By: Sophie Nikitas
Patrick Schmidt is a Political Science professor at Macalester, who was kind enough to share a playlist of his favorites with us. To alleviate the stress that this semester has already brought, listen to this playlist to enter a moment that is not here or now.
The Moody Blues
I played this constantly in Bigelow Hall when I was at Macalester’s debate camp for high school students during the summer of 1987.
I already liked this song when I learned of the Mac connection with Bob Mould.
I love songs with anthemic aspirations, and prog rock has some of the best.
The Grateful Dead
For the best road trip song ever, get an epic 13-minute live recording of this Woody Guthrie song.
Credit a student, Tim Erkel (‘11), for introducing me to Frank Turner. I haven’t been the same since.
A great track, both clever and catchy, from the Minneapolis-based hip hop artists.
The Sex Pistols
When you really need a shot of punk, go old school.
Commonly recognized as the theme song from the BBC’s Vicar of Dibley, it’s a jewel of contemporary choral music.
As much as “Layla” deserves a spot on this list, Clapton’s recent take on this classic offers both an electric and an acoustic solo, both of which are transcendent.
The Divine Comedy
Lyric-writing at Neil Hannon’s masterful best.
Spring Awakening (Broadway Cast)
The best, hopefully ironic song when you have a big paper due tomorrow but haven’t started it yet.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Any track from Rocky Horror could make this list, but this just beats out “Touch-a,
Touch-a, Touch Me”.
My favorite song ever. But then, I’m into politics.