Thoughts on Bea Miller’s New Music–Chapter Two: Red

Chapter two consists of ‘like that,’ ‘buy me diamonds,’ and ‘warmer.’ I definitely like this group of songs more than the first (no real reason, just personal music preference). ‘buy me diamonds’ is my favorite track out of the three because (besides the sound and the depth of the lyrics) I think it is funny! It immediately caught my attention. In fact, I watched a video of Bea singing it live before I knew the song was out (it was out when I watched the video, though); I did not even know the song was hers, but I liked it! I even looked it up after watching the video–which is how I found out the second chapter was released. ‘warmer’ is my second favorite just because I like how it sounds. ‘like that’ is third.

I love Bea’s new sound as well as her lyrics. Her creativity shines through her new releases, and I am excited for the rest.

The only criticisms I have are: 1) I wish the song titles were capitalized (it bothers me because it is grammatically incorrect; I will get over it though!), and 2) Her music videos lately have been boring, simple, and confusing [in my opinion]. My hope is that each music video is part of one big story, and so by the time the last one is released, the story will be complete. Knowing Bea, it will have some crazy cool message. I can see myself being blown away by the end product.

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like that — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lOE9GV096E

buy me diamonds — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVXaszVy8QE

warmer — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oJNaIzxi9w (music video is not out yet)

 

 

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Thoughts on Bea Miller’s New Music–Chapter One: Blue

I have been a fan of Bea since her single Young Blood came out (on the radio). So, I was ecstatic when I saw her new music release (which I was not expecting, by the way) in my YouTube subscription box.

The first thing I did was listen to each song, differentiating my favorite as ‘i can’t breathe’ because I could relate to it. Then, I noticed that each song had a negative tone to it.

A couple days later, one of Bea posted an explanation video for the mere three-song release. She plans to release her song in three’s, each surrounding a different color which symbolizes a different emotion. Her first ‘chapter’ surrounds the color blue, and also the feeling of being blue. How genius!

I can definitely see Bea’s transformation in how her music sounds and I look forward to hearing the rest of her album as it comes out! I imagine it covers deep and real topics–as Bea likes to do–and shows the progress Bea has made in her life since the last album.

Personally, I appreciate faster songs, so while I do like the first three songs, I hope that Bea continues to blow me away with the rest of her releases. I am most looking forward to the red chapter heehee

 

In case you are unfamiliar…

song like you — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybRvJ1CKbJw

burning bridges — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0162X2am5AI&t=0s

i can’t breathe — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGOvyFey2bU

Explanation Video — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TU5H2DC8oE8

Favorite Song Lyrics (w/ Lyric Videos)

“They say we’re losers and we’re alright with that” ~She’s Kinda Hot by 5 Seconds of Summer

 

“Here comes the rain again, falling from the stars; drenched in my pain again, becoming who we are” ~Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

 

“Put your lighter in the air and lead me back home” ~Break In by Halestorm

 

“And I hope the sun shines and it’s a beautiful day, and something reminds you, you wish you had stayed. You can plan for a change in the weather and time, but I never planned on you changing your mind” ~Last Kiss by Taylor Swift

 

“For the way I condescend and never lend a hand–my arrogance is making this head buried in the sand–for the souls I forsake, I’m going to hell” ~Going to Hell by The Pretty Reckless

 

“You’re never gonna be a man, Peter Pan” ~Peter Pan by Kelsea Ballerini

 

That is all for now! I will have to add on to this later. Just a note that all of these songs except for Break In by Halestorm have music videos. I chose to provide lyric videos so that you could decide just from the music and the lyrics whether or not you like the song–the way it should be, in my opinion. Thank you for your time!

