Illuminae Files Spotify Playlist Project Entry

Hi. This is my first Spotify Playlist Project entry of 2018! As a series, this collection of songs are tied to the essence of a given book. In this case, I am talking about the first book in the Illuminae Files series. Ready? Here we go.  SPOILERS AHEAD.

“Bart, he is establishing mood!”

(Obscure The Simpsons reference)
The Adventure by Angels and Airwaves

Kind of song that plays while the credits roll, because this is the kind of story that needs to come with an introduction sequences.

“Sign of the Times” by Harry Styles
This song’s sound prickled through the narrative to me. I just felt like it was Kady and Ezra’s song while they were trying to survive while their planet is under attack. In fact, the song continues to be reflected through the story as Kady takes charge of their destiny.

separating

“Gravity” by Embrace sounds like the aftermath of a space war. Also: it reminds me of Ezra quite a bit, as he misses Kady. Obviously, a joke is at hand here, because space, gravity, get it? Get it?

“When I was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. More heartbreak, and I want this song to echo the relationships of the adult characters, too.

computer whiz

Kady surfing and cracking codes reminds me of “Feel Good Inc,” by Gorillaz.

AIDAN

“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is like the best depiction of what AIDAN’s meltdowns sound like to me. An unraveling of a whole sweater.

fight!!

“Watercolours” by Pendulum is the essence of the fight scenes in Illuminae, particularly when Kady has to fight people on Ezra’s ship. This song can also double up as a manifestation of AIDAN’s breakdown and subsequent attacks toward ships.

aidan and kady

“More than You Know” by Axwel /\Ingrosso embodies this moment when AIDAN is fascinated by Kady. And, in a bizarre way, I was intrigued by these glimpses of AIDAN admiring the continuing persistence of this young person.

ezra and kady: THE END (ROUND 1)

“One Way Ticket” by ONE OK ROCK could easily play in the background of this book’s final scenes.

One final note: mothers

“I Miss You” by blink 182 and “Mama I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne are the tunes I would like to end this Spotify Playlist Project entry. Because, you know, moms are kind of central to this book.

 

Given that my review of The 100 season 3 went up a few days ago,
  After finishing Turtles All the Way Down, I immediately began to work on my newest Spotify
  It's been a while since my Spotify Playlist Project entries have rolled on this

The Spotify Playlist Project Entry: The 100 Season 3

Given that my review of The 100 season 3 went up a few days ago, it is time for another Spotify Playlist Project Entry. This entry will focus on highlights of the season for me paired with songs. WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

Clarke on the Run

“Hurricane” by Thirty Seconds to Mars embodies the conflict within Clarke early in this season (actually, throughout the season, too, this conflict rakes through Clarke).

the demise of Mount Weather

“No Rest for the Wicked” by Lykke Li sums up the portrayal of Clarke early in this season. On the run and haunted by her actions, Clarke is restless and afraid. She has no one to trust.

The perfect song for the Emerson and Clarke relationship this season is “Haunt” by Bastille. He shows up in moments you’d never expect. And, man, was he a terrifying presence throughout the season. Just like the song’s eerie tone, this man was essentially a personification of Clarke’s past.

Clarke vs. Bellamy

“i miss the old u” by blackbear was something I stumbled on before watching this season. It jumped at me the moment someone got handcuffed while pleading for cooperation. Bellamy is furious with Clarke through her tension with Lexa.

Another really nice depiction of their conflict is “STFU” by mansionz and Spark Master Tape. They really weren’t listening to each other very much in the early episodes of this season.

Clexa (part 1)

“Lights Down Low” by MAX and gnash was what I associated with Clexa in general. The moment when Lexa swears that her allegiance is to Clarke, I was like, “Sweet cinnamon roll of a commander, we don’t deserve you.”

Ontari

“Black Magic Woman” by Fleetwood Mac reflects the relationship between Ontari and Murphy. The magic they have is in the chemistry between them, in the lies they say, and in the facade they create to ease Ontari into her position of power.

Jasper

“Everyone Dies in their Nightmares” by XXXTENTACION reminds me of Jasper this season. Plagued with grief and guilt, he tries to numb his pain in any way possible.

The Blake Heartbreak (Part 1)

“Way Down We Go” by Kaleo coalesces the jarring positions Octavia and Bellamy take this season. The song also reminds me of Jasper, Monty, and Raven dealing with pain and loss from the previous season. Oh, and Bellamy obviously, who loses someone important to him this season as well.

Lincoln and Lexa

“Fourth of July” by Sufjan Stevens reminds me of the losses of this season in terms of allies for the Sky people. Lincoln, in particular, in the rain, on his knees. The same pained yet serene tune echoes as I remember Lexa, in her bed, stunned at her death.

