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Man Down by Rihanna

20 Jun

I really love this song.

I first heard about it on Yahoo, where it was garnering controversy for having violence; a man is shot in the opening scene, and blood is shown. I went on Youtube and watched the video, and I have to say I completely disagree. Music videos now a days always have some inappropriateness; if girls can dance in bikinis why can’t a man pretend to die? In those videos they use that kind of appeal to get cheap views; but what I admire about Rihanna’s new video is the compelling and touching story behind it. I don’t want to ruin your experience, so please watch the video before reading further.

The video starts with the shooting, and even in the first few scenes you can see raw emotion in Rihanna’s face. I love how real the look of torment was, and you can almost see the conflicting emotions her character is feeling. Later on they reveal how she was sexually assaulted by the man she later kills. The lyrics tell of how she feels guilty and regrets what she did, and I love how it brings up these questions inside of you about what is morally right or wrong. Rihanna’s expressions throughout are amazingly realistic, and even haunting at some points. You can really feel guilt and anguish at some points and pain and fear at others. The video brings attention to the issue of assault in a compelling way, and I really liked the portrayal of the whole story.

Regarding the actual song, I love the kind of Jamaican feel to it. It’s great how she utilizes her natural accent to give it that nice native sort of sound. It’s a very good song by itself, and with the video it becomes an emotional powerhouse. I think the thing I loved the most about it is the revealing of the ‘mystery’. I know, the whole flashback thing to reveal the story is a little overused, but it was used perfectly in the way they did. I love when you’re shown a scene and can’t really make sense of it, but when they show you the back-story, the scene is suddenly powerful and emotional. Normally when you see someone murdering a person, you automatically assume that they are the ‘bad guy’; the evil character. But then you later see how she was the actual victim, and even acknowledges that she did a bad thing. It really shocked me when I saw that things weren’t as they had seemed, and I think that’s the part that touched me the most. And in the scenes where she is attacked, it feels like Rihanna’s eyes are speaking to you when it cuts to her in the water. It almost as if they’re saying, ‘Now you see why I did it? He hurt me and I felt defenseless; he had to pay.’

Maybe I’m a little too into the video, but for some reason it really got to me. It’s my new favorite Rihanna song, although that isn’t saying much because none of her previous songs were particularly awesome. They’re all good pop/party songs, but this one actually had a message. So what are your opinions on the music video? And do you think anything justifies murder? Let me know!

Downloading Music/Books

4 Apr

From dl4all.com

Some people find it wrong and immoral to download music. First of all, it’s illegal. Second, the artist worked hard on the song and spent a lot of money on it, which thousands of people can now get for free. But really, hasn’t music gotten unreasonable lately? I have an iPod with about 550 songs; if someone has that many songs and spends $1.29 on EACH, imagine how much that would build up. The songs would cost more than the actual iPod! Plus some songs are so popular that the artists are already cashing in millions for them; do CD and song revenue really add a significant amount?

Granted, they probably do help a ton for smaller and less popular artists. But now that the world is digitizing everything, these things can’t be helped. Consider this: once a song is made into a digital form, it is virtually cost free to duplicate that file as many times as you want. There really is no way to prevent it from spreading; people can’t be forced to buy something from you that can be reproduced at no cost. And think about the effect this will have on the world now that so many things are being digitalized! Did you know that books are next? They are going to start selling them online (or so I believe) and then the same thing will happen. People aren’t going to pay $9.99 for a free copy. I think they should stop turning things into files; music should be the last thing they touch. Book stores will become obsolete just like music stores, and many things will become less tangible. I don’t even like e-books or kindles; reading is more fun in an actual book form!

Well, I’ve kind of changed topics in this post; sorry about that. I’m really curious about other people’s opinions on this subject. DO you consider it wrong to download music for free, or is it just so expensive that you can’t force yourself to stop?

“Friday” And Pop Music

2 Apr

From EW.com

I think everyone is familiar with Rebecca Black and her infamous song Friday by now. Let me start by saying, when I first heard the song I thought it was a joke. I mean, I just saw her smiling in the video and thought “Oh man, she’s playing us!” I’m also kind of a Friday hipster (“I saw the video when it only had 1 million views!”) Haha, just kidding. Well, it’s true but nothing to brag about ^_^;

Everyone can agree that the lyrics are ridiculous (WE SO EXCITED. Let me help you out there Rebecca, and insert an ARE into your sentence before my brain explodes). But we shouldn’t really hate on the girl. She didn’t write the song, and she’s only thirteen. Alright, she could have said “You’re serious? I’m going to sing ‘Fun fun fun fun, you know what it is!’? Someone please rewrite this!” but whats happened has happened. If anything, we should blame the rapper guy who DID write the song, especially because his rap was one of the worst parts of the song (‘I’m driving, switching lanes, there’s a school bus in front of me’ >_< ).

So you must be wondering why I’m bringing her up, especially AFTER all the hype has died down. It’s because Friday, in all its horribleness, opened my eyes to pop music everywhere. I was already pretty fed up with pop music and its extreme repetitiveness and shallow lyrics. And radio stations drive me insane when they play the same song 5 times a day for 6 months. But Friday has made me realize what a downward path we really have been traveling on. Let me show you some songs that have been playing nonstop on my local radio station.

