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Songs to knock the pandemic out of you


Saying that these past two years have been hard is an understatement. We all have our ways of coping: exercise, reading, or binge-watching shows. For me, I found solace in music. I tried to tune out the disastrous world around me by making playlists on Spotify. I also took it upon myself to “dance it out” or, to put a smile on my coworker’s faces when life gets hard. There is something about dancing like a goofball that not only makes you happier but also lightens the mood of the people around you. I feel like people need to simply start dancing and let the music flow around you. There are a few songs that stick out to me as my “jam” that can help you move along in this pandemic. One would be “Nuestra Canción” by Monsieur Periné which has an Afro-Columbian sound. This song not only was super popular on tiktok, with a dance and all, it became popular on streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music. The dancey pop song can help get you out of any sort of funk that the pandemic has gotten you in. When I asked around my desk, a few colleagues recommended some songs that have helped them get out their pandemic funks. One song suggested was “Good Days” by SZA who is an R&B artist who has “transformed R&B with her honesty and warmth.” This is one of those songs that you can easily sing along to on a walk or in the car while relaxing from a long day. A final song suggestion to get you through the days of the pandemic is “Throw off the Boat” by James Paget which is an instrumental song that is described as uplifting and heroic and could very well be in the background of video games. With this type of music it is easy to feel inspired and is a good song to have in the background of getting work done or even cleaning around the house. If you’re looking for some tunes to get you up and moving, here are some that you can check out at the library:  

“30” by Adele 

The Mamma Mia Soundtrack 

“Good Things” by Dan and Shay 

Any Album by Rainbow Kitten Surprise 

“Cuz I love You” by Lizzo

“Story of Us” by Quinn XCII


By Betsey Matczak, Circulation Associate