The Blake Heartbreak (Part 2)

“Say Something” by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera is like the embodiment of Octavia punching Bellamy, trying to release the frustration and the loss.

“Silence” by Khalid and marshmallow is literally Lincoln in song form.

ALIE

“Evil Woman” by Electric Light Orchestra sums up my thoughts on ALIE. A seemingly harmless woman, who is dangerous and unpredictable.

Clexa (Part 2)

“Baby I am Yours” Arctic Monkeys. This is what I thought when Lexa shows up in the City of Light. Seriously, their ship will always be really dear to me, because they are complicated and endearing.

Chipped

“DNA” Lia Maria Johnson is all about the reality of what was physically happening while Clarke was in the City of Light. Bellamy, Abby, Octavia, Pike, Indra, Murphy, Miller, and Bryan vs. all the chipped people was part of what I had in mind when choosing this song.

Oh, and obviously, the scene with Becca, Alie, and Clarke was also something I considered. And finally, Murphy vs. Jaha is really interesting to examine under this lens.

Impending doom

“We Will Become Silhouettes” by the Postal Service is what I will leave you with, as I prepare for season 4’s impending doom. Thanks, Alie, for delivering terrible news for my babies.

Grieving

“Lost Without You” Freya Ridings. All the deaths in this season come to mind with this song.

I hope you enjoy the playlist below.

 

Hi. This is my first Spotify Playlist Project entry of 2018! As a series, this collection
  After finishing Turtles All the Way Down, I immediately began to work on my newest Spotify
  It's been a while since my Spotify Playlist Project entries have rolled on this

The Spotify Playlist Project: Turtles All the Way Down

 

After finishing Turtles All the Way Down, I immediately began to work on my newest Spotify Playlist Project entry. A tumultuous and intense story centered on the mind, I dug through mellow tunes to articulate the feeling of being in that head space.

Let’s go.

Beginnings

“Without Lights” by Elliot Moss reminded me of Aza, and her identity, validity, and her ability to go on a quest for the missing billionaire. By the same token, I really like the image of the girl lost in the forest portrayed in the song. It makes me think of Aza’s search for her own mental health coping mechanisms.

Painting Greys” by Emmit Fenn.  Kind of a Daisy song, but mostly comments on living with OCD as well. “She got my heart in a choke hold.”

“Let You Down” by NF. Aza’s theme, to me, is about her inability to keep her OCD and depersonalization in check. She loses herself often in the metaphors, in the cyclical thinking, and in the impulsive actions driven by her obsessions. “All these voices in my head get loud/I wish that I could shut them out/I’m sorry that I let you down.”

middle

Easier” by Mansionair is the theme for Aza in her attempts to be with Davis. A song dedicated to her exploration of sexuality and affection under a lens with OCD taints.

“Lost Tonight” by Sa-Je materializes the transcendent lost feeling that Aza has while on the quest for Davis’ father. In addition, Noah’s connection with her is also alluded to here.

There is a specific scene I have in mind for “Yours” by SG Lewis. It involves webcam or FaceTime. The cuteness of Aza read Davis’ blog is also evoked by this song to me.

ending

“Six Feet Under” by Billie Ellish colors in the image of Davis’ father and his fate. I feel like the song has less to do with literal connections, and, instead, it communicates the nature of this man and Davis’ mother.

“Better Off (Captain Planet)” by Ziggy Alberts is the hopeful connection between Aza and Davis, “If I could be your Captain Planet/Would you be my girl.” In a way, the song touches on the scenes with watching the stars and planets, too, and all the moments Aza watches space movies with him. (I love these scenes so much).

Secret for the Mad” by Dodie Clark speaks to me on an emotional level. I think Aza would like this song on her computer, in a playlist for when things get rough again.

“Moon Song” and “Tonight You Belong To Me” are all about that ending, “…no one ever says good-bye unless they want to see you again.”

Listen along

Hi. This is my first Spotify Playlist Project entry of 2018! As a series, this collection
Given that my review of The 100 season 3 went up a few days ago,
  It's been a while since my Spotify Playlist Project entries have rolled on this

The Spotify Playlist Project: More Happy Than Not

 

It’s been a while since my Spotify Playlist Project entries have rolled on this blog. Let’s remedy that with a playlist dedicated to Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not. 

Here we go!

The Beginning

We begin with “Sucker for Pain” as a reflection of Aaron’s relationship with the group of young men in the neighborhood. There is pain in forcing oneself to fit into a mold of masculinity so toxic. The song also signifies his self harm and suicide attempt.

