The Record Room


Lucia’s Listenings (Just kidding, it’s still The Record Room)

Hello all and welcome back to The Record Room, the monthly instillation of the collective KO campus’ music tastes, always with a dash of my own unsolicited opinion. While I racked my brain for potential topics for this month’s issue, I contemplated what seems like my two defaults. Sure, I could do another themed holiday issue, but the only Thanksgiving song I’ve been made aware of is Fetty Wap’s cover of “Yamz” by Masego, which I’ll either save for another date or never speak of again. The other option, of course, is the habitual “What are KO students listening to?” article, which I think I may have overdone. 

Needless to say, I was stuck. But then, the most genius idea came to my mind…last April. If you’re a truly devoted follower of The Record Room, you may remember the individual musician feature I wrote last spring for this column; it was fun, and it actually put to use the interviewing skills I picked up in my sophomore-year Journalism elective. So, I set out on creating questions, but, soon enough, my next wall faced me: who on Earth was I going to feature this time? My answer came to me, clear as day, as I was reading fellow senior Alice McClure’s November article on college art portfolios. Thus, in the most ripping-off-artist-of-the-month way I knew how, I went to work editing my questions to fit the musical genius of senior Lucia Martinez-Castro. 

Of course, we all know Lucia as an artist by now—she’s been featured in The KO News for her visual art, most commonly her painting works, and she even received the Courtney Donnell Fellowship last summer to study oil painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. However, what most don’t know is that she is one of the biggest music connoisseurs I know. You can frequently find her listening to pop from massive sensations like Taylor Swift to smaller alternative artists like Hippocampus or COIN. Swift is one of Lucia’s favorite artists, “She was everywhere: on the radio, at the dinner table, at school,” she said. “I loved her music so much that she became my favorite at an early age.” 

Lucia says that one of her favorite aspects of music is the act of sharing it with friends and family. Sharing with family includes her daily dinner table listening parties consisting of Bob Dylan and Sufjan Stevens, to name a few. She also likes to partake in listening with friends and introduce them to new music that she thinks they would like. As we talked about this, Lucia recounted a concert she went to back in October for the band Hippocampus. She explained that at the end of the month, she would be unable to go if she couldn’t find anyone to go with. Thus, she introduced their music to some of her friends, and she ended up going with friend and fellow KO student Kaitlyn Finnerty. Lucia said that this concert meant a lot to her, as she enjoys sharing artists and songs with her friends through the concert experience. “I love being in a room full of people just like me, who love the same artist I love and want to scream the songs just as loud as I do,” she said. 

To close out the interview, in typical Record Room fashion, I had to ask Lucia what the last song she listened to was, to which she replied with “Brazil” by Declan McKenna. Boy, if she was trying to win me over in an attempt at biased journalism, that would have done it. I love this song! I found it in quarantine and I have since greatly appreciated the steady, fun beat that contrasts the song’s emotional content and lyrical delivery. 

With that, this issue of The Record Room has now concluded. I’d like to give a huge thanks to what I can only guess to be thousands of monthly readers. Although I’ve only confirmed that estimate to be my extended family through my mother’s awkward presentation of every single one of my articles, I still believe in the true reach that an unprofessionally-written print paper column like this has. In all seriousness, I am grateful for those who have followed thus far, and as always, if you’d like to see me cover something specific in a future article, let me know. Thank you for reading this month’s Record Room, and I’ll see you in the next one.