Neethusha is following her own path with new romantic ballad ‘Why Did I Lose You’

Life isn’t black and white, nothing is set in stone and the journey we all take is determined by our own actions. Indian born vocalist Neethusha is a perfect example of how life can take unexpected turns. Already having her life planned out Neethusha confessed her Indian upbringing and the pressures from society nearly stopped her from beginning her musical journey. However with a self-driven determination she is now realising her new love ballad ‘Why Did I Lose You.’

Watch the music video for the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPHs6KtSgE8

The free spirited singer/songwriter began her journey in the music industry as the lead singer for the band SteroGrind on Kappa TV back in her Kerala hometown. Pushing past the social restraints she faced and instead began listening to the ‘voice in my head’ that encouraged her to pursue her passion. Breaking away from life as a computer science graduate and an engineer in the Bangalore offices of Deloitte, Neethusha turned her music outlet into something more than expression. Her determination lead to show performances such as Facebook India Party and Femina Style Diva in South India in 2015. Since 2016 Neethusha has been a solo artist who has played gigs all around the country including Elle Carnival.

The ballad ‘Why Did I Lose You’ begins as a slow guitar strumming piece with Neethusha’s vocals almost floating over the music before kicking into a thumping drum beat that almost resonates. Her soft but powerful voice echoes the sound of Sharon den Adel, lead singer of Within Temptation, whilst the lyrics and style of the song remind of Celine Dion. A connection that is hardly surprising as Neethusha draws influence from bands such as Savage Garden and Coldplay as well as artists Shania Twain and Dion. Neethusha has explained her aim is to create music consisting of many genres such as funk, rock and acoustic led pop. Keeping the open mindedness that has helped her to find success.

Links:

https://soundcloud.com/neethushavc

https://www.youtube.com/user/neethushavc

https://www.facebook.com/neethusha

https://twitter.com/neethushavc

https://www.instagram.com/vcneethusha

 

Review by Skye W. Winwood

Salute Music Makers competition update: now calling all women!

The deadline for Salute Music Makers songwriter competition is fast approaching with the cut off being midnight on August 13th. As a reminder this competition is open to anyone in the UK wanting to prove themselves as driven songwriters completely free of charge. Offering a cash prize to the winner of £50,000 to spend on whatever they deem worthy. As well as the other finalists all leaving with £10,000 for making it through the initial 100 that will be chosen through way of a public vote.

With entries flooding in from all ages and genres the competition has proven to be youth-led in terms of age demographic with the largest age range being between sixteen and thirty-four allowing for a vast variety of talent. However one demographic is not being represented how the competition thought and are left wondering why. Currently, the competition has proven to be male dominated with only 19% of current entrants being female. Female producer and songwriter Dee Adam who has been recruited as a member of Salute’s curator panel has said, ‘I am surprised and a little sad that so few girls have entered the competition, especially knowing how many talented female songwriters there are in the UK.’ Dee goes on to express how she feels ‘girls need to be heard in an industry that is heavily dominated by males,’ wanting to encourage female songwriters to step forward and take advantage of an opportunity such as this! There is still time for anyone in the UK to enter but a huge encouragement towards women wanting to make a break in the music world!

Links:

http://www.salutemusic.uk/salute-competition.html

https://www.facebook.com/salutemusicuk/

https://twitter.com/salutemusicUK

 

 By Skye W. Winwood

R.I.P Chester Bennington

Many posts and news articles have been written about Chester Bennington’s death but this won’t be one of them. I will acknowledge for any who had yet to know that the frontman for rock band Linkin Park passed away on July 20th 2017. The reason this post is being written a few weeks after his death is because I wanted it to be a remembrance post more than an announcement. So, if you’re here for the details of his death you will have to find another blog because the purpose of this post is to look back on the life of a musically talented man who was gone too soon.

