In the majority of the 48 states, fall is officially here. Instagram is full of knee-high boots, hot Pumpkin Spice Lattes, leaves on the ground and really cute scarf/beanie hat combos. While here in Florida I cried to my mom on the phone how happy I was that my car said it was only 86° at noon. So, yeah…Fall.
I’ve obviously shared my love of fall on the blog with you before, the autumnal scents and the throwback to college game days at Penn State and more. However, today we are continuing my love affair with the third season in the calendar year with a #TBT to some of my favorite jams from college.
Fall always reminds me going back to school (like forever ago) and I start to remember how my chest would swell with pride as my parent’s van would cross off of the highway and I could see the campus in distance. I actually started college in Erie, PA at Penn State, The Behrend College. We were a small campus of about 7k students, I could see Lake Erie from my Freshman dorm and it was cold all. of. the. time. It once snowed during finals week in May. While I only lasted about two years in the tundra as we so lovingly referred to it, I made some great memories, friends and amazing playlists.
I transferred to State College, PA or University Park (Main Campus) my junior year to continue my journalism degree and quickly applied, and got a spot, on the prestigious, student-run newspaper, The Daily Collegian as the Sr. Music Reporter. I lived for this town, the cobblestone side streets, the Allen Street gates leading up to Paterno Library and Old Main and the unlimited internet access in my apartment. See, this was the time when Napster was slowly getting shut down, iTunes wasn’t really selling music just yet and I was crushing it on Limewire so hard that Penn State actually took away the internet in my dorm a few times due to my “going over bandwidth” ugh. This, and camping, are my ideas of roughing it.
I’ve had a long-standing history with music from this time period in my life. I covered up and coming musicians at local bars and pubs who eventually made it big, I got tickets to review larger/Top 40 bands at The Bryce Jordan center and even crafted the perfect playlist for our apartment parties. Every Friday night party closed with a dedication to the Man, The Myth, the Legend…Peter Frampton, or as we called it: Frampton Fridays. Don’t worry, “Baby I Love Your Way” didn’t make it on to today’s playlist, but one day! Today is all about the music I illegally downloaded, the songs boyfriends introduced me to, the music that kept me warm on the long, wintery walks to class and the songs I discussed way too deeply about with friends instead of doing homework. These are the songs that inspired a lot of AOL Instant Messenger Away Messages…BRB. RIP AIM.
So guys, sit back, relax…stream for free (bless you Spotify) the playlist of my collegiate youth and let me transport you back to 2002-2006. LeAvE mE a CoMmEnT & tell me UR favor8 song from ur college days! g2g, ttyl, Erika aka AIM: Serndipiti
My Revamped Playlist: October 12, 2017
“Sweetness” by Jimmy Eat World
“Everything Is Alright” by Motion City Soundtrack
“The Best of Me” by The Starting Line
“The Mixed Tape” by Jack’s Mannequin
“The Sound of Settling” by Death Cab for Cutie
“Outloud (Live)” by Dispatch
“Izz/In The End” by JAY Z and Linkin Park
“Somebody’s Gonna Miss Us” by The Starting Line
“Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional
“Brace Yourself” by Howie Day
“I Woke Up In a Car” by Something Corporate
“My December” by Linkin Park
“Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service
“The Authority Song” by Jimmy Eat World
“Konstantine” by Something Corporate
“New Slang” by The Shins
“Dance, Dance” by Fall out Boy
“That Was a Crazy Game of Poker” by O.A.R.