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Staff Rants and Raves: Music

Whether you’re listening to your favorite playlist on the way to work or overhearing someone else’s at 4 a.m., music can evoke many emotions. Here’s what our staff has to say about it.
Grace Halio


On Pointless Effort

By Ethan Zack, Music Editor

Trying to make a good playlist has to be one of the most excruciating things you can subject yourself to. You’re up at 3 a.m. again, thinking you finally have it. You’ve found the perfect vibe to base a playlist on. “It’ll work out this time,” you tell yourself. For a short while, it does. Those first few added songs are banging, all complementing each other and linking together flawlessly. You feel like a goddamn composer. The high of creating such an impeccably beautiful compilation of music is unreal. But inevitably comes the downfall. The more songs you add, the shakier the focus becomes. Lots of songs sound too different to work together as a uniform body, but if you only include songs that sound similar, the playlist gets too generic. You’ve got to keep adding songs though. You can’t stop. No one wants a playlist that ends too early, leaving you to try and set the mood on the fly with a haphazard queue of songs. The pressure builds. You’ve lost the spark. With a resigned sigh, you private the lost cause so no one will ever see your failure. It’s pointless though. You’ll delete it within the next few days and try again, in pursuit of that unattainable masterpiece. You can try all you want, but trying to make the perfect playlist is masochistic.

On Aubrey Graham

By Lauren Gruber, Deputy Culture Editor

In my humble (read: correct) opinion, Drake, beloved by frat boys across the country for his co-invention of Sicko Mode, has not put out a decent album since 2011’s “Take Care.” Every single song off “Take Care” is a masterpiece: crying to “Marvin’s Room” and “Doing It Wrong” truly hits different, “Cameras” and “The Ride” are criminally underrated and “HYFR” is a banger. Generally, Drake’s rhythm and blues songs are far superior to his monotone, boring rap. I am sick and tired of men trying to convince me that “Jumpman” and “I’m Upset” are remotely decent songs. Drake has a total of three decent non-feature rap songs that aren’t on “Take Care” and they are as follows: “Headlines,” “The Motto” and “Over.” Drake, If you’re reading this it’s not too late to start making sadboi/sadgorl bangers again. #MakeDrakeSadAgain2020

On The Haters

By Abby Hofstetter, Opinion Editor

I’d like to consider myself a reasonable woman. I like things that are good, and I dislike things that are bad. I think it’s a pretty simple dichotomy. But what I cannot stand are people who hate popular music just because it’s cool. I used to be one of those girls — the ones in seventh grade who very vocally hated Justin Bieber. But secretly, I loved his music. It was good! (It still is!) But hating Justin meant that I was part of a very niche counter-culture, so I pretended that I didn’t like “My World 2.0,” even though it killed me. My life was very hard. Reader, if I may leave you with a word of advice: don’t be a hater.


On Patti Smith

By Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Senior Reporter

Until I discovered Patti Smith, I never understood when people would say, “I heard this song and had goosebumps.” I’d just be like, “Oh, you must’ve been cold when it started playing.” Right? Then I heard “Paths That Cross.” In one way or another, this song changed me and my perception of a billion things, from emotional and physical distance to the importance of coincidences and accidents in life. Long live Patti Smith!

Opinions expressed on the editorial pages are not necessarily those of WSN, and our publication of opinions is not an endorsement of them.

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About the Contributors
Ethan Zack
Ethan Zack, Deputy Managing Editor
Ethan is a junior in CAS majoring in Journalism and History. When he's not stumbling through an endless stream of Zoom classes, he's doing fun and cool things like reading the Wikipedia plot summaries of horror movies because he's too scared to actually watch them or making yet another three-song playlist that he will literally never touch again, ever. He's most active on Twitter (@ethanzack), so feel free to reach out with any spicy takes.
Lauren Gruber
Lauren Gruber, Dining Editor
Lauren is a CAS sophomore studying Journalism and Psychology and WSN's resident sorority girl. A Boston native, she loves ice cream in the winter and the word 'wicked.' Lauren is a Brie cheese enthusiast and her hobbies include petting every dog she sees, rereading Gillian Flynn novels and watching cooking shows (specifically "Chopped" and "British Bake Off"). You can find her at The Bean while she pretends to study. Follow her on Instagram @laurenmgruber.
Abby Hofstetter
Abby Hofstetter, Managing Editor
Abby is a CAS junior studying History, Creative Writing and probably something else. She's from Long Island, but please don't bring that up. If you need her, you can find her discussing the third season of Glee or why olives should be banned from consumption. Contact her for a terrible time.
Anna-Dmitry Muratova
Anna-Dmitry Muratova, Under the Arch Managing Editor
Finley  comes from Moscow, Russia! They're a junior studying Journalism and Environmental Studies and it's their fifth semester at WSN. Finley loves all things inclusive, sex. ed., ecology and advocacy for a whole bunch of stuff. They'd love to chat with you if you want to write for Under the Arch! Find them @veryawkwardfinley on Instagram. :-)
Grace Halio
Grace Halio, Editor-at-Large
Grace Halio has spent the past three years working at WSN because her job has an actual title, unlike her concentration in Gallatin. She's studying how journalism and public art can be narratives for social and climate injustice, but has a soft spot in her heart for New York Fashion Week and all things Features Desk. A Long Island native, she could likely live off of bagels. Grace spent her spring 2016 semester studying in Florence, Italy. Unfortunately, she did not turn into Lizzie McGuire; fortunately, she ate a lot of cheese. She looks forward to returning to the motherland. In the meantime, however, you can find her fighting for the necessity of the oxford comma and making pasta for dinner six nights a week. Follow her on Twitter to see her creative 140 character complaints or on Instagram to take a peek at how she spends her free time.

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