Danielle Agate is a sophomore English literature major aiming for the education program. She also has a taste for the oldies that she directly attributes to her parents’ influence. “I’ll always remember dancing to the Beatles with my mom and if I could choose to meet any musical group, it would be them. Sadly, that’s not possible,” Agate said. As she grew older, her music taste grew on her own. She owns a record player and has bought numerous records from her favorite musical era, the 1970s, and she now shares her new finds from this era with her parents. “I feel that [the 1970s] has the best of every genre. Easy listening, disco and my favorite — rock ‘n’ roll.”


Agate’s love of music does not stop with her ever-growing collection of records; in middle school she played the Viola for her school’s orchestra while also developing her love for musicals and acting. Her favorite musicals continue to be “My Fair Lady” and “Les Miserables.” Agate also has ventured out to see Paul McCartney and the Eagles in concert. “I saw Paul McCartney as a sophomore in high school. He’s a legend in the music industry and I never thought I would have a chance to see him perform! Then I saw the Eagles as a junior, before Glenn Frey died — they were absolutely incredible and played phenomenally.”


“Come on Eileen” — Dexys Midnight Runners (1982)

“I just love the tune.”


“For Crying Out Loud” — Meat Loaf (1977)

“The lyrics to this song are meaningful, deep and tell of heartbreak.”


“That’s Life” — Frank Sinatra (1966)

“’That’s Life’ is inspiring. It talks about dealing with hardship and overcoming it. I also love Sinatra and listen to him very often. ”


“Best of My Love” — Eagles (1974)

“Here, the Eagles created a song that deals with relationships and their dissolution in a way that is relatable to everyone.”


“Layla” — Eric Clapton  (1970)

“I love this one – it’s played in a scene from one of my favorite movies, ‘Goodfellas.’”


“What’s Going On” — Marvin Gaye (1971)

“The content, the impact it had on understanding the Vietnam war and racial equality and the brilliance of the score itself.”

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