Although I wouldn’t class myself as a hard-core Linkin Park fan their music is part of the soundtrack of my childhood that followed me into my adult life. To learn of Chester’s passing hit me with a personal pain as if I had lost a friend. Chester was also known for being the lead singer of both Dead by Sunrise and fronted Stone Temple Pilots from 2013 to 2015 but was, of course, most known for his music with Linkin Park. Chester’s career and recognition as a promising vocalist began with the band’s debut album, Hybrid Theory, in 2000, two of their most popular songs (‘One Step Closer’ and ‘In The End’) being from that album.

However Linkin Park was not his first band. Much like any young hopeful Chester first started testing his musical ability in 1993 when he released a three-track cassette named Sean Dowdell and Friends? after the band who recorded it. Later he moved onto form a new band, Grey Daze, and found larger success with the post-grunge band from Phoenix recording three albums (Demo, Wake/Me, …no sun today) from 1993 to 1997 until 1998 where Chester left to pursue something more. The road to Linkin Park nearly proved too much for Chester, almost pushing him to give up on music altogether. Until the vice president of A&R at Zomba Music in LA offered him an audition that would lead to the creation of classic and brilliant music we all associate Chester with today. Quitting his job and putting aside his own personal life Chester managed to record a song for the band (initially named Xero) in a single day. The band faced much rejection until the previous president of A&R at Zomba Music used his new vice president position and Warner Bros. to get the band sighed to their record label. With this helping hand the band were able to get off their feet and jump head first into a sea of success.

Linkin Park’s first album caused them to stand out in the alternative music world as something different that would refuse to fade into the background. Chester admitted in an interview in 2002 that some lyrics from particular songs on the album were personal to him allowing him to give such soulful performances during live shows. The album has proved to be one of the band’s most successful as Hybrid Theory has since been named the best modern classic of the last fifteen years in 2012. With Loudwire ranking it number 10 on its Best Hard Rock Albums list. The band exploded on the alternative music scene and continued to release numerous albums: Meteora (2003), Minutes to Midnight (2007), A Thousand Suns (2010), Living Things (2012), The Hunting Party (2014) and One More Light in May this year which the band were currently touring to support.

Chester’s insanely successful career as a music artist was not his only achievements in life however. On May 12th 1996, Chester welcomed his first child into the world with then-partner Elka Brand and adopting Brand’s other son in 2006. He had another son in 2002 with his first wife Samantha Marie Olit before divorcing in 2005 to lead to his second marriage in 2006 with Talinda Ann Bentley and had three more children. Chester was also a tattoo enthusiast which can been seen by pictures of his own body art and did work to promote with Club Tattoo, a tattoo parlour in Arizona.

Chester’s love of music began at an early age when he listened to bands like Depeche Mode and Stone Temple Pilots and would later achieve his dream of becoming a member of the latter. In his early life Chester struggled with drug addiction but was able to overcome this and focus his energy into his musical career allowing him to soar high in the music wold. Throughout his career Chester was plagued with poor health, falling ill many times during touring leaving for some shows to be cancelled and others postponed. Still, Chester prevailed in his career and continued to provide us with the music we have all come to know and love.

My personal relationship with Linkin Park and Chester’s music will remain in my memories, immortalised as part of the reason my love for music has only continued to grow throughout my life. Out of respect for his family and friends details of his death will not be discussed but I feel I am able to say, along with an uncountable number of fans, that Chester will be greatly missed. The music world becoming just a little quieter without him. We have lost many music legends in recent time and Chester has now been added to the stars who will continue to shine.

 

By Skye W. Winwood

‘Girls/Girls/Boys’; LGBT anthem or insult? The debate

The best way to begin this blog entry is with a confession: I have been a Sinner since about 2009. Panic! At the Disco being one of my favourite bands for the past eight years. However I’m not so consumed by my appreciation for them that I am not able to see the continuing issues with one of their most popular songs ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’. The issue being whether the controversial song is actually in support of the LGBTQ+ community or if it is exploiting the community for popularity.

