Song 70: First Music Video


“Take on Me” by A-ha Phong: If I would have built a time machine when I was a kid for an older me to find, it would have contained Lego bricks, the book “The Stinky Cheese Man,” and the music video for A-ha’s “Take on Me.” The blending of pencil rendered animation and live-action shots […]


Assignment 15: But first…


Name: Phong Tran Place: Los Angeles, CA (sort of) Your relationship to music: Listener Industry: UX Design I caught Phong before he left Los Angeles and embarked on a world tour before picking a new city to live and work in. I have been following his adventures via instagram with these flipbook stories that are […]


Song 69: Reciprocal love between artist and fans


“In Your Arms” by Kina Grannis Lawrence: I love Kina Grannis. I’ve seen her play live a few times. Most recently at the Fillmore in San Francisco in November 2017. “In Your Arms”  is one of my favorite Kina songs. It’s one of the few happy songs that I happen to like. The first time […]


Song: 68: Alone in a crowd of fans


[The xx photo provided by contributor] “Islands” by The xx When I listen to this song, I get lost in the music and don’t really think about the words. I can only remember a few phrases. I’m afraid to say I’m not sure what it’s about. It just feels deep and soothing. My mind sort […]


Song 67: One word to describe an entire situation


[Eisley photo provided by contributor] “Defeatist” by Eisley A friend of mine introduced me to Eisley as a way to ease the pain I felt when the drummer from the Colourist, one of my favorite artists in recent years, left the band. She would be the second member to leave the band in less than […]


Song 66: Breakup song


[The Naked and Famous photo provided by contributor] “Girls Like You” by The Naked and Famous Lawrence: This is a great breakup song from one of my favorite bands. It’s not your typical depressing, wallowing in misery breakup song, but rather empowering and defiant. It makes me think about the girlfriends that did me wrong. […]


Song 65: More than a YouTube star


[Daniela Andrade photo by contributor] “Black Sheep” (Metric cover) by Daniela Andrade [Watch the video by clicking the song title] Lawrence: “Black Sheep” is one of my favorite songs. Four years ago Metric posted Daniela’s cover of it on Facebook. I was blown away. It was one of the most haunting and soulful things I’ve […]


Assignment B: Two week hiatus


Sorry to do this again so soon, but I am taking a break…sort of. I will be behind the scenes doing some re-tooling, getting through the backlog of posts and submissions, and planning the contributors from July to December. Also, getting back to the Past Contributors that I promised last time, and um…dropped the ball […]


Song 64: Songs that remind you of how you used to be


“The Song Remembers When” by Trisha Yearwood I would be remiss as a southern girl, if I didn’t have a country song on this list. This song has perhaps the least complex lyrics but tell the most beautiful story. A woman in the middle of running errands hears a song on the radio that reminds […]