Happy Friday everyone! Last Saturday I had a lot of me time to wander and think some thoughts and just observe things happening around me. During this time for self-reflection, I readily and happily started talking to myself out loud. Instead of keeping my thoughts cooped up in my brain space, I said them out loud. It felt really great and got me to wondering: if we can sing song lyrics, which are other people’s thoughts, out loud, then why is it considered taboo to speak our own thoughts out loud in the same fashion?
We certainly can speak our thoughts out loud as freely as we choose, but most of the time, it is considered strange or the speaker seems mentally unstable. Consequently, we go around singing song lyrics out loud for people to hear as we are walking to class or wandering aimlessly. Why is it considered more “normal” to say someone else’s thoughts out loud, but not our own? Shouldn’t it be the exact opposite? I think the main reason singing out loud seems more “normal” is because those are someone else’s thoughts. Chances are, someone walking by you hearing you sing probably recognizes the song you’re singing, so it normalizes the process. If you’re muttering something under your breath, but someone else recognizes and identifies with these mutterings, they are less threatening. It becomes less “creepy”.
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If someone hears you talking out loud to yourself, people will certainly recognize the words you are saying, but they won’t know exactly what you’re talking about as readily as if you were singing. Since what you are saying is a little unknown, someone’s natural inclination is to deem it strange or uncomfortable. Your personal thoughts are less universally recognized than thoughts made popular by the radio, so it is stranger for people to actually hear them when you are alone. We also seem to think it’s okay for someone to sing to themselves or disconnect from reality just because they have white ear buds in their ears. Seeing someone saying something out loud with ear buds in their ears leads us to assume that they’re just a fun-loving guy or gal singing along to some tunes. Just because you don’t have ear buds in your ears as you’re speaking to yourself, people assume it’s not okay or not allowed for you to disconnect in the same way as if you did.
I obviously think deeming talking out loud to oneself as crazy is completely bonkers. If you’ve never wandered around and just said your thoughts out loud or talked openly about something that’s been bothering you recently, I highly suggest you do. There is something incredibly therapeutic and liberating about talking out your concerns with yourself and the world around you as a witness. It feels good, it sounds good, and it is not crazy. Just because nobody else is doing it doesn’t mean it isn’t valid.
Have a great weekend, go talk to yourself, and thanks for reading
Happy Monday friends. The weather is poppin, the sun is shining, and it is the perfect day for you to sit outside and stare at the sky whilst listening to some serene tunes. All signs point to this Music Monday being about alt-J.
alt-J is an English indie rock band from Leeds, England who have been making music together since 2007. Their debut album, An Awesome Wave, earned them a British Mercury Prize, as well as nominations for three Brit Awards. Their songs “Fitzpleasure,” “Bloodflood,” and “Tessellate” have been featured on television shows such as Weeds, Teen Wolf, and Homeland.
Their music sounds as if they were floating in outerspace when they recorded it, and you are floating underwater as you listen; it is kind of eerie, but in the most pleasant way. It is a great combination of indie music with dashes of electronicy dub-step mixed in. I honestly don’t know what words are being sung about 75% of the time because he’s kind of hard to understand, but they just sound so stinkin’ cool. I could listen to them for hours because their music is so pleasant and floaty. Check em out!
Happy Wednesday friends! The Lollapalooza lineup was released today, and I am so excited I could kiss someone on the mouth!
As I mentioned in this post on my summer blog, I went to Lollapalooza for the first time last summer and absolutely loved it. Well, let us take a look at the day-by-day schedule and discuss the bands I’m excited to see, shall we?
Obviously there are bands sprinkled throughout all days that I do enjoy, but I will not be heartbroken if I don’t see them. My two essentials, as I am sure you can tell, are Kate Nash and The 1975. I am a bit disappointed, however, that Bastille isn’t playing. That would be prime.
The 3-day passes for Lollapalooza are all sold out, but you can still buy single day passes on their website. If you even have a slight inkling to go, I highly encourage it. It is so worth the price and you get to be surrounded by a vortex of music and happiness for three whole days. Wow, so great.
Happy Friday everyone! There’s a free concert tonight in Starbucks at 7, and I want you to know about it.
As I’ve mentioned here and here, I’m a member of program board’s coffeehouse committee that brings bands to Butler every month for free concerts in Starbucks. Tonight at 7p.m., we will be having Matt Jordan and Tyler Filmore.Matt is a country artist, and a Butler graduate, so it’s pretty exciting that he is playing.
