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Music Monday (11/6/2023): Noa Yussman

Junior Designer Noa Yussman shares some of her favorite songs to listen to as the weather gets colder and winter approaches. 
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Flowers in December by Mazzy Star

This song is one of the first songs I ever listened to by Mazzy Star and it immediately got me hooked. The song’s calm and soothing vibes match the peacefulness of winter, making it a perfect tune for a chilly day. The guitar and addition of the harmonica is absolutely breathtaking and makes the song so much better. 

 

So Much Wine by Phoebe Bridgers (cover)

I cannot express how much I love this song even though it makes me want to cry. Phoebe Bridgers’ cover of this song is so beautiful, yet so painful. The lyrics and her take on the melody create a sense of longing and isolation, which I know we all feel during the upcoming cold months. Every year since 2017, she has covered a holiday song, and I am so excited to see what song she covers this year. 

 

No Name #1 by Elliott Smith  

Elliott Smith is one of my favorite artists ever, and I don’t know why but all of his songs make me think of winter and cold weather. This song especially feels like winter to me, as the lyrics and gentle acoustic guitar remind me of the peaceful times when winter begins and everything starts to slow down. As the temperature drops and the days get shorter, this song seems to capture the emotions that come with the changing season, as do most of Smith’s songs.  

 

Pale Blue Eyes by The Velvet Underground

When I listen to this song, it makes me think of clear, crisp winter skies when the air is chilly and you can see your breath in the cold air. It’s the perfect song to listen to when I need a little pep in my step as I walk home from the bus after school while bundled up in my coat. The soft vocals, along with the mellow guitar, create a sense of calm and nostalgia, which is perfect for the end of fall. 

 

Reflecting Light by Sam Phillips 

I absolutely adore Sam Phillips’ voice. It’s just such a relaxing voice that creates a warm and cozy feeling. The lyrics give a sense of comfort and hope which is very needed for the colder months. As the song plays, all I can think of is watching the snowflakes fall outside on a very, very cold day. 

 

If you want to listen to more songs similar to these, check out Noa’s playlist on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7Gkcek6k8WORebyFZVSZ0N?si=da8ad3d0b3104f82  

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Noa Yussman, Designer
Noa Yussman is a junior and a Designer for On The Record. This is Noa's second year on staff and she is so excited to create new things and continue to expand her design skills. Outside of OTR, you can find her listening to Fiona Apple, thrifting with friends, and going to concerts.
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