when words fail

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” — Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 

We recently had TS2, where all the fellows come together after spending uninterrupted time with our host communities and being immersed. During these seminars we have sessions in which we talk about a number of things surrounding our experience in Senegal. One of the last sessions was based around creative storytelling though mediums that we maybe wouldn’t have thought about. Interpretive dance, poetry, drawing, videos… music. This struck a chord with me because music has been such an important part of my time in Senegal, and just in general, music has played a large part in my life.

I decided that for this blog post, I would go around and ask every person in my cohort for a song that have been meaningful (or they’ve had on repeat) during our time here and put them in a playlist! There is a wide variety of genres and I think it’s a good insight into what we’ve been playing in our headphones during the past 5 months!

Have fun figuring out what song belongs to what fellow and what songs are ‘cohort schmoods’.
Listen in order ‘cause there’s a reason for each songs’ placement  and I would encourage other cohorts to make playlists of their own!


in case you don’t have a Spotify, here’s the songs, who they’re by and the order they’re in!

3AM, matchbox twenty
guilty party, the national
young blood, noah kahan
anziety, logic
pieces, steffany gretzinger (bethal music)
dust bowl dance, mumford and sons
pray, sam smith
hotel california, eagles
brand new me, alicia keys
mi revolución, cuatro pesos de propina
pulaski at night, andrew bird
work song, hozier
mercy, dave mathews band
so damn lucky, dave matthews
box of rain, grateful dead
life rolls on, slightly stoopid
dreams, fleetwood mac
unhappy, a boogie wit da hoodie
bitch, don’t kill my vibe, kendrick lamar
herside story, hare squead
take me as i am, mary j. blige
dembow, danny ocean
naha, pnl
mariage forcee, viviane chidid
dushi bida, jeon
me rehúso, danny ocean
sweet caroline, neil diamond
allstar, smash mouth
africa, toto