Moments In Song №001 — Justjuwit

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Written by Julian

Photos by Tayo.

Tell us the thought process behind your playlist.

My playlist is mix of old favorites like N.E.R.D. and Tyler, the Creator, to new artists I’m feeling, like DAISY, Hayleau, and Gabriel Garzon-Montano. I first really got into music around the middle of middle school/beginning of high school, and made the transition from just listening to what was on the radio, to developing my own personal taste. In the beginning, 90% of the music I listened to was Hip-Hop, which explains the Kanye, Blu, and Kid Cudi on the playlist. As I got older, the internet started playing a bigger part in the release of music, and it introduced me to all kinds genres. I started listening to Alternative, Electronic, R&B, Dance, Pop, from both big name and lesser known artists. To me, music has always been a way to help put my emotions and thoughts into words. I’m not the best at articulating what I’m feeling/thinking, so music helps give me a sense of clarity to all that. With any emotion I’ve felt, whether it be joy, depression, excitement, anxiety, or frustration, I’ve had a song that helps express it. A lot of the songs on this playlist have an emotion attached to it, whether it be from the lyrics or production.

Can you pick one song on your playlist and tell us the story behind it?

Alright so lets rewind to the year 2011. I had just graduated high school and was balancing my first semester at community college, working part-time, transferring to UMD, and on top of all that, figuring out who I was as a person in that awkward transition phase between the end of high school and the beginning of college. Needless to say, it was a stressful time. ‘Below the Heavens’ by Blu and Exile came out in 2007, but it wasn’t until then that I actually sat down and listened to the album. It’s themes of enduring, learning, and growing from hardships, struggling with self-doubt, and discovering what truly matters in life were all things I could relate to during that time. Even today I find myself going back to that album whenever I need a reminder of the lessons it taught me. The track ‘Below the Heavens Pt. 1′ is a nice summary of all that.

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Moments In Song

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Getting the stories behind people’s favorite songs. We believe that you can learn a lot about people and their experiences based off the music they love.

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