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Is the Bates Today working?

The daily consolidation of emails about dance performances, guest speaker presentations, school-sponsored parties, and more can be found in the inbox of every Bates community member in the form of the Bates Today.

The numbers show that the Bates Today is widely read.  According to Kim Trauceniek, Associated Dean of Students for Campus Life and a regulator of the Bates Today, “On average, 60-65 percent of students open [the Bates Today email] each day.” She added, “Approximately 25-30 percent of recipients click on something in each day’s email.”

Gabriella Shpilsky ’19 is a part of the first class to experience the Bates Today without previous exposure to the “Announce” listserv. “Every day I skim [the Bates Today] and read anything that is pertinent to me,” Shpilsky said.

David Unterberger ’19, says although he occasionally misses an issue he “almost always read[s] it in Commons if [he’s] up early before class.”

Unlike the “Announce” listserv, the Bates Today is highly organized and regulated. The Campus Life staff compiles and reviews all submissions. A detailed list of rules regarding submissions has been compiled–it can be found at

In 2014, Nick McCarthy ’15, Audrey Zafirson ’16, and Andrew Segal ’17 led a project to develop a more effective way of mass-communicating with students. The students first collected data about the previous email listserv by surveying Bates peers and facilitating focus groups in order to understand what was wrong with the old system and what they could do to remedy its failings.

The trio found that students had been receiving over 30 emails on many days and that many of the emails pertained to activities many students had little interest in. According to Trauceniek, “many students reported never opening Announce emails or creating filters in Gmail to move them directly into Trash.”

What the students craved, the students received. Bates Today, a single daily email system informing students of each day’s events and of upcoming events, was unveiled during Short Term 2015.

Although the Bates Today has been proven to be effective, the Campus Life staff and the Student Government are proposing more changes to increase communication across campus.

The Quad website, which includes a user-friendly list of each day’s events and announcements, is not heavily utilized, according to survey feedback from the Bates community. The website also includes recent athletics results, a daily Commons menu, weekly weather information for Lewiston, and links to Garnet Gateway, Lyceum, email, and the Bates directory.

The Quad website will be revamped later this spring in order to make it a useful homepage for Bates students, faculty and staff to access necessary Bates-specific resources in one spot. For Campus Life staff members, the goal is to make the Quad as useful to “the college’s internal audiences” as the site is for prospective students, alumni and parents.

Trauceniek, speaking on behalf of the Bates Campus Life team, adds that they “would of course like to see higher engagement rates, and hope to in time as people become more accustomed to Bates Today.” She said, “At the end of the day, it’s up to the students to read it if they want to be aware of what’s happening on campus.”

Bates Womens Swimming and Diving finishes 12th at Nationals

Junior Sarah Daher won six All-American awards at Nationals. (John Neufeld/The Bates Student)

Junior Sarah Daher won six All-American awards at Nationals.
(John Neufeld/The Bates Student)

At last weekend’s NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Bates women racked up 22 All-American honors and finished 12th overall out off 55 teams, just one place lower than last year and the second-best showing in school history.

Sarah Daher ’17 and Lindsey Prelgovisk ’16 spearheaded the Bates effort, as they have throughout the season, earning six All-American awards apiece. Across the grueling four-day competition, which ran from Wednesday, March 16 to Saturday, March 19, Daher finished second in the 200-yard Individual Medley, eighth in the 400 IM, and 15th in the 200-backstroke. Prelgovisk came in 12th in the 200 IM and tenth in the 100-butterfly, where she set a program-record time of 55.65 seconds.

Outside of their individual accomplishments, both Prelgovisk and Daher were involved in several successful Bates relay squads.

The 400-medley relay team of Daher, Prelgovisk, and seniors Melissa Paione and Whitney Paine finished in a Bates-record time of 3:47.73, good for tenth in the nation. A quartet of Daher, Prelgovisk, Logan McGill ’18, and Caroline Depew ’16 earned 11th place in both the 800 and 400 freestyles on the final two days of the competition.

With one year still remaining in her Bates career, Daher has already passed track and field stalwart Keelin Godsey ’06 (number four on The Student’s list of Bates’ best athletes of all time last year) for the most All-American awards ever by a Bates student, at 17. Daher will definitely rewrite plenty of records by the time her tenure at Bates concludes.