 

Deep Songs With Misleading Titles 2

Private Parts by Halestorm ft. James Michael

Baby, forgive me. Did I do something wrong?
(I don’t wanna talk. Can’t we just let it go?)
What could be so bad that you’d leave me hangin’ on?
(I’m not doin’ time. This is not the scene of a crime.)
I lay in bed at night contemplating, why the hell you gotta keep me waiting.Every time I try to get a little closer
You shut down and the conversation’s over
I’m right here, but you leave me in the dark
Show me your private parts.
Give it up baby, what are you afraid of
Love sucks when you don’t know what it’s made of
We get naked but I can’t undress your heart
Show me your private parts, show me your private parts

I can’t remember the last time that this felt real.
(I would’ve cut you out if I didn’t love you.)
And how can you blame me for feelin’ the way I feel?
(I’m not blaming you. I’m just tryin’ to figure it out.)
I can take a little hesitating. I’ll wait forever if its worth the waiting.

Every time I try to get a little closer
You shut down and the conversation’s over
I’m right here, but you leave me in the dark
Show me your private parts.
Give it up baby, what are you afraid of
Love sucks when you don’t know what it’s made of
We get naked but I can’t undress your heart
Show me your private parts, show me your private parts

They say that silence is gold, but I think that’s a lie!
You think I already know, but I can’t read your mind…

Baby, forgive me did I do something wrong?
(I don’t wanna talk…)
Show me your private parts

Every time I try to get a little closer
You shut down and the conversation’s over
I’m right here, but you leave me in the dark
Show me your private parts.
Give it up baby, what are you afraid of
Love sucks when you don’t know what it’s made of
We get naked but I can’t undress your heart
Show me your private parts, show me your private parts

Your private parts, your private parts
Myth vs. Meaning
           (*in a southern accent*) Get your mind out of the gutter! (*switch back to my usual Californian accent*) Well, for this particular song, that is only partly true. As the title suggests and the lyrics spell out, this song is about sex. The woman wants the man to show her his literal private parts, but the man is reluctant (though, as the lyrics reveal, he does go through with it). But, of course, I never like superficial or surface-level lyrics, so just as the woman wants the man to show her his literal private parts, she also–and mostly–wants him to show her his figurative private parts. Woah, right? SO DEEP! With this information, the lyrics should read much more smoothly. Some that stand out to me are “We get naked but I can’t undress your heart” and “They say that silence is gold, but I think that’s a lie.”The man in the song has probably been emotionally pained in the past. As a result, he shuts out the woman every time she gets too close, as a defense mechanism. The woman is frustrated and the man is justifying himself, as shown by the conversation-like structure of the lyrics.
          In an interview with ThisIsNotAScene, Lzzy Hale (lead singer of Halestorm) discusses her experience writing this song with James Michael: “The James Michael thing for our record was a beautiful thing, I spent five days with him in his home in Nashville, and we got nothing done for four of those five days, because we’d just go out and grab a beer and talk about everything, he’s such a great dude, then on the last day he was like “Maybe we should get something done,so you can write this off as a business trip” I was like “sure, ok” and we put together the ‘Private Parts’ song really quickly, its a really strange song, its one of those things where I didn’t really notice until we’re up there onstage yelling ‘Show me your Private Parts’ (laughs) we’ve done it twice on this run, it’s a beautiful song, but I always worry that I’m going to look out into the audience and see balls or boobs or something. (laughs)”
          I think it is safe to argue that Lzzy’s and James’s writing session was casual and authentic. Considering authentic and superficiality do not go together, Lzzy communicates the deeper meaning behind the song. Also, when she expresses her fear that she is “going to look out into the audience and see balls or boobs or something,” she is really saying that she is scared to perform this song to people who do not truly understand it. The song is not merely about sex–in fact, I might even claim that it is not about sex at all! After all, sex is not the first thing that comes to mind when I listen to that song; it is not the last either. The takeaway from Private Parts, though, is its message: Open up and trust me. A LOT of people–including me–have trouble with this, so all I can do is applaud Lzzy Hale and James Michael for putting this message out into the world in a new and beautiful way.
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Sources: 

http://www.thisisnotascene.com/2012/lzzy-hale-from-halestorm-talks-to-thisisnotascene/

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What 5 Seconds of Summer Means to Me

It is May 2014. I am in my kitchen making myself a sandwich for school the next day when my mom and brother enter the house from the garage, laughing.

