proF Playlist: March

Here at proF, we try to come up with monthly themes to inspire us as we blog, and to help us organize our thoughts in a way that’s in tune with a particular moment. This month’s theme – “March” – might seem like a no-brainer. But it’s not just about the month itself. The verb “to march” indicates a show of strength and solidarity, whether one is marching out of a sense of pride, celebration or protest.

This feels particularly apt, for one, because March is Women’s History Month, a time when we reflect upon all the women who’ve marched before us in the fight for equality. It’s also relevant in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which has sparked an inspiring outburst of activism from students across the country. In the nationwide school walkout scheduled for March 14th, students will be marching to protest the government’s lack of action on gun violence. And many of us elder stateswomen will be marching too, showing our support and cheering them on.

Activism aside, March also represents one of the most seasonally interesting times of year – when the ice and snow finally begin to melt and spring starts to peek its way through. It can definitely be a frustrating month, and the old proverb that “March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb” can only seem half-true. But there’s a sense of hope and optimism in March that is lacking in February, when days are darker and colder and there’s no prospect of spring break on the horizon.

It’s this optimistic, anticipative feeling of spring that I tried to capture in this month’s playlist. Here, you’ll find a lot of sunny-melody indie rock about cloudy, rainy days – songs with a delicate sweetness, like early spring flowers just about to bloom. Listen and feel hopeful – both for the future of our country, in the hands of so many brave, outspoken young people, and on a smaller scale, for your own near-future: a spring full of fresh air and warmth.