Sep 09

The Racquette picks: studying music

Contributing Writer Carter Jones
Colors – Between the Buried and Me
I’m a strong advocate for listening to Colors at any possible time, and study time is no exception. While it’s easily one of the most groundbreaking albums of the millennium, it also works great during long writing sessions as singer/keyboardist Tommy Rogers’ soul-crushing death growl obfuscates most of the lyrics which therefore prevents one from being distracted from familiar choruses and such. In addition to being the shining standard to which all technical metal bands aspire to reach, Colors contains some of the most beautiful moments ever recorded and they help remind one that there is life after homework.

Jason Koumourdas


Pinkerton – Weezer

The energy of the album builds so it helps to keep me motivated on my work. The only tough part is that the lyrics are so good that I sometimes stop to listen to them. For the most part though, it’s good background music.

I Hate You with a Passion – Dre Dog

Dre Dog later became known as Andre Nickatina, but this gem comes before that happened. The song “Situation Critical” just gets

me pumped and makes me want to kick the crap out of my essay.

The Acoustic EP – Against Me!

Since the album is acoustic, it’s a great few songs to have playing in the background. Whenever I find myself zoning out, the strong lyrics of the song snap me back into reality and get me back to working.

Somewhere in the Between – Streetlight Manifesto

A Call to Arms – Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution –

Both of these albums have Tomas Kalnoky as their frontman, which is probably why I love listening to these while I work. Kalnoky just has a voice that soothes me.

Ben Houck


Mechanical Acoustic Music : Andy Mckee is pretty great for beautiful mechanical guitar work. Art of Motion is the must have study album. Keeps your mind moving without distracting words. Also check out Erik Mongrain for electric guitar patterns.

Intellectual Music: looking at your classical and jazz. These genres tend to have a lot of thought behind them and can be extremely thought provoking. Sorry, Bruno Mars’ bubble-gum pop “The Lazy Song” isn’t inspiring anyone to write a twenty-page paper. Hit something that will get your brain going. Recommended: Bill Evans’ “You Must Believe In Spring”, Dave Holland’s “Pass It On” or Kind Of Blue by Miles Davis (even though it is cliché) always works. Beethoven’s 9th is mysteriously powerful for studying.

Amanda Stockwell

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For me, the best study music is music that I enjoy, but that I don’t have to get too involved in. Generally, instrumental albums are good for me so I’m not caught up in lyrics. Two of my favorites are One Ten Hundred Thousand Million by The Octopus Project and 24 Postcards in Full Colour by Max Richter.