music 3, 2023

Releasing one of the biggest pop albums of all time, and debuting as a pop musician, Taylor Swift released 1989 nine years ago. The album broke the charts and cemented Swift’s already prevalent position in the spotlight. Following the process of her rerecording project to claim back all of her masters, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is the next album up.

By Madeline Crowley

So we have a problem. Let’s be real, there is no real reason to compare these two albums besides an argument amongst ourselves over personal opinion. All of these artists are extremely talented and deserve their stardom with how well they can put together their albums. Travis regularly releases good songs, and he may even be, debatably, better than Drake or 21 Savage, but not all Travis is good Travis.

Hans Zimmer forever reigns as our favorite film composer. His electric soundtracks in The Lion King and Interstellar cement him as one of the greatest musicians in the modern day. Zimmer’s ability to articulate the most indescribable of moments through notes and key changes remains unmatched. 

When we saw that there was a Hans Zimmer Candlelight Concert tribute, we had to go. For those unaware, Candlelight Concerts are run by an organization that fills entire venues with candles of all shapes and sizes. In the middle, a quartet plays songs from catalogs of famous artists and movies. It seemed too good to be true. 

Maria Edrisinghe and I risked our life getting to San Francisco. Basically, we took the BART to get there. We got there in one piece and that’s all that matters.  Sitting in the venue with all of the candles was simply breathtaking, and thank God they weren’t all scented. Maria went on about how her allergies would definitely ruin the entire experience. The music was absolutely breathtaking, the string quartet brought us through the ebbs and flows of Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack. From Lion King to Interstellar we witnessed it all.