|A scene from the music video for handlebars. It shows people|
in protest against the leader that in narrating the song. The
music video actually played a big role in helping me
understand the meaning of the song.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Snapshot Four by Max Balderson
Ever since I was a kid in middle school, I have been listening to rap and rock. They are my favorite genres of music, and you will hardly ever see me listening to anything else. These two music genres are so important to me because of one thing: lyrics. When it comes to music, lyrics are the bread and butter. Sure, a song can have some catchy beat or a cool drum solo, but those are just sounds. When you hear the same sound enough, it can become boring or even annoying. However, if a song has lyrics that mean something to you, it can last a lifetime. For instance one summer when I was 13, someone had shown me the song Handle Bars by Flobots. At first I had only heard it for the sound. I thought it was a catchy song. I actually listened to it a lot, but I grew tired of the song after about a month. It was about a month or two later that someone had showed me the song again. When they showed it to me, they explained the lyrics as it was playing. This made the song light up in a whole new way for me. It wasn't just a boring catchy song anymore. It had transformed into a story of two friends, and a story of how someone can abuse the power given to them. It made the song take on a whole new meaning to me, and I've always listened to music for the lyrics ever since.