Team- Lorde

Lorde’s new single “Team” describes just that- being a team. Not necessarily in the traditional sports-oriented athletic way, but relying on friends and family when times get tough. Whenever you’re going through a hard time in life, it’s nice to be able to team up with the people you feel close to.

Unfortunately, not everyone has this support system in place. Some of us struggle to find people around us who we can confide in. When it comes to the big secrets in life, this lack of community can be devastating, especially when it comes to family. After all, if we can’t trust our families, who can we trust? Our friends? How can we be sure?

“And everyone’s competing for a love they won’t receive…and you know, we’re on each other’s team”

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Kraftwerk- The Robots

This german band was one of the first electronic groups, and was featured in the movie “Master of the Flying Guillotine” (an awesome kung-fu film, if you haven’t seen it). I will say that if you don’t like modern techno/electro pop type music, you may not like this group. But, it’s definitely worth a listen. Even if it’s not your thing, it’s always a good idea to expose yourself to new artists and genres, especially one that pioneered an entire movement.

Sensible Heart- City and Color

This song by the band City and Color reminds me very much of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”. The lyrics fit in perfectly with Hamlet’s internal struggle throughout the play. His hatred for his uncle combats his love and respect for his mother, and his need to avenge his father’s death is exasperated by the overlying pressure of his role as prince and the expectations his father had for him.

“…see I’m no king, I wear no crown, but desperate times, seem over now, but still I weaken somehow, it tears me apart, it tears me apart…”.

Bon Iver: Minnesota

This is currently my favorite song ( and anyone who knows me will tell you that this changes almost everyday), the lyrics are just so well written, and can apply to many situations in life. Personally, they remind me of the patience and dedication our lives require. Whether you are planning for the future or tackling an issue in the present, sometimes it’s just important to take a breath and re evaluate.

Armour let it through, borne the arboretic truth you kept posing
Sat down in the suit, fixed on up it wasn’t you by finished closing

Ramble in the roots, had the marvel, moved the proof be kneeled fine’s glowing
Storing up the clues, it had it’s sullen blue bruised through by showing

Settle past a patience where wishes and your will are spilling pictures
Water’s running through in the valley where we grew to write this scripture:

Never gonna break
Never gonna break
Never gonna break
Never gonna break
Not for a part in any gamut of the dark

Doubled in the toes annex it, it minute closed in the morning
Did not lose it in the stack’s stow, I’m a lay that call back on ya

You know it won’t beseech you, we’re laying in an open field
I will let you grow, no need to notice

So carry on my dear, what is clear up in the daylight is we’re hung here
Fall is coming soon, a new year for the moon and the Hmong here

Never gonna break
Never gonna break
Never gonna break
Never gonna break
All that it seems
Bellows tracing through the streams

Never gonna break
Never gonna break
Never gonna break
Never gonna break
All at it’s seams
Swallows swelling for the beams

Where Are You Now?

There seems to be an endless amount of songs on love and heartbreak, but they are usually pretty exclusive to romantic relationships. What about the relationships we have with everyone else? Friends? Family? There just aren’t many songs about dealing with the loss of the people in our lives who we love, but aren’t “in love” with. “Where Are You Now” is a song about loss that encompasses the grief of more than just those who had their hearts broken by significant others.

It came to the end it seems you had heard
As we walked the city streets
You never said a word

When we finally sat down
Your eyes were full of spite
I was desperate, I was weak
I could not put up a fight

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

You were strangely less in pain
Than you were cold.
Triumphant in your mind
Of the logic that you hold

You said no one would ever know
The love that we had shared.
As I took my leave to go
It was clear you didn’t care

Where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

Where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

And I hear of your coming
And your going in the town
I hear stories of your smile
I hear stories of your frown

And the darkness can descend
We can relish all the pain
But I know that’s what you love
Cause you know I love the same

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

Oh, where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

But where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

Where are you now?
Where are you now?
Do you ever think of me
In the quiet, in the crowd?

Breezeblocks – Alt J

This song off the first album of English band “Alt J” has strong themes of heart break, and a love gone wrong. In the music video, the band shows the events that lead up to the tragic death of a man’s (assumed) wife or girlfriend by his own hands. The video is shown on rewind in slow motion, which reinforces the emphasis on the fighting and arguing that occurs before her death and how it could have been avoided.

Danny, Dakota, and the Wishing Well

Danny, Dakota, and the Wishing Well
Betrayal is a major theme in this song by “A Silent Film”. The two lovers (Dakota and Danny) and their journey through life are the focus of the lyrics. Dakota leaves Danny behind despite the feelings they have for each other, and marries another man who eventually cheats on her with her best friend. Although not everyone experiences such an extreme form of betrayal in life, we can all relate to the feeling of being abandoned or mistreated by our friends or loved ones. 
 
(lyrics)
In life you’ll wish for wonderful
In love you’ll wait, you’ll wait
You can walk away from the water, you could run away
You could start again with another
There’s a setting sun where you once found you were in love
Danny met Dakota looking deep into the wishing well
Danny couldn’t write so Dakota taught him how to spell
Dakota told Danny she was falling in love
But Danny couldn’t speak when Dakota grew up 
Woahhh
Dakota spent the summer chasing boys and smoking cigarettes
Her first tattoo was a violet on the back of her neck
Dakota left school when she moved down south
She never knew why Danny wouldn’t open his mouth 
So she (wooo) she ran away (wooo) from the wishing well
Danny got a job and he kept every promise he made
Dakota got married let the memories slip away
Danny never wrote though he often cried
Dakota missed Danny but she didn’t know why
Dakota found her husband in a hotel with her very best friend
She tried to make it work but she couldn’t trust him again
Dakota moved back to the wishing well
But she never told Danny cause she couldn’t tell
If he still (wooo) held a flame (wooo) for the love (wooo)
That Dakota stole when she went (wooo), away (wooo), from the wishing well
(Go back, go back, to the wishing well) [x4]
Months went by Dakota knew where Danny could be found
Once a year he waited by a deep stone hole in the ground
Dakota found Danny where they first had met
She took his hand and she told him, “Friend, don’t let (wooo) me run away (wooo)
Again (wooo), from the love we found when we met (wooo) looking deep (wooo) into the wishing well”