Thursday, November 17, 2016

Song Review: Pray You Catch Me

Earlier this year, Beyoncé once again caused commotion by dropping her album Lemonade. This album went above and beyond my expectations and completely blew my mind. For this review I'm focusing on one of the more melancholy songs, "Pray You Catch Me". This song is one of my absolute favorites. It has so much emotion behind it and hauntingly beautiful yet simplistic background instrumentals and music. 

Acting as the sort of "introduction" to the album, the song is placed at the top of the list and is the first song in the visual album as well. It begins with a strange instruments and vocals,  but as the sound develops it becomes beautiful and pieces together. The lyrics begin backed up by slow piano music. As the song goes on, more instruments and 
sounds are added creating a marvelous tone for the song. The breathtaking instrumentals are paired with stunning and heavy lyrics such as "Nothing else ever seems to hurt like the smile on your face/ When it's only in my memories it don't hit me quite the same". The song goes on, telling the story of two lovers who have drifted apart. With a slow ending the final words spoken are a spine chilling, whispered"What are you doing my love?" leaving the listener speechless with only 22 lines of lyrics. This song to me is beautifully composed and is portrayed not only as a song, but divine art. 

Caroline Added Verse

If you're up to date with music or social media, you've most likely heard the song "Caroline" play at some point. Written by Aminé , "Caroline" is a song you can let loose to and have fun listening to. However on Aminé's performance on the Tonight show added an impactful last verse. The whole performance begins and continues on as it normally does, however in place of the final verse he added his own twist. 
"9/11, a day that we're never forgettin'
11/9, a day that we're all regrettin'
If my president is Trump then it's relevant enough
To talk 'bout it on TV and not give a...
I'm Black, and I'm proud
My skin is brown and I'm loud

Everybody love it when a rapper tells some lies
Well that ain't me, homie, I guess that's a surprise
America wanna act all happy and holy
But deep down inside they're like Brad and Jolie
Caroline divine and I won't get specific
Club Banana the illest and it's too terrific
You can never make America great again
All you ever did was make this country hate again"
This clearly showed his anti-trump stance and brought to light some current events that some rappers are not addressing properly or at all. Though it caused some controversy, I think he's allowed to use his platform to speak about what he feels needs to be spoken about. My props to him, for making such a strong and impactful  statement in such a small window of time and using his music to make a difference. 

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Introduction

Music has always had a huge influence on my life.  It's always been a huge part of my life and has helped me get through a lot. Finding good and interesting new music is pretty hard, as it's pretty much guesswork. You pick a song or an album and even if everyone calls it amazing it could be a hit or a miss. That's why I decided to start this blog. Not just to tell you if I think a song is good or bad, but to go more in depth about what makes it different and how it makes you feel. Some songs can make you happy, like Best Day Of My Life by American Authors.  The lyrics, the upbeat pace, the happy and high pitched instruments all blend  Songs can also make you sad, like Creep by Radiohead. This is what I want to include in my reviews and the reason I started this blog in the first place: for you to know exactly what to listen to and why.