Today's Music Monday choice is about as emotional and teenage-angsty as a throwback song can get (... or maybe not, challenge accepted). All jokes aside though, I never had any true intention of posting about this song. Like ever.
I can't begin to explain how many feelings I have attached to it. I could write paragraphs upon paragraphs on this song and what it means to me. "If It Means A Lot To You" is the only song that will either make me a loving kind of happy or cause uncontrollable crying.
It resonates deep within me.
I don't want to get into details, at all. But I've been dealing with something very personal for years now that, for me, is related to this song. A few weeks ago I thought that issue was solved. Today, it came back around. And so I've been listening to this song again to, I guess, neutralize my feelings at the moment. I feel calm.
A friend played this song on guitar for me once. It was nice.
First I must apologize for missing a week, but hey hi hello what's up, I am back.
Every week I usually have a reason for picking the Music Monday song I choose besides "I like this song". And so this week my reason mostly has to do with my sister. She's been listening to this song since it came out and always has it playing, so I immediately became obsessed as well.
"High" by Sir Sly has some pretty enjoyable lyrics, which are accompanied by an even more enjoyable music video, which you can watch below!
I saw Sir Sly live at Firefly a few years back; I don't remember much dancing happening on stage, so I hope I can catch them getting their groove on sometime soon. Because I mean, who doesn't love guys who can sing AND dance?
Despite sleeping absolutely GREAT last night, I have been overly tired and drowsy all day. I'm barely getting through the last few hours of the day with what feels like the beginning of a pretty gnarly headache.
I hate taking medicine, so I decided my treatment will be tons of water and some good, uplifting music to wake me up.
I have a tendency to hear a song on Spotify once, add it to a playlist without noticing the name or artist, and then continue to listen to it without every paying attention to those important details. So when deciding what song to listen to to lift my spirits, one particular came in to mind. I knew I had been listening to it for awhile, but for the life of me couldn't think of who it was by.
After some looking and listening, I found the name of the song is "Trip On My Words" by a Chicago band called Manwolves. Every time I hear this song it puts me in a better mood. The lyrics are enjoyable and relatable; the music usually makes me dance in my car like a fool.
Manwolves is a rather new band that incorporates both hip hop and jazz into their music. Throw in the lyrics, and it all makes for a rad combo✌🏼
You can listen to "Trip on My Words" and their other music on Soundcloud here.
I never intended on recommending a Beatles song within the first few weeks of my Music Mondays. There's absolutely nothing wrong with doing so, it just seems too... expected?
But you know what is wrong? The unbearable cover I heard of "With A Little Help From My Friends" over the weekend.
I'm not a big fan of cover bands to begin with, but if you're going to cover a Beatles song, you better be do it right.
And so to give homage to what I believe is one of the best bands and a great song, I am recommending you listen to "With A Little Help From My Friends" by The Beatles today. Try to remind yourself why or who made you listen to The Beatles in the first place. Or think about the first time you heard a Beatles song.
Hopefully it brings a smile to your face.
Any time I hear a Beatles song, I am reminded of how lucky I was to be able to see Paul McCartney live at Bonnaroo in 2013. This might be the crappiest picture ever, but it's an amazing memory.
I didn't listen to Hippo Campus much until I was invited to go see one of their shows in Philly in late 2015 (maybe 2016, what even is time?). They performed in the basement of a church with a crowd of maybe 150 people.
To this day it is still one of the best shows I've ever been to.
I had the pleasure of seeing them again this past Tuesday, in a notably larger venue, and so I thought it was only appropriate to feature a song of their's on my blog this week.
Before seeing them again this second time, I had already decided to talk about one of their songs for this post. I really do love all of their music, but on this night I was especially looking forward to them playing "Violet". To my disappointment, the show came to an end without the song ever being played.
Within seconds of the guys walking off stage, the crowd began chanting "VIOLET, VIOLET"; I guess I wasn't the only one who was looking forward to getting my groove on to the song.
Watching the music video for "Violet" isn't quite the same as experiencing Hippo Campus live, especially in a church basement, but I think you'll enjoy it anyway.
Oh also I think it's interesting to note that although the music video has a changing color theme, the color is never violet? Hmmmm.
Any song that says "french toast" in the first line is going to immediately grab my attention.
Any song that compares french toast to life is going to immediately become a favorite song of mine.
But no seriously friends, if you haven't listened to "Kinda Bonkers" by Animal Collective, I suggest you do it now. The day this song was released I played it on repeat for a few hours, so it would be silly of me to not recommend it to you this week.
In Animal Collective's lyric video for the song (below), the happy, upbeat lyrics are accompanied by colorful and vibrant images. Definitely one of the best lyric videos I've seen recently.
Animal Collective has a unique way of expressing and provoking thought through lyrics, in a way that doesn't always immediately make sense. As I do believe many of their songs are written with a purpose, it is still interesting to see what other's think. So let me know in the comments how you interpret this song and/or how it makes you feel. "Kinda Bonkers" was released in February of 2017, and has no confirmation on it's meaning that I am aware of.