“A Most Peculiar Man” by Simon and Garfunkel sets the mood for Aaron Soto’s story as he grapples with fringes of a relationship with Genevieve. It also doubles as a tale on Thomas, the mysterious boy he runs into.

Next, the Eels’ “I Like Where This is Going” is another song about our main character finding his connection with Thomas, and even Connor. I’ll be quiet to avoid spoilers, though.

The Middle Revelations

Aaron has a tumultuous relationship with his father, and I think of “Father and Son” by Cat Stevens as the song to touch on the tension between them.

“Blame It On The Girls” by Mika dishes on the loss of Aaron’s father, on the problems Aaron faces with Genevieve and Thomas. He battles demons he thought he’d hidden well.

As Aaron deals with the confusion with Thomas and Genevieve, and even Eric, Mumford and Sons’ “Believe” steps into the narrative with ease as it captures the shock and the disbelief that Aaron experiences. He is so alone at this point.

An End

“You Could Be Happy” by Snow Patrol and the break down of Aaron’s friendships and relationships go hand in hand to me. I just feel like this is a nice play on the More Happy Than Not title, as well.

This leads nicely into “Gone Away” by SafetySuit, where Aaron deals with the lapses in memory, with choosing to forget again and again. It is about falling in love repeatedly, with breaking someone’s heart twice, with hiding a secret and hoping it’ll be gone away.

Obligatory collapse of relationships song: “I’m Gonna Find Another You” by John Mayer because I believe Aaron will find someone else. Also: bonus points if you pick up on how this song reflects on his previous relationships.

So, what would the song be for the whole series of choices that Aaron makes and his realizations: “That’s How You Know” by Nico & Vinz, Kid Ink, Bebe Rexha.

Want to Listen?

Here’s the playlist. Enjoy!

Hi. This is my first Spotify Playlist Project entry of 2018! As a series, this collection
Given that my review of The 100 season 3 went up a few days ago,
  After finishing Turtles All the Way Down, I immediately began to work on my newest Spotify

The Spotify Playlist Project: The 100, Season 2

Welcome to another round of the Spotify Playlist Project here. This time, I’ll be focusing on The 100, season 2. It is a season of brutal conflict between many different societies of humans. There is sacrifice, loss, love. I hope you enjoy my choices. Warning: Some spoilers ahead.

The 100 (What’s Left of Them) Is Back!

Opening Tracks: “Numb/Encore” by Linkin Park and Jay Z comes to mind. “Look what you made me do,” reminds me of Finn. The numbness definitely is also present in Clarke as well as she unveils the reality of Mount Weather. Oh, yes, I also included “Animal I Have Become” by Three Day Grace and”Heads Will Roll” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, because someone goes into a violent outburst.

Octavia and Indra: “In For the Kill” (Skrillex Remix) by La Roux, and “Raise Your Weapon,” by deadmau5. Accurate choice is accurate! Octavia has to make some serious choices in this season, and she takes a route that is unconventional. She has a lot of fight scenes that I absolutely loved. *Hint: Dina really likes Octavia, okay?

Mount Weather (Wither) 

General Theme: “Illuminated” by Hurts. A double entendre is at play here. On the one hand, the population of Mount Weather see themselves as rather illuminated. The other interpretation is the awakening the 47 experience through Clarke’s disappearance.

Clarke and Lexa:

“Human” by Rag’n Bone Man is kind of my theme song for Clarke (and sometimes Bellamy, too). I included this song in season 1’s playlist, and it continues to be deeply connected to Clarke’s character this time around as well. There is a lot of tension surrounding her as a leader.

“What If” by Safety Suit marks the conflict between these two awesome ladies. The things they want are very different. Particularly that surprise towards the end of the season.

Lincoln: 

I used a kind of different font just to signify how much I love this guy. He’s separate from many people. Admittedly, I also feel bad for him, because his luck is awful. 

Oh, “Hunger” by Ross Copperman also works on many levels. First, it’s about his relationship with the Mount Weather people. Then, to me, he will always have a connection with Octavia. And, obviously, there’s the longing to belong while maintaining peace between the Grounders and the Sky People.

The 47

“Battle Scars” by Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian is becoming the anthem of this group of peeps. In particular, Clarke, Jasper, and Monty. I have a feeling they’ll continue to be related to that song in later seasons.

Cruel joke: “How to Save a Life” by the Fray is very much about Jasper and his relationship with Dante Wallace. Oh yeah, I went there: to the relationship between the 47 and Mountain Men.

Being blunt (another joke): “Bleeding Out” by Imagine Dragons.

I’m sorry. (Not, I am really not).

