What is Your Study Soundtrack?

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It’s the night before your midterm, and in typical Georgetown fashion, you haven’t started studying yet. You attempt to read through your class notes and realize that you haven’t even been paying attention in class enough to take notes.

Wouldn’t it be so much easier if you could find a catchy way to remember all those facts If there was some way to absorb all that information without actually doing anything Well you are in luck, here is a list of musical soundtracks that will actually help you study.

U.S. History- Try “Hamilton”

Founding fathers in a rap battle, what more could you ask for?! This hiphop musical actually makes U.S. history seem interesting.

Any MSB class ever- Try “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”

Because, let’s be honest, isn’t this the ultimate goal of the MSBro?

Spanish- Try “In the Heights”

Half this soundtrack is in Spanish, so just listen to it and you will be golden!

French- Try “Les Miserables”

This soundtrack is the perfect combination of emotional ballads and inspirational tunes, allowing you to cry your way through the French revolution and come out feeling empowered.

Bib Lit- Try “Godspell”

This musical is literately the story of Jesus. Even if you haven’t paid any attention in this class all semester, this soundtrack will save you.

Psychology- Try “Next to Normal”

The characters in this musical have more issues than The Hoya. Seriously, this family is cray.

Economics- Try “Rent”

This is literally the only thing you need to know for any Econ class.

Theology- Try “The Book of Mormon”

This will teach you everything you need to know about being a Mormon. Warning: You may be tempted to sing along, so this is not recommended for a cubical dweller. But, if you do, be prepared to get serious side eye.

Ecology- Try “Little Shop of Horrors”

This will teach you all about the intricacies of plant life. If you want to learn how to grow a man-eating plant, this is the musical for you.

So go ace those midterms, Hoyas!

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A New Look at Gatsby’s “Young and Beautiful”

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So I got to see a pre-screening of Baz Luhrman’s eagerly awaited The Great Gatsby adaptation last night — one of the perks of dating a Guide writer, wudduppp — and (*spoiler alert*) it was awesome.

While stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire have been a big draw, another major attraction of Gatsby has been its score, which was executive-produced by none other than Jay-Z, of all people.

The song that has undoubtedly received the most buzz off the soundtrack has been Lana del Rey’s haunting ballad “Young and Beautiful,” which at first listen — and at least the next 30, if my own experience is any indication — seems to be a declaration from del Rey that her lover’s affection will transcend age and appearance. It’s a message that would seem to fit in well with Gatsby’s fierce love for Daisy, as his futile fight against the flow of time comprises one of the main motifs of the story.

Something clicked for me on Monday, though, while playing one of the many versions: The bridge (“Dear Lord, when I get to heaven…”) is not the only part of the song that is directed towards God. In fact, the whole song is.

See what I’m getting at?

Del Rey is talking in the second person during the chorus, just as she is during the bridge when asking God to let “my man” accompany her into the afterlife. Notice how her “man” is referred to as if he isn’t even there as the events of the song are going on — it’d be quite the odd choice for her to suddenly change whom she’s addressing two-thirds of the way through, so it’s more likely that she’s calling out to one constant person the whole time.

That interpretation may not be as romantic, for sure, but the chorus would certainly still make sense when taken this way. Rather than singing on the strength of her man‘s love (“I know that you will”), she’s instead referring to what she believes to be God‘s undying love.

Maybe, then, she’s just trying to butter Him up a bit before asking to sneak her lover through the Pearly Gates. Not a bad strategy, if you ask me.

Then again, who knows? It’s finals week, after all — I’m starting to get a bit existential.

Agree? Disagree? Shout out in the comments.

This is the first in a series of many articles providing personal musical commentary.