Soundtrack Assignment

X Ambassadors, “Litost.” My current obsession with X Ambassadors stemmed from this song. Three years ago, everyone thought I was crazy when I said that they would be famous one day. Now, I cannot go a day without hearing one of their songs on the radio. Over the last three years, I have seen them in concert eight times and have met them four times. This song is so raw and beautiful, and the lead singer has such an angelic voice.

With this love like a hole
Swallowed my soul
Draggin me down
And I swear I’ll stay with you
But I just can’t forgive you
And I’ll never be whole again

Panic! At the Disco, “This is Gospel.” I discovered Panic! At the Disco during my pseudo-emo phase. Though I did not dress or act emo, my music tastes would suggest otherwise. When Panic! came out with their album “Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!” in 2013, I squealed with excitement because I could finally relive my middle school days. This song is definitely one of my favorite Panic! songs ever. However, like every emo kid back in the early 2000’s, their song, “I Write Sins Not Tragedies,” was and still is my anthem.

This is gospel for the fallen ones
Locked away in permanent slumber
Assembling their philosophies
From pieces of broken memories

Ed Sheeran, “The A Team.” Ed Sheeran rose to fame during my teenage years. He quickly became one of my favorite singers because of his unique style and beautiful voice. Somehow, my teenage-self managed to miss the drug references in this song. My younger friend had to break the bad news to me that this song discussed many mature topics. The more I listened to it, the sadder it got. Yet, I loved (and still love) how poetic Ed makes his lyrics. He can make tragic things sound incredibly beautiful:

White lips, pale face
Breathing in snowflakes
Burnt lungs, sour taste
Light’s gone, day’s end
Struggling to pay rent
Long nights, strange men

More recently, however, I have become obsessed with Ed’s cover of the Irish traditional, “The Parting Glass.”