Listen to the song here: https://soundcloud.com/panicatthedisco/panic-at-the-disco-girlsgirlsboys

‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ was the third single to be released from Panic’s fourth studio album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die! and peaked at 31 in Billboard’s US Hot Rock Songs in 2013. Since it’s release the song has had fans spilt on the debate about whether or not it should be held as an LGBT anthem or if the song acts more as an insult. As both a Panic fan and someone who belongs to the LGBTQ+ community I personally find the song to be both positively and negatively controversial. As a disclaimer any views expressed in this blog entry are not meant to offend either artist or fans but simply an exploration of an interesting argument.

The song has been labelled controversial for many reasons but one of those reasons being most predominately the music video, at least the director’s cut.

Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkWF2WkWd7g

The censored version of the video was inspired by D’Angelo’s ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’ using the same background and single shot of a nude male (Brendon Urie) zooming in and out but never dropping below the hips. Due to this the music video was not initially seen as an issue but a homage to an iconic video however the release of the director’s cut changed this. The end of the uncensored music video shows two women intimately touching both Urie and one another in such a way that it indicates a threesome. An assumption confirmed by Urie when he explained the song was about just that. When the song started to be famed as an LGBTQ+ anthem many people in the community drew attention to this version of the music video to illustrate the point that it was not the initial intention of the song. Some positives of the video have been showing two people of the same sex being physically intimate with one another  (sexualisation aside) instead of hiding it.

Accompanied with the music video are some of the lyrics such as ‘I am just a villain vying for attention from a girl, a girl who can’t decide.’ It can be argued that lyrics such as these are exploiting the community due to the fact that it implies bisexuality – as the song has been linked to – can be defined as ‘not making a decision’ whereas in reality bisexuality is the being attracted to both sexes. Due to this many people believe the song to be misinformed and should not be held as an anthem. The lyrics may not be such an issue if the artist himself identified as part of the community but has been quoted describing the song as ‘barsexual’ as opposed to bisexual. ‘Barsexual’ being when sexual experimentation takes place after a few drinks. However one of the most prominent lyrics within the song is ‘love is not a choice’, an idea completely embodying the values of the LGBTQ+ community and one of the reasons it can be argued the song is an anthem. In interviews the singer has been quoted saying, ‘the perfect summarisation of that song is in the lyric, “love is not a choice”, I really believe that.’ As well as explaining how he doesn’t understand the need for labels and people should just be allowed to love who they want to love.

Throughout his career Urie has been labelled straight, gay, bisexual and everything in between so it was only expected that a song like ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ would bring this speculation back to the surface. Although not explicitly a member himself Urie has always shown support for the LGBTQ+ community and not detracted fans from using his music as sexual expression. Believing ‘[sexual fluidity] should be celebrated. There’s no shame in it and if I can help shed some light on that fact then great.’ Brendon shows obvious support and lack of prejudice towards the community through his views and music. Due to this ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ has gained as much of a positive following as negative.

Lyrics and music video aside the song has brought fans together and inspired people to have a more accepting nature and realise prejudice needs to be a thing of the past. One of the most amazing visual signs of the positive effects the song has had are at Panic! At The Disco concerts. Fans came up with the idea to hold up multi-coloured hearts and shine lights through them as remembrance for the victims of the June 11th Pulse Orlando shootings. Something that continued as support for all in the community. Panic! At The Disco have also released official ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ shirts benefiting the victims of the shootings.

With these facts in mind it is understandable why people believe ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ not to be fitting for the title ‘LGBT Anthem’ however the way it has rallied fans is undeniable. Despite the initial message of the song not explicitly being one for the LGBTQ+ community it has evolved into one due to fan interpretation. The song also being a reminder of how important fans are in the creation of music as well as the artists. Overall I believe the positive effects of the song outweigh the negative and even though I would not use the term ‘LGBT Anthem’ it is a song of both support and love continuing to be promoted.

