by Sarah Gray Welcome to 2015. I’m sure you’re all promising to join new gyms, lose weight, eat right, stop being such a dick to your significant other, call your mother more, open a savings account, not completely disregard this list like you did last year because you, for real, really mean it this time. […]Read more "Resolutions: Songs to be a Better Person By"
by Sarah Gray You’ll notice this post is not really about music, like at all. It is mostly just a list of things that make me angry followed by the name of a song vaguely related to protest. There have been a number of disturbing trends in recent years from the repealing of the Voting […]Read more "Fight the Power: 10 Reasons 2014 Gave Us to Stand Up and Revolt (With Accompanying Soundtrack, Of Course)"
by Sarah Gray My younger sister is into music. She runs the festival circuit, occasionally finds herself part of a band, has composed the odd song or two. To a large extent, I rely on her to introduce me to new music. An embarrassing percentage of the music on my iPod is from my sister. […]Read more "Sisterhood of the Traveling Playlist"
by Sarah Gray I work out what might be qualified as an “obsessive” amount, or so I’ve been told. I maintain those people are not, in fact, working out nearly enough. Music is an essential part of maintaining your motivation throughout a long workout. Of course you are tired after work, everyone is tired after […]Read more "Run Like You Stole It – 10 Songs For A Kick Ass Run List"
The 2000s are a downer. I want to be more positive about them as I was tail-ending my teen years in the early 2000s, but Emo ruined everything. You get to the 2000s and it is just all eyeliner and whimpering, so I’ve done the best I could here under the circumstances. 1 – Simple […]Read more "Sticking it to the Man – Six Decades of Teen Angst (The 2000s)"
by Sarah Gray Since I, myself, was quite the angsty teen in the 90s, I will be giving you two (!) bonus songs for this decade. These songs are near and dear to my heart. I was such an angsty teen it has barely worn off. I still throw my clothes on the floor, do […]Read more "Sticking it to the Man – Six Decades of Teen Angst (The 90s)"
by Sarah Gray Music was always important in my family. My grandfather intended to be an opera singer (which, honestly, I cannot even begin to fathom) before he got “the call” and became a minister instead, which as you might imagine, is quite a longer story that in some way involves the army and meeting […]Read more "The Lovers, the Dreamers, and Me"
By Sarah Gray The 1980s has some of the best abjectly angsty teen songs available with the rise of the punk rock movement. Not unlike the 90s, which we’ll get to shortly, there is nothing really to be so worked up about, but they’re pretty worked up anyway. Teens of the 1980s: I have a […]Read more "Sticking it to the Man – Six Decades of Teen Angst (The 80s)"
by Sarah Gray It is in the 1970s that teen angst music really becomes angsty. Its focus shifts to flouting conformity and the American dream for the first time. Punk rock, which would really take off in the 80s, takes its first baby steps in the 70s. Teen angst music starts taking a broader look […]Read more "Sticking it to the Man – Six Decades of Teen Angst (The 70s)"
by Sarah Gray What rock and roll began in the 50s really started coming to fruition as a cultural movement in the 1960s. Music played an important role in the countercultural movement, which divided strongly along generational lines. The teen angst songs of the 60s lean toward the highly political, with the Vietnam War and […]Read more "Sticking it to the Man – Six Decades of Teen Angst (The 60s)"
by Sarah Gray Did you think your Nana was innocent of all night partying, pre-marital sex, and raging against the proverbial machine? Guess again. Teen angst is as time honored a part of our culture as apple pie and baseball. For the next several weeks this list will serve as a time travel getaway from […]Read more "Sticking it to the Man – Six Decades of Teen Angst (The 50s)"
by Sarah Gray Music is an essential part of post-breakup coping and can be both an extension of how you feel and a gentle nudge to the next step. Here is a guide to seamlessly gliding through the seven stages of post-relationship grief. Step 1 – Shock or Disbelief You’re surprised, right? I mean, you’re […]Read more "The 7 Stages of Post Relationship Grief"