dramatic topic witty and fun

It occurred to me recently that "Avatar" is basically about imperialism and genocide. The Fire Nation decides to take over the world through military force, and it does so by exterminating an entire people and occupying and colonizing everyone else. For such a deep topic, you wouldn't think the show would be quite as fun as it is, but it is. I've restarted watching, and I find myself constantly laughing. With Sokka's sarcastic comments, Iroh's oddities, and everybody else's regular quips, "ATLA" is regularly lighthearted and never takes itself too seriously.

There's some real wise advice throughout

Finally, what "ATLA" is really known for, is its heart. Uncle Iroh provides us with a regular understanding of the world around us, encouraging us to see the world in balance and look for our true selves. His wise words ring true throughout childhood and adulthood. The underlying themes and messages of the show, including balance, friendship, love, and loyalty, all serve the greater purpose of advising the audience.

In summary, "Avatar" was amazing. If you haven't, I highly recommend you do. If you have, maybe go rewatch!

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