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The Weekly List: April Showers Bring May Flowers

April 5, 2016

Everyone knows the old adage “April Showers bring May Flowers.” The sheer misery of April rain paves the way for the flora and fauna (and sauna-like weather) of May in DC. When days are gray and damp, positive music helps you get through the grind.

  1. “Penny Lane” – The Beatles

Penny Lane grows in their ears and in their eyes, resembling how verdant the landscape will become spring. Merely the thought of things growing, instead of the barren winter “wonderland,” is enough to keep morale up.

  1. “One Way or Another” – Blondie

Blondie knows that one way or another; we will find spring. The upbeat tempo and Debbie Harry’s strong voice make this an uplifting, motivational track.

  1. “Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da” – The Beatles

The Beatles know how to make rain-friendly music, with beats that are both peppy and relaxing. Because this song has a pulsing beat and resonant vocals, it feels like raindrops falling on one’s ears. The sheer optimism and unique beat of this song make it a perfect listen on a mellow afternoon.

  1. “Moscow” – Autoheart

The synth-pop feeling of this song lets it work for a dance party or a focused workout. The lead singer’s reverberating, unique voice tells of visiting somewhere far away to meet someone he loves. The idea of traveling afar provides an extra burst of wanderlust.

  1. “9 to 5” – Lady Sovereign

Known from the trailer to Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck,” this song is the final push you need to get through the hectic month of April, working 9 to 5. The women of Lady Sovereign are sassy and assertive as they want to work their way through the day no matter how busy they may be.

  1. “Indian Summer” How Sad

The name of the song says it all. Summer is coming soon, and for those who are staying around Washington, it can be very hot and humid, but it’s still nicer weather than the gloom of early April.

  1. “Can’t Nobody” 2NE1

Can’t Nobody bring you down when you’re listening to this upbeat K-Pop number.

From hip-hop to K-pop, this playlist is great for both study breaks and hardcore paper-writing sessions. The spring is a beautiful time at Georgetown, but sometimes the beauty of the transitional season period ends up getting lost in the end-of-semester chaos. This wide variety of songs will help lift your mood as we all await the sunshine.



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My father like Penny Lane more than Indian summer.