My headphones were a constant item in the fanny pack I wore as a crossbody during my time in Buenos Aires, so whenever I was in transit or really just relaxing, I was almost always listening to music. Listening to songs that matched the mood made me feel like someone out there, even if in a completely different situation, understood the energy I was feeling. I began to make playlists based on my routines and, along with my monthly playlists, accumulated quite the list of new songs. I began to associate certain activities with certain playlists—for example, my bus playlist that I only listen to when I’m on the bus—but I found that there are also really specific songs that go along with these activities. So here I am to document them, in case you need a musical accompaniment to your quotidian tasks.
We begin with a classic: Strawberry Fields Forever (remastered) by the Beatles. For some reason, this was always the first song I played when I got on the bus. It’s a very sweet little song and sometimes getting on the bus was a bit of a chaotic affair, so it sort of served as a means to decompress when I was on my way to my next thing. The Beatles have such a whimsical way of singing sometimes and that is definitely something that brought my energy up when I was feeling down. See also: Nowhere Man (remastered)
I only listened to more serious music if I was really ready to lean into the bad days, so most of these are going to be silly fun songs (if you want more check out my spotify @roxanebolon - shameless plug), but I often found myself walking around to More Than a Woman by the Bee Gees. It makes me feel like a disco-era person bopping on those light-up dance floors, but instead I’m just wiping gum off the bottom of my shoe while it plays in my ears. Fake it til you make it, right? See also: Night Fever (From: Saturday Night Fever)
We all get homesick when we’ve been gone for a while, and I was no different. Being from North Carolina, sometimes I like to reconnect with my tranquil guitar farm-esque vibes with Carolina in my Mind by James Taylor. I might be sitting at a park or cafe, in my room, in a museum, wherever, but it always brings me so much comfort and peace. It reminds me of hot summers eating ice cream and going to the diner I’ve been going to since I was four. Maybe an obvious pick, but there’s something about his sweet sweet chords and lyrics that bring me right home, especially when city life feels too chaotic. See also: How Sweet It Is (to be loved by you)
A bit of a vibe change, but everyone needs a good getting-ready pregame song. It’s 12:30 and you’re putting on your outfit to go out to a bar, so you need a song to re-energize because it’s late to you but people in Argentina probably haven’t even started going out yet. I enjoy listening to music in Spanish because I feel like it helps my language acquisition, but also it just sounds really cool. If I’m being honest I can’t really figure out what this song is about, but Poquito by Tego Calderón has been my go to get ready song this semester. See also: Al Natural (feat. Yandel)
Last but certainly not least, we have a song I only started listening to recently. When I’m studying I like to listen to songs in different languages because it helps me focus better, so usually I’ll find some french or spanish playlist and listen to that while I work. If you need to zone out and get everything done, start with L’amor fa calor by Renaldo & Clara. See also: Fent amics
And that is what I have for you—I listen to these songs so often and they mean a lot to me. I think music contributes so much to my experiences and I love that these songs hold memories that I can always look—or listen—back on. One day when I am old and getting ready for the elderly bingo club I can play Poquito by Tego and wonder what I was thinking all those years ago, but for now, it's at the top of all my playlists.
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Hi! I'm Roxane! I'm a rising senior in college and I'm so excited about studying abroad in Argentina. I love travel (duh) and I can't wait to live in a new city. I love most outdoor activities, but my favorites are rock climbing and trail running. My best fun fact is that I hiked a 14,000 foot pass in Peru when I was 14. Or that I can solve a rubik's cube. Those seem pretty equal to me. I'm the youngest of four kids and my three older brothers would probably describe me as energetic and excited! Matcha tea with boba is my favorite drink, so you can definitely find me doodling in a cafe when I'm in Buenos Aires.