Music for the moment

Every once in a while, I sit down and make a playlist of songs that reflect my mindset at the time. Given that I  mostly make playlists for running, they’re typically composed of up-beat, pop and hip-hop stuff. I did this earlier in the week and was struck by just how appropriate and timely the songs were.

Disclaimer: I am not saying all of this is quality music. It’s neither my absolute favorite nor the best on my iTunes. But it captures my feelings on the end of this semester, graduation, my friends, my life right now. Some of the song titles say it all; some of them have particularly fitting lyrics.

So here it is: How I feel right now — in dance party form.

2012 — Jay Sean — “Life ain’t always easy, and every day, we’re survivors … You know that it doesn’t matter, as long as we’ve got each other … Gonna live like it’s the end of the world … It ain’t the end of the world …”

All I Do is Win — DJ Khaled — “All I do is win, win, win … No matter what …”

Do You Remember? — Jay Sean — “I’ve been thinking about you and how we used to be, then, back when it didn’t have to end … There’s nothing left to say. Don’t waste another day …. Let’s take this time. Let’s make some memories … Do you remember? All of those times we had? … Let’s bring it back …”

Don’t Stop the Music — Rihanna — [metaphorical and literal music] “I want to take you away … Let’s escape into the music … DJ, let it play …”

Five Minutes to Midnight — Boys Like Girls — “At five minutes to midnight, we’ll see our names in city lights … we’ll make the clock stop, make your heart drop and come alive …”

Freeze Time — Jay Sean — “Hold on just a little bit longer, this part is my favorite … I wish we could live in this moment together … If I could freeze time, then I’d hold onto this moment with you … If only there were a way to freeze time …”

Higher — Taio Cruz — “I can’t get enough … You take me higher than I’ve ever been before …”

I Made It — Kevin Rudolf — “I look up to the sky, and now the world is mine … I used to dream about the life I’m living now … I know that there’s no doubt: I made it …”

I’ll Be There for You — The Remembrandts — “I’ll be there for you, when the rain starts to pour … I’ll be there for you, like I’ve been there before … I’ll be there for you — ’cause you’re there for me, too …” [Shout-out to my FRIENDS-loving friends]

Jai Ho! — AR Rahman — “There is nothing that could stop us … Nothing could ever come between us …”

Just Dance — Lady Gaga — “Just dance … It’ll be okay …”

Just the Way You Are (Remix) — Bruno Mars — “If perfect’s what you’re looking for, then just stay the same … You’re amazing … Just the way you are …”

Live Your Life — T.I. — “You’re gonna be a shiny star — fancy clothes, fancy car, a limousine … You’re gonna go far ’cause everyone knows just who you are … So live your life … No telling where it’ll take you …”

Magic — B.o.B — “I’ve got the magic in me … Every time I touch that track, it turns into gold … Everybody wants a blast of magic …”

Moment 4 Life — Nicki Minaj — “I wish that I could have this moment for life … This is my moment … I just feel so alive …”

My Life Would Suck Without You — Kelly Clarkson — “We belong together now … Forever united here somehow … You’ve got a piece of me, and, honestly, my life would suck without you …”

Ridin’ Solo — Jason Derulo — “I’m feeling like a star … You can’t stop my shine … I’m loving cloud nine … My head’s in the sky …”

The Sky’s the Limit — Jason Derulo — “Wish I could freeze you and me and this moment in time … We’ll find the sky is the limit …”

Till the World Ends — Britney Spears — “See the sunlight … We ain’t stopping … Keep on dancing til the world ends …”

The Time (Dirty Bit) — Black Eyed Peas — “I’ve had the time of my life, and I’ve never felt this way before … And I owe it all to you …”

Umbrella — Rihanna — “You have my heart, and we’ll never be worlds apart … Might be in magazines, but you’ll still be my star …” [tehe I crack myself up]

We Are Golden — Mika — “We are not what you think we are — we are golden … No giving up when you’re young …”

We R Who We R — Ke$ha — “We’ll be forever young … You know we’re superstars … We are who we are …”

Welcome to the World — Kevin Rudolf — “You’re ready to go ’cause it’s the end of the show … Now you’re coming down to earth … Okay, hello, welcome to the world …”

What the Hell? — Avril Lavigne — “Honestly, I just need to be a little crazy … All my life I’ve been good, but now, I’m thinking ‘What the Hell?’ …” [Don’t worry, Mom, I’m still working on my thesis]

Remember, this mix is for dancing and running — not for being sad. Enjoy, and don’t judge me.


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