A common thread held between the students at McNicholas is the love for music. In “Music Monday”, staff reporter and co-editor Madison McClellan will be providing recommendations for new songs throughout the school year.
The British Band Fleetwood Mac has produced multiple hits over the years, with their most popular song to date being “Dreams” off the album, Rumors. “The Chain” is a feel-good song. It has a steady beat to it and is written beautifully.
“Ain’t no sunshine” by Bill Withers was released in 1971 and has a very heavy tone to the tune. The song itself has powerful lyrics, including “ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone, only darkness every day” and a steady pace. It creates an emotion of sadness and concern, and the beat is filled with soul.
The first song off the 2016 album Cleopatra, “Sleep on the Floor” by the Lumineers tells the story of a couple leaving their life behind to travel the world and live with no limits. It is a song of love and longing for freedom, and a sense of encouragement to do what you’ve always wanted to do.
The Growlers joined the indie music genre in 2009 after their first album, Are You In Or Out? but is just now becoming popular and hitting the scene due to their recent hits. Their song “City Club” gives vibes of an indie-rock taste, challenging what is mainstream today.
Off their 2011 album Angles, the first song “Machu Picchu” by the Strokes has a vibe of alternative-rock that is no longer represented the way that it should be in the music world today. The Strokes were particularly popular during the early 2000s in the UK, their most popular song being “Last Nite” off their Is This It 2001 album. “Machu Picchu” holds a strong beat and is perfect for listening to while doing homework or driving around.