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Let’s Talk: Are Music Videos Dead?

Despite the infamous MTV rising gloriously in the ’80s, with the ethos of how “video killed the radio star” from that Buggles hit, music videos were the all the rage.

But, they’ve dwindled ever since, and it seems that music videos are not as prolific as they once were. It’s worth mentioning that they still are still played each week on MTV however, but rather than each waking hour as they once were, they are now merely hidden away during the unsociable hours between 3AM and 9AM.

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Why is that? Is it the lack of funding assortments from the artists? Is it the uncomfortable popularity music videos receive? Or is it merely just our attention spans shortening so much that we can’t bear watch a music video for more than four minutes?

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But, it seems to me that the only reason why music videos are dead, is because the creativity for such a video has gone. The ones we remember have such a powerful story to them, such a creative style, design and approach to them, that it ultimately uplifts the songs’ notoriety to something more than just a melody. And that’s why they were so popular ten to fifteen years ago. We need this resurgence in this type of video again, otherwise they’ll become redundant like everything else that has left the industry in the past quarter.

But hey, this is just my thoughts. For all I know, you could love music videos and I’m merely speaking for the minority who enjoy those GIF-like music video attempts we see on streaming services. Let me know your thoughts behind this one, folks.

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Artist Spotlight: Kenny Hoopla

– Pop-punk lives// –

In a state of punk decorum and expertise, Kenny Hoopla is the adventurist into the grandeurs of alternative rock, new-wave and …

pop-punk.

With the figurehead of pop-punk, Travis Barker behind the sticks, Hoopla became first known to us with his first debut EP, how will i rest in peace if I’m buried by a highway?// in 2020. With plastic door and sore loser, it was a more misanthropic, personal exploration of Hoopla’s ideas of lyricism and sorrowful tones, in terms of musicality.

how I rest in peace if I’m buried on the highway?//

For 2021 – with Barker no doubt barking orders for it to feature more angst and energy – SURVIVORS GUILT: THE MIXTAPE//, features a stronger competency to writing catchy and anthemic punk powerhouses that certainly has speckles of fellow punk counterparts of nothing.nowhere. and Blink-182 in the 8-track EP listing.

SURVIVORS GUILD: THE MIXTAPE//

Featuring the song that pushed Kenny into this genre in the first place, estella//, aswell as hollywood sucks// and my personal favourite, smoke break//, it is an exciting turn of events for this new-wave 23-year-old Ohio-born singer and rapper.

Worth a listen for any avid punk fans and for anyone who wants to let loose For this week, worthy under Artist Spotlight.

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Let’s Talk: Can song lyrics be considered as a form of poetry?

We’re all familiar on here with the power of poetry and the part it plays upon us bloggers. We love it and can’t get enough of it. So in the same breadth of enthusiasm and high drive of inspiration, I today, ask you this: can our most beloved song lyrics be seen as the same?

From Say Something, to the Power of Love and finally ending with the likes of My Immortal, song lyricism is a strong – and often depending factor – on how we connect with a song and its literate story. You can certainly say that the thoughts of one musician are very similar to that of one poet or screenwriter. Emphatic, troubled and majorly inspired to produce work that others can connect with on an emotional level. But what ultimately separates to the two forms of art? What makes poetry and what makes lyricism suitable for a song? Whether it be that poetry is more on a commendable level of understanding or song lyrics are created in a more ‘simple’ way so mass audiences can understand it too, is certainly something worth thinking about.

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“Why is the bedroom so cold turned away on your side?

Is my timing that flawed, our respect run so dry?”

Joy Divison, Joy Will Tear Us Apart

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What’s the difference between the two? Is there comparable arguments or will the two remain indifferent between one another?

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You used to captivate me by your resonating light
Now, I’m bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away all the sanity in me

My Immortal, Ben Moody

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By all means, let me know what you think to this one – make me aware of any noteworthy song lyrics that you feel should be seen as poetry and we’ll have a good ol’ discussion about it. Happy Wednesday.

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Into playlists? Lo and behold, I made a few of my own. Check them out below.

25 tracks to melt away too. We’ll see you soon NY. Melt Jazz

For the pissed-off playlist if you want to just simply rock? Welcome, this is for you. Trainwreck Rock

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I made a playlist: Melt Jazz

You lovely lot wanted it, so here it is. In a new series I’m calling – I made a playlist – we go through each playlist drawn up, and best of all, make it a collaborative work space, so you can add your own personal vibes to it, too!

Interlaced with the chill of instrumental beats, to the cacophony of classical jazz from Blue Note Editions and finally landing on acts of pure brilliance from individuals, my aptly named collaborative playlist, Melt Jazz, is the perfect music to melt away to. Whether it be the daily commuters in New York submerging on the subway, or the relaxed creatives with their lattes and espressos pencil pushing onto their next artistic flair, the playlist is perfect for everyone willing to get into the vibes of Jazz.

Best played with the biggest rainbow you’ve ever seen out.

This playlist was made in anticipation for me to travel to New York this year, but we all know what happened to scupper those plans. Ah well, maybe next year. Nevertheless, I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I did putting together for all of you.

25 tracks. Melt Jazz. Give it a whirl below. It’s collaborative too, so why not give it a spin, get a feel for its vibe and start adding your own?

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Why you Have a Problem with Country Music …

Because everyone else does!

As sheep, we love following trends. Before we’ve made up our own opinions about something, we’d be more willing to follow someone else’s view on it. This has never been more true when it comes to the music industry and its subsequent genres. More specifically, country music. The prolific singer-songwriters in the genre that have fitting names for such work – Morgan Wallen, Luke Coombs, Keith Ubran – to the more popularised bands of “Life is a Highway” Rascal Flatts and The Band Perry. You could argue that these artists are not even country artists. Or, that they simply don’t want to link their music to such a word.

Side note: Can anyone believe that PIXARS’ Cars is 15 years old?

Whether it is the vocals that are too twangy to us listeners who are not from the Southern states of America, or if it is the pretence of country music and how emotionally cringing it is – bit like that of a High School dance – as fans who feel that they have a good taste in music, country music is at the bottom of the pile. Due to this hideous stigma, the majority of country artists have pretty much lost their original roots and identity to the genre and created an entirely new sub-genre of pop.

With country music less as dominant as it once was, artists and fans are beginning to distance themselves from such a genre.

Personally, I don’t see the reason. And ever since the rise of the Internet, country music has got the short straw. Punishable by death, country music has been tarnished and dragged through the mud as a genre. Once a trend starts on the Internet, it is less so of an opinion and more of a statement of fact, at that point. So, country music became this big hoo-ha and fans starting distancing themselves from it, too.

So, the reason why you have a problem with country music is because everyone else has a problem. I guarantee that the majority of people who made their minds up about country music had their minds made up for them by somebody else.

The ratio between hating a genre and never actually listening to the same genre I bet, is huge.

What are your thoughts on this one?