Have you noticed a certain melancholy in the air at the Daniel & Grace Tully Dining Commons? Where could that be coming from? Following the sound—a subtle, wailing voice—you look up. There, above your head, is a speaker. The song is “You Raise Me Up” by Josh Groban, and it’s making you feel depressed before your next class. Subdued and suddenly mourning a dead pet you haven’t thought about in years, you clear your plate and walk down the stairs into the Barone Campus Center, leaving the melancholy to bleed into the next song, “Numb” by Linkin Park, and instantly feel lighter.
Has the Tully been possessed by a dark, Taylor-Swift-like ghost determined to lament a lost love until the end of time? Perhaps a thief came in the night and stole away all of the old-school playlists that twinkled with Disney stars and replaced them with Nickelback and Pain. One can only wonder.
Feeling a little down and fed up with the Tully’s music taste, Noelle Brown ‘22 texted the Tully and requested “something a little bit more upbeat.” To her surprise, the Tully obliged and played a Billboard Top 100 pop song dripping in sunshine… only to play another breakup song directly afterward. “I got my hopes up, you know?” said Brown. The Tully only brings hopes down these days.
What will release the Tully from this unhappy phase? Time and student inquiry will only tell. Maybe next time you could take a page out of Brown’s book and text for happiness.