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What Drexel’s Cole Shafer is Listening To

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Music plays a big role in every college student’s life, so it’s no surprise that every athlete has their favorite songs to listen to before and after each game. We got to chat with Drexel Lacrosse’s Cole Shafer to ask him about his favorite music. Hailing from Coquitlam, British Columbia, Cole is currently the top player for the Dragons’ lacrosse team, with 14 goals and 5 assists in the seven games played this season. He was named to the CAA All-Rookie team in ’14 while also setting the record for most points earned by a Drexel freshman at 53 points. The following year he was named to the Second Team All-CAA. Cole has also consistently ranked in the top 10 in the CAA for players with the most goals per game and points per game.

Here are his top 10 songs:

 

1. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith

Cole: “I’ve always liked Aerosmith so it was hard to pick just one song, but I chose ‘Sweet Emotion’ because it’s about doing your own thing. I also really like the guitar riff throughout the song.”

 

2. “Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.

Cole: “Probably my favorite artist at the moment, Gary Clark Jr. brings a cool, hard rock, bluesy type of feel. He reminds me of a new school Jimi Hendrix. I chose ‘Bright Lights because it reminds me of when I was in NYC with some of my buddies and how fun and crazy those few days were.”

 

3. “Kickstart My Heart” by Mötley Crüe

Cole: “Like most Mötley Crüe songs, ‘Kickstart My Heart’ gets me pumped up. I listen to it before all of my Lacrosse games. The tempo and attitude that it brings really gets me going.”

 

4. “Hotel California” by the Eagles

Cole: “Simply a classic tune. One of the greatest guitar solos as well. Love the Eagles.”

 

5. “Get Down Saturday Night” by Oliver Cheatham

Cole: “This is sort of a change in direction from what was listed above. This song has a cool groovy funky feel to it. It basically makes me want to dance. Great song on a Saturday night for obvious reasons.”

 

6. “Slow Rollin’” by Dallas Smith

Cole: “I might be a little biased because they are from Vancouver and my cousin is in the band, but I love the feeling of a nice summer evening that the song brings. That might be the case for most country songs but, regardless, I still love the band and the song.”

 

7. “Shroud” by Nathaniel Rateliff

Cole: “Nathanial Rateliff is a great artist who has a lot of meaning behind what he does. I don’t really have a rhyme or reason behind why I like this particular song. He just has a lot of emotion in his songs.”

 

8. “Strobe” by Deadmau5

Cole: I love the buildup in this song. It starts with a very mesmerizing, subtle melody in the beginning and then picks up tempo about halfway through. I tend to have a lot of thoughts when I listen to this song since it seems very spiritual to me.”

 

9. “The Veldt” by Deadmau5

Cole: “This one is sort of the same as ‘Strobe’ in the sense that it’s a very spiritual song. Though the meaning behind the song is depressing, the song makes me happy just because of the melody.”

 

10. “Small Things” by Ben Howard

Cole: “Like the two listed above, this is also a very mesmerizing song. Most of Ben Howard’s songs on his new album are similar to this one, however, I chose ‘Small Things’ because of the guitar riff.”

 

To sum up his top 10 picks, Cole says, “I tend to base my favorite songs on the feelings that they bring me. I find I focus more on the melody and tempo rather than the actual lyrics. If the song is upbeat like ‘Kickstart My Heart,’ then the song gets me pumped up and energized. If the song is mellow like ‘Small Things,’ then it relaxes me.”


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About Elisa Money

Music Industry, Drexel University, class of '17. Canada born and raised, American and Canadian according to my passports. Moved from Vancouver to Philly in 2013. Music, photography, athletics, nature...you name it! Wherever you are, make the world a better place :)

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