November Music Picks

Maggie Flaherty ‘20

Chief Features Editor


November is officially upon us, and what better way to celebrate the last full month of the fall semester than with a new playlist? Here is a sample selection of what I will be listening to this weekend:

Have You Ever Seen the Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival

Have you ever seen the rain? I have. So much rain, in fact, that my Holy Cross family weekend tailgate was cancelled. My family and I almost drowned while trudging it to our backup plan (lunch at Shrewsbury Street, not a bad second option). This weekend also predicts lots of rainfall, so this Creedence Clearwater Revival 1971 classic rock hit is the quintessential November hit.  The band croons about a sunny day that is eventually broken up by rain. My fun fall sweater-weather season has been rudely interrupted by a cold, dreary, and constantly rainy November forecast, so this song is increasingly relevant. If only the band also included lyrics about rain in sub-50 degree temperatures, then I could really identify with the metaphor.

It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You) – The 1975

This is the fifth single released in advance of the Manchester, England-based band’s upcoming album “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships,” set to be released on November 30th. “It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)” is a perfect example of what The 1975 does best; fans of the band will find similarities to “Somebody Else,” a hit from the band’s last album, because both songs include bright, danceable background tracks combined with melancholy lyrics.  It is a song that can mean different things in different moments – it’s good for a listen on a Friday night blasted full-volume from a dorm room speaker, or alone in your room with a pint of ice cream on a Sunday.

Better Off – Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s whirlwind four-month romance is done, and it sounds pretty final – she returned the $100,000 engagement ring Davidson gave her after two weeks of dating and claimed custody of their pet pig, Piggy Smallz.  In light of Ariana’s tough year, I will bump this song in solidarity with her. Hopefully she believes in what she preaches in this empowering breakup song that declares her a “wild one” that is “better off without him.”

Goodnight N Go – Ariana Grande

Alright. I cannot, in good faith, plug an Ariana Grande breakup song without including an ode to Davidson. In an album filled with love songs, notably the one-minute interlude literally named “pete davidson,” I recommend reliving the start of their relationship with “Goodnight N Go.” The sweet song  about a developing crush lifts its chorus from Imogen Heap’s song “Goodnight and Go,” and will remind you of the days when Grande and Davidson’s social media posts were both ubiquitous and nauseatingly cute.

Bohemian Rhapsody  – Queen, At Live Aid

The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is released in theaters on November 2. Rami Malek stars as Freddie Mercury, and his performance has received almost unanimous praise (even if most critics take issue with the artistic liberties/historical inaccuracies found in the plot). The movie uses original performances from the band in its scenes. The climax of the film occurs when Mercury comes back to the band after leaving to pursue a solo career and the band plays a set at Live Aid. The film’s soundtrack includes the band’s actual Live Aid performance, so listeners and viewers can experience Queen as if they were in the audience.

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