The Few, The Proud and the Emotional – Passion for music.

There’s people that think music can’t save anyone. There’s people that think music can’t save anyone. Well, let me tell you that it can. Teenagers nowadays are very dedicated to music. We spend most of our days with our earphones plugged in, listening to our favorite songs, to those that make us feel happy and that can make an horrible day feel a bit better. Music truly does have that power over us humans.We constantly have our parents, other relatives or maybe even friends moaning at us for listening to so much music, for constantly wanting to go to concerts and for wanting to always get our hands on those physical copies of albums we love.

For those who don’t understand why we listen to so much music?

⦁ This generation suffers with a lot of anxiety, depression and various illnesses. We all need a get away, right? Some people watch movies and eat ice cream when they’re not feeling their best – some happen to listen to music; some people like the silence and prefer to go on a drive with the radio off – some happen to have the habit of always turning the radio on as soon as they step foot on the car and put the volume at its highest. Everyone has different always of dealing with moments of happiness, sadness and everything that’s in between… why should music be considered such a foolish way of coping? It isn’t any different from going to a therapist. There’s people that can recover from whatever dark place they find themselves in by listening to their favorite band and attending one of their concerts, just like there’s people that do need therapy and music isn’t even an option. That has to do with how dark the place is and with the personality of the person.

For those who roll their eyes at how we always want to go to concerts? We must be brats, right? Well, I actually roll my eyes at those who think like that.

⦁ Speaking in general, of course, us music lovers don’t just want to go to concerts to simply post an Instagram afterwards and show that we were actually there. The majority of us wants to go to a concert – needs to go to a concert – because that band or that artist really did change our lives and helped us in a way. Yeah, might sound crazy to some, but music can be a lifesaver. I’ll speak for myself. 2014 wasn’t a good year for me. I wasn’t in a good state mentally, with depression still crawling its way around my body and not wanting to let go and anxiety always holding my hand along the way. One thing that kept me going that year and that truly made me genuinely happy? The fact that I was seeing one of my favorite bands live in a stadium. When the day came, I was the happiest. I was at my best. Life simply could not get any better! That concert still holds a very special place in my heart because I feel like I left most of my sorrow and sad feelings there. I cried during the majority of the show, due to the high level of happiness I was in. You know when people say that sometimes all you need is a good cry? Well, I had my good cry in a stadium, listening to some of my favorite songs being played live, whilst screaming the lyrics and feeling like I was on cloud nine.

Why do we still get physical copies of albums? There’s iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify… right?

⦁ Let me just roll my eyes once again, ok? Thanks.

 Just like there’s people that like to go shopping and actually try clothes before buying them, there’s those who like to do their shopping while seating in the sofa. Applying it to this situation: just like there’s people who like to get the album via iTunes, there’s those who prefer to run to a CD store and get the physical copy. To touch the masterpiece they love or already know they’re going to love.

So, it’s a matter of taste, really.

Don’t be so quick to judge and don’t stay ridiculous stuff like “how can a band/artist, someone that you never even met (in some cases this can’t even be said) have saved you?” because music actually does save people and brings a crazy amount of happiness.

Music has helped me overcome some dark phases and it is my great escape when I’m not feeling at my best or even when I’m the happiest!

For example, you have no idea how long it took for me to write all of this. It’s easy for people to think these publications are written very quickly and easily. That everything just flows. And, ok, that is true at times – most of the time. But there’s also those days, weeks, even months when my  mind just stops… Writers block. One of the worst things to exist! I mean, I’m already pretty messed up up there, why did I have to be “blessed” with such thing as a block?! A block that doesn’t let me express my emotions through words?

Basically, I was going through writers block before writing this, even though I had settled four pretty good ideas for four different articles. I couldn’t write down more than a phrase for each one… that was, untl I decided to just sit with my computer on my lap, plug in my earphones and play one of my favorite bands’ songs to help me with this process.

So, thank you Twenty One Pilots for helping me write all of this in an hour when I thought I wouldn’t be able to write anything for a month or so. Wouldn’t be the first time!

TOP have immensely helped me with my anxiety and sad thoughts. I discovered this band in 2015 and it truly was one of the best things that’s happened to me! Whenever I’m feeling more anxious, when something really is pissing me off, when I want to cry, when I want to shout lyrics at the top of my lungs I just play their songs on shuffle.

I wish more people actually understood the meaning behind their songs, even though it might be taken as a good thing that some people don’t understand, since that means they never had to go through any sort of mental illness. Their songs aren’t all directed to this subject but I do interpret most of them as being so. But, like they say in one of their songs (“Message Man”) from their latest album Blurryface, “these lyrics aren’t for everyone only few understand”, it’s for “the few, the proud and the emotional” (Fairly Local).

I hope that those who didn’t understand us music addicts and lovers that well now do… even if that’s just a tiny bit. And if you’re just like me, see – you’re not alone! And if one more person tells you something that upsets you or makes you feel like you’ve shrinked in size due to your love and dedication (healthy dedication!) just try to educate them. Explain why you love music so much and why it has a big meaning to you. Expand their horizons! Now go blast some music and be happy.

