So I read about this artist named Ray BLK in Interview Magazine (click here to read the feature) the other day and took a picture of the story so I could remember the name. Listening to her debut album Durt, her sound is unique- a mix of neo-soul and poetry.

If you’re looking to get into new music, I definitely recommend her. So far she’s unsigned, has self-released her first two albums and was just named BBC Music’s Sound of 2017.

If you listen to her album, let me know what you think! Here’s a link to her YouTube channel.

Be kind,

A.T.

To all fathers and father figures, Happy Father’s Day!

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To celebrate my dad, today’s song of the day is Nights Over Egypt by the Jones Girls, released in 1981. My dad used to play this song in the car almost every time we’d go somewhere when I was younger. So needless to say, this song has a slight sentimental value to me and brings back a lot of memories my dad and I created.

If there are any songs that remind you of your dad or whatever father figure influences you, what is it?

P.S. For those whose father isn’t around for whatever reason, I hope you can find something special to celebrate about them today.

Be Kind,

A.T.

As some of you already know, I’m a writer for FreshU- the online publication for college freshmen and high school seniors.

To promote the biz a little, FreshU’s executive editor Katie Czerwinski just made some merch and put them on RedBubble.

Here’s what we have so far:

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Please consider buying something if you see something you like, and if you have any suggestions, please let me know! You can even follow our page to stay updated on new products.

P.S. If you know any soon-to-be first-year college students that would like to write for FreshU, encourage them to sign up with us!

Be Kind,

A.T.

Disclaimer: I only bought this drink because I saw someone else drinking it in Starbucks and it looked cool. 

So yesterday, I went to Starbucks, or as I like to call it “Starby’s” to find some kind of drink since I’m not a coffee drinker. As I walked in, I remembered that a few days prior, I had seen a young girl walking out drinking this milky pink drink that looked kinda teenagery, but I wanted to try it.

I went into my Starby’s app and started going through the menu, then found this:

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After reading the description, I placed my order, but not before adding something else:

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I probably should mention that I don’t like coconut milk, and I also thought, “Wouldn’t raspberry screw it up a little?” So, why did I do this?

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The taste? Similar to a pink Starburst. Keep in mind I could’ve thrown off the intended flavor with raspberry, but I think I still got the gist. Overall, I’d say my opinion of this drink is:

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I mean, look, I don’t think it was great. BUT, it wasn’t terrible. BUT, I probably won’t get it again unless I feel like having strangers stare at and wonder about the drink in my hand. Or I wanna get another Instagram-worthy shot to feel cool. Honestly, neither one of those is enough to make me spend money on it again.

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Hey Y’all,

I’m currently working on updating the site to make it easier to navigate and I’ll be changing around some appearance things. Stay tuned!

Until then, I’ll be taking a little bit of a break; I might drop more music I’m listening to soon.

Be Kind,

A.T.

Happy Sunday Everyone!
It’s been a while, and the song for today comes from Arcade Fire.

This song is pretty special to me, as its melody was the one I hummed in my school’s production of Sarah Ruhl’s “Eurydice” earlier this year. My favorite line is “When love is gone, where does it go?”

Special shoutout to my director, Lana for introducing me to this song.

Be kind,

A.T.