Finals week is upon us, and most of you college kids are probably feeling the negative effects of sleep deprivation and cram sessions. And while finals week is all kinds of stressful, there's hope for getting through, and you can find it in these ten songs...
Finals week is upon us, and most of you college kids are probably feeling the negative effects of sleep deprivation and cram sessions. And while finals week is all kinds of stressful, there's hope for getting through, and you can find it in these ten songs. They're tailored to soundtrack every stage of the study process [aka, every emotion that comes with the study process] and we're hoping you'll get some use out of them. Check it out, and let us know what songs you've put on your own "finals" playlist. Ben Lee's "We're All In This Together"
The most important thing to realize during finals week is that you truly are not alone [unless, of course, you've chosen one of those isolated study booths in the library's basement]. But in truth, every person on your campus feels your pain, and when you're in need of solidarity, just look around you. The kid to your left is chugging Red Bull like it's his job, the girl to the right has been wearing the same sweats all week -- you're "all in this together", and Ben Lee won't let you forget it.
Let's face it -- it's overwhelming to face the onslaught of what you know will be hours of work. If ever there was a song to encapsulate nervous energy, while still offering an oddly calming affect, it's this one. Maybe it's that mix of lovelorn vocals and sparkling guitars, or maybe its the passion built up behind the weariness, but this one will speak to what you're feeling. Better than that, it'll get you through it.
Now that you're loosened up and feeling [relatively] good about the hours ahead, it's important to keep a sense of calm to ease you into your work. With its pretty acoustics and hushed vocals, "California" is the perfect tune to accompany you into those beginning stages of "the work zone."
Welcome to the work zone, where the next few jams have been carefully constructed so as to provide a sense of calm, focus, and energy. This Icelandic quartet will whisk you away into an alternate universe of soaring soundscapes and insightful ideas, creating the perfect environment to plunge into your studies. And while there are still vocals to keep you rooted in reality, the nonsensical language will keep your mind focused on the words in your textbook.
When you're in the thick of your studies, or in the heat of your paper-writing, instrumental jams are the way to go. "Memorial" gives off the vibe that you're floating through otherworldly territory, entirely submerged in your own thoughts, yet carried forward by an unknown, driving force. In short, it's music to power you through.
Keeping in theme with strictly instrumental music, "New Bones" provides the perfect backdrop to your studies, but with its layered moods and shifting tones, it's also the perfect soundtrack to that point in "the work zone" where you drift back and forth from empowered to sullen, elated to brooding.
There's always that point in the study process where you just want to scream -- maybe pull your hair, throw some things, find any useful outlet to take out your aggression. Spin a little Defeater and you'll be good as golden. Should this not help, we're sure your campus center has ice-cream available somewhere.
Breakdowns tend to be followed by empowerment sessions, and "The Revolution" will speak to everything you're probably feeling. There's plenty of angst, a sense of bewilderment for the point of life you've reached, an aching desire to reaffirm your youth, and a determined need to break free and have fun. Take a moment, dance it out, and move on.
Now that you've gotten out that last bit of emotion, it's time to settle back down and power through the last of your night. The most important thing to remember -- "Don't Panic"-- and Coldplay's aptly-titled tune will help keep you from doing so. With its quiet acoustics, ambient instrumentation, and frontman Chris Martin's soaring vocals, you'll regain your focus [and composure] in no time.
The Smiths' "Sheila Take a Bow"
Spin this post-finals when the worst is fully behind you. You've pulled yourself through sleepless nights and fitful cram-sessions, and the only battle wounds you have to show are a few paper-cuts and that weird feeling too much caffeine will give. Take a bow, then chime in on those glorious lines -- "throw your homework onto the fire, come out and find the one that you love."