If you're like me, you love to listen to music! Luckily, the library offers a large and diverse collection that you can choose from, whether in CD or e-music form. Here's what I've been listening to this month.
“Mine Forever" - Lord Huron (Long Lost)
"Mine Forever" is the single from Lord Huron's newest album, and it does not disappoint. An alternative rock band, Lord Huron does a great job creating an eerie western vibe with their music. The rhythm leads you along on this journey that, by the end, is one in which you're happy you went on with your ears.
"When You Were Young" - The Killers (Sam's Town)
Coming out in 2006, Sam's Town was an instant hit. Starting off with the title track, the album dives into a great song list, with classics such as "Read My Mind" and "This River is Wild." My personal favorite of the album is the song "When You Were Young." A reflective coming of age song, it transports you back to a simpler, happier time in your life when maybe you didn't have so many responsibilities, or you hadn't encountered as much hardship. A great modern rock album.
"Wait For It" - Leslie Odom Jr. (Hamilton)
Something people might not know about me is that I am of a fan of musicals. By now, many people have heard about Hamilton, the Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I was lucky enough to see it in February 2020, and I was instantly hooked. From start to finish, this album absolutely gets you going with its rap/singing style. My favorite song on this album is the song "Wait for It," sung by the character Aaron Burr. This powerful song gives the listener insight into Burr's life and why he is the way he is. If you like musicals, you will love this album.
"The Chain" - Fleetwood Mac (Rumours)
The Rumours album by Fleetwood Mac has to be my favorite of theirs. I own the vinyl, and it is one of those that you can just play from beginning to end without picking the needle up (except to switch sides of course!). While I could have picked a number of favorites on the album—including "Dreams," "Go Your Own Way," or "Gold Dust Woman,"—"The Chain" is my all time Fleetwood Mac song (besides "Landslide"). With the slow buildup to the chorus and the subsequent bass jam session, this song will get you grooving in your car to where onlookers will only imagine what song it is you're listening to.
"Stronger" - Kayne West (Graduation)
Nowadays, Kayne West is all over the news for something wild or crazy he has done outside of the music world. But back in 2007, Kayne was maybe best known for his fantastic third album: Graduation. This rap LP has great songs like "Good Life," "Flashing Lights," and "Homecoming," which are finest songs he has to offer. Every song has a great musical beat to it that will get you up off your chair, and "Stronger" is the best of them all. This track just comes hot out of the gate thanks to Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" song used as a backdrop, and before you know it you have your hands up going to the beat.