Thinking Bout You brings all the elements of pop, hip hop, and fusion all in one track. Listeners will most likely draw comparison between front runners in the pop circuit such as Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, and Nick Jonas. Although based in Sydney, Australia listeners can anticipate Nick de la Hoyde bringing his sound over to the United States pretty quickly, just based on the catchy beats and the deep lyrics. With reflections within the song saying, “I know it’s kind of hard, I know you’re kind of scared”, it definitely cites with anyone who has experienced heartbreak or the thought of the past and memories. Furthermore, additional lyrics state “we were only young, I’ve been losing my pact to you”, digging deeper into the pop melody. With exceptional production value by Joseph (ZUZU) de la Hoyde and strong vocals, Nick de la Hoyde should be on anyone’s “ones to watch list” for 2017.
With the start of the song heavy on synthetic beats, listeners become drawn into another world crafted by Eagle|Stallion in their new EP called Reckless Gods, in particular with the track Poseidon’s Dead. The whole tempo of the song is overall upbeat, with synthetic drop down tones adding musical variety to the song as well. Typical of a traditionally good EDM beat, listeners want to listen to beat variation, and the synth sound that is so unique to EDM tracks. The unique part about Eagle|Stallion’s EP is that it’s centered about the theme of mythology; citing the out there stories with their equally out there sound. Overall, with the tones of the mythological world and the sounds of Eagle| Stallion, the two worlds collide to form a perfect world.
With the heartfelt lyrics of Dino Jag, any listener that hears Two Young Hearts will immediately think about a relationship that needs rekindling, or a lost romance. Either way, the vocal talents of Dino Jag draws listeners in this song, yielding an emotional reaction. Lyrics such as “we made it to the moon, but we got lost on Mars” simply provide an unconventional metaphor that demonstrates lyrical genius. Additionally, with the lyrics such as “If I could press rewind to the first time”, Jag paints a story within the song effortlessly. Known for his music within the international music spectrum, listeners in the United States will definitely be catching on to his unique and contagious sound.
If you have read this blog somewhat consistently over the last few years, you may know these two facts: 1.) I am a High School English teacher and 2.) I greatly appreciate all things Josh Ritter. Thus, it is always a pleasure to combine these two elements into a lesson plan, and next week I will utilize Ritter’s “Girl in the War” in a lesson reviewing figurative language. Students will not only identify the plethora of writing devices Ritter uses in his 2006 anti-war classic, but also they will assess how Ritter’s use of these devices ultimately made his song more effective. Through it all, I’ll make sure to have “Girl in the War” blast over the sound system in my room – perhaps a few times.
I’ve used Josh Ritter before in my classroom. Last year, students explored “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Another New World” by Josh Ritter. It was rewarding to see students unravel the similarities between Ritter’s tribute to Poe’s classic about a “love that was more than love.”Since Ritter’s lyrics are so cogent, intellectual, and literary, the transition from iTunes playlist to classroom is quite simple.
I’m eager to hear the 16-year-old’s take on “Girl in the War” next week. The song contains several allusions, including the biblically-inspired conversation between apostles Peter and Paul. It also utilizes such clever metaphors as “talkin’ to God is Laurel beggin’ Hardy for a gun,” which I anticipate going over the heads of my students; a little clarification will certainly need to be in order. Ritter’s plea, eloquently sang through the lens of Peter and Paul, should be evident for students, as the “girl in the war” is repeated throughout and Ritter uses words like “yell” and “hell” – a sagacious rhyme in an otherwise “holy” song – when Peter begs to the angels that are “locked inside the kingdom.”
I hope students catch that Peter has the “girl in the war.” Peter is also the individual in charge of the pearly gates, with say of who gets to enter heaven. However, Peter has no say about his “girl in the war,” whose collective fate is out of his holy hands and is left, ultimately, to tears falling on Earth as the song ends.