 

Links:

http://www.fuse.tv/2013/10/panic-at-the-disco-brendon-urie-sexuality

http://globalnews.ca/news/955513/panic-at-the-disco-singer-brendon-urie-opens-up-about-his-sexuality/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/05/brendon-urie-sexuality-_n_5774292.html

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

Artist of the Year 2017 Panic! At The Disco

Nearly thirteen years at the top and Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie shows no signs of slowing down. After releasing the band’s fifth album Death of a Bachelor, Urie has hit the ground running. Recently finishing up a worldwide tour and is now gracing the stage of Broadway in his role as Charlie Price in Kinky Boots (running until August 6th).

The AP Music Awards (Alternative Press) have recognised Urie’s achievements by naming the band Artist of the Year 2017. Out shining the other nominees such as fellow band Fall Out Boy – whose bassist discovered Panic back in 2004 – and Blink 182 – who the band would cover before writing their own music. Hosted by Black Veil Bride frontman, Andy Biersack, the event recognises the talents of artists belonging to the alternative side of music. Other bands such as Twenty One Pilots and The Pretty Reckless also going home with outstanding awards that were well deserved.

Now with five ground breaking albums in his musical arsenal as well as other multiple awards and recognition, Urie really earnt his place among the legends by writing, producing and recording the band’s most recent album Death of a Bachelor mostly solo. Released on January 15th 2016, on the label Fueled by Ramen, the entire album was written and recorded by multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and produced with the help of Jake Sinclair. It’s the band’s third album since the original line up (of Brendon Urie, Spencer Smith, Ryan Ross and Jon Walker) went their separate ways to leave the singer and drummer to write and release their third album Vices & Virtues. And the second album since the departure of drummer Spencer Smith, with bassist Dallon Weekes also having no contribution.

Death of a Bachelor hit number one on the US Billboard 200 after its debut earning the band its first number one album. It has since be nominated for a Grammy Award of Best Rock Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards but lost out to Tell Me I’m Pretty by Cage The Elephant. Apart from its musical achievement the album seems to show a personal growth for Urie as the songs don more maturity than those from Vegas party fuelled Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die. Expressing a nostalgia for the wild life he has lived with ‘Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time’ and ‘Golden Days’ as well as the excitement of leaving that past behind to pursue a new life with his wife, Sarah Urie, through ‘Death of a Bachelor.’

Singles from the album like ‘Victorious’ encompass the flamboyant genius of Queen whilst ‘Death of a Bachelor’ could have been written for Frank Sinatra. These comparisons are hardly surprising when Urie himself has been quoted crediting inspirations to the previously mentioned artists. The album also provided fans with some continuation from the previous one (Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die) through the music video for ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’. Seemingly a visual sequel to ‘This is Gospel’ the music video is an oddly twisted story that sees Urie transforming into a demon in jagged, stop animation-like editing. Continuing the reputation the band have for memorable music videos. Urie has since said that he hopes to bring his experience on the Broadway stage to the next album leaving fans to wonder how previous theatrics will be topped.

Death of a Bachelor continues the band’s notorious habit of trying to reinvent themselves every album and only one of the reasons the Artist of the Year Award could not have gone to anyone else.

Watch the winning moment here as well as Brendon’s ‘thank you’ video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=162&v=guTUHdVhq78

 

Links:

http://www.altpress.com/apmas2017_home

http://www.altpress.com/news/entry/panic_at_the_disco_artist_of_the_year_2017_apmas

http://www.altpress.com/features/entry/2017_apmas_winners_list

http://www.altpress.com/apmas2017_home

 

Review By Skye W. Winwood

Calling all aspiring songwriters!

