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Five Songs for November

Posted by Shamir Lee on 11/13 at 04:45 PM

November has brought on the stress, the dark moods, and the anxiety for the end of the semester and approaching school breaks that don’t seem to be coming quickly enough. I find myself listening to more music than usual to calm myself down and distract me from reality. There are five songs in particular that have been taking me into another world, where I almost forget about my true responsibilities. I would like to say that’s a good thing, but my grades and class attendance may say the opposite.

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1) Goodbye Horses (1988) - Q Lazzarus
“Would you f*** me? I’d f*** me.” 1991’s Silence of the Lambs might be the only reason anyone knows this song. You can hear it in the background as “Buffalo Bill” speaks these words to himself in the mirror. The song is barely featured in the film, but somehow I was struck by it, and I had to know what it was. After a few searches years ago, I found it, and it’s been one of my favorite songs ever since.

2) 101 (1988) - Sheena Easton
I just discovered “101” a few days ago. After hearing that Prince wrote it for Easton, I had to hear it. I was certainly not disappointed. The mysterious tone is reminiscent of Prince’s work during this time, reminding me of “Thieves in the Temple.” I’ve listened to it over 50 times now in the past three days. That’s not an exaggeration.

3) Birthday Cake (1995) - Cibo Matto
It might be nostalgia that keeps me coming back to this song. Playing Jet Set Radio Future (2002) and hearing this chaotic tune over and over again in Rokkaku-dai Heights while skating over the crammed square-shaped builidings was, at first, comparable to listening to nails on a chalkboard. But soon, I began to enjoy the sound, and I didn’t think I ever would.

4) Hebi Ichigo (2001) - Moon Kana
“Hebi Ichigo” is kind of like the previous song mentioned, at least to some. For me, however, it’s always been a pleasure listening to it. I honestly can’t explain why. I just like it. Her whiny, screechy voice is music to my ears, and the erratic instrumentals just add to the pleasure. This was after I had listened to “Birthday Cake” and songs like it many times, so maybe my ears had grown accustomed to the sound.

5) Everybody (2013) - Shinee
Although dubstep has made its exit, its use in this k-pop tune is perfect. I don’t know what they’re saying besides “everybody” in the chorus, but this song makes me feel too good! It should be a crime. I haven’t listened to k-pop in a while, but this song has me searching for all the new releases. The video features intricate choreography and flashing futuristic sets, typical of Korean music videos. And Taemin doesn’t look too bad, if I do say so myself (he’s at :56).

{name} Author: Shamir Lee
Bio: Shamir Lee is a senior majoring in Advertising. She’s a writer for Penn State’s CRITIQUE, a student-run business magazine. Additionally, she has created ads and flyers for One Heart, an organization fighting against child sexual abuse. She’s interested in looking at cats, doing ballet, exercising, and ending animal cruelty. In her free time, she enjoys watching horror movies, some of her favorites being Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue and the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ("sorry, I just really like the cinematography"). Music is a big part of her life, as she plays piano, a little bit of guitar, and used to play saxophone. Some of her favorite musicians are Jason Becker, BUCK-TICK, Megadeth, Aivi Tran, Missing Persons, Nina Hagen, Prince, and Koji Kondo.


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