Finn:

“Jealous” by Labrinth and “I Need My Girl” by The National are the beginnings of what I felt for Finn along the way to the big thing that happens. “Stay” by Rhianna coupled with “Strange Birds” by Birdy are related to said thing. 

“Thanks, Princess.”

UGH.

Murphy:

I am sadly sometimes falling into a ship no one seems to have: Murphy AND BELLAMY!! (I don’t know. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that). The writers will drag out the Bellarke path, I can just tell.

So, anyway, “idfc” by Blackbear is totally him. And, a little “Die Trying” by Michl with him and Jaha.

Bellamy (and Clarke?):

“I’ll Find You” By Lecrae and Tori Kelly and “Ends of the Earth” by Lord Huron are perfect fits for Bellamy and Clarke’s relationship in this season (and toward the 47 for sure).

Finally, for the whole season: “Strange Birds” by Birdy. 

Listen:


 

Hi. This is my first Spotify Playlist Project entry of 2018! As a series, this collection
Given that my review of The 100 season 3 went up a few days ago,
  After finishing Turtles All the Way Down, I immediately began to work on my newest Spotify

The Spotify Playlist Project: The 100 (Season 1)

New series included:

I love making playlists and exploring new music. Therefore, it became an idea of mine to start sharing my Spotify playlists. My plan is twofold: first, I’d like to spend more time listening to tunes. Then, I’d like to create playlists so I can have my own fangirling experience. Obviously, I want to make all kinds of playlists, not just those inspired by shows. However, I thought it’d be a good idea to start with a show I feel very strongly towards: The 100. 

Highlights:

Overall Tone of the Show:

The most typical song you can include is “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. So, I am straying away from that hit.

“Start a War” by the National
We expected something, something better than before
We expected something more

This song feels like the very heart of this group of humans crashing back into the ground.

Another one, “R.I.P to My Youth” by The Neighborhood 
Well…These kids have to grow up way too fast and the circumstances on the ground really rob them of their youth.

Finally: “Things We Lost in the Fire” by Bastille 
Grounders vs. People from the Sky show down in season 1 finale 

Character Themes

“The Other Side” by Ruelle 
Powerful and hurt, the song reminds me of my precious Jasper Jordan. “We are buried in broken dreams/We are knee-deep without a plea.” It reminds me of his, “See you on the other side” catch-phrase. To me, this one reminds me of Monty as well (because I can already tell we could lose either one of these friends).

“Lady Lizard” by Laura Doggett
“But you’ve got so lost you can’t even remember what’s gone
‘Cause you spent too long trying to please the few
But the sacrifice was you
You shout blue murder, blue murder
But they wouldn’t have a clue”
An Octavia song for you, as she searches for her place on the ground. Is she a grounder or a person from the Ark? Seeing her in battle, full on cold blooded reminded me of this song. Yet, I always have a feeling that Octavia won’t make it by the end of the series. Both societies could wipe her out.

Ghost in the Wind by Birdy
“Can someone tell me who I am?
I haven’t recognized myself in a while
And since you left I stay up every night
Thinking if you were here, you put me right” 
Excuse me while I ship Bellamy and Clarke ever so blatantly. These two leaders, the mind and the heart, trudging through very murky waters with heavy responsibilities on their shoulders. But, also, the song reminds me of the 100 and the adults up in the Ark.

Finally:
“Silhouette” by Aquilo
The devil’s on your shoulder/The strangers in your head/As if you don’t/remember/As if you can forget/It’s only been a moment
It’s only been a lifetime/But tonight you’re a stranger/Some silhouette” 

A Bellamy (and sometimes Murphy-esque) song right there.

(Dina, you said “finally.” Well, I LIED.)

“Dancing on My Own” by Callum Scott
And yeah, I know it’s stupid/But I just gotta see it for myself/I’m in the corner, watching you kiss her, oh oh oh/ I’m right over here, why can’t you see me, oh oh”
My darling Raven Reyes’ song. I am so impressed with this girl’s strength, intelligence, and resilience. She gets to watch someone so special to her fall in love with someone else. Ugh. SO MANY FEELS.
Reminds me of her epic line, “Not the way I want you to love me.”

Human” by Rag’n’Bone
” Some people got the real problems/Some people out of luck/Some people think I can solve them/Lord heavens above/I’m only human after all”

Another Bellamy and Clarke song. Reminds me more of Clarke since she is more of a “royalty” type person (her parents are on the council). She was faced with so much animosity at first. People tend to expect her to have all the answers.

 

So you want to hear these songs?

Hi. This is my first Spotify Playlist Project entry of 2018! As a series, this collection
Given that my review of The 100 season 3 went up a few days ago,
  After finishing Turtles All the Way Down, I immediately began to work on my newest Spotify