In addition to some free tunes, we will be having a giveaway for tickets to The Mowgli’s concert tomorrow night at The Egyptian Room. Also, The Mowgli’s will be performing during finals week for Exam Jam. Woo yeah music yeah!!!! Anyhow, check out Matt’s tunes below and I’ll see you at the show tonight at 7 in Starbucks.
Happy Tuesday everyone. Since I didn’t post a Music Monday yesterday, let’s call today Tuney Tuesday. My friend Brandon and I went and saw Young the Giant in concert last night, and they were so fun.
Dat lighting doe.
I blogged about Young the Giant last year in this post, so obviously I am a fan. I have wanted to see them in concert for a while, so back in December when I heard they were coming to Indianapolis, I made my mind up to go. Coincidentally, a few weeks later, the band tweeted something saying they would give away free tickets to one random person who retweeted them. Since I love the Internet and was already planning on going, I retweeted them, and ended up winning. It was really random and unexpected since I don’t usually win things, but I was pumped that my tickets were free, plus they tweeted at me congratulating my win (I’m kind of a big deal).
The show was at the Egyptian Room, which has proven to be my go-to place for concerts in Indy. My friend Sam has seen Young the Giant before and told me that they were great live, and they were. They had really cool purple and yellow lights going the whole time, and the lead singer danced and grooved throughout the whole show. He danced a bit each time before he sang, so it kind of looked like he was working the notes through his whole body; it was cool. Also, one of the guitar players bopped around the stage the whole time, which was fun. They were all so into what they were playing and clearly enjoyed it. They also sounded fantastic! Probably even better than on their CDs. I would definitely see them again, and one hundred percent recommend their show to anyone who is a fan.
Have a great rest of the night, and thanks for reading
Happy Music Monday to all. For the past week and a half I have been obsessively listening to The 1975. Quite obviously, I would like to share my newfound love with you. Let us begin.
The 1975 is a four man band hailing from Manchester, England. The group has been performing together for the past seven years, has released four EPs, and released their self-titled debut album in September of 2013. The group says they get a lot of their inspiration from eighties pop songs, and it definitely shows. Their tunes are super poppy and fun, but at the same time, they sound kind of dark. They sing about themes of sex and love, with a little bit of angst, and their British accents peek through every once in a while, making them sound truly unique.
Photo courtesy of The 1975 website
Besides having really rockin’ music, the group’s artistic vision is pretty rad. A lot of their early music videos are shot in black and white, and their website is all black and white. They decided on their band name upon discovering the date of an old poem in the back of a beat poetry book. How freaking cool is that?! In addition to falling in love with their music, I have also found myself falling in love with their faces. Classic me.
Anyhow, they are so incredibly catchy, and fun, and unique sounding, and cool, and I can’t stop listening to them. Give them a listen, and check out their website because it is super rad as well.
Happy Music Monday to all. As you know, the Disney’s Frozen has continually received rave reviews from critics and every day viewers. The music in the movie is bangin’, and the song “Let It Go” is particularly noteworthy. Since the movie’s release and increased popularity in the song, many covers have been done. Here are a few of my faves.
1. “Let it Go/Let Her Go Mashup” by Sam Tsui
This cover is by Youtube musician Sam Tsui, and it is so majestic. Tsui effortlessly intermingles the Frozen song with Passenger’s hit “Let Her Go,” without missing a beat. It sounds as if the two songs are actually one. This cover is so clever and Tsui sounds and looks so triumphant as he sings, I could watch it on repeat for a good while.
2. “Bet It Go”
This video is a mash up of “Let it Go” played over the scene in High School Musical 2 where Zac Efron leaps around the golf course singing “Bet On It.” This video is pretty close to perfection. The big moments in the song match the big moments in Efron’s cheesy choreography, making for a hilarious dance number.
3. “Let it Go” by Alex Boye (Africianized Tribal Cover) Ft. One Voice Children’s Choir
This song is so powerful. The African tribal deal humming in the background serves as a wonderful backdrop for this powerful little girl to sing her heart out. She looks like she’s about 9 years old, but she is so good! When the rest of the choir comes out, I can’t handle how wonderful it is. They sound so angelic and powerful and magnificent.
4. “Maddie and Zoe Sing ‘Let it Go’ from Disney’s Frozen”
This video consists of two adorable 4-year-old girls singing the song. Although many parts of the song prove to be difficult to understand, it is so gosh darn cute I can’t help but love it. The expressions on both girls’ faces are hysterical, and even though the don’t sing on key, they do a heck of a lot better than I would have.
Happy Music Monday all. Last night was the 56th Grammy Awards. Unfortunately I did not watch the show, but I did indeed hear about a few iconic performances. The three performances I heard about most via social media and general Internetting were by Lorde, Taylor Swift, and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. In true Music Monday fashion, let’s discuss them.
