It’s the weekend before my 31 st birthday and I’m more excited about celebrating a new year than I was this time last September.

Before I turned 30, I was worried about feeling old and out of touch.

Less than a year later, I’ve come to find that life’s just started. Sure, I have a lot of decisions to make over the next year. (I finish graduate school in a little over a year. I currently live about an hour from work and have to decide whether to keep commuting and I have an interest in moving to another state just to say “yeah, I lived (fill in the blank) for a year.” But, all that’s just part of life.

So is coming to the realization that age does bring about a sudden love or, I’m not going to say hate, but dislike of things.

One of those is modern music. Up until the last three or four years, I listened to top 40 pop music and loved it. Lately, however, I’ve had outlaw country and the hits of the ‘90s playing on repeat in my car, because if I hear one more song about twerking I’m going to vomit.

Panic at the Disco’s latest song, which is charting on iTunes and other streaming services “High Hopes,” has made me appreciate music again. It’s is a great blend of modern sound, classic lyrics and upbeat rhythms.

I’ve always been a fan of Panic. In fact, my college roommates will tell you that I blared their songs so loud in our dorm that my residential advisor gave me a strongly-worded lecture about volume during my second week of college classes.

If you’re a millennial like me (I shudder at the fact that I’m considered one) or someone who enjoys upbeat music. I suggest you listen to “High Hopes” and the entirety of Panic at the Disco’s new album “Pray for the Wicked.” It’ll lift you up, make you think and brighten even the darkest days.

Samples of this album can be heard on iTunes and the album can be purchased at most major retailers and through streaming services.

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