sounds good feels good

This song is a sort of musical oxymoron. It starts out sounding like every other pop song, where the singer is obsessed with every beautiful woman they see. Then, after the head banging guitar riff, the song completely transforms. It turns into an angsty but inspirational teenage anthem. I believe this was a risky move for 5 Seconds of Summer, depending on how the listener interprets this stark contrast. New listeners of the band may hear the cliche beginning, assume this is just like every other song out there, and turn away from 5SOS’ vapid lyrics for good. However, if a long time fan or an open minded listener chooses to stick through the beginning, they might realize the meaning behind this song. This probably wasn’t the smartest decision, considering the goal of most mainstream artists is to gain traction and the support of new fans. In terms of meaning, though, I feel like this song has a lot to offer, if the listener is willing to hear it. This song discusses many problems that teenagers, 5SOS’ primary fanbase, have to face. Teenagers struggle with finding the motivation to get through college, teenagers have huge aspirations that sometimes seem unattainable, and teenagers get called losers or crazy sometimes. 5SOS reassures that all of this is okay and normal. They went through it too, which is very inspiring to their fans. They belt out that we should all embrace the fact that we’re struggling and make the most of it, shouting “We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene.” This is a very inspiring message to those who look up to the band. However, this type of personal connection is again a risky move. The meaning only carries through for fans of the group or those who are longing for a pick me up. The only reason that calling the audience losers in this song works is because it was made for the fans, who long to find the personal meaning their idols poured into the music. This song would have been better suited as just another track on the album, rather than a single. It’s catchy, but it’s also personal. Personal doesn’t sell.

While critiquing this song, I had a responsibility to comment on it fairly. This means removing all bias, or as much as possible. I’m a fan of 5 Seconds of Summer, but that doesn’t mean I think this is the best song ever or without fault. That also doesn’t mean I should have written this critique from the perspective of a 5SOS fan because that wouldn’t be fair to those reading my critique. People look to critics for objective statements on everything. My opinion on this song is an influence on whether or not people will go listen to it and/or appreciate it, which is why its important to both the subject and the audience that I remain unbiased.



real eyes realize real lies

what’s up with eyes?

why do we put so much importance on those orbs in our face?

i look in the mirror and i love my eyes

and then i remember some people hate their eyes

is it because no one’s favorite color is brown

but everyone’s favorite color is green or blue?

wait a second

let’s go back to the mirror for a second

how can i love my eyes if the mirror only shows a distortion of myself?

how can people hate their eyes if the mirror only shows a distortion of themselves?

my favorite color is green

but my favorite eyes are brown

maybe it’s because all my favorite people have brown eyes

so i associate brown eyes with my favorite memories

or maybe it’s because brown eyes show depth and passion

while blue eyes just seem cold

brown eyes turn gold in the sunlight

and blue eyes turn blue in the sunlight

my blue eyes love brown eyes

why don’t brown eyes love brown eyes?

do brown eyes hate my blue eyes?

probably not in the same way that they hate their own eyes

probably out of envy

why do we say that blue eyes are more beautiful?

i say brown eyes are more beautiful

but i am not everyone

how interesting

We all have things we like to do when we have free time, things that make us happy. We call these things hobbies or interests. I’ve always been interested by interests and why different people are interested in different things. Part of the reason for this is because, as I said in my about me, I go through different phases of interests fairly quickly. The first major interest that I remember having was the band One Direction. I knew everything about them. I knew where they were from and all the words to all of their songs. This interest then shifted to their opening act, 5 Seconds of Summer. I looked up to them and was very inspired by their songs. My final major shift in interest was when I got into kpop. I love the variety of groups, and I listen to almost 50 artists. There is an obvious link between all of these interests, they are all music related.

Music is my favorite form of entertainment, most likely because of it’s variability of uses. You can have music on in the background to help you focus while you study or you can really listen to the lyrics to experience what the writer was experiencing. Before I got into kpop, I thought the only way you could receive the songwriter’s message was by listening to the lyrics. Now I realize that the way the song is composed can also express the emotion of the songwriter, as well as the emotion in the artist’s voice. I think kpop has given me a greater appreciation for all of the work that goes into creating music that people can relate to. Another thing that interests me about music is the artists themselves. I like learning about the artists as people. It’s interesting to watch how people express themselves artistically and see them live their dreams. Additionally, the majority of artists I like I see as kind and genuine people, so being a music fan gives me lots of inspiring people to look up to.

However, not everyone is interested in music, which is what is interesting to me. Some people have watched hundreds of movies, spend all of their free time watching TV shows, express themselves by writing their own music and movies, etc. People who enjoy movies or TV shows may look up to the actors as their role models similarly to how I look up to musicians. They may enjoy learning about those actors as people and how they express their emotions through their acting. Although this interest is similar to mine, I’ve never been as interested in movies or TV shows as I have with music. I watch some movies and a few shows casually, but I’m not invested in any actors to the point where I know lots of things about them and why they want to be an actor. I’ve always wondered how people could have different interests. What about movies is more interesting to some people than music?

I think interests are very important to have. They allow you to express your own emotions either directly or by watching other people do the same. Your interests give you a break from your day to day busy life. Those who are lucky get to combine their casual interests with their career. Most musicians’ main interest was music even before they achieved it as a job.  I enjoy learning what other people’s interests are, I feel like it can tell you a lot about the person. For me, I always ask people who like the same musical groups as me who their favorite member is. The person they look up to the most can show you what is important to them and what their passions are. This interest in other people’s interests and passions might explain why I want to be a psychiatrist. I really enjoy learning about how other people’s minds work. Someday, I might try to combine my interest in music with my interest in psychology. I could determine why different people have different interests or how music impacts the way people think.


I’m not superstitious but I am a little stitious

I am superstitious about a few things, but for the most part I’m not. I sometimes cross my fingers for good luck, and I don’t open umbrellas inside or walk under ladders. The main reason I follow those superstitions anyway is because I’ve been told them from a young age and they are constantly reinforced in me. For example, many TV shows portray black cats as evil or bad, so that belief is continually fortified. Because my superstitions are mainly supported by society, I don’t have any personal lucky objects that I would be afraid of losing. I have sentimental objects, such as a stuffed dog I sleep with, but nothing that I carry with me for luck. Like I said before, I follow some of the more common and simple superstitious practices, such as picking up pennies for good luck. I don’t do anything major or anything that would require me to expend a lot more energy or effort. For example, I don’t carry around a rabbit’s foot for good luck. I obviously believe in my superstitions otherwise I wouldn’t do things like cross my fingers for good luck, and I don’t listen to people when they tell me it doesn’t do anything. Therefore, I guess I have a lot of belief in them.