Hey everyone, Trish Kohut here! If you are an active reader of the Dynamo, you may have seen my past series where I offered my opinion on a different album every week. This semester, I still want to bring you all music-inspired stories like I have in the past—but with a bit of a change-up. Thus, I introduce you to the new Dynamo series, “The Mantra Mixtapes.”
In this new series, I will be picking a different theme each week and recommending five songs within it to give a listen! These tracks will include some of my favorites over the years, with many being ones I listen to on a regular basis. If you have any recommendations for themes, post them in the comments, and your idea(s) may be featured in later editions. Let’s get started!
The theme for this week is comfort. More often than not, there are times when we are all worried about something we have to do or have situations come up that we have to deal with. Coming from experience, I know there are also times when we get inside our own heads and don't know how to deal with it. Therefore, I selected five songs that I listen to whenever I’m worried about anything that help me feel better. Hopefully, they can provide some sort of comfort to you all as well. Enjoy.
“Everybody Wants To Rule The World” by Tears For Fears
We start off this list with a song that I adore purely based on the instrumental aspect. One of the most frequently played songs during my childhood, this track has quite a relaxing beat and tempo to it. Every time I hear it, I always feel at ease and better than before I listened to it. The lyrics paint the picture of accepting the life you have and knowing that when things go wrong, there is someone there to help you through it.
“Doing All Right” by Queen
Is anyone surprised I put a Queen track on this list? This is a song for when you are going through something, but are putting on a brave face for others and disguising your true emotions. This song starts melancholy with Freddie’s beautiful tone, but later in the track, Brian comes in with a blaring guitar riff that will knock you out of any mood you are feeling. This track shows that although you may be in a rough patch or a tough situation, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
“Everything I Wanted” by Billie Ellish
For the kids who feel alone and like they can’t get out of the hole they’re in, this song is for you. When you feel like you have no reason to be upset but still are anyway, this song is for you. Billie’s vocals throughout the track are almost haunting, but in the best way possible; the harmonies in the chorus hit you right in your core. However, the most important thing this song demonstrates is that no matter what, you are loved. There is always someone who cares for you and wants you around. Always.
“Behind Blue Eyes” by The Who
One of The Who’s greatest lyrical achievements, “Behind Blue Eyes” is for the person who keeps everything inside and is finally ready to release all of the emotions they are feeling. There are many people who act like they know what someone else is going through, but in reality, they don’t. Therefore, this song is the fight anthem to everyone going through something and their rise to overcome it. Starting slow but quickly increasing tempo, this song will kick you out of any bad mood you are in.
“Let It All Out (10:05)” by COIN
The last song on this list is one that has had a huge impact on my life. One of my favorite things about COIN is that their lyrical content has always been poignant, and it is always backed up with fantastic instrumentals. More importantly, COIN’s music as a whole has always given fans a sense of belonging and the feeling that each individual is important in their own way. “Let It All Out (10:05)” in particular stresses the idea that it is okay to feel emotion and let it out. The choir aspect really brings home the message of not being afraid to be human. This song is definitely a must-listen.
This concludes the first edition of “The Mantra Mixtapes.” I hope you all enjoy this new series. If you have any songs that you would like to add to this list that reflect this week’s theme, feel free to add them to the comments below. I would love to hear your recommendations. Until next week, later Raiders!