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Daily Prompt: Musical Marker


We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014? —http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/musical-marker/

This summer, I have been taking 10 credits worth of linguistics classes from the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL) at UND, so most of my time has been spent either in class, doing homework, or straight up sleeping. I’m serious. I sleep a lot, and I’m still tired. Sleep deprivation is a problem, y’all.

So when I’m listening to music these days, it’s mostly stuff without words, like film scores, solo piano, some dubstep, some electronica, some house music. That kind of stuff doesn’t quite stick in the mind grapes* like catchy pop tunes or, frankly, anything with lyrics.

However. When I am very dedicatedly procrastinating on my homework because I can only take so much–I’m not academically infallible, believe it or not, haha–I have been listening to a lot of unsigned artists, as per my MO. I like my hipstery music… that is only hipstery because it’s self-produced and nobody’s ever heard of it, not because it sucks and is obscure. lol (Oh, sorry, was that offensive? My bad.) For example, I’ve been listening to a lot of Lily Allen (not unsigned or independent, no), Abandoning Sunday and Chase Holfelder’s “Carolina Summer” is kind of my jam right now. haha.

Unfortunately what seems most true for me is that the songs that ever really throw me back are the ones that resonate with a particular depression cycle. Which. You know. Kinda sucks. It would be nice to hear music and be flooded with good memories instead of depression. Oh well, I guess. I didn’t get to pick the cards I was handed; I just have to play them.

*one of my friends from my first college uses the phrase “mind grapes” to refer to his memory outstanding. and although I used to think he was one of the weirdest people I know, I grew up. Now I recognize his uniqueness and individuality, but it’s endearing instead of just “weird”. I rather miss seeing him regularly. I am very pleased to report that he is actually several states away in law school, and I am very proud of him for his accomplishments. I’m just not really impressed with that “several states away” business. It was hard enough to see him when he was only across the state.

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I am a Writing and Publishing graduate student at Emerson College. I studied English and Linguistics in my undergraduate career, as well as a little bit of philosophy and four other languages (somewhat superficially). I am interested in language and how we use it culturally, as well as a vast collection of current sociopolitical issues, including race, sex, and gender, and the ways that those issues intersect each other.

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