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More Than Just the Number

“Now batting…for the Yankees…Number 2…Derek Jeter…Number 2.”

For 20 years, Bob Sheppard’s voice graced Yankee Stadium, old and new, with these eleven words.  Even though he had died four years before Derek Jeter hit a walk-off single in his final at bat in his final home game, Jeter was announced by the centenarian every time he took his first home at bat of the game.  This is who Derek Jeter was, and is, as a man: someone who respected the integrity of the game and the names that came before him.  He wanted the “Voice of God” to announce him because it would not have been the same, or right, to be announced by anyone else.  It was a small token of appreciation for what Sheppard had done for more than 50 years of his life, and this is my small token of appreciation for what Derek Jeter has done not just for me personally, but for The Bronx, New York, for 20 years of his life.  Continue reading More Than Just the Number

Surviving 2016: Our Favorite Albums This Year

Rarity – I Couldn’t Be Weakeri-couldnt-be-weaker

I found a lot of comfort in this album during the past year. I remember seeing Rarity play a few then-new songs about a year ago. I just listened, and was struck with this feeling that someone actually gets it. Someone actually knows what my struggle is like. That was when I knew this band would be so important to me. This past year, I was a lot more open and honest about possible mental health issues. It was scary but so freeing at the same time. I would listen to I Couldn’t Be Weaker while trying to calm down from a random breakdown. It was like someone putting a hand on my shoulder and letting me know I’m not alone in this, that they’ve been there, that it’s going to get better even when things seem dark. This album helped me realize that it’s okay not to be okay. That’s something I need to remember every day.-Jasminne

worryJeff Rosenstock – WORRY.

Released in October, WORRY. may just be the most poignant album of 2016. It’s full of lyrics about the terrors of capitalism, existential dread, and the joys of love and friendship. Jeff Rosenstock has a habit of writing genuine and uncomfortably relatable music and WORRY. is the epitome of that talent. Rosenstock pairs his playfully painful lyrics with an infectious sound that will have any listener dancing along, whether they came for the ska song, the hardcore song, or reasons they don’t entirely understand.This album saw us through the last few months of 2016, and I’m sure it will continue to help us moving forward. – Samlin Continue reading Surviving 2016: Our Favorite Albums This Year