Nine women in total competed at Nationals for the Bobcats, a team record. That depth is an encouraging sign that the team is capable of more strong performances on the national stage next year.

Excellent daughters tells us that whispers can be as powerful as shouts

“Well-behaved women seldom make history.” Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich famously wrote these words which have snowballed and taken on a life of their own. This quote reminds me that, while sometimes only the loudest voices are recorded in the history books, it does not mean that the quieter ones in the background were any less powerful.

In her book, Excellent Daughters: the Secret Lives of Young Women Who Are Transforming the Arab World, New York Times reporter Katherine Zoepf brings years of her journalistic research together to show her readers what the average young woman in the Middle East is doing to subvert the social norms and to change her situation for the better. This nonfiction book is a culmination of many tireless hours of research and interviews conducted in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries. Through a candid presentation of facts, Zoepf invites an in depth look at the lives of these Muslim women.

At the end of her prologue, Zoepf writes, “…if there’s anything I hope to do with this book, it is to make the case for small gestures: the world changes because a daughter makes slightly different decisions from the ones a mother made.” Not everything can be the all-out smack-down bra burning rallies of the 1960s that the United States identifies with our gender equality movement. In these Middle Eastern countries, there is very little separation (if at all) of Church and state, where being a “pure” Muslim girl is vital to procuring a good marriage that will elevate the status of her entire family.

Much of Zoepf’s book is devoted to educating the audience about the lives of these Muslim women, showing readers how the young women view themselves and also how their society views them. As an informed member of the world, it is best to get varying opinions from different people on the same issue. This may minimize bias. In the United States, there is a stereotype that all young women brides are unwilling or unaware of the horrible hand life dealt for them. But is this really true?

One of Zoepf’s sources named Enas, a seventeen-year-old girl who works at the local religious school teaching little girls Koranic studies, added her opinion. In Zoepf’s book, Enas said, “‘Non-Muslims think that woman here has no right, that she is depressed […] They don’t understand that in fact Islam is the only religion that has given women their rights. This is what we believe. This is what we want to explain.” This is an opinion that Zoepf openly reports in her book. Although this is different from the author’s own opinion, its inclusion shows the author’s dedication to presenting different voices, regardless of her personal views.

Each of the book’s chapters is devoted to a different country she has visited from 2004 to 2011. Throughout the different chapters, the reader gets a distinct feel for the populations and learns to distinguish between these countries. After reading this book, I now know that women in Lebanon are stereotypically thought of as the “most promiscuous virgins in the world” while I also know that the Saudi women are seen as the most independent.

One anecdote particularly struck me. Mouna, a twenty-year-old sales girl in Cairo reports that she is an empowered and proud member of the Egyptian Revolution of 2011. However, her story, Zoepf notes, is much “too brief.”

On January 28, 2011, three days after the Revolution began, Mouna witnessed a girl being beaten by a police officer. Instead of just being a bystander, Mouna approached the officer “asking why he had no pity.” The officer responded by using foul language towards her. Zoepf writes, “Mouna was so aghast and, without pausing to think, she slapped the officer.” The officer, and many more, then beat Mouna; she ultimately lost an eye. However, when Zoepf spoke to the girl about this event, “she said, she was proud of her time as a protester. Even though she had only been on the streets for a matter of minutes, Mouna would always be able to tell people that she had been part of Egypt’s uprising.”

Big events are made up of small actions. The world may not be the best it can be yet, but Zoepf reminds us that, with girls like Mouna, it is well on the way. In the immortal words of Tina Fey, “B**ches get stuff done.” One way or another, women will help make this world a better place.


Baseball splits doubleheader at Salem State

The story of last Saturday for the Bates baseball team was superb pitching performances, this time from senior Connor Colombo and sophomore Connor Speed.

In Game One, Colombo went the distance and Speed followed suit in Game Two. Although the team dropped the first game, only one run was scored on nine total hits. Things got a lot more exciting in Game Two, as the ‘Cats won 5-1 behind five runs and nine hits.

With only one run scored in Game One, it was certainly a pitchers’ duel between Colombo and Salem State’s Sean Buckland. Colombo struck out four and gave up six hits while going six innings. Junior duo Brendan Fox and Eric Vilanova, along with freshman Christian Colon, recorded all three hits for the Bobcats.

