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: