After a week off from our beloved radio show, I am back with another playlist for ya’ll. This week, the theme is study music, songs that either relax you for work or get your motivation pumping.
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After reading week, I always feel like my motivation to get shit done declines considerably- usually due to the fact that I’m drained from already working my arse off for the first 6 weeks and am counting down the days til some actual time off. Uni can be super stressful and there is always another thing you could be doing to better your grade, so we thought we’d compile together a lil get-in-the-zone playlist for ya’ll. Enjoy!
Study Song Numero Uno: Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind
There’s a cute lil story associated with this iconic Bob Dylan song. When I was a mere GCSE student, I had to analyse folk music for an assignment I was doing as part of my music course and I was introduced to Bob Dylan and particularly Blowin’ in the Wind. This song always takes me right back to then and how worried I felt about GCSE exams, only to go and get a set of results I was really proud of. This song reminds me that however hard you’re finding life at the moment, you’ll always come out the other side. There is also just something so peaceful about listening to a song so pared back, with just acoustic guitar. It’s bliss.
Study Song Number Deux: The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes
The song just chills me out beyond words. The Velvet Underground is such an iconic band and let’s be honest, does anything else need to be said? It’s a simple, yet beautiful song. Have a listen for yourself:
Study Song Number Three: The Beatles – Blackbird
This was one of the first songs I attempted to learn on guitar. The guitar is such a beautiful sound and if I’m feeling particularly stressed, I can just pick up my guitar, play this song and I’ll be good. Also the sound of the blackbird singing is something so calming- it reminds me of waking up in my sleepy lil village to the sound of birds singing on a lazy Sunday.
Study Song Number Four: Solange – Cranes in the Sky
I feel like I keep requesting this song week on week now, but I’ve only just recently got into Solange and I’m diggin’ it. The strings section in the song is so calming; it’s beaut. It just chills me out like nowt else and I’m still yet to hear a song quite like it.
Study Song Number Fiveee: Eliza Doolittle – Rollerblades
Anyone who vaguely knows me knows that Eliza is my bae and has been since she first emerged on the music scene in 2010 with Pack Up. Rollerblades has such a summery video and the song is so chilled – it honestly transports me to carefree summer days and that is the kinda vibe I need when I’m stressing about an essay. It reminds me those days are to come and I should just crack on with me work and stop the bladdy moaning haha.
Study Song Numero Uno: Fleetwood Mac – Dreams
Fleetwood Mac is for every occasion to be honest, but they do have that nice balance of uplifting yet calming that you want for a study song. I have the 25 Years album which is 4 disks of Fleetwood Mac which means I can put it on shuffle and ignore it for hours as I get on with the work. The worst thing about playing music as you’re trying to study is that you constantly mess with it instead of getting on with it. With this album I am set for a solid 6-hour work sesh (oh the joy!). This is just one of the songs that make me feel happy when it comes on and I’m struggling to get through the to-do list.
Study Song Number Deux: Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan
I have an anecdote for this story. I type up all my lecture notes- I am particularly anal about lecture notes for the modules that have examinations at the end. Language for Literature is an exam based module, with a lot of content that needs to be in clear notes. So, this week in particular was very content heavy. I had made about seven pages of lecture and reading notes in preparation for the seminar. The night before the seminar my boyfriend stayed over so I shut my computer off for the night. The next day, about two hours before the seminar, I went to get the seven pages of notes up only to see that my computer had deleted them. They’d gone. Disappeared. (Praise to the reliable Macbooks, right?) I knew that if I was going to get through said seminar I would NEED those notes. I whipped Black Sabbath’s Paranoid on (which has War Pigs on – THE motivation song) and managed to re-type ALL of the lecture notes and SOME of the reading within those two measly hours. I would like to thank the grace of God and Black Sabbath for getting me through that nightmare.
Study Song Number Three: Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
If I can’t choose Father John Misty, I’ll go for his old band, ey? I actually heard Birdy’s version of this before I heard Foxes’ version of the song. The voices aren’t that prominent so you’re not overly distracted by the song from doing all the work you need to be getting on with. It is just a nice, aesthetically sounding song that isn’t too slow. Slow pace songs make you work slower, I’m sure that’s, like, science, right?
Study Song Number Four: Bright Eyes – First Day of my Life
These were a nice, accidental find on Spotify after I had been listening to a lot of The Lumineers and The Avett Brothers – so if you’re a fan of them you might enjoy these guys. This is a happy song. When I listen to it I feel quite content – which is quite nifty considering the work is probably making me feel very not content.
Study Song Number Fiveee: Frank Sinatra – You Make Me Feel So Young
Basically, I am a chronic procrastinator. I put off things without even realising I’m putting things off. One moment it’s 4:44pm and I’m in need of a new study playlist, the next thing I know it’s 6:01 and I have a seven hour long Spotify playlist but no work done. How I have contended with this is by bring my record player to University and playing my records instead of having it coming from my laptop. I don’t mess as much because it’s not right in front of me and the songs are set (I also have waayy less music on Vinyl so there is just less to choose from). One of the records that I do have is an old Frank Sinatra album that was given to me by my Nona. Since being given to me it has become one of my study albums (along with Bowie’s Hunky Dory and Bombay Bicycle Club’s So Long, See You Tomorrow).
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Posted by The Request Show at Burn FM on Wednesday, November 30, 2016