In Game Two, the Bobcats scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Behind junior John Dinucci’s one-out single, the ‘Cats got the ball rolling, as senior Evan Czopek and junior Ryan McCarthy plated a pair. Colon continued his hot-hitting weekend, recording an RBI of his own as well.

Speed was the MVP of Game Two, as he picked up the complete game win, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven.

The Bobcats pick things up again on Tuesday March 29 at Endicott. First pitch is set for 4:00pm and will be live streamed.


Senior shines at Blake Street Towers

Anyone who is a part of the Community Links listserv is used to receiving emails from Matt Gee with the subject line, “Brunch at Blake Street Towers Sunday!” However, for those Batesies who are unfamiliar with Gee, he is a member of the class of 2016. He will graduate with a degree in Neuroscience, a minor in education studies, and general education concentrations in philosophy and psychology. In addition to his studies, Gee has spent the past four years doing extensive and important community engaged work in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

In his first year at Bates, Gee began his work in the community as a member of the FYS, “Exploring Education Through Narratives,” a course that required 30 hours of fieldwork. Gee was then recruited by a Student Volunteer Fellow to volunteer at Blake Street Towers. Despite his early exposure to community engagement, he said he was still hesitant to get more involved. When the fellow that recruited him took the winter semester off, however, Gee decided to take on the challenge.

Since then, he has organized and led a group of student volunteers at Blake Street Towers and has become a Student Volunteer Fellow himself. Gee describes his decision to get more involved as a great one. “I am so glad I did it,” he said. “It has taught me all of my time management skills and improved my confidence and leadership skills.”

Most importantly, though, Gee says his work in the community has helped him make connections while doing things he enjoys, like cooking and interacting with elderly people who are often lonely. Gee said it is important to him to create opportunities for elderly Lewiston residents to socialize by creating a connected community. One such connection Gee has made is with a 94 year-old woman, Betty, who Gee describes as his surrogate grandmother.

Gee’s work with Blake Street Towers is not all he does. Over the years, Gee has also been involved with the YWCA of Central Maine, Lewiston Baha’i, Park Avenue Junior Youth Groups, Montello Elementary, and Tree Street Youth. However, he says all of these connections have come as a result of the initial interactions he made with the communities in the Lewiston-Auburn area. Gee says that his high involvement in the community is his way of trying to address some of the problems Lewiston is facing, such as cultural tensions.

Gee explained that his involvement in the community has allowed him to be aware of his privilege at Bates. As a result, he has practiced “empathy, love, patience, and improved [his] interpersonal relationships.” Hopefully, Gee’s shoes will be filled by a Batesie also eager to engage with communities in the Lewiston-Auburn area.

Bobcat Ventures: the real Shark Tank

The entrepreneurial spirit of some Batesies comes out in the form of Bobcat Ventures, a student organization that inspires and rewards students who innovate and develop their own business pursuits. It is a place where students explore various business models in the Bates way. Ideas bounce around in an “environment where you can get feedback from your peers and from outside mentors” said senior Ben Wilentz. He added that students also attend workshops in “communication skills, specifically dealing with difficult conversations that may come up over the course of developing a business.” The Student sat down with one of the leaders, junior Creighton Foulkes, to gain a better understanding of the decision-making that occurs in the club.

The Bates Student: What are some of the business proposals that have been introduced?

Creighton Foulkes: Ideas in the competition this year range from a team hoping to put a smoothie cart on campus to two seniors building on a thesis project. The team is creating drones with their own software to be used for real estate companies and private events providing videography and photography services. Other ideas include a service designed to connect students with internships in a particular city so that they can more efficiently arrange housing options. There is also a web development and social media marketing company that has already completed a few projects. There are 7 teams competing.

BS: Why has there been an increase in the funding provided?

CF: Funding has been increased partly due to the success of the competition along with the fact that we have been working with the Advancement Office to raise the funds as well. [This year, the grand prize totals to $11,000, compared to last year’s $5,000.] We are extremely grateful for the support from alumni that we’ve received and the competition wouldn’t be possible without their support.

BS: What did the winners do with last year’s prize money?

