Bucknell Music Climate Report


Bucknell’s campus is massive, whether you’re walking home from the Art Barn or a on a trip to the Mods (both, journeys that rival that of the Odyssey), or -- perish the thought -- you have to go downtown for something, you’re going to need something to keep you sane; many have found solace in portable music.

As I pass them by, I’m always wondering what they are listening to; so I asked.  Shout outs to everyone that was cool with me stopping them on their way to class or interrupting their homework.

We all know that it’s pretty consistently snowy and cold here at Bucknell in February, and don’t even get me started on how we had classes this Wednesday, but people are still jamming out on their way to class. Here is your Bucknell Music Climate Report:

A$AP Ferg and A$AP Rocky - Shabba

Some solid lyricism here, some really clever lines.  Plus the beat is pretty sick.  I could totally roll with this, it’s the kind of song that you want to learn all the words to because it’s just a blast to be able to join in.

Avett Brothers - Head Full of Doubt

Resounding congratulations.  The crowd is going wild, literally, lions and tigers and bears--the whole deal.  But actually, Matt Anderson, GOOD LOOKS.  The Avett Brothers are mad good!  Folksy and raw, like bearded brothers exchanging old stories late into the night while drinking whisky over a campfire.  I can definitely get on board with this.

Owl City - Fuzzy Blue Lights

Owl City is notoriously, excessively auto-tuned and this song is no different--however, not in a way I totally hate.  Almost nostalgic, it’s a cute song and makes me feel like I’m laying in the grass cloud watching in the summer.

Fall Out Boy - Dance Dance

Throwback? Alright, I appreciate it.  FOB has some seriously catchy lyrics and it would be hard to find more dancable beats.  Props to you for being able to keep your sweet dance moves contained in Bertrand!

Ke$ha (feat. Pitbull) - Timber

You’d better bring an umbrella today, because the forecast is calling for glitter-showers.   Ke$ha is actually surprisingly good.  I say surprisingly because often, I can appreciate tolerate the girl power, I-don’t-care-what-you-think-I’m-just-going-to-have-fun music, but I don’t genuinely like it.  But Ke$ha has something different, you see, I feel like she ACTUALLY doesn’t care.

Bob Marley

Some library rasta-activism? I can dig it.  I’d be lying if I told you that I listen to this reggae legend on the daily, but I can say that I totally respect your choice of Saturday afternoon homework music.

Gym Class Heroes - Cupid's Chokehold / Breakfast in America

I must confess, I didn’t actually ask about this song--I walked past your open window and you were blasting it, and singing along.  But no judgement, it’s hard to not sing along.  In fact, this song has been stuck in my head since I walked past and heard it.  Another throwback for you.

Goapele - Undertow

Such beautiful vocals!  The beat in the background being kept minimal is potentially the best thing to happen to this song, it gives so much more of the spotlight to the vocalist who also keeps it pretty basic but KILLS it.  This song feels like it’s part of a dream--totally going onto my study playlist.

So there you go, a random sampling of Bucknell students with super diverse taste in music.  If I could have asked every student here what they’re listening to right now, I bet the spread would continue to be ridiculously varied, which is pretty cool.

If you came for the weather, look forward to some cold; if you came for the current state of the Bucknell student’s music taste, it depends on who’s headphones are in your ears -- but no matter whose they are, you’re bound to be listening to something awesome.

Bucknell NewsMorgan Klein