Backseat, by New Boyz:

Don’t say a word just turn around and let me see
Girl you got something special something special for me
Its way too many suckers in the VIP
Tell her got my car out front
Tell me do you wanna kick it in the backseat
I wanna get beside ya
In the backseat
So I can be your backseat driver
in the backseat
I wanna get beside ya
In the backseat
So I can be your backseat driver

I Met a group of girls in a Escalade
I Met a group of girls in a Escalade
Met met a group of girls in a Escalade
They came with you and left with me

I Met a group of girls in a Escalade
I Met a group of girls in a Escalade
Met met a group of girls in a Escalade
They came with you and left with me

(lyrics from http://www.elyrics.net/read/n/new-boyz-lyrics/back-seat-lyrics.html

It’s so repetitive you can get tired of it by listening ONE TIME. And when I’m in the shower listening to the radio, I’m helpless to turn it off as this guy talks on and on about the freaking backseat!

Blow, by Ke Dollar Sign Ha (watch the music video -_-)

This place about to blow
Blow
This place about to blow
Blow
This place about to blow
Blow
This place about to blow
Blow
This place about to-

(Lyrics from http://www.metrolyrics.com/blow-lyrics-kesha.html)

The chorus is the exact same throughout. The lyrics don’t change at all, she sings it in the exact same notes every time. And can you even call them notes? She gets through ‘This place about to’ before auto-tune completely takes over. By the way, your opinion on auto-tune? I think it can make a song great for dancing to and give it an electronic, edgy feel but it has completely taken over. Every single pop artist uses it now a days; who knows how many of them can actually sing?

S&M by Rihanna

Cause I may be bad, but I’m perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don’t care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones
But chains and whips excite me

(Lyrics from http://www.metrolyrics.com/sm-lyrics-rihanna.html)

I would highly recommend clicking the link to see how repetitive the lyrics are. It literally makes me shake my head.

Anyways, I would like to use this song to highlight the message behind all lyrics. Everyone’s singing about drinking, girls, partying, and going crazy. Songs should at least be somewhat meaningful; when will the industry get that we’ve had ENOUGH songs about the same old things? And this song is just as bad, and if you don’t know what S&M means then please urbandictionary it. But the lyrics I’ve posted above can tell you the gist of it. Rihanna, why are you singing about liking kinky torture? This song is going on the radio, which kids will listen to. And you know that kids will be listening to your song online, too. And this topic is a vicious circle, by the way. In the artists defense, parents should control what kids listen to and deem it appropriate or not. It’s not the singers responsibility. But when you already know that you’re not some unknown artist who is known to be for adults only, of course you’re going to have kids listening.

 

So tell me, why was Friday shunned and laughed at while these songs continuously play on our radios every hour? How are these songs any better? I mean the lyrics are a little more shaped but no song is a lyrical masterpiece. I find it ironic how we are so appalled at Friday and can’t realize that this is what our music already was. Friday isn’t a new low, it’s just the garbage that highlighted the lows of half of mainstreams music. And as for the music video; she’s in front of green screens the whole time and is very awkward, but is dancing in your underwear any better? People need to ask themselves what they value in our culture and whats important to them. People from future generations are going to look to their history and what will they find? Enrique Iglesias singing “Tonight I’m ****ing You”. Real classy.

 

In this post I have covered Friday, pop music in general, auto tune, stupid lyrics, and repetitiveness. Let me say that there are some good songs out there, even if they all have the exact same structure (Verse, Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus, Chorus; although I don’t know much about the technical terms, I’m sure you get what I mean) Some good ones are Perfect by P!nk, Who Says by Selena Gomez, and Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s. And one song I’m really liking right now is Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

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Goodbye Lullaby

13 Mar

I’ve been a huge fan of Avril Lavigne since I was a little girl; my best friend had her first CD, Let Go. I remember that we would listen to it all the time and sing her songs on the bus ride home. I bought her next CD and all her songs just spoke of emotion; I could listen to her for whichever mood I was in. She basically disappeared until 2007 when her new CD came out, and it was definitely a new side. I didn’t appreciate all those people complaining that she’d changed; she still had her meaningful songs like Keep Holding On, Innocence, and When You’re Gone. There were just more fun and upbeat songs like He Wasn’t on this album.

Naturally, I’ve been really longing for her new CD and was delighted that a majority were available for download (more on that topic coming soon). I really like the soft and relaxed tone of this album; the choruses are a bit simple and repetitive but that’s why it’s relaxing. No crazy electric guitar or hardcore drums, just mainly acoustic guitar strumming, string instruments, and vocals. One song that I really loved is Stop Standing There; the lyrics completely reflected things that have been on my mind lately. I was stunned when I heard it for the first time because it just absolutely summed up my thoughts.

So as a closing note, I’m super psyched about this album and I’ll probably purchase all the songs that I couldn’t download. Anyone else a fan of Avril? I’d love to hear your thoughts!