During tumultuous times, we often turn to music. Listening to a favorite album or diving into new music can help ease the tension of family or school stressors.
The CisternYard Radio staff has compiled the music they’ve been listening to to help them get through the anxiety and uncertainty of living through a pandemic.
“So I don’t know about you guys, but this whole quarantine thing has somehow gotten me in touch with my inner child. I’ve been looking through old family photos and videos at night, and I’ve even looked back at the music I listened to as a kid.
Let me preface my recommendation by saying that I just finished watching Tangled: The Series, so I’m basically a five year old in a nineteen year old’s body. I would highly recommend listening to the music that came from the Disney Fairies movies.
The first one I rediscovered was “Who I Am” by Natasha Bedingfield from The Pirate Fairy, a light pop tune with a solid acoustic guitar leading the beat and lyrics that inspire you to “start letting out, what I’m holding in / find my own place to stand, so I can be who I am.” It’s the kind of song you hear when you get up in the morning and say, “Today is my day!”
Now if you need a song that is a complete escape, “How to Believe” by Bridgit Mendler from Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Rescue is the song for you. In this mega-girly pop song, Mendler tells us that through “spring and summer, love and laughter we’ll live happy ever after.” This is a song that’s great to listen to as a background for crafting, reading, or just staring wistfully at the ceiling.
Another song that is super fitting for right now is “The Great Divide” by the McClain Sisters from Secret of the Wings. All of us are “facing the world, doing things nobody’s done before,” but with its skippable rhythm and fun pop melody, this song will remind you that we are not alone, even if you have friends who are thousands of miles away.
There are some genuinely motivational and fun songs through the DCOM catalogue, from Lemonade Mouth to any of the High School Musical films. Yes, I know they are all incredibly cheesy, but a little optimism wouldn’t hurt during times like this.
This is such a weird time for everyone, so it just might help if you got in touch with your inner child too. Until things get back to normal, remember that all it takes is a little faith, trust, and pixie dust.”
“Since I came back home, I haven’t been able to stop listening to Bob Dylan’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. Lately, it’s been kind of a really scary time for everyone and this album, especially the song “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” has been a reminder for me to take a deep breath during the chaos and remember to try and not dwell on the negative.
Much of this album has to do with disillusionment towards the world and the current state of affairs, and especially when you’ve grown up with global catastrophes happening seemingly every other day, it’s easy to fall into that same way of thinking.
However, these days it’s important to think about what we do have and what we truly value in our lives, and that the bad times won’t last forever.
So, if you’re feeling down or trying a new hobby during quarantine, or just wistfully looking out your bedroom window or something, put this album on.
My mom likes to remind me that “this, too, shall pass”, and so I’ll tell you the same thing. Also, wash your hands, stay indoors, and protect yourself and your loved ones!”
“My go-to music during quarantine has not necessarily been one single album, but a weird mix of different songs to go with my mood of the moment.
Since this is such a strange time in everyone’s life, naturally I made a playlist to go with it. Thats what I do when I’m trying to deal with whatever is going on in my life, good or bad. I follow this same format with my radio show, the Fizz with Iz, too.
On my new playlist, there are a few songs that I’ve been listening to more than others. The playlist begins with “This Painted World” by Silk Rhodes, which is from their self-titled album. It’s a slower song, tons of harmony in the background, and had a really interesting sitar sound. It’s an R&B song, but in a strikingly different way, which is part of why I love it.
Another heavily played song on the playlist is “In My Room” by The Beach Boys. This song fits the quarantine situation too perfectly to not include it, as it is literally all about him sitting in his room. He sings “in this world I lock out all my worries and my fears…In my room” which is what everyone is doing right now.
Lastly, the playlist includes a good amount of songs by the Memories, which is one of my favorite bands from high school. Many of their songs are just instrumental, with almost always a mellow sound to them. I usually hate instrumental music, I think it can be pretentious, but they are the opposite of that.
They have a song for every situation – sitting in bed, eating, driving, cooking, crying, kissing and more. You name it they have a song for it; one of my favorites is “Grapes In Bed”.
I know these times are really weird and scary, and hope that music can help someone feel okay, even if it’s just for a minute. I know it always helps me.”