Music Is What You Make It

"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen

"Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen

Music has always been a huge love of mine. I remember singing “The More We Get Together” and “If You’re Happy And You Know It” with my classmates during circle time, and belting out each lyric with accompanying dance moves—or epileptic body shimmies, as my four-year-old self wasn’t particularly adept at dancing. Thinking back to those years of childhood music, I realize how closely linked music and memories are. Music has a way of bringing you back in time, sparking vivid memories of people, places and things.

As I grew, my taste in music evolved with me. Currently, I have over 1,500 songs on my iPod, and over 50 genres and sub-genres. You could say I’m something of a music junkie. I listen to songs that reflect my current stage in life as well as my mood. Listed below are some of my favourite artists from various genres:

This is the most played song on my iTunes; 522 plays and counting.

Corinne Bailey Rae is my all-time favourite artist. Her music is a perfect balance of sensuality, class and old soul charm.

  • Old School Soul, Jazz, and Funk
    • Donny Hathaway, Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Miles Davis, Curtis Mayfield, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder
  • Modern Versions Of Soul, Jazz, and Funk
    • Corinne Bailey Rae, Mayer Hawthorne, Janelle Monáe, Caro Emerald, Kimbra, Maxwell, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Amy Winehouse, Michael Bublé, Adele, Jamie Lidell, Lianne La Havas, Mara Hruby, Nikki Yanofsky
  • Rap/Hip-Hop
    • J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Immortal Technique, Lupe Fiasco, Akala, Drake
  • R&B/Soul
    • Aaliyah, Jhené Aiko, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Keri Hilson, Jojo, Ciara, Erykah Badu, Eric Benét, Craig David, Joe Thomas, D'Angelo
  • Alternative/Indie
    • Lana Del Rey, Coldplay, Daughter, John Mayer, Lorde, Ghost Loft, The Neighbourhood, The Script, Santigold, Of Monsters & Men, Sara Bareilles, Jason Mraz, Imogen Heap, Florence & The Machine, Sia, Regina Spektor, Little Dragon, MS MR, Bon Iver
  • Pop/Dance
    • Marina & The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding, Karmin, The Saturdays, Banks, Spice Girls, Katy B, Shakira, Ariana Grande, Florrie
  • House/Trance
    • Above & Beyond, Avicii, DJ Tiesto, Inna, Nadia Ali, Oceanlab, Calvin Harris

Music is my constant, my home away from home. It’s my form of escapism and connection. It allows me to venture deep into my own imagination while reminding me of my loved ones and my past experiences. It's the closest thing I have to magic, which is why I believe that music shouldn’t simply be heard—it should be lived.

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Hoda Egeh

Hoda is a 21-year-old student currently in her second year at Algonquin College for Professional Writing. With an unintentional penchant for awkward situations, she can be found roaming the streets of Ottawa, falling over her own feet, facing everyone when riding an elevator and responding inappropriately to compliments. She spends most of her time with her family, friends, MacBook Pro and books. She is an introvert at heart, and sarcasm is her mother tongue.

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