Trapped In The Trap

Trapped In The Trap

The music that moves me.
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Music is one of the most significant, crucial, helpful and moving sources of art anyone can find in this world. Regardless of the artist, genre, or style, there is something out there for everyone. Music has been, and will forever be, a huge benefit to the human mind. Various studies have shown that different types of music help with different situations that we encounter on a daily basis. Classical music, as an example, is proven to help better memorize information for exams if you listen to it while you’re simultaneously studying. Other forms of music such as rap and hip-hop are known to help release anger when one is stressed out. It’s no lie that music moves the soul. There is something about music that allows for us to link with it, for whatever reason we may need to, which is completely dependent on the person listening, their life, the people they’re surrounded by and, most importantly, the unexplainable connection that resides within them when they hear a song.

Coming into college my music preferences were very basic. As your typical female, I had a special place in my heart for Taylor Swift, John Mayer, Luke Bryan and Beyoncé. My taste in music genres always depended on the mood I was in, which was changing constantly, and there were always a variety of choices I had to choose from. Slowly at first, but then ever so quickly, I became a big fan of electronic dance music, also known as EDM. I listened to EDM songs here and there in high school, but the college environment had it much more prominent and desirable. When I went out as a freshman to parties and the music was playing, I would dance the nights away without a second thought. The music made me move.

I began searching for this music on my own, which was when I came across the beautiful website known as SoundCloud. SoundCloud is a website with mainly electronic music streaming, although they also have their fair share of indie, rap, hip-hop and even classical music. Personally, I just wanted to find the songs that became familiar to me from basements at parties and I would be content with that. That was three years ago.

Today, the only music I listen to is EDM. Little did I know at the time that there were different types of this moving music as well. Trap, techno, synth, progressive, bass, dubstep and the list goes on. I love it all. When I wake up in the morning for my 9 a.m. class, this is the music I put on to get ready to. When I drive in the car, when I study for tests, when I go for a run, this music is with me. It lives in my soul and I breathe its rhythms. It consumes me and makes me feel emotion that I cannot successfully describe in words. This phenomenon didn’t take place overnight either.

I started listening to this music to get ready to go out in my college dorm. It was upbeat and fun, simple as that. Then, I started to workout to it. The beats and the pace allowed for open motivation to get my body moving and keep it moving. Next came car rides. I bought an aux cord for my old, little, black Toyota and jammed out to EDM wherever I was intending to travel. All of a sudden, and I'm not even exactly sure when this moment was, this music devoured my life. I have no desire to listen to any other types of music too, which I find to be the absolute weirdest part. I’m a writer. I love words, I love lyrics. The EDM songs I listen to, majority of the time, don’t have lyrics for me to connect to, so it makes no sense to me as to why I love it as much as I do.

I have found different styles of EDM to fit every single one of my emotions and moods, even sadness. I know you are thinking, “How does ‘robots clashing together’ make a person feel okay when they are upset?” because I think the same thing too. I really don’t know nor understand why this music speaks to me the way that it does. What I do know is that it makes me feel alive. It comforts me, it awakens me, it challenges me and it makes me joyous. Different songs evoke different emotions, different emotions draw me to new and unusual songs and the cycle repeats again and again.

When I was younger I distinctively remember always judging people that listened to hardcore screamo music. I didn’t understand how they could extract any type of thoughts, feelings or fulfillments from it…now, I do. I understand because people listen to the music I like and think what I was thinking to myself ten years ago. I even think it to myself because I don’t fully understand the craving and sensations that fill my body when this music comes on, but I love it.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

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Warcraft 3: Reforged - A legend returns

One of the top 100 games of the century makes a comeback in an epic way.

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17 years ago, the legion invaded the realm of Azeroth, forcing the different races of Humans, Orcs, Night elves, and Undead to make the most unlikely of alliances. There were those who fought for the light while the others wished to banish it. Night and day, the furnaces of Lordaeron burnt bright as the loyal dwarves of Khaz Modan hammer away the swords and shields that would aid the fight ahead.

17 years ago, the young orc warchief Thrall foresaw the fate of his people as meteors of green flames crash upon his lands. He saw the upcoming demise of his clanand ordered a mass evacuation towards a new continent where they shall be safe for generations to come. 17 years ago, the night elves felt a corruption within the Tree of Life, causing them to split into opposing factions: one fought in the name of the Goddess, while the other fought in the name of personal hatred. 17 years ago, a legion of undead came upon the shores of Lordaeron, plaguing the land and defiling the life force of the realm. That was the story of Warcraft, one that spanned continents and races only to join them together for a crucial battle of their history.

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Warcraft was a monument to an entire gaming generation, ranked 2nd best game of all time by German games magazine "GameStar." Its fate, however, was ultimately sealed as computing technology became better and overshadowed the old giant. Plus, with the rise of gaming consoles and handheld gaming devices, PC gaming lost its appeal slowly, and games like Starcraft or Warcraft eventually faded into oblivion.

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However, not everyone was hyped when the game was announced. Many gamers expressed disappointment at Blizzard's move of remastering old games instead of developing new ones. Many, feeling uncomfortable at the company's decision, took to the internet and into forums. Some fans expressed concerns over Blizzard's decision to retcon a game they hold dear Some are unhappy with the graphics not being consistent with characters: unit models look too detailed while buildings look cartoonish.

Despite all this, the general population loved the announcement at Blizzcon. As the game slowly reaches its release date of December 31, 2019, the hype can only go up from here. For those of us who can't hold their excitement, here's a video of the crowd's insane reaction to the announcement:


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