Well, it’s here at last. The trees have donned their leafy green uniforms, the ENO hammocks have found their places amongst the summery shade, and every student is slowly dying a crippling death by means of final exams. This only means one thing for us here at Vanderbilt, and that thing is summer. Before we are set free to our respective internships and summer vacations, we must make it past the hurdles that stand between us and our 14 weeks of relative peace.
For some people, salad–especially fruit salad–is really fun to eat. Just search “person eating salad” on Google and you’ll see that 9 out of 10 results feature inexplicably jovial individuals brandishing a bowl of salad in one hand and admiring a tomato or a tuft of lettuce speared on a fork held in the other.
However, as exhilarating as it may be to eat salad, it’s even more fun to listen to it.
I just got back from a spring break road trip from Nashville to the Grand Canyon, which included way too much sitting in my friend’s car. Whether it was driving for hours and hours on endless country roads or sitting in the passenger seat while traveling across the entirety of Kansas, road trip songs definitely kept me sane. The following playlist was one of the many I made for the 48 hour drive there and back, and I used songs by ODESZA only.
Ah, to be young and in college. College is often revered as the breeding ground for intellectual development, excessive alcohol consumption, and wild parties. Though every part of that previous statement is true, let’s take a quick second to talk more in depth about that last part.
College parties are notorious for a number of reasons. Whether it’s the newly discovered freedom, blaring music, or sloppy, stumbling freshmen, these parties are something with which we are all familiar. And you know something else we’re all familiar with? Trap music.
It’s somewhat of an anomaly when you first think about it. It doesn’t matter if you’re at a low key pregame or at some fraternity rager; chances are that you’re going to be listening to some so-called “trap.” When you think about it, though, it makes total sense: it’s danceable, it’s good background noise, and it’s not thought provoking. Most importantly, it’s socially acceptable terrible music. No one goes to a party and says, “I don’t like this, could you please change the song?” No. As a social being, you are obligated to listen to trap and embrace it even if you think it’s below your indie Spotify playlist standards.
It doesn’t really matter how this came to be the norm. What does matter is that you stay socially relevant. If you happen to need a playlist for a party you’re throwing any time soon, I’ve got you covered. For those of you who struggle with trap/rap music and party playlists in general, I’ve decided to bring out my inner trap queen and make a playlist. It’s not something I’m proud of, but check it out below. Do it for the Vine, friends. I ruined my Soundcloud brand for this.