Lorde: Lorde performed her Grammy winning hit “Royals,” and I heard nothing but weirdness regarding this performance. I heard she convulsed strangely on stage and kind of looked possessed. I watched the performance, and I found no such weirdness. The stage was darkly lit, and her voice and makeup were dark per usual. Other than the eeriness surrounding her voice in general, I didn’t think her dancing was all that weird. She just vibed with the music. “Royals” is a strangely eerie sounding song, so naturally Lorde’s dancing to it would match. It would have been weird if she were happily bopping as if she was listening to a One Direction song.
Taylor Swift: All I had heard about Taylor Swift’s performance was that she head banged and it was weird. All that I gathered from Taylor Swift’s performance was that she head banged and it was weird. I’m only joking because I’m not that big of a fan of hers. She played her song “All Too Well,” and joking aside, I thought her voice sounded really good, and I actually liked the song. When the head banging kicked in, however, I did feel really uncomfortable. She looked like she let out a treacherous slow motion sneeze, rather than lost herself in the music.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: The award-winning duo sang their song “Same Love,” and it was quite an epic performance. Macklemore looked and sounded as great as always, and towards the end of the performance, Queen Latifah hit the stage, announcing that 33 couples (both hetero and homosexual) were exchanging wedding vows in the crowd. Right after the couples wed, Madonna appeared out of nowhere and sang a bit as well. Although I think the message and support displayed by having the couples there was important and totally valid, it does seem a little over the top. The song itself is so powerful that I’m not sure the extra bits needed to be there. Regardless, it was an incredibly powerful and significant performance.
Happy Monday everyone! Hopefully everyone has been having a wonderful break so far. As I assume you know, the American Music Awards were last night. I did not watch the awards, but I certainly heard about the crazy performances that went on. Particularly Miley Cyrus’.
Miley performed her new hit “Wrecking Ball,” and to be honest, she kept things pretty tame. Assuming you haven’t seen her performance yet, here’s what happened: Miley stood in the middle of the dark stage wearing a skimpy, high waisted, cat-printed, spandexy two piece with clear, misshapen plastic looking earrings and bracelets. She began singing, and the screen behind her lit up to reveal moving space particles and a giant orange cat, moving it’s little feline mouth along with hers. The highpoint of the performance, of course, was at the two and a half minute mark when the cat sheds tears of diamonds. So poetic. So majestic. So real. Despite all the weirdness happening with her outfit and the scenery, Miley stood pretty stationary and delivered a fairly solid vocal performance. But, what does it all mean?
Let’s start with her outfit. The skimpiness of her outfit directly relates to her vulnerability in loving whomever she is singing about. The ratio of leg and arm exposure correlates with the exposure of her heart and feelings in this relationship. The transparency and deformedness of her jewelry also show how transparent and open she was in the relationship, and how bent out of shape loving this man made her. The floating and exploding space particles in the background represent her feelings throughout the whole relationship and song. They float aimlessly in space then explode suddenly, making the audience really feel how uncontrollable one’s feelings can be. And finally, the cat. The cats on her outfit obviously represent the cat in the background. Miley is the cat. The feline sings along with her as she sings, directly showing that this song is this cat’s anthem. The tears of diamonds show just how precious Miley’s tears are, and how no girl, including Miley, should waste their precious tear ducts crying over a man. The cat even sticks its tongue out at the very end of the song, further proving it and Miley are one.
Although Miley may seem crazy, clearly she has a strong, artistic vision and really thought out every aspect of this performance. I may be being sarcastic here, but all jokes aside, I am a fan of Miley. She does her own thing and expresses her creativity, disregarding what anyone else thinks, and I’ve gotta give her props for that. And whether you’re a fan or not, she’s still got you talking about her.
Happy Monday to all! I apologize for forgetting about Music Monday last week. To make up for it, this week’s Music Monday is pretty rockin’. Let’s talk about Eric Hutchinson.
Eric Hutchinson is an American singer-songwriter with some pretty upbeat tunes. He got his start back in 2007 when celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton wrote about his self released album, Sounds Like This. Since then, Hutchinson has released a total of four albums and performed on many late night talk shows.
All of Hutchinson’s song are lighthearted and upbeat, and have a fun vibe to them. He reminds me a bit of an energized Jason Mraz, and his sound falls into the category of the Jason Mraz/Matt Nathanson/Matt Wertz type. Also, judging from the live recordings I’ve heard of him, he’s pretty hilarious; exhibited here. Give some of his songs a little listen.