Featured Journalist: Laura Yoo
This weeks featured journalist from the CVBU team is freshman Laura Yoo! We sat down with Laura to get her insight on some very…interesting questions. Read her biography and the full interview below! Make sure you read all of Laura's articles she’s written so far by clicking here.
Major: Undeclared Year: 2016 Hometown: Long Valley, NJ
While my love for music stems from playing the violin and singing along to Britney in Mom’s backseat, it has grown over the years into an appreciation for music as the ultimate escape. Whether I’m studying to Amy Winehouse, or playing Brahms with an orchestra – it always finds a way to put my mind at ease. The best part is, while genres and styles may constantly evolve, my favorite songs and albums will never change. 20 years from now, I’d ideally be writing for W Magazine, and driving my kids to and from cello lessons in a black Range Rover. But for now, you’ll either find me bustling around campus or religiously watching Suits in bed. I hope to make the most of my years here at Bucknell, and I’m so excited to be a part of Campus Vinyl BucknellU!
If you could be one musician for a year (past or present) who would you be and why?
It definitely comes down to my two biggest girl crushes, Beyonce and Lana Del Rey, but I think I’d have to go with Lana – it’s just too much pressure to be the Queen Bey. Lana’s not so much in the spotlight and she does a pretty good job at keeping her personal life private, which is something I really admire. She also travels a lot more internationally than most artists, touring in France and England, as well as inter-continental US. It’d be so neat to travel as much as she does, and meet the hugely diverse groups of people she meets. Speaking of, I read somewhere that Lana’s a close friend of Lindsay Lohan. As dumb as this may sound, I’d love to hang out with Lindsay – her life is far from average, and that makes her fascinating. The same goes for Lana, she’s come so far from her early days in the underground scene, to establishing herself in the music, fashion, and movie industry. Lana’s music often mimics scores of famous films, which gives it a really cinematic and almost magical quality. I hear she’s even working with Jay-Z on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, so that’d also be an amaaaaazing experience.
If you were out on a romantic dinner and could only have one song playing the whole time, what would it be?
This is such a hard question for me, I can barely keep the same song on in the car for more than 1 minute! But if I had to choose, I’d go with “Dance Anthem of the 80’s” by Regina Spektor. She’s one of the only artists I can listen to over and over ever getting sick of. Plus, this song is just so catchy and fun, and kinda ironic for a date – it’d be an interesting time.
What music genre, artist, and/or group do you listen to when you need a good stress relief?
It’s funny, my roommate and I have a playlist that we always listen to either when we’re getting ready in the morning or when we’re stressing about school. It’s a very strange mix of throwbacks, and some of my favorites include: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” from the Lion King, “Rock Star” by Hannah Montana, “It Wasn’t Me” by Shaggy, “Never Gonna Leave This Bed” by Maroon 5, “White Houses” by Vanessa Carlton, and “Where is the Love?” by the Black Eyed Peas. These are just a few of them, and they’re not really songs that would normally go together, but we love them, and that’s all that matters. :)
What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?
I really haven’t been to many memorable concerts, but if I had to choose, I’d say seeing Zeds Dead last year. I hadn’t heard of Zedd until 2 weeks before the concert, but my best friend and I just ordered tickets one random night while listening to some of his tracks, and we never looked back. His energy was amazing live, and I don’t think I’ve ever danced (or sweat) that much in my life. It was so much fun, and seeing how he interacted with the audience, improvising his mixes and throwing in whatever seemed right, was amazing. It was a great way to end my senior year.
What was the first CD you ever bought?
None other than “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears. This is where my obsession with and love for Britney began, and the third track “Sometimes” is still one of my favorite songs. Her earlier music was the soundtrack for the first half of my life, and she will always be the Princess of Pop.