What We’re Listening To: March 2019 Picks

Spending March in New York is like babysitting your wealthy aunt’s geriatric cat: It’s mostly cold at first, but signs of warmth are on the horizon.

I’m a native Florida gal myself, and despite the long adjustment period ahead, I couldn’t be more thrilled to spend the springtime in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Lucky for me, there are so many soundtracks out there to narrate my Big Apple excursions. From Academy Award winners to international romance, these are the listens I currently have on repeat.

Field Notes on Love

YA literature is my first true love. I’m constantly on the hunt for a story that captures the grit, heart, and soul of this expansive genre. Jennifer E. Smith’s Field Notes on Love does exactly that, and more. For me, the most important part of any YA story is its characterization, and this is a story with two very strong, very unique, and very fun characters. Fresh off of individual breakups, Hugo and Mae soon find that the sparks between them may be more meaningful than just basic attraction. It’s a really wholesome, sweet listen that’s the perfect motivation for going out and having an adventure of your own.

I love Harry Potter. I discovered these magical books when I was eight and never looked back. I also happen to have a fascination with the art of voice acting and how voice actors have gifted us some of the most iconic characters in pop culture history. Cue Youtubers Brizzy Voices and Tessa Netting, who are both talented actresses and Harry Potter enthusiasts. They talk about everything movie, TV, and internet-related, all with a recurring Harry Potter focus. Their past guests include Butch Hartman, Hank Green, and Jacqueline Emerson. This podcast is a geeky batch of warm cookies waiting to be devoured with your equally geeky best friends.

 

I’m also a fan of the darker things life has to offer. Mysteries, thrillers, and true crime stories give us the wild “whodunit” weirdness that keeps us coming back for more. The coolest thing about many of these spooky stories is that they’re rooted in truth. Lore, a critically acclaimed podcast narrated by Aaron Mahnke, explores the roots of some of history’s most fascinating horror legends. As a new listener, I’m thrilled to fall in love with something that has so much existing content. There are currently over 100 episodes (and counting!) as well as a collection of audiobooks featuring some of the legends discussed in the podcast, AND a TV series on Amazon Prime Video. What can I say? I like the macabre and I like to learn.

 

My first memorable cinematic experience was the very first live-action Spider-Man with Tobey Maguire. Maybe this dates me, but my love for that web-slinging wisecracker is one that has stuck with me all these years. Apart from the amazing stories that come from Spider-Man’s universe, J. K. Simmons’ iconic “Where are my pictures of Spider-Man?!” line is what kept me going throughout four years of journalism school. All memes aside, the latest Spidey adventure is one that reminded me of why I love movies in the first place. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, fresh off an Oscar win for best animated film, is something that warms my heart during these cold March nights. The soundtrack, however, is an entity in itself. It’s a totally cool tribute to the film’s Brooklyn setting, filled with plenty of modern beats that take the listener on their own high-flying journey through New York City. Some artists featured include Post Malone, Lil Wayne, Jaden Smith, and Nicki Minaj.

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