Tag Archives: music

Musical Cynicism

I think it’s important to be critical of the things that you consume, for a plethora of reasons.  At the very least, I think a nuanced understanding of something only serves to reinforce your love for it, and it opens the door for all kinds of interesting discussions with others.  But the more I examine […]

“True” Fans

There’s a sort of plague that seems to exist in circles surrounding almost everything in the world that one could theoretically enjoy, where elitist factions try to define who has “earned” the right to be called a fan of it.  To say it exists more prominently in any one medium than another would probably be inaccurate (not […]

Lyrical Potency

I’ve been thinking a lot, of late, about the impact that music can have through its lyrics, particularly with that impact amplified and shaped by instrumentation, chord progression, and vocal timbre.  I strongly believe that there is power in pure instrumentals, as previous posts on here can attest to (including last week’s), but there is […]

The Power of Discomfort

When it comes to music, I find it incredibly difficult (and mostly pointless) to forcibly remove emotions from the picture. That isn’t to say that I don’t try to objectively view music at all, particularly when trying to convey my thoughts and feelings to others, but in the end, acknowledging that a song is derivative or […]

Stories in a Song

I delve into and enjoy music primarily via some type of relatability.  Sometimes it’s a theme that I connect with my personal life, sometimes it’s a theme that I connect with the lives of people around me, and sometimes it’s even something that I connect with a fictional story.  Regardless of the source, though, it’s […]

Song Recommendation: “Brown Eyes” by Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga’s made waves on the pop scene lately with her new song “Perfect Illusion,” the single prefacing Joanne, which will be her first solo album release since ARTPOP dropped nearly three years ago.  I can’t say I’ve been equally pleased with each of her releases, but since she hit the scene I’ve enjoyed her […]

Song Recommendation: “Littlething” by Jimmy Eat World

It can be hard to hear criticisms of your favorite music, whether because the music is just that important to you or because the negative remarks feel baseless and unfounded, completely in contrast to your enjoyment of the music.  It also can leave you wondering why this wonderful music that is so significant and masterfully […]