PLAYLIST: Comm Program Songs of Summer

What your favorite SOU professors & instructors are listening to this summer

As the summer of COVID-19 winds down, all of the faculty in the Communication Program at Southern Oregon University got together to build a Spotify playlist of our favorite songs artists. Just like all of our students, music gives us a break from the stresses of the modern world, and inspires us to step up to the latest challenges we face.

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Erica Knotts, Comm Studies

Alright by Judah & the Lion
Everyone needs a “dance it out song.” When things got overwhelming or stressful this summer, I would turn this song on and have a dance party to get my motivation back.

Alena Ruggerio, Comm Studies

Heal by Allison Moorer
This song speaks powerfully to me about vulnerability and resilience. Allison Moorer and her sister, fellow alt-country artist Shelby Lynne, endured a violent tragedy in their family when they were very young. Moorer released an album and a memoir about surviving the trauma, both of which I listened to this summer.

Erik Palmer, Social Media & Public Engagement

Someway Bi by M.anifest
While on sabbatical in Ghana last year, I encountered the music of a whole cluster of Ghanaian rappers, including Beyoncé collaborator Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and my personal favorite, M.anifest. Be sure to check out the music video for Someway Bi, which cinematically documents the texture of everyday life in Ghana.

Precious Yamaguchi, Comm Studies

Clorox Wipe by Chromeo
This electronic/house duo created these “quarantune” songs on Instagram during the start of the pandemic. Every time I started to feel down, I would listen to one of their new quarantine songs and laugh. They call themselves the “Weird Al of electronic music.”

Andrew Gay, Digital Cinema

Leaning On You by HAIM
From their fantastic third studio album, Women In Music Pt. III, this pretty little acoustic ditty speaks to the pandemic moment: it’s taking all that we got not to [mess] this up, and we’re leaning on one another to get through it.

Kristin Hocevar, Comm Studies

Graceland by Paul Simon
This was an album my parents played a ton when I was a baby, and has remained a long-standing favorite. This song is a great road trip song and reminds me we will again be able to travel… someday!

Chris Lucas, Digital Cinema

Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger
From the soundtrack to the summer I started grad school in Texas — felt like the coda to my life in Seattle



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