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Staff Picks: What is The Scout listening to this March?

Graphic by Sarah Irwin

The Scout staff has created a list of their favorite songs to listen to during the month of March, followed by their descriptions. 

Anaiah Davis:

“little story” by Kehlani

In this unconventional love song, Kehlani acknowledges their inconsistent and unreliable behavior during a previous relationship and tries to make up with an ex. “little story” is guitar-driven, intimate and vulnerable and the music video’s cinematic black-and-white visuals add another level of beauty to this masterpiece.

“Out the Way” by Samaria 

This rising indie R&B artist digs deep for this track from her “Didn’t Start With You” EP. She is self-aware and not willing to settle for less than she deserves, singing about leaving a problematic and unstable relationship after realizing that she can’t give her partner what they need. Samaria’s soulful vocals and use of ‘90s R&B influences make “Out the Way” warm, inviting and incredibly nostalgic. 

Matt Lucas:

March Madness on CBS Theme

“This. Is. March.” – CBS College Basketball Analyst and Twitter personality Jon Rothstein

Oh? Was this soapbox left unattended? Well, let me step up on it and proclaim that Christmas Day for college basketball fans is here and that CBS’s March Madness anthem is sure to wake them up each morning.

With trumpets that blare, drums that boom, piano keys that do a delicate dance and shots of Cinderella teams running across the hardwood in a state of awe, there is no other song perfectly crafted for March. Let this masterpiece get you energized and in a state of determination because… This. Is. March.

“One Shining Moment” by David Barrett

Sticking with the basketball vibes here, 68 teams compete against one another for the right to be named champions, seeking to create their “One Shining Moment.”

This instrumental piece paired with Barrett’s lyrics may bring a tear to your eye. While the average listener isn’t trying to avoid being upset by a lower seed in the NCAA Tournament, this song can also speak to all of us and the hope that one day, we’ll all have our moment that brings us success as we move forward throughout this life.

Madalyn Mirallegro:

“Look At Us Now (Honeycomb)” by Daisy Jones & The Six

The novel “Daisy Jones & The Six” has been on my to-be-read list for quite some time, but I haven’t had the chance to pick it up. That is until the album accompanying the TV show came out. While I haven’t watched the show yet because I’m waiting to finish the book, I have listened to the album. The dynamic duo of Daisy Jones (Riley Keough) and Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin) produce a perfect song with vibes and harmonies similar to those of Fleetwood Mac. 

“The Exit” by Conan Gray

After hearing the song on multiple TikTok edits, I’ve had it on repeat for the past couple of days. I have always been a fan of Conan Gray, but “The Exit” is on another level. The emotion and power in Gray’s voice during the chorus is something that I could listen to forever. Even if you have never experienced the feelings that Gray talks about, you will still feel like you are in your own heartbreaking edit. 

Lee Lard: 

“killer queen” by Mad Tsai

I was a couple of years late to discovering this 2021 alternative pop track, but I’ve been loving it recently. It tells the story of a high school mean girl who murders her lovers similar to the premise of “Jennifer’s Body.” The high piano combined with the drums and synth makes it eerie but modern. It’s aided by the campy music video starring Mad Tsai and Ariane Kayla. 

“No Strings Attached (Enemies to Lovers)” by Backseat Vagabond

From the album “Tropes,” Backseat Vagabond plays with the young adult fiction trope of falling in love with your rival via a scandalous romp. It’s a cute and self-aware representation of teen girl culture and an overall bop.

Daniel Kerns:

“Guaranteed – Humming Version” by Eddie Vedder

I’m not normally a fan of Eddie Vedder or Pearl Jam, but after recently watching “Into the Wild,” this mellow song has made its way to the top of my playlist. The gentle guitar picking and soothing humming have been my go-to for relaxation during early morning drives to Limestone Community High School.

“Green Hornet Theme” by Al Hirt

Russian opera piece “Flight of the Bumblebee” was given a jazzy update by arranger Billy May and trumpeter Al Hirt as the intro for the cult TV series “The Green Hornet.” Hirt’s performance of the catchy yet complicated riff is nothing short of masterful. Its frenetic energy is perfect for staying in and cranking out assignments as well as cruising around town.

Payton Egnew:

“Countdown” by Beyoncé

You can never go wrong with Beyoncé, and this song has been a main listen this month. In honor of me getting tickets to see her in concert in August, I’ve been listening to Queen B for every occasion.

“i hope ur miserable until ur dead” by Nessa Barrett

This song is perfect for screaming while driving down the road with your best friends. The lyrics accurately describe the feeling of anger towards someone who wronged you, which is a feeling I’m all too familiar with.

Trinity Eaton: 

“Lady Friend” by PONCHO

This March, I’ve been expanding my music taste. I found this particular song on the YouTube channel “Alona Chemerys.” I listened to it for the first time about a week ago, and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. I’m looking forward to listening to this during summer drives.

Rodrigo Perez: 

“Lux Aeterna” by Metallica 

When this song dropped late last year, it came out of nowhere. After six years, one of the greatest metal bands of all time had released new music. “Lux Aeterna” is a back-to-the-roots, energetic song that sounds like it was ripped straight out of the ‘80s. With their new album set to release in April, I can’t wait to listen to the other surprises that are in store. 

“Watch The World Burn” by Falling In Reverse

This is a genre-defying track that has a mix of rap, operatic rock and straight metalcore. Falling In Reverse may not release music often, but when they do, they deliver. Along with some of Ronnie Radke’s fastest rapping, he doesn’t pull any stops taking shots at the music industry and pretty much anyone who has ever upset him. A solid track overall. 

Jonathan Michel: 

“Language” by Porter Robinson

I first discovered this EDM track during a late night of editing in The Scout office and it immediately gave me much-needed energy. While it takes over a minute for the beat to intensify, you won’t be disappointed when the buildup culminates in a pulsing, catchy and feel-good melody. Since spring break is right around the corner, it’s a perfect soundtrack for a long road trip or having fun at the beach. 

“Outside” by MO3 and OG Bobby Billions 

MO3, a hip-hop artist who was tragically killed in a shooting in 2020, sings with passion in this song that has an urban gospel feel to it and he’ll even tell you “You hear this church up in my verses, that’s just how I’m raised.” However, MO3 also expresses feelings of guilt because of the violent acts that he’s committed or wants to commit out of revenge. The story-telling and MO3’s begging for forgiveness are what make this song great, along with an “ooo”-inducing saxophone and heavy bassline. 

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