“Monique, you have to hear this song!”

“Yes, oh my gosh, it’s so funny! You have to hear it!”

I responded, “What are you guys talking about?”

“There’s this song on the radio with underwear in it! It’s hilarious!”

“What? That’s so weird,” I laughed.

“Next time it’s on the radio, we’ll point it out to you.”

(It was three years ago so who said what is blurry.)

Sometime soon after, when I was in the car with my mom and brother, the song came on. Of course, I did not know what “the song” was at the time and had never heard it. And I was tired of cookie-cutter pop songs. So I was not really paying attention to the radio. But some seconds later, my mom and brother freaked out, exclaiming, “This is the song! This is the song! Monique, this is the underwear song!”

Immediately, I started listening. I sat there, expecting to laugh really hard; instead, I was intrigued.  I had not heard anything like it before and I partly liked and partly disliked it. So, I was confused–in a good way, of course. I just sat there listening, soaking it in.

As soon as the chorus came on, my mom and brother exclaimed, “Here it is! Here’s the underwear part! Here’s the underwear part! Monique, here it comes.”

But the “underwear part” came and went, and unlike my family, I was not laughing. On the contrary, I was shushing them.

I did not recognize this sound nor the instruments that created it, but I was mesmerized. In fact, I remember smiling on the inside. When the song was over, my family questioned my actions, but I downplayed my feelings by telling them I just wanted to listen.

It took a couple more listens before I remembered to look 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) up on YouTube, where I watched the music video to the underwear song, She Looks So Perfect, mortified. I was 14, so watching people strip in a music video was pretty scary. (Haha;P) However, watching that video was the start of the extension of my journey to find myself. Starting two years earlier I had really come together and gained self-confidence. I explored myself and I felt good. But when I started to not like pop music–the genre I had liked my entire life–I knew it was time to find myself, a new self, again.

That was just the beginning. I became obsessed with 5SOS for about a year. I never was one of those fans that wanted 5SOS to “have my babies,” but I could not stop watching their songs, videos, and interviews on YouTube as well as stalking them on social media and following fan accounts. When ticket sales when online for their first headlining tour–Rock Out With Your Socks Out (ROWYSO)–I spent months convincing my parents to let me go. When they finally did, I was filled with the greatest feeling of happiness and excitement I have ever felt. After all, it was my first concert. And I had a fabulous time one year later when I attended.

Over time, I became “unobsessed” with 5SOS, though never lost my love and admiration for them and their music. I continued to buy their music, merch, books, and their documentary. Also, finding myself to love their pop punk/pop rock sound, I transformed my music taste to edgy music. I became a little black star (Avril Lavigne fan) and continued to explore my music and fashion taste through Avril’s and 5SOS’s beings. My attitude also changed as I learned more about myself.

Not long after the first concert, 5SOS released their second album along with tickets to their new Sounds Live Feels Live (SLFL) tour. Of course, I bought both, but since I was in the very back row of the second section and could barely see the ants that were 5SOS performing on stage at the ROWYSO tour show, I splurged and bought tickets in the eighth row. (My experience: https://freeelementblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/03/sounds-live-feels-live-concert-experience/) I was surprised to find myself dancing my heart out when at school dances I stand there awkwardly, but it just goes to show you the affect 5SOS made on me.

Lucky for me, the post-concert depression I felt after SLFL ended was matched by 5SOS’s release of their single She’s Kinda Hot (It was released before that, but I listened to the song a lot after the concert). I was nervous to listen to it because the title sounds superficial. However, 5SOS did not disappoint. (Meaning of the Song: https://freeelementblog.wordpress.com/2016/11/11/deep-songs-with-misleading-titles/)

My favorite line of the song goes “They say we’re losers and we’re alright with that.” Just like everyone else, even with my high self-esteem, I feel different and alone at times. She’s Kinda Hot struck a chord within me because it acknowledges that different/alone feeling, blows it out of the water, then brings everyone together to write it off. Plus, I love the music of that song, as it transitioned them to more of a rock genre. DID 5SOS NAIL IT OR WHAT?

