Want to Highlight Artists on Your Campus/Surrounding Area? Write for Bars and Chords!

Well, graduation season is just about over and it’s finally time for the class of 2013 to embark on a new journey. Running along with this theme, what better time than now for a mini-revamp of Bars and Chords?! Over the past year or so, this site has mainly focused on highlighting music artists currently enrolled at Columbia University. From upcoming shows in NYC, to new EPs, and other publicity, it’s been all about CU. But with new readership from states everywhere, we think it’s about time to heed to requests and include emerging artists from other cities/universities.

Here’s where YOU come in. Whether you’re a college student at a university, or a recent grad who loves to discover new music, you can be involved as a writer for Bars and Chords. Write album reviews for artists on your campus, update readers on upcoming shows in your city, or simply share some underground music that you’ve been listening to, and believe others should hear as well. It’s a great way to stay on top of your music, plus you get to improve writing skills. If you’re interested in hearing more about this opportunity, please email barsandchords@gmail.com.

And for all the readers out there who just want to keep reading, keep checking in on the site! It’s about time we all discover some real music. Enjoy the summer!

24 Songs for Graduation

Graduation season is here, and it’s about time to make our slideshows of embarrassing pictures,  reunite with family whose names we can’t remember, and reminisce over the past 4 years. Below are some songs that you may want to consider in making your videos. Or you can just sit here, listen to each one, and think about how life has passed you by. The songs are in no particular order, but beware…you may shed some tears.

Song List:

1. Kanye West – “Hey Mama”: Because where would we be without our moms?
2. T.I. feat Rihanna – “Live Your Life“: Really, remember to breathe when you walk across the stage
3. The Script – “Live Like We’re Dying”: Live each day like it’s your last…does life begin or end after college?
4. Nas – “I Can”: The song that gave us hope when we were so young still seems relevant today. You can do it.
5. Plain White T’s – “Hey There Delilah”: Hey there…what’s it like in New York City?
6. Boyz II Men – “End of the Road”: The type of song where you hug your best friend and look up to the sky
7. Alicia Keys & Jay Z – “Empire State of Mind”: Nothing like having an anthem made for the city you live in
8. Jay Z – “A Billi”: Because that’s what we all plan to make after graduation (although plans don’t always work out)
9. Asher Roth – “I Love College”: We do, truly, love you college.
10. Five for Fighting – “100 Years”: Time flies. Thank God we’re not 100 yet.
11. Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World” – You should believe it’s wonderful. You’re about to enter it.
12. David Cook – “Time of My Life”: No description necessary
13. Lauryn Hill – “Everything is Everything”: What is meant to be will be…
14. Michael Jackson – “Man in the Mirror”: In honor of one of the greats. Remember how much you’ve learned from your colleagues, esp. those who’ve changed your life.
15. Whitney Houston – “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”: R.I.P. Whitney. We’re all dancing for you.
16. Outkast – “Hey Ya!”: shake it, shake shake it
17. Kanye West – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”: wait til we get our money right…
18. Natasha Bedingfield – “Unwritten”: It’s time to start writing our lives.
19. The Rembrandts – “I’ll Be There For You”: We’ll always be friends…hopefully
20. Queen – “We Are the Champions”: We better be champions after the amount of tuition we’ve paid.
21. Kelly Clarkson – “Breakaway”: Make a wish, take a chance, make a change
22. Sarah McLachlan – “I Will Remember You”: tear jerker.
23. Lee Ann Womack – “I Hope You Dance”: I really hope you do.
24. Vitamin C – “Graduation (friends forever)”: As we go on…