By: Taylor Nute, A&E Editor
As the fall semester comes to a close, so does the year 2020. A lot has happened in one year, and so many things have changed for all of us. One thing that hasn’t changed, though, is Plymouth Playlist. The playlist is here tostay, no matter what. This time, we have a special end-of-the-year edition. Everyone here at The Clock chose one song that defined the year for them. I hope you enjoy this special version of Plymouth Playlist!
Justine Walsh, Editor-In-Chief
The Spins – Mac Miller
Sampling a song from the band Half Mast, The Spins by Mac Miller could not be any more iconic. This song not only got my friends and I through quarantine, but brought us together every time it played. Every single time itwas put on, we would all get up, dance around, and scream it at the top of our lungs because it was too hard not to. It really helped us forget how toughtimes were, and made things a little bit better for us all.
Liam Pelosky, Features Editor
Beasts of No Nation – Fela Kuti
This song is 25+ years old and sung by Nigerian Political activist and musician, Fela Kuti. The song is still relevant now with George Floyd’s death, and the SARS protests in Nigeria. The current president of Nigeria, Buhari, was a former military coup leader back in the 80’s and he locked Fela up for singing about human rights and corruption. History may not repeat itself but it sure does rhyme!
Noah Young, Production Manager
Level of Concern – 21 Pilots
I have been listening to Twenty One Pilots since the latter half of my High School Junior Year, I listened to their breakout success ‘Stressed Out’ on repeat for months. I later discovered that their previous album ‘Vessel’ was by far my favorite with ‘Car Radio’ being at the top of my playlists for years after. My siblings and I learned the rap parts by heart for both ‘Blurryface’ and ‘Vessel’ and we can still recite them today, four years later. Imagine my absolute elation when I saw this drop, amidst COVID-19 and during deep lockdown of the early spring. Level of Concern is about the anxiety that we all are facing during the pandemic and compares it to the anxiety lead vocalist, Tyler Joseph, faced when asking his girlfriend, now wife Jenna Joseph, to ‘Go Steady’ with him. It, like most Twenty One Pilots’ songs, juxtaposes cheerful and light sounding with deeply troubled lyrics. It doesn’t answer any questions, or pose any difficult ones, it simply and plainly states the anxiety we’re all facing collectively and that maybe having somebody to face the world with can make all the difference.
Reed Silvers, Features Writer
This Year – The Mountain Goats
2020 has thrown so many challenges at us. This is uncharted territory for everyone, and there has been no shortage of stress and hardships. One listen to this song is a good reminder that we will make it through!
Devon Mello, Media Manager
Therefore I am – Billie Eilish
To me, Eilish has always had a special place in my heart when I listen carefully to her words. She tends to leave an effect on me and many others something that is unexplainable. Even amidst this pandemic, music will always be there. And Eilish can’t wait to release what she’s been working on in quarantine, something that means a lot to her and her fans. Her music is something that we should be eternally grateful for, and especially somethingthat will be with us even in the toughest of times.
Taylor Nute, Arts and Entertainment Editor
Full Heart Fancy – Lucky Chops
Lucky Chops is a band I’ve been listening to for years now, and I’ve never gotten tired of their music, even though I listened to it constantly during the pandemic. Their song Full Heart Fancy is an upbeat song from their 2019 self-titled album, and it’s kept me dancing and feeling good since it came out! If you want a feel-good song, I definitely suggest listening to Full Heart Fancy.