Because of 5SOS, I deeply appreciate crossover artists. For people like me who only listen(ed) to pop music, it is the perfect way to expose them to different genres of music without scaring them off. It eases them into it, if that makes any sense. I am now into hard rock, country, and alternative–which I never could have guessed three years ago. Not only that, but 5SOS has instilled in me a new level of confidence I never knew existed. No matter if I like 5SOS and their music in the future, I will always be grateful for their contribution to my life as an early to mid teen.

As of now, I look forward to their third album and third headlining tour. I hope they continue on their streak of greatness. They just keep getting better.

So what does 5 Seconds of Summer mean to me? To me, 5 Seconds of Summer personifies confidence and authenticity, and I could not be more grateful.

 

Country Songs For People Who Hate Country Music

It took a summer vacation to help me see the beauty in country music. Yes, the lyrics may reference barns and hay and pickup trucks, but how does that make them any less meaningful? Besides, I know at least for me country songs make me want to dance much more than electronic songs. They tend to be more innocent and have deep thoughts woven into them. And for those people who claim all country songs are about love–so is every other song in every other genre!

Anyway, for those wishing to find some “transition” country songs, you have come to the right place. Here are the songs I listened to when I first started researching country music:

  1. Peter Pan by Kelsea Ballerini
  2. Firecracker by Josh Turner
  3. Why Don’t We Just Dance by Josh Turner
  4. Picture to Burn by Taylor Swift
  5. Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood
  6. Something In The Water by Carrie Underwood
  7. Somethin’ Bad by Miranda Lambert ft. Carrie Underwood
  8. Lie A Little Better by Lucy Hale
  9. Bless Myself by Lucy Hale

If you have any other suggestions, comment them below! Thank you for your time.

Good “Old” Songs

1) Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes (1954)

 

2) (You’re the) Devil in Disguise by Elvis Presley (1963) 

 

3) My Girl by The Temptations (1965)

 

4) Let it Be by The Beatles (1970)

 

5) Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce (1972) 

 

6) Call Me by Blondie (1980)

 

7) I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll by Joan Jett (1981)
I hope you enjoyed that blast to the past. These are all songs I have been introduced to and liked at some period in my life. I hope that you enjoy them! Let me know if you would like a part two or a music playlist for something else. Thank you for your time!

Deep Songs with Misleading Titles

She’s Kinda Hot by 5 Seconds of Summer
My girlfriend’s bitching ’cause I always sleep in
She’s always screamin’ when she’s calling her friend
She’s kinda hot though
Yeah, she’s kinda hot though
(Just an itty bitty little bit hot)My shrink is telling me I got crazy dreams
She’s also saying I got low self-esteem
She’s kinda hot though
Yeah, she’s kinda hot though
(Just a little bit a little bit hot)She put me on meds, she won’t get out of my head
She’s kinda hot though
(One, two, three, go!)

My friend left college ’cause it felt like a job
His mom and dad both think he’s a slob
He’s got a shot though (No, not really)
Yeah, he’s got a shot though (No, no, not really)

When you’ve got bigger plans that no one else understands
You’ve got a shot though
(Oh my, that’s a big plan you’ve got there)

They say we’re losers and we’re alright with that
We are the leaders of the not-coming-back’s
But we’re alright though
Yeah, we’re alright though
We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene
Yeah, we’re alright though
(Uno, dos, tres, cuatro)

Sometimes I’m feeling like I’m going insane
My neighbour told me that I got bad brains
But I’m alright though (We’re alright though)
Yeah, we’ll be alright though (We’re alright though)
‘Cause we’re the kings and the queens of the new broken scene
And we’re alright though
(One, two, three, four)

