12 Songs for a Mellow Day

This past week I had the pleasure of attending the 2019 Grace Hopper Women in Tech Conference held in Orlando, Florida. The Grace Hopper Conference is the world’s largest gathering of women technologists. The conference is a celebration of Grace Hopper, a pioneer of computer programming, and an inspiration to all. The conference consisted of inspirational keynote speakers, networking with tech companies, and educational breakout sessions. The highlight of my week was presenting Socially Engineered Threats & Metasploit research, alongside my Professor, during a breakout session. The amazing weather in the Sunshine State added to my delightful week. Every day was 90 degrees with sunset occurring at 8pm. I was sad to see the week come to an end and sadder to leave the great weather behind. With that said, the week was tiring, and I was ready to return to college life (twin bed & all). 

Upon returning, Mother Nature surprised me with a week of gloomy days. No sunshine = no reason to go outside = more productive days. Catching up on homework requires the perfect playlist. On gloomy days, mellow music is my go-to. I know this may not be true for others, but for some reason it works for me.

I have listed some of my favorite songs to listen to on a gloomy day below. I’ve also linked my “Mellow Day” Spotify playlist. Make sure to check out both of these and follow my playlist!

Mellow Day

Hollywood's Bleeding - Album Review

 
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Post Malone released his third album Hollywood’s Bleeding. The long-awaited album contains 17 songs and pushes the limit on defining his music genre. Post said “I like everything—metal, old country, hip-hop, funk and R&B. What I’m not into is boxes. I don’t put people in boxes. There are no genres anymore. If a song makes you feel nice or it makes you feel sad or if it makes you feel anything, what does it really matter what category it is?” and this album reflects his standpoint. Hollywood’s Bleeding doesn’t stray entirely away from the expected houseparty trap music we typically expect from the beerbongs & bentleys artist. The more unique addition to Malone’s work is the surprising mix of pop-rock-indie-R&B songs and featured artists. I expect we’ll see lots of his jams topping the charts. Post’s raw emotions is what distinguishes this album from his previous two. His personality is able to shine through the lyrics, with less of an emphasis on partying & drugs.  

On a scale of 1-5, I’m giving this album a 3.75. Don’t get me wrong, there are 9 strong and impressive tracks on this album. Unfortunately, the other 8 didn’t hit the mark for me.

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Individual Song Ratings

 
  1. Hollywood’s Bleeding (4.5/5)

  2. Saint-Tropez (3.5/5)

  3. Enemies (3/5)

  4. Allergic (2.5/5)

  5. A Thousand Bad Times (4/5)

  6. Circles (2/5)

  7. Die For Me (3/5)

  8. On The Road (4/5)

  9. Take What You Want (5/5)

  10. I’m Gonna Be (4/5)

  11. Staring At The Sun (2/5)

  12. Sunflower (4.5/5)

  13. Internet (4.75/5)

  14. Goodbyes (3/5)

  15. Myself (5/5)

  16. I Know (5/5)

  17. Wow. (4.5/5)

 

Top Track Breakdowns 

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Hollywood’s Bleeding (4.5/5)

Hollywood’s Bleeding is the first and titular track on the album. The opening line, “Hollywood is bleeding, vampires feedin’ / Darkness turns to dust/ Everyone’s gone, but no one’s leavin’,” describes Hollywood and L.A. as cities that suck the life out of individuals. This is eventually followed by Post asking the question, “But who’d be at my funeral?” This example of lyrics evoke feelings that past songs didn’t. This is strong way to start the album - a little insight into the (seemingly empty) world of Post Malone.

Take What You Want (5/5)

Take What You Want is a standout for its surprising (but genius) feature from Ozzy Osbourne and Travis Scott. This is not a trio one would necessarily expect to hear. And yet, it works perfectly and even includes hair-metal guitar.

I Know (5/5) 

For only being 2 minutes, 21 seconds, I Know is extremely memorable. The catchy and strong hooks that Post is known for certainly lived up to my expectation. The best part of the song was the reply shout-out to the JoBros, “was sweet until I was a sucker, shout out Jonas Brothers.” Good job, Posty, you got all the JoBro fans swooning.  

Myself (5/5)

Myself is a calm, nighttime cruising, head nodding type of anthem. The song is about the struggles Post encounters performing all over the world. “It's what it is, it's how I live/ All the places I've been/ I wish I could've been there myself/.” Maybe a less #relatable topic, but allows the listener to get more insight into his life.

On the Road ft. Meek Mill & Lil Baby (4/5)

Post is still including mainstream trap music with anticipated features from Meek Mill and Lil Baby. On the Road is a sad-boy song, including lyrics such as “Leave when I lose and pop back up as soon as I win.”

 
 

Playlist for Every Mood

 

There’s two types of people: Spotify listeners and Apple Music subscribers. I pledge my allegiance to Spotify, the home of the pre-curated playlists. They have a playlist for every situation or mood - from dance around your bathroom boy band jams to those scream your lungs out kinda moments where Linkin Park is the only option. My Friday highlight is New Music Friday. This playlist is crafted to reflect individual users and never disappoints. My other favorite personalized playlists are discover weekly, release radar and Daily mixes.

For a less curated feel, my top Spotify produced playlists are Pop Remix, Pop Rising, Mood Booster, Soft Pop Hits, Radiant and Channel-X. Each song set goes beyond what’s on the radio.

Check them out for some jammin’ tracks. 

Pop Remix

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Pop Remix is my personal favorite. This playlist is the go-to for amazing remixes and club music. Be prepared to save every song on here.


Pop Rising

Pop Rising brings you the top charts before they happen. This is a great way to stay ahead of the curb and stay ahead of the mainstream.

Channel X

Where Hip-Hop meets R&B. The 6lack type of vibe - you know the one.

Mood Booster

Wake up in the morning, play the Mood Booster Playlist, and make a cup of coffee! No matter how the rest of the day goes, it’ll start out on the right foot!

Soft Pop Hits

For those times when you just want to sit back & decompress. Soft Pop Hits has your back (or should I say your ears?).

Radiant

Radiant includes up and coming hits from female artists. It’s great when you need background music during work but also need to focus.