Jordan Yutan

Connection – OneRepublic

9 October 2018

“I just really want to be present this year.” That’s the late-night conversation I found myself having in the room I share with my best friend. And it got me thinking.

We spend so much time on our phones trying to keep up with what everyone else is doing that we end up missing what’s going on around us and right in front of us…

Criminals – Paul de Leon

26 September 2018

It’s been a bit of a hiatus for this playlist, but I’m excited to get back into the swing of things. This week’s track, was a submission I received from artist Paul de Leon. Here’s what he has to say about his song, Criminals…

Changes – Langhorne Slim & The Law

22 August 2018

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Langhorne Slim reveals that his track “Changes” is about, “the beauty and terror of having breakthroughs and transformations in life, only to discover that there are infinite amounts of both. The pursuit of the groove must be groovy.”…

Work Out – Chance the Rapper

15 August 2018

I love songs that stay away from a kind of “positive vibes only” mentality and instead embrace the entire spectrum of human emotion. This week’s track “Work Out” by Chance the Rapper is no exception…

Old Pine – Ben Howard

31 July 2018

To keep the summer spirit alive, “Old Pine” by Ben Howard is this week’s track. It is probably one of the most calming songs I’ve ever heard, with a guitar instrumental and vocals at the intro perfect for putting you in a state of reflection. It draws on a kind of nostalgia specific to summer, because that tends to be the season where you feel most careless, free, and alive…

Shake It Out – Florence and the Machine

24 July 2018

“Shake it Out” is a song that deals with pain and hurt but isn’t meant to leave the listener broken. Florence admits to writing this song while she was hungover, but for many of us maybe it’s our hangover cure…

Plans – Elephante (ft. Brandyn Burnette)

17 July 2018

What a strange thing, the way life quietly sneaks up on you. Like one minute you’re daydreaming, making lists of what you’re going to accomplish when you’re older, and making plans for a someday. Then that someday becomes today.

Put Your Records On – Corinne Bailey Rae

10 July 2018

In this week’s sweet and lighthearted track, Corinne Bailey Rae sings to those over-working from trying to navigate through life’s confusions and peculiarities. She addresses the individual burdening themselves over trying to live up to society’s expectations and unrealistic standards of how they should hold themselves together…

One Day At A Time – Sam Smith

3 July 2018

This past weekend I was lucky enough to take my little sister to her first concert and see Sam Smith perform. I had chills that entire night – a stark contrast to this NYC heat wave we’re currently enduring. In my own experience, there’s only one artist I know who can make a venue as big as Madison Square Garden feel really intimate and even lowkey….

Dancing in the Moonlight – Toploader

26 June 2018

“A kaleidoscope of summer memories, days gone by and those yet to come. It brings you back to the rhythm of simplicity and the warmth of unity. One love, many memories, and ‘dancing in the moonlight.’”..

Spirits – The Strumbellas

18 June 2018

So you’ve officially been warned by me. This week’s track has such a simple melody and a really catchy tune it is stupid easy to get it stuck in your head. Spirits is a song that, in such a playful way, makes light of all our internal struggles (or our “guns and spirits” so to speak)…

Sing Me Something New – Michael Barrow & the Tourists

10 June 2018

Track submissions always get me excited and even a little giddy – this one was no exception. I’m so glad Michael Barrow stumbled on this playlist and submitted one of his band’s songs because this week’s track has been stuck in my head since the first time I heard it…and I’m not sorry about it.  

Ultralife – Oh Wonder

29 May 2018

Rewind about an hour and a half before I’m writing this post. The Majestic Ventura Theater is packed with people all screaming choruses of “Encore!” and “One more song!” This goes on for a minute or two. I turn to my friend Makenna, starting to get worried that they wouldn’t show…

Awake My Soul – Mumford & Sons

23 May 2018

“Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” A lyric so beautiful that when I was 13, I bought a sweater with those words printed on. Did I truly understand the weight of those words? Highly doubt it. Do I now? I’ll probably never. At least not in this lifetime.

Pretty Shining People – George Ezra

15 May 2018

Two things I really love about this song.