CF: The team that won last year was an app that could create an image overlay sequence from taking a video. It never made it to the App Store, but we are working on a better system to hold the teams accountable for the use of the prize money.*

BS: What is the purpose of the workshops and how can students utilize them properly?

CF: The workshops have been led by alumni and people from the Maine community. These include Don Gooding from the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, Reid Christian, an alumni currently working in venture capital in Boston for Battery Ventures, and Ross Brockman, one of the founders of Downeast Cider.  These are just a few of the workshops that we’ve held which are designed to help students focus on their ideas as well as learn more about what it takes to start and build a company along with the different stages of the startup process. These workshops also hope to connect students with Bates alumni and make them realize the possibilities and advantages of being an entrepreneur with a liberal arts background.

According to Ned Donaldson, a recent Bates alum and winner of the Bobcat Ventures, the business ideas are presented “via slide deck to a panel of judges throughout the course of an afternoon during short term. After that, the judges deliberated and chose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place companies based off of the viability of the business plan and strength of product.” Donaldson chose to split the money he received because they were all going to reside in different locations. This year’s competition will take place April 2 at 11:00 am.

*Correction: The name of the app was changed to SpotShot and was put on the app store by one of last year’s winners, Peter Cole. The info provided to The Student was based off of searches for the app under its original name, Sequencer.*

Vaccines, Censorship, and Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival has recently decided to cancel the screening of one of its most controversial films. In doing so, De Niro has taken a powerful stance against a threat to society that largely goes unnoticed—scientific illiteracy.

Politicians have demonstrated the extent of the damage that can be done when they fail to grasp, consider or even value objective reality. An incomplete understanding of women’s reproductive health, or a politicized notion of climate change as a liberal hoax, can and does result in people losing rights, individuals being harmed, our ecosystems being threatened—and often, destroyed.

The film in question, “Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe,” is a documentary asserting an association between vaccinations and autism. The premise of the film, as well as the concerns of many “anti-vaxxers” stem from a fraudulent article published in 1998, which raised concerns surrounding MMR vaccines. The study has been described as “the most damaging medical hoax of the last 100 years.” The author behind the study, Andrew Wakefield, was stripped of his license to practice medicine, and would later go on to release the film in question.

De Niro, the son of an autistic father, initially had plans to screen the film at the prestigious film festival to allow “opportunity for conversation around an issue that is deeply personal to me and my family.” The famed actor’s decision to screen the film was met with intense opposition, but De Niro, who also has a child with autism spectrum disorder, maintained that “it is critical that all of the issues surrounding the causes of autism be openly discussed and examined.”

And in a sense, Robert De Niro is right. It is crucial to consider all of the relevant factors in an issue, particularly in cases where one side, such as the “anti-vax” movement, is heavily unpopular. Film, as do all forms of art, presents a platform for individuals to express ideas, regardless of their popularity, and as such, remains an important medium for controversial topics.

De Niro finally made the decision to pull the film from the festival after discussing the matter with members of the scientific community, a including a Vanderbilt medical professor who later recalled, “the entire board as well as Mr. De Niro have learned a lot in the last several days.” Following the meeting, De Niro said “we do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.”

And this is the significance of that decision. De Niro, someone who can personally relate to a provocative topic—one that affects him and his family deeply—can sit down with those who may know more about the issue and have an open conversation about it. And moreover, he is willing to change his mind on an issue if and when there is a sufficient reason to do so.

By pulling the film from the festival, De Niro sent a loud and clear message—that this film does not promote the sort of discourse we need, and that factual engagement on provocative matters is better than empty assertions. Furthermore, we, as a society, ought to be able to acknowledge and respect objective reality by remaining willing to change our minds if there is a compelling reason to do so, despite how uncomfortable or inconvenient the truth may be.

As such, De Niro didn’t shy away from the idea of changing his mind out of embarrassment for being wrong; instead, he accepted his misunderstanding and changed his mind. He acted in accordance with what he now knows to be true: that a faux study of 12 children, with altered data, has cost the world far too many lives, while scientific illiteracy that has safeguarded horrific conditions that should have been eradicated years ago. And that subsequent follow-up studies featuring over a million children has found no relationship between vaccinations and autism spectrum disorder.


