Rambler Blog & Playlist: January 18th

Art by Moira Hedrick

Hey Y’all!

We made it through another week which means it’s time for more music videos and events! I’ve compiled four videos that are either currently trending on YouTube or are still favorites even though they’re from the later part of 2018. As always, email song or music video suggestions for next week’s blog to tmahlinger20@transy.edu!

This music video was filmed in a rather unique way, without all of the glitz and glamour, because it captures each artist’s story about where they grew up and their first loves by displaying short, narrative lines and descriptions across the video. This is benny blanco’s first time coming out from behind the scenes as an award-winning songwriter, making this his debut single as an artist! The “Eastside” music video was originally released in July of 2018 on the same day that the song was released which created a lot of buzz, especially on Twitter among some of blanco’s famous friends.

This beautiful ballad has a music video that’s just as deep as the song’s lyrics. The young singer-songwriter Billie Eilish collaborated with another young artist, Khalid, to release this tune in April of 2018, which was featured in the first season of the popular Netflix show, 13 Reasons Why. The music video gained 13 million views in less than a month with its stunning cinematography and powerful message. Although this video might put you deep in your feels, it’s definitely worth the watch at least once.

Here’s the music video for Post Malone’s latest smash hit, “Sunflower.” It was originally released in October of 2018 as a single and as part of the soundtrack for “Spide-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” The music video for the song consists of clips from the movie that came out in December. As someone who hasn’t seen the movie, I actually really liked this music video because as the lead character bounces around the screen, Post Malone and Swae Lee’s lyrics appear on buildings and in corners, so it’s almost like a fun game of iSpy.

This retro music video featuring Gucci Mane, Bruno Mars, and Kodak Black takes swag to the next level. The hit “Wake up in the sky” was released in September 2018 and has been streamed over 180 million times on Spotify alone. The music video is mostly the three of them hitting smooth moves and serenading you in sparkling suits with enough shimmer to blind viewers. Need I list any more reasons for you to watch this video?

Take it easy,


As for arts events this week, we have a few!

Friday, January 18th @5pm, Downtown Lexington

It’s time for the Lexington Gallery Hop! This hop is a free, fun way to visit all of the art galleries and artist studios downtown and surround yourself with local artwork! Transy’s Morlan Gallery located in the Mitchell Fine Arts building is participating in the hop from 5pm-8pm with its latest exhibit, Data, Mine! You can find a full map of the participating art galleries here!

Monday, January 21 @9:15am, Campus Center Lobby

While these aren’t really considered arts events, the Martin Luther King Jr. events are important to Transy as a campus community. There will be a campus meetup for the Lexington March at 9:15am in the Campus Center lobby! This is the only event on the actual holiday, but you can find the full list of events that span the entire week here.

Thursday, January 24th @6pm, MFA’s Morlan Gallery

There will be an art talk with renowned data visualization artists Laurie Frick and Hasan Elahi who are the renowned artists of the brand new exhibit, Data, Mine. This exhibit is inspired by artistic takes on the data that computers gather on us and how it is used. The exhibit is part of the New Frontiers series here at Transy and supported by the new Digital Liberal Arts initiative.