Youtube in 2016

  1. DudePerfect
  2. CGP Grey
  3. Crash Course

 

YouTube is many things to many people, to some YouTube is a platform to view music, to others it’s where they find the latest in pop culture videos (from Vines to the latest episode of Last Week Tonight). For me YouTube is where I go if I want to learn something, I have spent countless nights in front of the computer screen listening to Crash Course teach me how to do Chemistry for my AP Chem class or help me analyze a book for AP Lit. I also have used YouTube for entertainment, John Oliver, Jon Stewart, CGP Grey, all of these videos are quite entertaining with the first two being satirical comedy and the later for random strange occurrences in the world. My brother Jacob uses YouTube to watch hockey highlights of the games that happened the previous evening.  So to answer the question, I would say YouTube is a ubiquitous video sharing service that has an almost infinite reach to everyone based on what they want to see.

Catfish

  1. If you were in Nev’s shoes what would you have done?
  2. What are some steps you can take that will prevent you from being cat-fished in the first place.
  3. Should big social media companies be responsible or be required to be more stringent in their removal of fake accounts?

In the 21st Century everyone has an internet presence, even my grandma. The ubiquity of social media has made it easier for people to create fictitious personas online. Catfishing is a very real thing that happens to people and the documentary “Catfish” follows Nev as he is catfished by Angela. If I were in Nev’s place many things would have been different, first of all, I most likely wouldn’t have gotten engaged in a conversation with someone I had never met. Secondly, I would have made sure that the person I was talking to was real and someone I had met or knew personally. Many people simply accept friend requests or follow people because of “shared friends” or they “follow the same people” I am not one of those people. I make sure that I know that all of my friends are just that, my friends. Lastly, with my own pictures, I don’t have any posts on social media, though I have been tagged in pictures I never post my own. This is an excellent way to make sure your photos aren’t being used by someone else for nefarious purposes.

 

Connections

Thematically:

“Lose Yourself” by Eminem and “Dream On” by Aerosmith both have similar themes. In “Lose Yourself” Eminem raps “You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime” and is saying that you should strive for your goals and try and make them come true. In “Dream On” Steven Tyler sings “Dream until your dream come true” and these lyrics clearly demonstrate that the song is pushing you to go all out for your dreams.

Sonically:

“Till I Collapse” by Eminem and “Monsters” by Imagine Dragons are very similar sonically, when stripped down they both have a punchy bass line with loud snare accents and electric guitar lines that drive the beat forward.

Obscurely:

“La Bamba” by Richie Valens and “4 Hugs a Day” by Charlotte Diamond are two songs that have literally nothing in common. “La Bamba” is in fact in Spanish, where “4 Hugs a Day” is a children song. These songs were a huge part of my childhood which my dad putting on “La Bamba” and my mom putting on Charlotte Diamond. I still have very fond memories of dancing around the kitchen island and singing “La Bamba” as well as my mom coming up and hugging me 4 times while listening to “4 Hugs a Day.”

Historically:

“Billy Don’t be a Hero” by Paper Lace and “Goodnight Saigon” by Billy Joel are both songs about war. They both were about the Vietnam War with the former being about a girl who wants her betrothed to “Keep your head low” and to “Come back and make me you wife,” this is an antiwar song. Goodnight Saigon is a Billy Joel song and was a commentary on how the people we were fighting in Vietnam are just that, people, and what right did we have to take their land from them. Both of these songs were composed about the Vietnam War with Paper Lace releasing theirs in 1974 and Joel in 1982.

Topically:

“Till I Collapse” by Eminem and “Kings Never Die” also by Eminem both talk about not giving in and how you can be immortalized with your actions. In “Kings Never Die” Eminem raps “Tryna secure your legacy like Shakur and ensure nobody’s ever gonna be what you were” when your pushing yourself you want to try and set records become a “King” and you want to set that record so far above everyone else you’re not forgotten ever.  “‘Cause sometimes you just feel tired, feel weak and when you feel weak, you feel like you wanna just give up but you gotta search within you and gotta find that inner strength.” In “Till I Collapse” Eminem is rapping about pushing yourself to the limit so that you can show yourself and everyone around you that you have the guts to accomplish the goal.

Video commentary part 1

1) this song is autobiographical of the lead singer of The Script and his struggle with losing his parents.

2) The artist is very somber and sad about this as it is a tear jerking subject.

