#StayHome Recommendations from the CAHSS: Songs and Albums (updated 4/20)

We asked instructors, staff, students, and alumni from across the CAHSS to tell us what they are reading, listening to and watching while they #stayhome.

Here are their song and album recommendations:


Ryan Martin (psychology): Run-D.M.C.’s Raising Hell (album)

“Last fall, my son liked to listen to this on his way to soccer games (though, he insisted on calling it “Raising H-word”). I don’t know if it’s because it reminds me of those car rides or because it reminds me of my childhood, or if it’s because it’s just awesome, but this album has been a lot of fun for me lately.”


Kendra (psychology): Aeseaes (artist)

“Aeseaes (pronounce A-C-S) is a musical duo who make covers of songs and write their own music in a folksy/contemporary style. I find their music really relaxing to listen to when doing homework, reading, or just hanging out. You can find their music on their website (aeseaes.com) and Spotify. They also perform live regularly on Twitch.”


Paige Anderson (psychology): So Far Away- Avenged Sevenfold; Send Me On My Way- Rusted Root; One Week- Bare Naked Ladies; Keep Your Hands To Yourself- The Georgia Satellites; It’s The End of the World As We Know It- REM; Hysteria- Def Leppard, Goodbye Stranger- Supertramp (songs)

“The titles are relevant. They’re also all great songs. The first one is kind of sad sounding, but it’s still a favorite. :)”


Hannah Malmberg (political science and communication alumni): Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia (album)

“Dua Lipa’s newest album is pure pop excellence. It blends the sounds of the 80s and modern beats into an album that can help you imagine you’re dancing all of your worries away!”


Hernan Fernandez-Meardi (humanities and spanish): Astor Piazzolla – Gerry Mulligan

“Close your eyes and listen…”


Amanda Loehrke (political science, DJS, public admin): Way It Goes by Hippo Campus (song)

“I am an avid listener of Hippo Campus and this is just one song that I really enjoy! Also, the first words are ‘Wisconsin pines,’ so it has some connections to us!”


Tim Meyer (communications): Highway to Hell – AC/DC and Dominique – The Singing Nun (songs)

“Self-explanatory, right?”


Nicole Kurth (residence life): Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Toward Ecstacy (album)

“I have always enjoyed this album. Its the one album I would take with me on a deserted island. I have been listening to it since it came out in 1994. An awesome album. Check it out!”


Wynna B. (communications, public relations): Chimes, Rain, Thunder & Wind Ambiance 12 Hours for Meditation, Sleep, Relaxing, Insomnia, Nature Sounds

“I think if people suffer with anxiety that this is very calming, and focus the mind on the task ahead rather than worrying about everything around us.”


Alison Staudinger (democracy and justice studies): Childish Gambino, 3.15.20 (album)

“In case you were too busy doomscrolling to notice, Donald Glover’s new album came out last week and it, as the young say, slaps. I especially love “12.38” and not just for the bell hooks shout-out.”


Matthew Kersting (psychology): Alice In Chains, “I Stay Away” (song)

“The song captures the melodic creativity of the band while still incorporating the heavier aspects into the songwriting, helping redefine alternative rock in the ‘90s… Also, if you’re sick, the title serves as a good mantra.”


Michelle McQuade Dewhirst (music): Songs to Wash Your Hands To (album)

I wrote a 20-second handwashing song called “Enough?” for this album. I wrote it last Wednesday (3/11) at the invitation of the project’s organizer, Isaac Schankler. Courtney Sherman and Bill Sallak recorded the piece on Thursday, 3/12. All proceeds from sales of the album go to the Medicare Rights Center, a nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs and public policy initiatives. The album is available for download on a “name your price” basis: https://isaacschankler.bandcamp.com/album/songs-to-wash-your-hands-to.”


Amanda Loehrke (political science, DJS, public admin): Dodie, “Human” (album)

“Dodie creates soothing, lyrical songs that tell her story; her most recent album is quite simply amazing.”


Amanda Loehrke (political science, DJS, public admin): Kenny Rogers, “Gideon” (album)

“After hearing of Kenny Rogers passing, I found some records my grandmother had of his and listened to them. While I am usually not a fan of country music, I was touched by the passion and meaning in his songs. I especially found “You Were A Good Friend” to be quite touching.”


Madeline Marsh (arts management): Pink Floyd, “Dark Side of the Moon” (album)

“Although the album’s artwork is popular throughout today’s culture, many people haven’t heard the album in its entirety. It’s the perfect self-isolation album!”


Alison Staudinger (democracy and justice studies): Black Marble’s “A Different Arrangement” (album)

“One of my favorite albums of the last ten years, A Different Arrangement is just dark and synthy enough to feel appropriate for our current times, but laced with enough poppy warmth to serve as a comfort. Listen to “A Great Design” to hear what I mean.”


Jennie Young (english comp): Motley Crue, “Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go Away”

“I think the title on this one is self explanatory. 🙂 Also I think this is an awesome idea!”


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