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.

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Here’s the playlist. Enjoy!

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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:


 

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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.

 

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