Is life really french toast?
Once upon a time I promised weekly music recommendations.
Many weeks later here I am back with that same promise. Except this time I'm not going to hold myself to the high standard of writing very intricate posts about each song each week. I certainly have ideas in the works for songs I would like to dig deep into, but I think it will be more enjoyable for both you and me if I keep it short every once in awhile.
So this week my go to song is "When I'm down" by Whethan and Oliver Tree
It wasn't until I started to actually listen to my Discover Weekly playlists on Spotify that I came across this song, but I'm happy that I did. It's way too catchy to not like.
You can listen to "When I'm Down" on Soundcloud, Spotify or download it on iTunes. It's upbeat, electronic sound will be stuck in your head all day, but in the best way possible.
Like most people, music has always been a hobby of mine. Not necessarily playing; I've tried and failed at multiple instruments over the years. But I do enjoy attending a good show or festival. In all honesty, I probably get most of my music recommendations from friends. If not friends then the internet- Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, etc. And it's always quite the surprise when I find something worth putting on repeat that I found via radio.
So with that being said, when it comes to music I sometimes have a lot to say about it (well about the lyrics anyway, once again I can't play or read music and never have much to say on it besides "love it" or "meh"). To keep myself listening to more and more music and putting decent effort into talking about it, I've decided to write a blog post every week.
Yeah I know, "Music Monday", could I really not think of something better? No, no I couldn't. I also apparently couldn't even post the first one on the right day; you're off to a real great start, Sarah.
Over the past couple of weeks or so I've been pretty into "Closer" by The Chainsmokers, which I first heard on the radio, surprisingly. It was a guilty pleasure for a few days until I discovered my sister shared a mutual feeling towards the song.
Naturally, we listen to it all the time now.
I definitely consider this one of those songs that you connect to through the music first. The beat stays at a rather slow pace through most of the song, but has just enough pop to it which causes that almost instinctive head bob while it's playing. But don't be fooled, you shouldn't interpret this as a total dance song. In an interview with Teen Vogue, Alex Pall explains "dance albums suck...We want our album to reflect a moment in time for us, to tell a story." And I think "Closer" does just that.
I told you I'm bad at talking about music. On to the lyrics.
Once you finally begin to listen to the lyrics with the music, you will probably find yourself connecting to the song at an emotional level. In a tweet from July of 2016 The Chainsmokers explained that the song is about hooking up with an ex and then remembering why you broke up in the first place. I think the song can be interpreted as more than that, though. It has the ability to spark a similar feeling in anyone who is hooking up with someone they know they shouldn't be with or even just trying to pursue someone they shouldn't. Probably one of the most relatable feelings in the world.
There is something sexy and and dangerous about being with someone you aren't supposed to be with, even if it's just for a moment. Even if it's with an ex lover. Even if it's in the backseat of your Rover.
I think my favorite line is "we ain't ever getting older", which is repeated about 17 times throughout the song. *Hint hint*, that probably means it's important. It comes off as a silly, innocent line in the song that is probably over looked. But in its simplest form, that's exactly what it is- silly and innocent. It's a very childish line, that somehow works extremely well with the theme of the song. But I believe it holds a lot of meaning.
To me, "we ain't ever getting older" is a representation of how someone might feel during the height of a relationship as well as the post break up hook up (or being with any person you know you can't realistically be with). Not wanting to grow older is like wanting to remain in the same moment forever, which we know as adults to be impossible. Not only do you feel this way when everything about your relationship is perfect, but you also feel this way when pursuing that person again. In the moment it's amazing and something about it might feel right. But as soon as the moment is over, you recognize everything about it that was wrong. Like it says in their tweet, you remember why you broke up. You remember why you can't be with this person.
The music video does a pretty great job of portraying this.
The video is centered around two people, Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers and Halsey ("Closer" vocals), respectively. The two come across one another at a house party (not at a hotel bar? hmmm), post breakup, we can assume. Included in the video are intermittent clips of the two while they were still a couple. A majority of the video is taken up by these clips- the couple getting very intimate. It's full of lust, love, romance, and is continuously interrupted by clips of them present day looking very uncomfortable at the house party. In case you were thinking of getting together with that realistically unattainable person in your life, these parts of the video may be your good reminder not to.
So whether you find yourself unintentionally bobbing your head to the music or screaming the lyrics alone in your car (or with your sister), I think most can agree The Chainsmokers are telling one of the most relatable stories of our adult lives.
Watch their music video for "Closer" below, listen to the lyrics, and let me know what you think.
Hope you enjoyed this post, I'll be back next week with another song. Please go check out The Chainsmoker's music; their EP "Collage" is out now on iTunes. And in case this interpretation has you down and sad about relationships, definitely listen to "All We Know", it's a bit more light hearted and hopeful; a good addition to the story the album is telling.
In the meantime, if all of this wasn't enough to satisfy your "Closer" needs, I came across a couple of fun facts in the process of writing that you might enjoy: