Sorraya’s Mini Playlist for the Spring Season
Written by Sorraya Gonzales on April 20, 2023
Here are of my favorite tracks as I enter the spring season.
1. Pretty Sick – Dumb
From their album, Come Down, Pretty Sick emulates the grunge movement of the 90s with a modern twist. The track elaborates on the transitional phase between breaking up with someone and becoming independent. With gritty guitar and repeating lyrics, the song’s description of entering a new phase in one’s life emulates winter turning into spring. Instead of facing despair, the singer accepts their emotional state. While the song explains doubts about the person being satisfied with one’s self, the acceptance stage of letting the person go proves they are healing. It is a bittersweet outlook on the spring season.
2. JAWNY – take it back (feat. Beck)
A single filled with motivation through its punk guitar instrumental and impactful message of getting over someone. The chorus’s repetition and the push and pull between the drums and guitar bring high energy to overcoming unreciprocated love. With JAWNY’s wise words about letting someone go, people can start the spring season on a high note as they listen to him sing.
If she never loved me, then I’m better off alone, yeah
I, I take it back, I take it back now“Take it Back” by JAWNY (feat. Beck)
Along with attending his concert a week ago, JAWNY’s music will always remind me of spring with his bright blonde hair and love for emotionally driven lyrics.
3. Be Your Own Pet – Hand Grenade
After a 17-year hiatus, the Nashville-based band, Be Your Own Pet, decided to release their comeback track, “Hand Grenade,” on March 31, 2023. With spring representing a new beginning, the band decided to take the opportunity to release new music as the flowers began to bloom. The song depicts a person overcoming hardships through the symbolism of a hand grenade. The grenade symbolizes a person’s power to work hard toward their healing journey. Like the other tracks, the song describes someone not attaining a victim mentality and becoming a better person by healing through a breakup.
I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid“Hand Grenade” by Be Your Own Pet
I got my thumb on the hand grenade
When I lost it, I really lost it
I showed you the line, but you crossed it
4. Sir Chloe – Salivate
A single from her upcoming album, I Am The Dog, Sir Chloe demonstrates someone yearning for something that hurts them. Hinting at an addictive personality, Sir Chloe describes the craving to give in to one desire despite them causing harm. Since summer hides around the corner, people strive not to be tied down to the familiar as the weather becomes warmer. Whether it’s a new relationship, workout routine, or academics, people crave a vacation, and Sir Chloe emulates the desire through punk guitar solos and lyrics about addiction.
5. Fionna Apple – Across the Universe
A cover of The Beatles song with the same title, Fiona Apple’s 1998 track, “Across the Universe,” describes a feeling of mediation through her smooth vocals and slow instrumentals. As she sings the lines
Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup“Across the Universe” by Fiona Apple
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe
She emulates the feeling of the rainstorms often seen in April. As she continues, she expresses the relaxed feeling of
Pools of sorrow and waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind“Across the Universe” by Fiona Apple
Possessing and caressing me
The line establishes the transition between a winter full of a breakup into a happy spring, similar to the other tracks. With the acoustic guitar throughout the track, Apple brings a soft feeling that concludes the playlist message perfectly. She ends the high-end electric track playlist with a softer acoustic melody.
As spring begins, I hope these tracks will guide me along the journey of healing from a depressive winter. I titled the playlist Green Fruit Tea because I feel the beverage emulates the feeling of warm weather. I hope that these tracks will help others heal from their winter breakups and teach them how to become content with themselves.