Songs come Alive

Music Videos are sometimes underrated; they are a method of expression in which the artist can show off who he or she is. Music videos are also the one time the artist has to be able to show their fans how creative they are and find a visual representation behind the words of their song.

I love watching music videos-it is one of my to-go procrastination tools. Usually it’s the artist singing in some location and a bunch of shots of the artist or band looking straight at the camera while singing or playing their instruments. Sometimes the artist has an interesting concept and makes the best out of those 3-minute videos.

I found the concept behind these videos pretty interesting:

Houdini by Foster the People: Actually most of their videos are pretty creative. I just liked this one.

This is Gospel by Panic! at the Disco. It looks pretty simple, but every movement is choreographed and its makes for an interesting video.

Sometimes simplicity is the key: 

Lover of the Light by Mumford & Sons. There is something about Mumford that just makes you think of green pastures and valleys. I don’t know, is it just me?

Lights by Ellie Goulding. Some lights and Ellie Goulding. That’s all you need.

Popular songs: 

Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke. This song has been so overplayed already, but at the beginning of the summer when it was just a “catchy song” and I liked it- I expected a better music video. White background, awkward dancing… I had more fun watching this.

Applause by Lady Gaga. I just had to add this because all of her videos are weird. I don’t even know what she’s on when she thinks of a concept, but its always interesting to watch. I’m still unsure if I even like the song.

Comeback Bands: Fall Out Boy

When I heard that Fall Out Boy was coming back I felt like a 15 year old again. At the same time I was a little bit cautious that their comeback would not be good like when the Jonas Brothers got their single for Pom Poms out and it was just weird. I used to love them.

So I waited and when the first single came out (My Songs know what you did in the dark (light em up)) I was curious, it didn’t convince me though. The music video was also interesting. Then, The Phoenix came out and the music video did as well. I obsessed. Not only they are a more mature band, but also they each are able to take their place. When they first started Pete Wentz was the main one, the one everyone wanted to see. Usually the singer is the one most people are interested in, but not with Fall Out Boy. Now, after each went their own way; and Patrick Stump had a career as a solo artist he has gained enough confidence to be a lead singer.

Save Rock and Roll is a good album, it is not out of this world different from their previous work but their essence is there. They have come back with more energy and each track in the album is something you can listen to over and over.

The most interesting part of the music videos for Save Rock and Roll is that their concept is being reveled bit by bit. They have made a music video for each song of the album and are releasing them slowly. Keeping all fans at the edge of their seat because there is also a storyline to follow in each video.

Part 1: My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up) 

Part 2: The Phoenix

Part 3: Young Volcanoes

Part 4: Alone Together

Song Parodies: We Can’t Stop

Sometimes songs are catchy…

sometimes music videos are weird…

sometimes the mixture of both is just asking for someone to make fun of it.

…and I love it when this happens.

This week’s most attacked song has been We Can’t Stop by Miley Cyrus. (Someone mentioned that Miley’s new song was different, so I got curious and gave it a listen- I’m not a fan…then when I saw the  music video: WTF)

The music video was just asking for it…

1) My favorite, put dogs anywhere and its just great.

2) I’m subscribed to many YouTubers so personally this collab was just great, in a messed up way, but great.

3) This was odd, I love who did it though: BLT Parody

4) SD Parody

And sometimes there are also covers- and I was surprised to hear Rebecca Black (She sang: It’s Friday, Friday…) doing a cover- a good cover of this song too.

Viral song. Not a good song. BUT viral.

Sometimes we fall into the misconception of thinking we ‘like’ the song, but the reality is that radios overplay it, the parodies online ensue, the covers are uploaded and we hear it and hear it…AND hear it up to the point that we fall into believing we actually like it. I still don’t like this song, but I’m not denying that it has been stuck in my head for the past two days.