2014. Another year, another life, another love, another time. A new year always brings about a hint of mystique and hope, that maybe this is the year to shape the rest of the years. Maybe this is the year that the book you wrote will push you up to JK Rowling heights, or, in my case, the first start of college will bring life-changing experiences. So let’s hope, and wonder, for this new year to come.
Where do I begin completely captures the nostalgia, all those unspoken words tucked away, of all the love, all the sorrow, in this world. “Where do I begin?” Just like the quiet desperation and emotion behind that question, this song pushes that emotion and that determination to think the unthinkable, and to speak the unspeakable. Music wise, this song is all for you fans of Alex Clare, Imagine Dragons, and Ben Howard.
Rachel Rabin is one of the few low-alto singers, and even though the name of this song is quite morbid, this song is a jazzy-retro style with beats and a little bit of chill step-influence. Her powerful voice really gives hope for me, being a low to medium alto, with this song suited especially for that range in such a high-alto dominated music industry.
MKTO’s song is catchier than the rest in this music corner, but what really made it stand out from the rest is its lyrics and the empowering rap-beat buildup to the chorus. The song stands against the social discrimination against high-school dropouts, and the flaw in the educational system. Now how many songs in today’s music industry manages to balance the line between pop and depth?
In her usual slow, retro style, Dark Paradise is one of her hidden gems, hidden behind her bigger hits “Summertime Sadness” and “Video Games.” However, I personally think it is better and more nostalgic than both.
From Tumblr, Viewbug, and my friend’s blog Pomelo Seed.
(A little note on the second to last photo. That photo is a snapshot from the movie adaption of the book Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie, my new writing idol. How can one person inspire such controversy, and mimc such style and work from Indian storytelling?)