Happy Tunesday, friends! I’m sure we’ve all heard Alice Cooper’s 1972 hit “School’s Out,” right? Epic guitar riffs combined with Alice Cooper’s passionate vocals make us more and more excited to end the school year and enjoy summer break. What about “After Today” from A Goofy Movie? A class Disney tune that truly captures what’s so great about leaving school behind for the summer. With so many songs like “School’s Out” and “After Today” that celebrate this long-awaited, much-needed, and well-deserved respite, I can’t help but wonder if there are any songs that pump us up for a new academic year? I know so many of you have already started or are preparing to head back this week or next. In fact, I’m also returning to school (graduate degree number TWO) at the end of September, and I think we could all use a moment to not only mourn summer’s end, but also–and more importantly–celebrate the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Now, I’m going to be honest, finding back to school songs to pump us up proved to be more difficult than I imagined, but I eventually found some that I hope will at least inspire and empower us as we return to school. Whether you’ve got first-day jitters or question your ability, there’s a song for practically every occasion. Here’s to an incredible school year!
Happy Tunesday, friends! I absolutely LOVE sleeping in the rain. It’s honestly the best way for me to sleep deeply and soundly, and last night was no exception! When I woke up this morning and started getting ready for the day, I couldn’t help but listen to my favorite Rainy Day Mix, comprised of relaxing Indie tunes perfect for any rainy, chill day. Actually, it’s my favorite playlist for any occasion. So, whether you’re listening to the rain pitter-patter against your window, wrapped up in your coziest blanket, or driving through thick fog and a torrential downpour, here are a few of my favorite songs from my Rainy Day Mix to put you at ease.
Everybody’s been there/Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy/Fallen for the fear/And done some disappearing,/Bow down to the mighty/Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue. (“Brave” by Sara Bareilles)
I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath/Scared to rock the boat and make a mess/So I sat quietly, agreed politely/I guess that I forgot I had a choice/I let you push me past the breaking point/I stood for nothing, so I fell for everything/You held me down, but I got up (hey!)/Already brushing off the dust/You hear my voice, your hear that sound/Like thunder, gonna shake the ground/You held me down, but I got up/Get ready ’cause I had enough/I see it all, I see it now. (“Roar” by Katy Perry)