Reviewing Obama’s Summer Playlist

Artist Drake is renowned for his contemporary hip-hop music. Photo via Wikipedia.
Brendon Urie is the lead singer of Panic! at the Disco, featured in the playlist above. Photo via Wikipedia.

American political scene, Barack Obama holds the world record for the most followers on Twitter, with a whopping 109 million followers. On August 24, 2019, he used his Twitter account to publish a playlist of music he listened to over the summer.

Featured artists ranged from Lizzo to John Legend. Artist Lizzo was elated at her inclusion in the playlist, tweeting, “WE’RE FRIENDS NOW I DON’T MAKE THE RULES!!!”

As I reviewed the playlist, I found that it included a fascinating blend of genres, themes, and time periods.

“Too Good” by Drake, featuring Rihanna is a bittersweet story of an emotional breakup. The song follows the story of a young man who realizes that he is falling out of love with his significant other. While it is always sad when a relationship comes to an end, it is important to be able to move on, because some relationships just don’t work out. Moving on is critical to being able to live a happy life after an ended relationship as well as beginning a new chapter of life.

“Happy” by The Rolling Stones is a much more lighthearted and fun song. Its theme is centered around the pure joy of falling in love. This title is in stark contrast to “Too Good,” both in tone and in time, as they highlight the positive and negative possibilities of being in a relationship and were released in 2016 and 1972 respectively.

“Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten is a nostalgia-evoking masterpiece packed with memories at every turn. It follows the story of a woman returning to the city in which she grew up, and reliving the memories of her youth. She sings about how she misses her carefree teenage years before becoming burdened with the responsibilities of adulthood. As students, it is critical that we remember to savor the time we have now. While it is important to plan for the future, it is just as vital to live in the moment. People who are constantly worrying about their past and their future often forget to live in the present, and miss countless opportunities and the precious little moments of life by doing so. The now is the only reality that we truly have; the past cannot be changed and the future has not yet arrived.

Following this example, the Bolles Bugle Staff compiled its own playlist for fall, and we hope you’ll be just as excited to listen to it as Lizzo was to be included in Obama’s playlist!

Bugle Staff Compiles Fall Playlist

In making this playlist, we asked ourselves, “What does fall mean to people?” We found that fall is a time of great change. The hot, bright days of summer melt away into dark, chilly wintertime. Fall is the zone between the black and the white, colored in tones of gray. It makes the perfect segue between the opposite seasons, from the bright summery breezes of September to the chilly winds of November. It smooths the flow between years of school, with new classes, teachers, and friends, and perhaps wiser selves. So in our songs, we tried to portray change, in all its ups and downs, its nuances changed into musical form.

The Bugle’s Fall Playlist.


Other Public Figures from which We’d Like to Hear a Playlist
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Donald Trump
Jennifer Aniston
Alexander Hamilton
Marie Curie
Can Newton
Gardner Minshew