THROWBACK TIME! We have all heard this song around 2002, especially at weddings and people trying to sing at fundraisers. Well, this song came on my favorite Pandora station (Broadway Hits) and I have a new love for it again. Remember the video? Me either. I had to watch it again, and then after about two minutes I was over the face of Edwin McCain looking at me in the eyes. The song has no value on my life at all, but when it started playing you bet I turned into an emotional mess. The song was only the charts for five weeks in 1998, but has made several appearances on shows and movies, such as, the famous online Runescape wedding, “A Cinderella Story”, and my all time favorite show “Dawson’s Creek” (during the first season’s finale #sobbing). Songs like this come and go, but “I’ll Be” by McCain will never go old at cheesy weddings or those drunken nights at the cheap bar in town that only plays records from the 2000-2003 time frame. Twerk team, grab your whiskey sours and wipe that mascara off and raise your glass to the saddest song of them all!
Archive for April, 2014
Today I wanted to throw it back to a time where everything was easy and yes, I was a good boy. But when I had troubles, all I had to do was just let it burn. Yes, I am talking about the ever so steamy (no pun intended) Usher and his four minute of shirtless of fame in the video of “Burn”. This song was played on a movie I saw the other day and I forgot how spectacular how it really is. A perfect drunken karaoke favorite of mine. In the video, Usher is spotted by a pool wearing nothing but a smile and sunglasses…oh, and pants, sporting a flawless model of a bae next to him as he sings about the mistakes he had with another girl in bed…classy. My favorite lyric from the song is, “when you’re feeling ain’t the same and your body don’t want to, but you know gotta let it go cause the party ain’t jumpin’ like it used to.” If that does not want you to drop your boy off at a frat party and run to a black man, I don’t know what would. Twerk team, just let it burn, man.
We all know Christina Perri from the “Twlight” saga and the melodic songs that she put into Edward and Bella’s love life. She is back again and this time staying on the charts as a soulful artist. Her video for “Human” is nothing but beautiful and unique, just like Perri herself. In the video Perri is singing on a pedestal, as if she is being judged and scored on appearance, during the video glimpses of Christina flash with her robotic like figure as if she is a machine, but she pleads differently. “I am only human, I blood when I fall down…I meltdown and fall down.” Christina Perri is nothing but conservative, covered in tattoos and piercings that show her true character of an artist. Close to the end of the video Perri’s tattoos and real character are shown off in an artistic way as she ends the song with “I am only human.” Twerk team, let your true character show, dare to be different. Strive to not be basic.
The video follows the band members trying to beat various world records, such as collecting the most feathers in 30 seconds and doing the most cartwheels in 20 seconds while wearing boots. The group managed to set 10 world records in the music video, which is a world record itself. The video has nothing with the song, but it shows the playful sides of the band that was not shown in the orginal video that Jonthan Desbiens directed and shot. The band was not satisfied with the seriousness and the editing behind the eyes of Desbiens (he also directed the video for their song “Daydreaming”), thus the band did their own thing for their chart topper, “Ain’t it Fun”. Paramore was a band back in the day that brought out the inner punk/emo inspired looks from middle school. I thought I was literally too cool for school and would skip with other band kids and eat ice cream at Sonic and sing Paramore lyrics from songs like “Misery Business” or other songs for their self-entitled album that brought them major success as a punk/pop band. Twerk team, bring out those Chuck Taylor’s and those awkwardly sized sweaters of your favorite bands and roll down the windows and jam to some Paramore!
Lovatics were probably super excited when Demi let out her new single that is upbeat and more pop favored than her slow love songs. Neon Lights was Lovato’s song that she released right after her rehab incident, thus the song was a gateway and celebration of her rehab visit. In the video, Lovato sports various neon colored lipsticks and eye make all while dancing with shirtless black men. Something I did not see coming. Where is my Demi from Camp Rock? Ya know, Jonas Brothers? Maybe I was the only one who both cried and re-watched those movies. Lovato is grown now though and she is letting all out in this song and I give her mad props for it. I have always loved the way she sings (yes, her mouth is huge when she does so) and the way she acts so I am happy to see something geared away from the usual Demi. Twerk team, give it up for the best air guitar player from Camp Rock.
The video for Passenger’s “Let Her Go” is a video that shows all the preparation the band puts in before performing. Therefore, I decided to tell you all about how this song make absolutely no sense. Starting with the lyric “staring at the bottom of your glass, hoping one day you will make a dream last.” Ouch. A bit harsh, ya think? This is no longer a love song, but rather a song about how his bae is an alcoholic and has no potential. Next the lyrics: “…well you see her when you fall asleep, but never to touch and never to keep” sound as if the guy is disgusted by her! You sleep with her, but will not touch nor keep her. HA! Love it. The ending is the best, guys. “And you let her go”…perfect ending! So this is a break up song now, no longer that sappy business every other indie band writes. Twerk team, do NOT sing this to your bae of the week or play this at a wedding.
#Selfie has been the biggest new craze in pop music and on the radio. The DJ/songwriter duo came out of nowhere with their song that appears on their newest album that will be released this coming fall. They recently filled in at Ultra Music Fest for DJ Laidback Luke after his wife went into labor during his set. The group does not have any background of publicity and that is why everyone thought the song was such a joke. In the video a very nasally sorority-like college girl is giving all her complaints about Jason how he won’t like her selfie on Instagram, but at the end he does and she contemplates on going home with him. This along with other commentary that fulfills the song with the backbeat of the DJ duo. Twerk team, get down with The Chainsmokers, but first take a selfie!
In this animated video that shows the love being separated between mother and child as both go to different sides of this Gorillaz look-a-like world. They are separated and the child is united with a purple light that shows the child to the “brighter” side of the world. The video is pretty unique in a way that it shows the Gorillaz trend of not showing band members in the video. Of Monsters and Men have been one of my favorite bands this past year and have shown up on charts all around the world with “ Little Talks”. They are a band who only plays at music festivals big and small including Coachella, WakaRusa, Edgefest, and many more. I cannot wait to see what else this band from Iceland produce in the future. Twerk team, another song that you would slosh your beer around to at a music festival or at a small party.
“And promise not to promise anymore, and if you come around again, then I will take the chain off of the door…” I have always been a fan of Ingrid Michaelson. The first song I heard was “You and I” back in 2009 and I was in love with the melodic voices that her and her band make with piano-influenced rhythms. It is 2:55 and I still have this song on repeat, and I just got done sobbing due to the lyrical words that are put in the song by Michaelson. I love to be moved by music and I have been on a dry spell lately until I heard “Chain” on Pandora. I am not quite sure why I have never heard this song until now, but I can say I am so very excited to see this beautiful artist perform live at “The Hangout” music festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama this summer. Twerk team, Ingrid Michaelson is not what we are usually used to getting down to, but when you are having that moment where you want to cuddle and watch the rain fall as if you were in a music video; listen to this.