Quarantine Music: What’s Groovy and Wack in the Corona Era?

Caleb Faulkerson, Staff Writer

It is often said that music makes the world go round. In these isolated times especially, that statement holds tremendous volume. Whether it’s of the jazz, synthwave or various other genres, music has and continues to appeal to millions across the globe.

Historically used as a means to recount religious mythologies, events and other tales, music continues to play an instrumental role in societies today. Apart from enhancing modern performances and cinematic experiences, music also enhances a crucial function in bettering mental health: stress release.

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Varying tempos of music induce relaxing responses, according to a Harvard research study. And, in the interest of gauging how music from this grim year has been perceived by fellow Cavaliers, efforts to conduct a couple of interviews on the subject were taken.

Julio Gagnon-Hernandez’s least favorite track of the year was “WAP”, which was released Aug. 7, 2020 by Cardi B. “It’s an abomination,” Hernandez explained, “and I regret listening to it… I first heard it on – you guessed it – Tik Tok.”

Regarding how the artist could recover from releasing this song, Hernandez replied Cardi B could “just stop releasing suggestive content and bragging about her [redacted].”  

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Shortly thereafter, Morgan Urban, a fellow fan of the ‘80s aesthetic, offered his best and worst quarantine music selections.  His top track was “Aries” by Gorillaz, while his perceived worst was “Death Bed (Coffee for your Head)” by Powfu and Beabadoobee.

Even though it was released in February 2019, Urban said he first heard Death Bed at the outset of the local quarantine.  Regarding how often he would listen to this song, Urban replied bluntly, “Never. It’s just sad-boy-hours music.  The vocals are just too high and it’s unnecessarily dark.”