Archive for October, 2013

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.

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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”

Lorde- Ribs

Great song about the process of growing up and leaving home.

The Problem with “What’s your favorite song?”

One of the first things I bring up in conversation when I meet someone new is music. Call me judgmental, but I tend to pick and choose friends based on what they spend their money and time listening to. Being a senior in high school, I’m surrounded by hordes of adolescent girls (and boys) who seem to be die hard fans of groups like One Direction and IM5. This tends to limit the amount of conversation I can have with them before they bring it up. 

 

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I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with it – hey, if that’s your thing, who am i to judge you? (okay I might be judging you a bit…) – but I believe people should be allowed to listen to whatever makes them happy. For me, that just isn’t boys in skinny jeans.

That brings me to my main point. The ever present question when discussing music seems to be “what’s your favorite song?’. Which is all fine and dandy, if you have one. Personally, my tastes in music vary by theminute. I listen to a broad range of genres, and all types of artists within those categories. So, as you’d imagine, my “favorite song” can change every hour. Sometimes I have seven and sometimes I have thirty. It all depends on how I feel at that time. I don’t think you owe anyone an answer to that question. And it shouldn’t be odd if you don’t give them one.

Experience music for yourself, no one else. Forget about choosing favorites.

Band of the Week: The XX

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Background: The XX is an indie group out of the sprawling urban city of London, United Kingdom. Although the band did have some success and wide-spread popularity with their two most popular tracks “Crystalized” and “Islands”, The XX has remained – for the most part- off the radar.

If you like the mellow feel of groups like Bon-Iver and Alt-J, you’ll love the sound of this dual vocalist band. Songs to check out include “Heart skipped a beat”, “Infinity”, and “Fiction”.