Have a passion for music and song writing that desperately needs to be heard by the right people? Salute Music Makers, the unique songwriter’s competition platform, launched in April have now eradicated their £20 entry fee. Meaning it’s now free to enter! Due to the high levels of excitement and support surrounding the competition Salute have been able to complete their second year goal early with the help from GRM Daily, Unsigned Music Awards, UNILAD and more.

The competition is like no other. Different from the likes of the X-Factor and The Voice by only having one condition to this no strings attached opportunity: each entrant must write their own original song. The way the competition works is contestants will upload their music to a platform where it will then be judged by a team of respected curators and industry experts to find a top 100. Those top 100 will then be dwindled down to a final 6 through way of a public vote as they compete in live shows hosted on social media. The overall winner will receive a cash prize of £50,000 to spend how they deem fit to help them pursue their musical dream. Or whatever they like! As mentioned before the money comes with no strings attached. The other finalists will not go home empty handed, however, as they will receive their own cash prize of £10,000!

 

If you’re interested check out these links for more information:

http://www.salutemusic.uk/salute-competition.html

https://www.facebook.com/salutemusicuk/

https://twitter.com/salutemusicUK

 

By Skye W.Winwood

Travel on a sonic odyssey with John Dylan and his new single ‘Get Beyond’

Music has proven to be something close to a religion for many musicians, going so far as to be deemed a form of free therapy. One artist this is true for is multi-instrumentalist John Dylan now coming out with his new single ‘Get Beyond’ from the to-be-released album Peripheral Drift Illusion. Album artwork being created by John Lennon’s band mate, Klaus Voormann, who designed the cover of The Beatles’ classic record Revolver.

Watch the psychedelic music video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpy8NH6g228

John has been floating through the music world for some time being involved with underground math-rock band Mars Accelerator in the mid-90s, who played alongside Modest Mouse and released an album with the help of Steve Fisk – known for his work with Nirvana. With knowledge in producing John has broken from the genre-defying band Terrence to go solo and carry on blurring musical lines by pushing his talents as a songwriter. A tough task for any musician but John was born into music with his parents listening to the likes of Elvis Costello, Bob Marley and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Combined with John, himself, taking inspiration from bands like Nirvana and The Beatles it’s no wonder his music seems to transport the listener to another era.

‘Get Beyond’ at first can seem like an overwhelming combination of sounds before blending into dreamy vocals with a bouncing guitar riff drifting over a wah-fuelled bass line. The transition is a perfect example of how the song takes the listener on a sonic odyssey that makes a stop at many genre styles along the way. Due to this it would be criminal to confine John to one single band or artist in comparison even as it’s obvious where his inspiration shines from. Although considered a ‘rock artist’ John challenges the style as well as taking advantage of the alternative themes the genre provides, not pigeonholing himself to any single sound by using a completely digital workflow. For each single John is breaking out of the rock genre to explore hip-hop, dance and electronic by holding a ‘remix competition’ where aspiring DJs and electronic artists can sample and rework his songs with the chance to appear on the widely released version of the single.

John reacts to some remix works here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vIY83NTbOg

Pushing the boundaries of music is not the only challenge John faces as a musician as he has recently been diagnosed with a chronic anxiety disorder. However instead of letting this beat him he deals with his issues in his work as a songwriter, creating passionate music that has the ability to connect with many listeners. John has also been very open about his struggles in the past explaining how there are moments when he has to encourage himself to get out of bed and stop hiding from the world. Overcoming losing his job and house after being robbed John proves to truly be an inspirational musician and I personally look forward to his work in the future.

 

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/johndylanaudio/

https://twitter.com/johndylanaudio

https://www.instagram.com/johndylanaudio/

https://johndylanaudio.tumblr.com/

http://john.audio/

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

The month may be over but pride is forever

As the month of June comes to an end so comes the awful realisation that some people think the LGBTQ+ community disappears with it. To keep the rainbow flag flying here is a collection of songs either written about or by someone in the community. Whilst some highlight the hardships many people still face today, others are a celebration of all that has be won.