What to do when you’re feeling blue

With finals just around the corner, most students are feeling the pressure of performing well on exams. However, this stress affects everyone in different ways. Some people seem to power through it with no problem, but for other people, the stress becomes an unbearable burden. This doesn’t make those students who have trouble battling stress weaker or less capable than their seemingly unflappable classmates—everyone reacts to high-stress situations differently and everyone has different needs when it comes to self-care. Unfortunately, while it is fairly easy to acquire a dean’s notice when suffering from a physical illness, the same can’t exactly be said when one requires a mental health day.

Bates’ Health Center has wonderful resources for those struggling with symptoms of depression or other emotional distress, including counseling and a sun lamp for those dealing with seasonal affective disorder. If you were going through a crisis or even a great deal of stress, the Health Center would be more than happy to give you the tools to discuss these issues with your professor. But let’s say you wake up one morning and the reality of how much work you have to do dawns on you, or you are struggling with problems with friends or family, and the idea of going to class, let alone getting out of bed, feels like an impossible feat—what should you do then? We all feel like this sometimes. No one is immune to this situation. You could go to the health center, but appointments to meet with counselors sometimes have waiting periods of over a week, and you need rest right now. In my opinion, being ‘brave’ and going to class can be detrimental to your emotional health at this point. ‘Powering through’ isn’t giving your body and mind the rest they need. Maybe you just need a day off—maybe even just half a day. Would you feel comfortable emailing your professor and telling them you need a mental health day?

Many professors list in their syllabus that students are allowed one or two unexcused absences before it impacts their grade. Some professors allow none. I think that Bates should have a policy that easily gives students a pathway to communicate with professors if they need to take a pause in order to rejuvenate their mental health. Our school’s mentality is so often centered on being ‘strong,’ taking on huge loads of work, and pulling all-nighters, but this can easily take a toll on our student body, especially when there is so much pressure to ‘keep up’ with everyone else. A policy that encourages students to understand their emotional needs would make our campus safer by emboldening students to take control of their own mental health.

Most professors would probably be very understanding if you spoke with them about any struggles you are having in your personal life or dealing with regarding your course workload, but initiating this conversation when you are already overwhelmed and not sure how they will react can be terrifying. Having an official school statement about how these situations should be addressed would make students much more willing to speak up when they feel they cannot safely or healthily attend class without overexerting themselves emotionally.


Coming next fall: the Academic Resource Commons

The ARC will replace the current peer tutoring servies offered at Bates. JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

The ARC will replace the current peer tutoring servies offered at Bates. JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

Starting the fall of 2016, a new service—the Academic Resource Commons (ARC)—will replace the current one-on-one peer tutoring service available to students. The ARC will be located in the Ladd Library on the first floor and will occupy the space between the writing center, the lounge area by the stairs and the restrooms. The furniture that was in Ladd over the past two weeks marks the general area of ARC.

The Student sat down with Daniel Sanford, the new Director of Writing of ARC at Bates, and French Professor and Associate Dean Kirk Read to discuss the purpose and goals of the ARC program and the impact it hopes to have on students. This article was edited for clarity and length.

Bates Student: What are the goals the Academic Resource Commons wants to achieve and what prompted you to start this program?

Daniel Sanford: The ARC will change the model of peer tutoring at Bates College. In a way, the college has a really nice peer tutoring program that is offered through the Writing Center and the Mathematics and Statistics Workshops, for it serves as a great model for students helping other students. However, the downside of tutoring at Bates is that many see it as something that is not relevant to them and their studies. This is especially true for upperclassmen and students in certain academic disciplines. Another flaw is that a student has to know a lot about where to go to get support and whether or not the tutoring is offered in a department or another service. The ARC, in short, pulls everything together into one center. It is one place for students to go when they are looking for support in their courses or really any aspect of their academics.

The goal of the ARC is to eliminate the current model of peer tutoring where it is two people in the basement, where one student is the expert and the other student plays the role of the non-expert. ARC is not about that; it is about hiring students into good student employment positions where they are student leaders who are trained in peer tutoring pedagogy and then put in a role to facilitate interactions between groups of students.

