Song Diaries: “Pristine” by Snail Mail (2018)

How Lindsey Jordan helped me find my voice when I needed it most…

Song Diaries looks back on songs and the memories they carry for the writer.

It’s Valentine’s Day, so I’m writing a few words on the music I have been loving as of late. This holiday has never meant much to me, but it’s an opportunity to promote love in all its forms, self-love included.

This month, I had a musical revelation of sorts. I found myself bored with the usual stuff I was listening to and drained out by everything around me. Putting lots of hours into my work and my writing, traveling and not being and breathing enough.

Then there’s the massive blow that was yesterday’s news about Ryan Adams’ abusive behavior toward women. He was someone I’d admired for a couple of years now as a musical force of nature.

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Song Diaries: Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls (1998)

My lifelong battle with mental health…

By Antonia Elms

There were many nights when my family spent dinner at my father’s best friend’s house. Guillermo’s home had a beautiful front yard, with two floss silk trees, pointy-barked and full of pink flowers in the fall and winter. The backyard was lush with a green lawn, always trimmed, decorated with intricate, black ceramic tables and chairs.

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Song Diaries: Hero/Heroine by Boys Like Girls (2006)

The friendship trials of an aspiring emo teen.

Song Diaries looks back on songs and the memories they carry for the writer.

We change as we grow older, it’s just a part of life. I, at least, would like to think I have changed from the person I was back in middle school.

It was during my middle school years (’08-’09) that being emo was a popular thing. Shopping at Hot Topic and listening to bands like Paramore and My Chemical Romance were all the rage. “Rawr” also meant “I love you” in dinosaur during those days, apparently.

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Song Diaries: Tongue by R.E.M. (1994)

A story about friendship, femininity, and John Cusack.

Song Diaries looks back on songs and the memories they carry for the writer.

Ugly girls know their fate – anybody can get laid

I hear the opening piano chords and …ah yes, I think to myself.

It is 2015, I am nineteen years old, a sophomore in college and my best friend just moved with her family to Europe.

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Song Diaries: Best I Ever Had by Drake​ (2008)

In which Drake makes for an unexpected wingman.

Song Diaries looks back on songs and the memories they carry for the writer.

If you ask someone for the first thing that comes to mind when you say the name “Drake”, you’ll evoke a different reaction from every single person. Though, in this day and age, you may be hard-pressed to find someone who actually doesn’t know who he is. If you say the name “Drake” to me, though, one memory, in particular, comes to mind.

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