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Playlist #6: 116

There’s this group of Christian Rap/Hip-Hop artists who call themselves the 116 Clique. They get their name from the verse Romans 1:16- “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” Lecrae just dropped his new album, and it’s got me in the 116 mood. These guys use their platform for good; they spread the gospel, share important social and cultural criticisms, call people out on their hypocrisy, and teach. They are incredibly talented. This playlist is just a few of my favorite songs by these guys in no particular order. I just need to provide a disclaimer- these guys are phenomenal, so be prepared to be blown away!

Uno Uno Seis by Andy Mineo (ft. Lecrae)

Runners by Lecrae

Dum Dum by Tedashii (ft. Lecrae)

Falling Down by Lecrae (ft. Swoope and Trip Lee)

40 Deep by Lecrae (ft. Tedashii and Trip Lee)

The Saints by Andy Mineo

Riot by Tedashii

Robot by Trip Lee

Nuthin by Lecrae

Heart Problem by Trip Lee

High by Lecrae (ft. Suzy Rock)

Superhuman by Andy Mineo

I’m Turnt by Lecrae

Dirty Water by Lecrae

Good, Bad, Ugly by Lecrae

If you listen and you like them, and want some more recommendations, let me know! : )




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Swing dancing.

I am a part of the Swing Cats club here at ACU (they called us “Swing Kittens” tonight! It’s perfect!). There is just something about swing dancing. I love the turns and the lessons I am learning. It isn’t just the moves themselves. There is so much more than the East Coast swing, the lindy hop, the Charleston, whether they are 6- or 8-counts. It is the lesson of how to be a good follow. How to relax and feel for your lead indicating the next step. It is how you have to pay close attention and respond to the slightest signals, how you need to be prepared for anything they might try to do. It’s focusing intently on doing the footwork properly through all the transitions and still smiling and spinning and laughing and blushing if you get it wrong. It is trying again, over and over and over again. It is a beautiful feeling, bouncing and swaying and kicking in sync. It is the most amazing feeling when you finally, after working and trying and pushing and sweating and practicing, finally get it right. I eagerly anticipate every class, and feel slightly saddened after it’s over. I always search for opportunities to practice during the week. And I am so blessed by the people there, their kind encouragement and helpful patience in teaching. I am so grateful for this chance to dance. Even though I came in clueless and inexperienced and the slightest bit afraid, I finally feel more confident and prepared. Even when the song is too fast or the dance is complicated (darn lindy hop), I feel okay about it. I feel like I can catch back on and figure it out, eventually. With a patient teacher and persistent attitude, I can work through the road blocks. I am so excited for what the semester holds, especially for this swing dancing thing. I think this will be wonderful.

Song of the day: Dance With Me Baby by Ben Rector


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Playlist #5: Dancing like nobody’s watching!

For those times when you just need to dance around your dorm room without a care in the world. Any variation of drop-the-beat-bass or snazzy big band, these will get your feet moving (whether you like it or not).

I Like to Dance by Hot Chelle Rae

Stutter by Maroon 5

Burnin Up by The Jonas Brothers

Million Bucks by Cimorelli

Lights by Ellie Goulding

Determinate from the Lemonade Mouth Soundtrack

Teach Me How to Dougie by California Swag District

Sexyback by Justin Timberlake (Clean version, preferably)

The Beat by Ben Rector

Supermodel from The Lizzie McGuire Soundtrack

Bye Bye Bye by NSYNC

Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh

I Don’t Feel Like Dancing by the Scissor Sisters

Bright Lights Bigger CIty by Cee Lo Green

Troublemaker by Olly Murs (ft. Flo Rida)

Bandstand Boogie by Barry Manilow

Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys

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Playlist #4: </3

A.k.a. the emotional/heartbroken/tired/needy/moody playlist. Take your pick. Enjoy. Or, ya know, cry.

I really love sad songs. There’s something to be said for the contemplative state you enter into when you listen to them. It forces you to consider your life and the choices you’ve made and the things you regret and wish you could say or do differently. It makes you wonder. It kind of breaks your heart. But by doing that, it brings about catharsis. It purges those negative feelings and makes you feel lighter, or at least like somebody knows what you are feeling, and you are not alone.

I Hate Christmas Parties by Relient K

Hopeless by Train

Gravity by Sara Bareilles

So Close by Jon McLaughlin

Unaware by Allen Stone

Run Away by Sarah Jarosz

Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls

A Bad Dream by Keane

When A Heart Breaks by Ben Rector

Dreaming with a Broken Heart by John Mayer

Misery by Glee Cast

Nothing Left to Lose by NEEDTOBREATHE

Not Over You by Gavin Degraw

All I Ever Wanted by Train

Life Left to Go by SafetySuit

She Will Be Loved by Maroon 5

A Beautiful Collision [B Variant] by David Crowder Band

Turning Tables by Adele

Bend and Break by Keane

We Are Broken by Paramore

Sigh No More by Mumford & Sons

Car Crash by Matt Nathanson

Don’t Leave Just Yet by NEEDTOBREATHE

Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer

You Don’t See Me by SafetySuit

A Drop In The Ocean by Ron Pope

Philadelphia by Parachute

Thief by Third Day

We Are Never Getting Back Together by Boyce Avenue (I highly recommend, ESPECIALLY if you don’t like T-Swift)

Kingdom Come by The Civil Wars

Come Away to the Water by Maroon 5 + Rozzi Crane

I realize that this is a lot of songs. But they are all amazing. If you have a spotify, you can follow me & find my playlists there in order!

Goodnight y’all! ❤

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Playlist #3: Southern Dance Mix (Country? Maybe.)

The Outsiders by NEEDTOBREATHE

Even if it Breaks Your Heart by Eli Young Band

Sweet Georgia Girls by Mac Powell

Say I Wanna Know by Nick Waterhouse


You Met Your Match by Marc Broussard

Is That Clear by Nick Waterhouse


Home by Ben Rector

Mississippi by Mac Powell

Rocky Mountain Way by Joe Walsh

Sleep by Allen Stone

Sweeter by Gavin Degraw

Maggie Mahoney by Seabird

Why Should She Wait by Marc Broussard ft. Sara Bareilles

Let the Good Times Roll by Ben Rector

Girl Named Tennessee by NEEDTOBREATHE

Rockets by The Infamous Stringdusters

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Playlist #2: Sleep -__-zzzz

Good to fall asleep to. “I fell in love the way you fall asleep. Slowly, then all at once.”

Bedshaped by Keane

Birds of a Feather by the Civil Wars

The Great Amen by David Crowder Band

Grenade by Boyce Avenue

Grand Optimist by City and Colour

Time That Is Left by Mark Schultz

I See the Light from the Tangled Soundtrack

Your Side of the Bed by Little Big Town

Hopeless by Train

So Close by Jon McLaughlin

Fix You by Coldplay

Prologue from the Harry Potter Soundtrack

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Playlist #1: Welcome to College

This is an eclectic mix of songs with a happy/soothing vibe to prep me for classes and for my activities. I like these songs individually, but together, they’re just kinda awesome.

The Best is Yet to Come by Michael Bublé

Be Lifted or Hope Rising by David Crowder Band

All American Girl by Train

Funky Jesus Music by TobyMac

College Kids by Relient K

Meant to Be by Parachute

Keep Your Eyes Open by NEEDTOBREATHE

Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford & Sons

Cantina Band from Star Wars Episode IV

Rockets by the Infamous Stringdusters

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