The 5 Best Songs Off Of Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

On June 2nd, 2017, alt-pop singer Ashely Nicollette Frangipane (better known as Halsey) released her highly anticipated sophomore album Hopeless Fountain Kingdom. HFK is a concept album based on the story of Romeo and Juliet. Sound-wise, HFK differentiates from Halsey’s previous album Badlands in the sense that it sounds much more R&B influenced than rock, though Halsey still considers herself an alternative artist. Without further ado, here are my top five favorite songs from Halsey’s sophomore record Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

5. Sorry

Serving as one of few ballads on the album, “Sorry” is about unrequited love, except in this scenario Halsey is the one who doesn’t feel the same about someone who seemingly loves her.“Someone will love you, but someone isn’t me.” she sings vulnerable over a piano in the post-chorus. “Sorry” is definitely a tear-jerker, and really showcases Halsey’s vocal skills.

4. Walls Could Talk

Upon first listen, this is the song that immediately stuck out to me. Sound-wise, “Walls Could Talk” is very reminiscent of Maroon 5’s early days. “And I’m thinking, “Damn, if these walls could talk” Well, they’d be like “Shit is crazy, right? That ain’t your baby no more”” she sings in the chorus. My only complaint about this song is that I wish it was longer, as it clocks in at only one minute and forty-two seconds.

3. Bad At Love

On this track, Halsey goes through the history of her previous relationships and details what went wrong with each of them. She ultimately comes to the conclusion that she is bad at love and relationships in general. “I’m bad at love but you can’t blame me for tryin’, you know I’d be lyin’ sayin’ you were the one that could finally fix me. Lookin’ at my history I’m bad at love.” she belts in the chorus. This track is definitely one of the more upbeat R&B-esque moments on the record.

2. 100 Letters

“100 Letters” is a pop ballad in which Halsey sings of a previous relationship where she tried to make things work with her partner and ultimately failed. The lyrics are inspired heavily by Romeo and Juliet in the sense she felt like she was living it. “I’m going through this relationship where I feel like a version of myself and a version of himself are dying for the sake of wanting to make our love work,” she said of the song. “100 Letters” has a painstakingly relatable chorus in which Halsey sings “And now I can’t stop thinking that I can’t stop thinking that I almost gave you everything. And now the whole thing’s finished and I can’t stop wishing that I never gave you anything.”, something that everyone who’s ever gone through a breakup can relate to.

Alone

“Alone” was instantly my favorite the first time I listened, and has remained my #1 ever since. “Alone” is about someone’s desire to meet you, but insisting that once they do they’ll regret it. “I know you’re dying to meet me, but I can just tell you this. Baby, as soon as you meet me, you’ll wish that you never did.” she croons in the chorus. What makes “Alone” so special to me is the upbeat, infectious, sound the song carries. It is definitely one of the most danceable tracks on the record and is definitely sure to uplift your mood, just by the way it sounds.

Overall, Hopeless Fountain Kingdom is a stellar album. Halsey’s vision for the record really shines through, and even though it is a concept album it isn’t gimmicky. Each song has it’s own flair but still ties into one another very nicely and cohesively. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend you check out Halsey’s Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.

Michael Jackson: The King of Pop’s Trial Resurfaces

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Michael Jackson(Deceased since June 25, 2009) was known as the King of Pop, coming out with dozens of hits that are known in every household. Countless people grew up listening to his songs and looking up to him as their [musical] role model. By the end of the 90’s he was at the top of his career and known by everyone.

Comes along 2005 and everything changes, Michael Jackson suddenly became a much bigger name, and for all the wrong reasons. 2005 was the year of a big trial for Jackson. In 1993 Jackson was first accused of child molestation and the odds of him seeming innocent got worse and worse. More cases of child molestation came along as well as accusations of Jackson supposedly owning child pornography. Jackson was accused of molesting his nephews as well as strangers, who were apparently Jackson’s fans, and owning pictures and videos of naked children, mostly young boys, some people even believed that he may have been the one to take the pictures. There were conspiracies that Jackson even owned a secret ‘sex closet’ filled with objects for sexual pleasure along with pictures of nude boys, apparently dressed up in ways that would match certain fetishes. When this news came out people were astounded, some immediately believed what they were told, stopping their support of the iconic pop singer, while others jumped to his defense-refusing to believe what they had been told. Though none of that mattered when in June of 2005 Jackson was given the verdict of not-guilty. Jackson’s trial was covered minute by minute by the media and was seemingly similar to O.J. Simpson’s trial in that sense.

Yet, Jackson’s trial was not in vain, as the first molestation accuser is now being sought out by lawyers, more than ten years after his trial and eight years since his death. There is a $100 million sexual-abuse lawsuit being filed against Jackson’s former company. Lawyers working on the case are on a manhunt for Jackson’s first molestation accuser, hoping to convince the then-child, to testify. Investigators were hired to search European countries to find Jordan Chandler. Chandler received a $20 million settlement following when his father claimed he had been molested by Jackson. The lawyers who are working for the $100 million settlement, names Jimmy Safechuck and Wade Robson, have now also stated that they were sexually abused by former pop star, Michael Jackson. Some people have stated that they believe Chandler left the States to avoid the lawyers, and others are claiming that Robson and Safechuck are leading the settlement because they believe if they can talk to Chandler they can make him understand how important it is to tell his story. Though it may just be one person coming forward to tell their story, it could inspire another to tell theirs and so on.

