Hiding From The Mirror

Disclaimer: This essay is my experience with being trans. It is not meant to reflect any trans experience other than my own, and the fact that I am undergoing hormone treatment therapy does not in any way negate or validate my trans-ness, nor anyone else’s. Written by Skylar Bauer My body has never felt like it belonged to me. It is conventionally attractive, for a … Continue reading Hiding From The Mirror

Rainbow Walk by Skylar Bauer [Poetry] [LGBTQ]

Rainbow Walk by Skylar Bauer Heart racing, I walk through the woods, Remembering the rainbow walk trick. Bright red berries, bearing falsehoods. Looking for orange now, feeling a lunatic, Trying to steady my breathing. Colors of a sunset described in brick. Rainbow walks are meant to help the heaving of my chest as I contemplate the yellow bees and anxiety. Though far from appeasing, I … Continue reading Rainbow Walk by Skylar Bauer [Poetry] [LGBTQ]

King Arthur’s “Whatchya Thinkin’” Pushes Genre Boundaries

Get ready to dance to this new song from King Arthur. “Whatchya Thinkin’” is upbeat and exciting, standing out from the constant stream of new pop music with some unique twists. King Arthur blends elements of other genres, like soul, electronic, and funk, to his sound to make it unlike any other. This song starts with some gospel-sounding vocalizations, then quickly picks up into what … Continue reading King Arthur’s “Whatchya Thinkin’” Pushes Genre Boundaries

Morgan Englund’s “Homeward Bound (A Firefighter’s Song)” Makes You Appreciate the Small Things

We often overlook first responders and forget to appreciate the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. Morgan Englund’s new country song and music video “Homeward Bound (A Firefighter’s Song)” tells us what being a first responder looks like. The traditional country sound and imagery of a pickup truck and a bonfire underlie this powerful ballad, clashing with the horrifying image of a heroin overdose … Continue reading Morgan Englund’s “Homeward Bound (A Firefighter’s Song)” Makes You Appreciate the Small Things

B-Bless’s Song “Love” is a Mantra for the Lonely

A refrain of “I don’t wanna be alone” starts emotional rap song “Love” from B-Bless, a son of an African king and two-time Emmy award winner. “Love” is arguably less about love itself, as the title suggests, and more about love as a concept. It’s about wanting someone to experience life and all it has to offer with, but there’s not a clear love interest. … Continue reading B-Bless’s Song “Love” is a Mantra for the Lonely

“Big City” is a Complex Sound from Kris Gruen’s New Album

It’s easy to sink into the richness of new single “Big City” from Kris Gruen. The music holds such depth from so many layers of sound that you’ll hear something new in the song each time you listen to it. There’s a peaceful quality to the song that contrasts the idea of New York City as a bustling, “always happening” city, but somehow, it works. … Continue reading “Big City” is a Complex Sound from Kris Gruen’s New Album