3) this video is shot in black and white which lends it a sad tone, also the main singer is seen pounding a wall and crying throughout the video. Shots of concerts depict the lead singer standing arms spread as the crowd cheers.

4) The artist isn’t wearing anything fancy, he is shown in shots at concerts infront of thousands of fans which is a fairly unattainable goal for most of us.

5) This video is a good connection between the gut wrenching lyrics and the sadness of the song, the black and white adds to that as well as the shots of the singer crying.

Pop Music part 2

In the Billboard Top 100 there seems to be a repetitiveness to the list, yes some new faces pop up every once in a while, but for the most part the list is dominated by the giants of music. Drake, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Rihanna, Beyonce, and others like them. Also the list is predominantly pop music with more and more rap being sprinkled in and a few country songs. When a popular artist such as Drake or The Chainsmokers drops a new song or album that song is normally shooting to the top 20 and staying there for a few weeks until a new one replaces it or it dies out in popularity. The Chainsmokers “Closer” was one of the most successful songs on the Billboard Top 100 with 11 weeks at the top of the charts.

Pop music Part 1

Pop Music is the music that is most listened to now, it permeates the consciousness of America and is our biggest export. On the radio pop music is played and what is played on the radio is what determines what is pop music, the DJ’s on the radio have an immense amount of control over what becomes the “Next Big Hit.” Shows like the Daily Countdown with Carson Daly have a section where they play songs that the host likes and this “suggestion” is what fuels the next month of pop music. What makes pop music pop is that it is by definition popular so it has to appeal to a broad and diverse audience so most of the music you hear isn’t by old artists and is more inclined to be from someone who has established themselves in the pop music world. The Billboard Top 100 has had a JT song in it for as long as I can remember, by virtue of this it is very hard for an unknown artist to make it into the top 20. This is a complaint of some people but most people who dislike pop music seem to dislike it because it isn’t like the music they grew up with. For example, I grew up with my dad listening to old 70’s and 80’s bands so I really enjoy music from that era, where as I am not a fan of more poppy music or rap music. On the other hand both of my siblings really like rap music which is probably from their friends.

Artist Interview

Part 1:

Martin, Chris “The Chainsmokers on Ruling the Billboard Hot 100 & Owning the ‘Frat Bro’ Label.” Billlboard.com.  16 Sept. 2016. Web. 27 March. 2017

The Chainsmokers, interviewed by DJTV, New York City, 5 Feb. 2014.

The Chainsmokers are a duo of 20 somethings that have taken the pop music world by storm. With their hit song “Closer” running on the top of the charts for twelve weeks. They describe their music as dance house, but more of a personal experience with the vocals so that they interact with the audience. According to their interview with Billboard.com the song “Closer” was actually Drew Taggart singing about an ex of his, this is an extremely relate-able experience for many people which could lead to its popularity. The beat for the song, according to co-writer Shaun Frank, was made in 30 minutes in the studio which gives a very personal appeal because the beat is more authentic then one that has been tinkered with for months and months. Both of these elements have rocketed The Chainsmokers to international stardom.

Part 2:

Song: “Closer” by The Chainsmokers

  1. The Chainsmokers are two guys in their mid twenties who live in NYC. They take most of their inspiration from past experiences which enables them to relate to their audience
  2. I first heard this song on the radio on KROC on the way to school and within a couple of days it was everywhere and I had it memorized in a week. I had originally heard of The Chainsmokers with their song “New York City” which I really enjoyed. I liked The Chainsmokers before it was cool!!
  3. Their music, specifically this song, is about life and how experiences shape us and they use their music to communicate this. The Chainsmokers seem to write mostly about breakups or bad experiences with relationships. “Closer” describes how a lover realized he was better off without the other but continued to do nothing to change it. Their more recent song “Paris” talks about how one part of a couple “don’t think that we could work this out” but stays and goes on to say “If we go down, then we go down together.”
  4. This song appeals to so many people because it plays toward a universal concept of Love and how it’s messy and hard and isn’t always the best. This is something that will always be around and relatable to by a large part of the population.
  5. “Closer” can be made to tell a story as it describes a relationship, but also as just a commentary on love.

Part 3: 

  • Who do you credit as your biggest inspiration? Why?
  • When did you realize you had made a mega-hit song?
  • How has your life changed since your song became so big? Do you enjoy the change?
  • With all of these big names wanting to collaborate with you how do you keep your music your own?
  • What are your goals for music making in the future?