First off, I’m not entirely sure what it is, but there’s something about George Ezra’s voice that calms me down and reminds me everything’s gonna be okay. It’s the way he croons oh so effortlessly, as if he’s basically dancing through life.

Secondly, it probably has a lot to do with how my best friend’s name is Sam, but even if that name wasn’t mentioned in the track it would still remind me of her! Everyone has that one friend in their life they feel they owe a lot to. If you’re lucky like me, then maybe you have a whole community. But for me, it always started with Sam.

Rose-Colored Boy – Paramore

6 May 2018

It was around middle school when the inevitable happened – I went through my “angsty” phase. Started changing my wardrobe for much darker colors. Covered half my face with my hair. Claimed Hot Topic as my favorite store. Was super moody with my parents. Yikes. Luckily, it didn’t last very long…

Weak – AJR

29 April 2018

This week’s track is a fun one submitted by Lesley Capul, a fan of the band!

I’d love to share what she had to say about the song because I think she’s really dropped some wisdom here:

“As a person just starting out in their 20’s and currently in college at the time of writing this, I’m coming to a point in my life where our choices in life really make an impact on the future. People say that college is a time of exploration, discovery, and self-growth, but in that process, we may stumble and make mistakes. And honestly, that’s okay. “Weak” focuses on that. It doesn’t just talk about the temptations in life, but an acceptance about giving into them, even when you know you shouldn’t. I’d even go as far to say that it embraces that struggle. And I believe everyone’s been through (or will go through) that.”

Wake Up – Chelsea Cutler

24 April 2018

“Hold fast ‘cause the daylight’s coming/It’ll hit when it dawns on you”

Life is but a breath.

If I could summarize short and sweet what I get most out of this song, it’s that life is but a breath – a wisp of vapor disappearing with the wind. The brevity of life shouldn’t make us want to be caught up in the business, content with the normalcy or crippling with the fear that we’ll mess it all up.

Youth – The Brocklebank

17 April 2018

Lewis Hawkins, lead guitarist for the band The Brocklebank, submitted this track and I’m really excited for everyone to hear it!

In his own words:

“Our track ‘Youth’ epitomizes what this playlist is all about. It’s the fear and uncertainty of growing up, and doing everything you can to preserve the naivety of being young. The song documents a period where I was feeling lost, stranded in the void between childhood and adulthood…

Candyman – Zedd, Aloe Blacc

7 April 2018

If you’ve seen the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, maybe you’ll feel a slight nostalgia hearing this song. Zedd and Aloe Blacc take their own spin on the classic, “The Candy Man Can” in their own version – which I personally think is even more fun and catchy! It tugs at my own heartstrings as well…

Rise Up – Andra Day

7 April 2018

Here’s a song that gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. Andra Day has a powerful way of delivering this song with a whole lot of real and raw emotion. The message she’s giving is one that I feel is too often an unspoken thing. She’s speaking into our own battles and the fighters inside of each of us. A message as powerful as this will always be relevant, but perhaps for a listener it will be especially important for them to hear this right now…

Show Me Love (feat. Chance the Rapper, Moses Sumney and Robin Hannibal) [Skrillex Remix] – Hundred Waters

7 April 2018

Skrillex needs some SERIOUS love for making this remix of Hundred Water’s “Show Me Love.” And Chance’s added verse is just that icing on that cake. Folks, I was obsessed with this song for weeks and I labeled it as my personal anthem on my walk to class every Tuesday and Thursday at 8am – when I’m just barely human. But a song can change a mood real quick, right?…

Passenger – Noah Kahan

7 April 2018

How freeing this song makes me feel because it reminds me that emotional self-sufficiency is a MYTH! I mean, how often do we try to pretend that we can always be strong enough for ourselves? I try that and I end up getting my butt kicked by life.

South – Hippo Campus

7 April 2018

Self-Awareness. It’s a coming-of-age type of trait we can only grow in. I listen to this song and can’t shake the idea out of my head that this song is telling us to be introspective – just for those three minutes and fifty-one seconds. The lyrics invoke this theme that who we are as of now and who we have yet to become is highly shaped by the people we keep and the experiences we have with them.