“Music is a friend of labor, for it lightens the task by refreshing the nerves and spirit of the worker.” – William Green, former American Federation of Labor president
“It’s Finals Week somewhere.” – Jimmy Buffet
Oh, how we students toil through bleary-eyed all-nighters buried in empty Ruffles bags and Red Bull cans. Popping Adderall like Tic-Tacs, mainlining coffee—how do you get all of the information inside your head that you need for the test? Because you gotta make the grade to stand out, to get a degree, to start a career, to attract a mate, to cement a legacy (for you want someone, anyone to remember your name after you die). That’s a lot of pressure on one time in your life. Sometimes—fairly easily—our brains check or fizzle out, putter to a stop when we need that runner’s kick when studying foreign material. That’s where music comes in. The right combination of sound and sensory information can aid the study process when that eighth pot of coffee (or that eighth of pot) doesn’t seem to be working. The jury’s still out on its definite helpfulness, but presented below are selections that, while they may or may not help with the big test, evoke elements of the subject matter you’re busy cramming until the minute before.
Read more: “Study Music” Vol. 1