If you or someone you know has suffered from sexual abuse, know that you are not alone. You can talk to loved ones, the authorities, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline, that’s available all day everyday.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673

(The National Sexual Assault Hotline is completely confidential and free)

Fifth Harmony Drop First Ever Single Minus Camila Cabello

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Fifth Harmony have officially released their first ever single minus ex-singer Camila Cabello. The song is titled “Down” featuring rapper Gucci Mane.

“Down” is an infectious, upbeat song that fits in perfectly with the current atmosphere of pop music. The beat is mesmerizing, and the chorus immensely catchy. Aside from sound, the lyrics are also quite witty. “You the type that I could bake for, ‘cause baby you know how to take that cake. And I’m the only one you wait for, cause baby, you know I’m worth the wait.” Normani Kordei sings in the second verse.

It doesn’t differ much from previous Fifth Harmony releases, which makes it kind of a safe choice. My one complaint about the song is the lack of powerful vocals. We all know the ladies of Fifth Harmony are fantastic singers, I just wish they showcased their abilities more in this song.

Listening to the single makes me very excited to see what’s next for Fifth Harmony. They are making the best out of Camila Cabello’s exit, and so far so good. You can listen to “Down” by Fifth Harmony below.

‘Harry Styles’ A Track-By-Track Review

On May 12th, 2017, former One Direction member Harry Styles released his highly anticipated debut album. His self-titled debut consists of a mix of ambient rock songs, mellow acoustic numbers, and somber love songs. If you would like to know my thoughts on Harry Styles, keep reading.

1.  Meet Me In The Hallway

Honestly, this song isn’t what I expected solo Harry to sound like. Serving as the album’s opener, “Meet Me In The Hallway” is a gloomy, mysterious, acoustic song about begging for someone’s return despite the pain they put you through. When listening, the song itself tends to put me in a trance. Overall, I’d say I really enjoy this song.

1. Sign Of The Times

By now, I’m sure you’ve this number, but if not, here’s some background. “Sign Of The Times” was released as Harry’s first solo song and the album’s lead single, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Upon first listen, I immediately heard classic rock influences, I was specifically reminded of David Bowie and The Beatles. It clocks in at almost six minutes long, but trust me, it’s well worth every second.

3. Carolina

The moment I first heard this song I instantaneously knew it would become one of my favorites. “Carolina” is a song that just makes you want to let loose and dance. Stylistically, it reminds me of Lady Gaga’s 2016 release Joanne in the sense that it’s a bit country/rock. Another song with obvious classic rock influences, which by now you can tell sets the tone for the whole album.

4. Two Ghosts

You may have already heard of this song due to the buzz it’s created around it’s alleged Taylor Swift-inspired lyrics, but to be honest it’s so much more than that. “Two Ghosts” is a beautifully crafted song about leaving a relationship two completely different people than when you first began dating. The sound is peaceful, mellow, and relaxing whereas the lyrics are a bit pensive.

5. Sweet Creature

When I first heard this song, I didn’t really like it. Although after a few listens it really grew on me. I feel like many of his songs put me in a mood where I want to reminisce about things of the past, but especially this one. His vocals in the chorus are mesmerizing, and the lyrics are heartfelt.

6. Only Angel

The beginning of this record is very ethereal-sounding, almost angelic. Then it takes a complete 180 and flips into an exuberant rock song. “Only Angel” is definitely a song you would want to listen to when you’re in need of an upbeat song to get hyped to. After Carolina, this song is probably my second favorite off the album.

7. Kiwi

Similar to “Carolina” and “Only Angel”, “Kiwi” is a bold, bellowing, pure rock song. I really enjoy the direction Harry is taking with these type of songs as it’s different than anything that’s currently on mainstream pop radio. I feel like this whole record will open doors for more rock music to enter the doors of mainstream radio, which is awesome.

8. Ever Since New York

“Every Since New York” is a folk-style ballad in which Harry sings of hurting, and still wanting more of someone who hurt you. Honestly, it’s not one of my favorite songs but it meshes well with the album.

9. Woman

This is another song I knew I’d like from the moment I heard it. It has a funky and groovy type of feel, yet still very rock influence. The lyrics are about the feeling of jealousy that comes with seeing the person you are interested in be with someone else. I feel like it describes a feeling we can all relate to in one way or another.

10. From The Dining Table

When you really listen to this song, the lyrics are very sorrowful. “Even my phone misses your call, by the way” Harry sings in the first verse. Musically, the sound is very soft, soothing, almost relaxing but at the same time emotional.

Overall, I’d say I really do love this album. It’s very cohesive and different from the One Direction Harry you may be used to listening to, in the best way. Now, I am even more excited to see what direction Harry takes in the future.