Hey there! Welcome back to ‘The Confessions of a Random Blogger!’
Did you know that listening to music utilises all parts of the brain? A study conducted by Finnish researchers discovered that in order to decipher rhythm, tone and timber; dynamic sections of the brain showed large-scale neural activation.
Today I’m going to be sharing and discussing some of my favourite music from the past couple of months. Don’t ask me why you should care about what I’ve been listening to, because I don’t know either.
I’m going to tell you anyways.
You can check out the other instalments of this series here:
Let’s get started!
‘Can You Tell’ by Ra Ra Riot
This song has been featured in almost every Snapchat Streak or Instagram Story I’ve posted for the past few weeks.
It’s your typical 2008 alternative indie rock track.
However, what makes this song so special is the fact that it somehow manages to deliver a feeling of comfort and nostalgia on the very first listen.
If I’m being perfectly honest, it’s nothing you haven’t heard before, and the lyrics aren’t exactly exceptional. Okay fine, the lyrics don’t really make any sense- at least to me.
However, there’s just something about it that makes me want to keep listening.
‘Peaches’ by Justin Bieber, Daniel Caesar, Giveon
Okay fine I’m basic.
I tried really really hard to not like this song.
Once again, the lyrical content is really not that deeply philosophical or thought-provoking, unless you were really wondering where Justin Bieber gets his weed from?
However, I also believe that not everything has to have meaning. Some music can be incredibly surface level while still being an amazing song.
The thing I love most about this song is that it’s soothing at all the right times, and up-tempo at all the right times. It’s almost like listening to 2 different songs at the same time, but in a good way.
The fact that the two featured artists completely change the vibe of the song when their verses pop up is a good thing, because it turned what could have easily been just another generic formulaic pop song into a dynamic, jazz-reminiscent track.
However, social media ruins all great things, and I’m pretty sure that Instagram and TikTok will make it so that I can’t tolerate hearing this song anymore.
‘Tom’s Diner (Remix)’ by Suzanne Vega, dna
‘Tom’s Diner’ is one of my favourite songs. It was originally released in 1984 in ‘Fast Folk Magazine.’ According to my research (Wikipedia) ‘Fast Folk Magazine’ was sort of this musical combination magazine sort of thing.
It basically helped small artists reach a much larger audience- sort of like an auditory anthology?
Until a couple of weeks ago, I had only ever heard the original version of the song.
However, I recently discovered this remixed version that was released 6 years later in 1990 by the electronic music producer duo ‘DNA.’
The DNA remix was actually an unauthorised sample which was released without Suzanne Vega’s permission. However, she loved the remix so much that she decided to buy it and release it.
Lyrically, the song is an observational narrative of Suzanne Vega’s experience of sitting at a diner feeling alienated and disconnected from the occurrences taking place around her.
‘Tongue Tied’ by Grouplove
Here we are with another alternative indie track. However, this song also includes notes of electropop and post-punk rock.
Apparently this song was extremely popular in 2011, but I heard it for the first time a couple of weeks ago. It recently became a TikTok trend for people wanting to relive pre-pandemic memories.
So now for some reason whenever I hear this song I think about my life and memories before the entire world shut down.
Bittersweet I guess…
Thank you for reading! Comment some of your music recommendations below!
You can check out my last few posts here:
- Father’s Day Traditions Around The World
- Borrowed Poems From An Anonymous- ‘Sacrifice’ and ‘The End?’
- Meet Jefe
- The Modern Day Julie/Julia Project- Pretzels
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Until Next Time.