Kirk Read: The ARC and Faculty Commons for Learning and Teaching are under the Collaborate for the Engaged Liberal Arts (CELA) umbrella, which is an initiative of President Clayton Spencer. I am in charge of the Faculty Commons, which deals with faculty development in all kinds of ways, such as orientation for new faculty, first-year seminar development and the short-term course redesigns. The ARC, on the other hand, is the student facing side and it is a resource that is led by Daniel Sanford. It will have a physical space, unlike the Faculty Commons, in the library. It has a radically new approach to student tutoring services. The tutor is a facilitator instead of a sage, but they will be trained and they will know how to approach this.

BS: How will the tutors be chosen?

DS: We are working on finding our group for the fall. The people, who are the best fit as tutors, are people who are good students, are doing well in their studies and have gotten through their courses and learned something about getting through the course. That means that the people who are getting hired as peer tutors recently went through that class and mastered a few strategies that they can impart to their peers. It is also critical to have someone with great empathy and communication.

BS: How will you be promoting the workshops to attract students?

DS: There is a new website, the academic resource commons website which will feature all upcoming workshops and events we are putting up. The calendar is not just a place where we advertise our own programming, instead we are bringing together everything—any academically oriented student workshop can be found on these calendars. Secondly, when students come to the ARC in Ladd library, they will find resource representatives sitting at the desk who can work with them and answer any questions they may have.

KR: We have to be obvious. First-year seminars and other courses may schedule office hours there and we hope that it will become a popular, lively place to seek help. There has to be a reason and a value in going there. There will be announcements going out, but it will mainly be through the professors and the classes.

For further inquiries and more information, students are encouraged to attend the Student Forum on the Academic Resource Commons, which will be held on Friday the 25 from 12 to 1:30 pm in Commons 221/222.

Day Waves EP: Hard to Read

Day Wave, singer songwriter Jackson Phillips’ solo project founded in 2015, creates music that can be classified as a mixture of ambient and indie genres. If you have never before listened to Day Wave, think Beach House and/or Craft Spells. Think music that can lull you to sleep with its dreamy, blue, breezy vibes. Hard to Read, Day Wave’s second EP, is made up of five unique songs that give insight into Phillips’ anxieties and the feelings he has bottled up. It is a beautiful album that conveys sincere moments of introspection.

Phillips is a very talented and interesting artist who is a firm believer in making and recording his own music. In fact, in an interview with noisey, Phillips talked about the designated room in his house where he keeps all of his instruments and records all of his music. It is a step outside of the norm compared to what musicians regularly do, which is to go into a studio and record.Nonetheless, the raw product Phillips generates from this do-it-yourself method is just the type of sound he is looking for.

The opening song, “Deadbeat Girl,” highlights how other people can be hard to read. Phillips sings, “I’m looking for a reaction, but you’re not good at them,” and “I know what you’re doing, you’re running away again.” He paints a portrait of someone who is not reciprocating his feelings because she is perhaps too scared to open up and make herself vulnerable. She is “a deadbeat girl at heart.”

In the song, “Hard to Read You,” Phillips confronts the reoccurring theme with lyrics like, “Darling it’s hard to read you.” Phillips released the song “Gone” as a single earlier in 2016 and it received much positive feedback. In the song, Phillips talks about the things he never said to someone and how that person will never have the opportunity to hear those unsaid things, suggesting that this person may have left Phillips and is now gone. All of the unspoken words are instead left on the backburner. As Philllips phrases it, “They all disappear.”

In “Stuck,” Phillips focuses on his own struggles; people think they may know him yet he does not even know himself. This song also reveals that Phillips has the tendency to pull away before he gets too close to someone, similar to that of the “deadbeat girl.” He is so “stuck” in his own head with his racing thoughts but is unable to let his guard down. He just cannot seem to bring himself to open up to others. In the last song of the album, “You,” Phillips recites his unstable feelings when he says, “my feelings are all around.” This is definitely a good final song for the EP, with its emphasis on guitar and the soft tone of Phillips’s voice making for a complete ending that nourishes the ear.

Day Wave makes you feel warm and full while simultaneously melancholy. Its overall tranquil musical tone definitely contrasts with its anxious lyrics, which was probably intentionally done in order to strike a feeling in the listener; it succeeded in doing this. This album captures the fundamental nature of anxiety, which is a constant pull between not worrying and worrying too much. I would definitely recommend giving it a listen. It’s a strangely pleasant companion for your own contemplation on a rainy afternoon.


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