 

Queen – I Want to Break Free: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4Mc-NYPHaQ

A huge icon in the LGBTQ+ world ‘I Want to Break Free’ encapsulates the struggle many homosexual people faced during British rock band Queen’s era as well as staying as a reminder of the fight still going on. The powerful vocals of Freddie Mercury penetrate to a personal level inside all of us to the desire that we all want more than what we have. The music video challenged social norms at the time by having all the band members dressed in women’s clothing to represent how people are made to be something they are not. When first released the song was controversial in America and banned by MTV but now can be viewed as a constant reminder of fighting against oppression.

 

Rocky Horror – Sweet Transvestite: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQRjhZyXJFg

The 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a personal guilty pleasure of mine with its catchy tune and brilliant lyrics. The performance of Tim Curry perfectly portrays the famous Dr Frank-N-Furter as he reminds us all not to ‘judge a book by its cover’ in the sensual and sexual song. More than just a homosexual anthem, ‘Sweet Transvestite’ stands for anyone deemed “different” facing oppression with an ‘I don’t give a damn attitude’.

 

Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xCMF7jsDJI (Viewer discretion: there are scenes of physical abuse some may find upsetting).

When an artist creates a story it is impossible to isolate something that comes together so beautifully. Unlike the first two tracks mentioned this collection of songs does not hide its message of oppression in an upbeat rhythm. The raw and stripped back sound of the songs reminds us all that people cope with things in different ways but also sometimes it can be too much. The Blue Neighbourhood Trilogy follows the story of two childhood friends who grow up and apart, their friendship turning into something more that becomes too much for one. The shocking and upsetting message is a reminder of what can happen when people don’t have the right support and are lead to believe they will never be accepted.

 

RuPaul – LGBT: https://soundcloud.com/rupaul1/lgbt-feat-chi-chi-larue

RuPaul has famously been quoted with ‘if you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you going to love somebody else?’ The world famous drag queen has always been a spokesperson for the LGBTQ+ community and the song’s title speaks for itself with the message of accepting yourself before expecting others to do the same. With the lyrics following the belief that you can be who you want to be as long as you let me be me. The song calls out listeners to rise up and be themselves as RuPaul sings, ‘come on let me see you rock this town/come on let me see you tear it down.’ The message of always fighting whilst explaining the true ideal of the community: ‘LGBT you be who you wanna be.’

 

Kinky Boots – Raise You Up/Just Be: https://soundcloud.com/originalwestendcastofkinkyboots/raise-you-up-just-be

Coming from another iconic LGBTQ+ musical Kinky Boots’ ‘Raise You Up/Just Be’ speaks of support and making sure to always look out for one another during hard times. The musical marked the debut of Cyndi Lauper as a musical song writer with her lyrics of ‘if you hit the dust/let me raise you up’ reminding everyone they are not alone. The whole production surrounds the message that no one should be left to struggle alone and everyone deserves a helping hand. The song also reminds those who have managed to make it through hard times that they cannot forget those still fighting their own battles. The summary of the song being that people can face whatever threatens them and beat it with help from others who understand and that giving up is never an option.

 

Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HRa4X07jdE

When written for fantasy/comedy musical The Wizard of Oz who would have thought the impact the song would create in the LGBTQ+ community. The term ‘a friend of Dorothy’ became a way for gay men to identity to one another without revealing themselves during a time when it wasn’t safe. Since then the song has become a gay anthem of having faith for something better to come along, and keeping the hope that eventually it will. Although the lyrics originally related to a young farm girl’s dream of wanting to escape where she grew up the idea of ‘somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly/oh why, oh why can’t I?’ has become about not understanding how some people can be accept when others are not.