They say we’re losers and we’re alright with that
We are the leaders of the not-coming-back’s
But we’re alright though (We’re alright though)
Yeah, we’re alright though (We’re alright though)
We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene
Yeah, we’re alright though (We’re gonna be OK)

Na na na na na na na na na na na
Na na na na na na na na na na na
But we’re alright though
Na na na na na na na na na na na
Yeah, we’re alright though
Na na na na na na na na na na na
We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene
Yeah, we’re alright though

Myth vs. Meaning
     At first look, this song seems superficial. This is especially so if you just look at the title and then get lost in the heavy music. But if you look more into it, the superficial meaning does not seem to make sense. So what is 5 Seconds of Summer trying to say? What is the song about? What is its meaning?
     In the words of 5SOS, “We kind of planned on it being a song of revolution for our fans, and we made up the lyric ‘We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene,’ and the idea of the ‘new broken scene’ is of a revolution for our fans to get behind. It’s almost for the misfits and stuff like that, and it’s for us to give our fans a place to belong. The song tells a few stories of people who don’t fit in and they’re being pressured to fit in, in each verse. … And then it goes to the chorus saying we’ll be all right, because and we’re the kings and the queens of the new broken scene, and we’re all together in this.”
      In case that was too long for you, the song is about people accepting that they do not fit in and embracing that. ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ translates to ‘We don’t care.’ I have this flaw and everyone bags on me about it, but who cares about them? I am proud of that flaw and I am going to hang around people that accept me for it.
     If you feel alone because you are different, this is the perfect song for you!
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Songs That Make Me Laugh

Sometimes we just need a laugh. Here is a list of songs that make me laugh out loud:
Boyz in the Hood by Dynamite Hack (Easy E Cover)
Tell me with a straight face that this did not make you laugh.
Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
Avril brings it with the SASS and I cannot help but laugh at the over exaggerated truth of this song.
Ghostbusters by Ray Parker Jr.
BUSTIN’ MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!
I Like It Heavy by Halestorm
Hallelujah, motherf****er. Take me to church.
Picture to Burn by Taylor Swift
What is it about that pick-up truck that is so funny?
So Fresh, So Clean by Outkast
I first found out about this song from 5 Seconds of Summer’s parody video below. I highly recommend you watch it before listening to the real song because I can remember not being able to stop laughing and playing it back, and now it is all I think about when listening to the real song.
Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell
A song about paranoia makes me realize how stupid scared I am sometimes. It is funny!
THat Part by ScHoolboy Q ft. Kanye West
I had never heard–or at least, recognized–Kanye West before this song, but his repeating ‘okay’s remind me of myself when I am on the phone with my parents. HA!
The Space Between A Rock And A Hard Place by 5 Seconds of Summer
Unfortunately, this is a bonus track on their Sounds Good Feels Good album and is copyrighted, so it cannot be posted on youtube. Here is a link to the lyrics:
What songs make you laugh out loud? Did these? 
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Songs to Listen to When You are Angry

You Call Me a B**** Like It’s a Bad Thing by Halestorm

Bad Reputation by Joan Jett (Avril Lavigne version)

Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N’ Roses

You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi

Everything Back But You by Avril Lavigne

Before He Cheats by Carrie Underwood

Independence Day by 5 Seconds of Summer

This is Not an Apology by Bea Miller

I Can Do Better by Avril Lavigne

Since You Been Gone by Kelly Clarkson

Picture to Burn by Taylor Swift

Stop & Erase by Selena Gomez

Yes Girl by Bea Miller

I Always Get What I Want by Avril Lavigne

Blue Orchid by The White Stripes

Better Than Revenge by Taylor Swift

You Don’t Know Me by Elizabeth Gillies

Hopefully, this ended on a positive note for you. I tried to organize the songs in that way. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed and let me know what playlist you would like me to make next. Thank you for your time:)