This week’s “Heard it through the GrapeVINE” is Professor Michelle Farrell, an Associate Professor of Modern Languages. Despite traveling every week from the Big Apple, Professor Farrell still maintains her roots through her music taste, which takes on a trilingual element. When Professor Farrell isn’t teaching one of her seven classes, she conducts research language and cultural pedagogy in Cuba, Brazil and Venezuela.

“These are my songs; obviously I also like contemporary music as well, but these are the ones that I go to feel happy, strong, reflect or smile” said Farrell. Now, let’s check out what Professor Farrell’s go-to songs are.Michelle Farrell Assistant Professor of Modern Languages


Indigo Girls – Least Complicated

“This song makes me feel powerful.”

Rusted Root – Send Me On My Way

“It reminds me of my college a-capella group, I love the beat, and for whatever reason, is a song that completely clears my head.”

Luis Enrique – Yo no sé mañana

“I love the salsa version of this song. As you may know, I love to dance, and the lyrics of the song just remind me to dance and live in the moment.”

Tony Vega – Aparentamente

“This is an oldie, but goodie. It is a salsa song that whenever it comes on in my salsa group, I don’t pay any attention to the steps and just want to sing. I get in trouble for that.”

Aretha Franklin – Natural Woman

“I have loved this song since I was a kid. It is so powerful. Always wanted to choreograph a dance to it.”

Oscar D’León – Llorarás

“He is THE voice of Venezuela. I fell in love with this song like I did with the country, there is no one like Oscar D’León.”


Check out Professor Farrell’s playlist on The Mirror’s Spotify.


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