 

Christina Aguilera – Beautiful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAfyFTzZDMM

The pop and R&B ballad speaks of inner beauty and the importance of improving self-esteem over looks. The music video is a visual representation of the different kinds of people who exist in the world and how there is nothing wrong with them being themselves just because it is something others do not understand. With people still facing prejudice for things that harm no one ‘Beautiful’ is an emotional and uplifting song reminding people that they are accepted even if they don’t feel like it. That it’s okay if someone else thinks you’re “ugly” due to the way you are because they are wrong and you truly are ‘beautiful in every single way’. A true song for anyone struggling with accepting themselves no matter who they may be.

 

Pink – Raise Your Glass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjVNlG5cZyQ

Like Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’, Pink’s ‘Raise Your Glass’ supports the differences in everyone in this song of celebration. Asking you to ‘raise your glass if you are wrong in all the right ways’ because there is no wrong way to be you. Pink’s music has always been about staying strong and understanding who you are so others cannot tear you down. ‘Raise Your Glass’ rallies everyone who has ever faced oppression because of who they are in a toast to them for not letting people tear them down. The simple and comical lyric of ‘what’s the dealio?’ questions those who see the differences in others as wrong and embodies the whole idea that prejudice has never made sense and will continue to be beaten.

 

Cyndi Lauper – True Colours: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPn0KFlbqX8

Already having one on the list for her inspiring writing in Kinky Boots, Cyndi Lauper lends her own voice to the song ‘True Colours’. A beautiful and moving song about not only being accepted because of your differences but being loved because of them too. ‘True Colours’ encourages people to be who they are because they will always find love with those who understand and accept them. The song also embodies the idea that you should never hide who you truly are because ‘your true colours come shining through’ and you should never try to darken yourself to please others.

 

Lady Gaga – Born This Way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wV1FrqwZyKw

The pop artist Lady Gaga has been an outspoken supporter for underdogs through her entire career and has always put forward the belief that we are made to be who we are. The song born this way challenges those who believe that some people are made unnatural by saying, ‘I’m beautiful in my way because God makes no mistakes/I’m on the right track, baby, I was born this way.’ Gaga sings about how as long as you are being who you were born to be there is nothing you are doing wrong.

 

Whether you belong to the community or are a supporter, continue to always love and support each other no matter what.

 

By Skye W.Winwood

Fall Out Boy are back with the madness in their new single ‘Champion’

Always supporting the underdog Fall Out Boy have literally released an anthem that would fit perfectly into any uplifting film montage.

Find out just how well it fits here: https://soundcloud.com/milkywayspaceteam/fall-out-boy-champion

‘Champion’ is the second single to be revealed from the punk rock band’s highly anticipated album Mania to be released September 15th. ‘Champion’ encapsulates the “never give up” attitude Fall Out Boy have always tried to put forth for their fans but this time with no apologies. Both front man Patrick Stump and main lyricist/bassist Pete Wentz have been honest in the media about their struggles with depression and the simple lyrics of ‘if I can live through this, I can do anything’ are an uplifting triumph they want to share with others. The constant repetition of the song’s title ‘Champion’ coupled with the slow building start breaking through into a heavy drum beat connotes the issues many fans of the band themselves may struggle with.

The song seems to be one of looking back with the first two lines being ‘I’m calling you from the future/to let you know we made a mistake’ but that they are still here and things will get better. As well as this the song holds the ideal that it is never too late by saying ‘I’m just young enough to still believe.’ Stump’s powerful vocals perfectly complement Wentz’s lyrics in a way that differs from any of their previous albums. After the release of ‘Young and Menace’ new and existing fans of the band were split on whether they were witnessing yet another beloved band changing their sound to fit pop culture conventions. ‘Champion’ has removed any doubt that the band are continuing to explore their creative genius through their music. The song embodying an echo of Fall Out Boy’s old sound as well as giving us promise of what they will provide in the future.

Watch Pete Wentz skateboarding with some Llamas in the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ub9su42mZo

 

Links:

https://falloutboy.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/FallOutBoyVEVO

 

Review by Skye W.Winwood

 

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