The Right Track: A peek inside the playlists of Phoenix’s most influential people

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Christina Fuoco-Karasinski    College Times

 

When defender Joe Farrell signed with Phoenix Rising on December 18, 2017, he called the club an exciting, quality team with awesome training facilities and a “beautiful home pitch.”

A Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, native, Farrell is taking advantage of it. Last year alone, he appeared in 26 matches and played 2,225 minutes. He played every minute of Phoenix Rising’s 2018 playoff run. But what fans may not know is Farrell has a love of music—and a pretty good sense of humor.

TOP SIX FAVORITE SONGS

“Apparently,” J. Cole

“Beautiful,” Pharrell ft. Snoop

“Best Day Ever,” Mac Miller

“Sweetest Girl,” Wyclef Jean, Akon, Lil Wayne

“Soundtrack 2 My Life,” Kid Cudi

“6 p.m. in New York,” Drake

PREFERRED WAY OF LISTENING AND WHY?

My favorite way of listening to music is to listen with my eyes closed, the sun shining and music blasting as I lay on a beach. You’re on vacation, so your vibes are already through the roof, turn on some good music and just soak up the sun. There are few things better.

DESERT ALBUM

“Man on the Moon,” Kid Cudi

WHAT ARTIST WOULD PROVIDE THE SOUNDTRACK FOR THE MOVIE ABOUT YOUR LIFE?

If there were to be a movie made about my life, the artist who I would want responsible to provide the soundtrack would be Kanye West. As I say this, I am aware that some eyes may widen in shock as I consciously choose to give Kanye West the responsibility, but please allow me to finish. First and foremost, Kanye West would not be able to rap on the soundtrack unless it was ’05 Kanye. Rather, Kanye would produce the album soundtrack entirely on epic features and collaborations. I’m talking about a J. Cole / Kendrick Lamar track, a Chance the Rapper / Michael Jackson track, maybe even a Mac Miller / Nipsey Hussle tribute track…who knows? All Kanye produced. Soundtrack of the year. Grammys. Oscars. Or, worst case, Kanye goes on stage and rants about how it was the best soundtrack of ALL TIME.

FAVORITE SONG BY AN ARTIST FROM YOUR HOMETOWN?

“Dreams and Nightmares,” Meek Mill

Being from the Philadelphia area, “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill is a no brainer for this question as it is the unofficial “official anthem” of the city! I always liked Meek Mill’s music, but in 2017-2018 this song became an anthem as Meek Mill became a prime example of the injustices that still exist within this country’s judicial system and Philadelphia rallied behind Meek. One of the most influential groups who aligned with Meek were the players of the Philadelphia Eagles. “Dreams and Nightmares” became the song of the Eagles’ 2017 season. As Meek battled for his freedom, the Eagles fought their way to their first Super Bowl-era championship. With Meek coming home from prison as the city of Philadelphia brought home its first Super Bowl, “Dreams and Nightmares” will forever be remembered in the timeline of Philly music history.

GO-TO KARAOKE TUNE

Listen baby, “Ain’t no mountain high enough, Ain’t no valley low enough/Ain’t no river widddde enough, baby!”

My go-to karaoke tune is “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. As you may have noticed from some of my previous responses, I love collaborations and, as far as duos go, this is an all-time classic. The fun in choosing this tune is not only the difficulty of Marvin Gaye’s vocals, but also switching over to my attempt at Tammi Terrell’s female vocals. Fortunately, when this song comes on it is hard for people to stay out of singing along, which is the most important part in choosing a karaoke tune—audience assistance. Once you get the crowd into it, you are golden. Work the room. CT

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