Welcome to the first installment of a new series: What Song? In this series, we interview musicians and music makers around the Harvard campus and ask them some very specific questions about what songs make them feel certain ways. We get a small sample of the wide-ranging musical tastes of Harvard’s performers, and they get some oddball questions. Our opener is a new project called eddy died young. eddy died young is senior Eddy Walda’s reaction to the modern music industry. Taking the generic pop formula and injecting Walda’s imperfect personality, eddy died young finds a sound that hovers in between indie, pop, hip-hop and alternative. You can find his music on all major streaming sites.

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Eddy’s attention is elsewhere.

What song makes you hungry?

“Lets Eat” – Macklemore, for sure. His revelation about carbohydrates is the story of my life.

What song reminds you that there is good in the world?

“1-800-273-8255” – Logic. Sharing its name with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, its one of the most life affirming tracks in a while. I cry at this point in the album every time.

What’s one song you’d put on a road trip playlist?

“Already Loved” – Wilderado, from the Latigo EP, so much nostalgia for me in this track.

What song has your favorite vocals?

The non-spotify version: “Something’s Gotta Give” – OneRepublic. For some reason its not on Spotify, which is such a freaking shame. Check it out.

What song calms you down the most?

“Holy Cow!” – Margot & The Nuclear So and So’s. All I need to hear is that first line. It works every time. 

What’s the shortest song you love?

“Crayons Can Melt on Us for All I Care” – Relient K. at 10 seconds,  Relient K’s song is definitely the shortest I know, and serves as a nice transition from the very heavy song that came before it.

What’s the saddest song you like?

This is a tough one, as I went through a huge sad boy phase in high school. By far the saddest album I know of is “Hospice” by The Antlers. If you’re asking me to cherry pick a song from the album, I would have to go with “Wake.” Even though this album is definitely something you listen through beginning to end.

What is a great song by a band you hate?

“Weak” – AJR. I cannot stand the rest of this band’s catalogue, (they did the Spongebob, “I’m Ready” song a few years back. Gross.) but this is a really well done track.

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