What is the Ultimate Fan Experience?

MTV hosts something called the “Ultimate Fan Experience,” but what is it?

By signing in through a social media network and entering your date of birth, you are able to put your name in the running to see the musical group that is being featured. At the present time, Zedd is the musical group that people are entering to win a chance to see.

Who is Zedd?

Zedd was born and raised in Germany. At the age of 4 he began playing piano followed by the drums at the age of 12. He began with classical music, moving on to metal, and now currently plays and produces electronic music.

As you can tell, his musical background serves him well. If you enjoyed this song you should check out Zedd’s YouTube page and listen to his other produced music. I don’t think you’ll regret it. I know I enjoy it.

The Sound of Spring

Spring is upon us at Purdue University. Along with spring comes the infamous Grand Prix week. It is the time of birds singing, cars blaring music out of their open windows, and outdoor darty music coming from every house, apartment, and garage. (Darty, the combination of day and party, darty.)

What should you expect? You should expect noise, music, and tons of people coming out of hibernation to enjoy the beautiful weather and music together.

To get your week starred off right:

Have fun this week, enjoy good music and good company, and be responsible.

Let us take a trip down the musical memory lane…

Just like many things in our world, music has come a long way. This trio of women take you from the 1950s to the 2010s in an energetic and comical performance all while in their car. From Sydney, Australia, Lana Kington, Madison Lloyd and Shae-Lee Shackleford call themselves… SketchShe.

Their video “Mime Through Time” is pretty cool because they not only lip sync the songs, but they wear the attire that goes with it (or in one song’s case, no attire at all).

Since the video was posted on March 31, 2015, it has received 16,030,364 views on the YouTube page. Before watching you should be aware of censored nudity at the end of this video, as well as an inappropriate hand gesture in the middle of the video.

If you can handle a little crude humor, proceed.

Along with lip syncs, these women do comedy acts that will double you over with laughter. Check out their Facebook page and let them know what you think.

More country controversy.

I’ve heard this many times before, from friends who have such a huge dislike for country music, “all country songs are the same.” You can find numerous articles, blogs, posts, tweets, and videos supporting this opinion, and little to none defending it.

CMT posted an article, “Proof That All Country Music Sounds the Same,” where  they explore the experiment of a YouTube user, Gregory Todd. Gregory Todd is a songwriter who was having a difficult time getting his songs into the country music line up. His experiment was done in the hopes of finding the “narrow definition” of what producers call country.

People may feel that this video is perfect for putting country in its place, because “it’s all the same,” but I feel like it actually makes the music more intriguing. The fact that the video shows you the music… well, just watch and see what you think.

I think country music is doing just fine.

The newest uproar in country music.

Before beginning to read this blog post, be warned that it is a touchy subject for some people. I’m not intending to offend anyone or shove my beliefs at anyone, but this is MY BLOG, so my opinions will be clear.

On October 21st the country band, Little Big Town released the album Pain Killer which featured their new hit song “Girl Crush.” I’ll be honest, when I first heard the title “Girl Crush” on the radio I automatically assumed it was about a lesbian couple. Of course, I never paid attention to the lyrics, because I didn’t much like the melody at the beginning of the song.

My reasoning for not liking the song is seemingly mild compared to that of the recent radio uproar in Boise, Idaho. Country music radio station 104.3 FM is taking heat from listeners who assumed exactly the same thing that I did, that the song represented a “gay agenda.”

When listening to the song again, I can see where people would get confused by the lyrics, not that it should matter.

Little Big Town’s response to this controversy is very well put and I completely agree with their disappointment in listeners with such closed minds. I know that this can be a touchy subject because of the various beliefs people have, however, I don’t think people have a right to complain about the artists intentions. If a song comes on the radio that I don’t like, I turn the station, put in a CD, or turn it off completely.

There is no reason for such an uproar when the problem can be solved by simply turning off the radio or respecting that people have different beliefs and containing your negative opinions about them.

Songs to Get You Through This Week

It’s the week before spring break. We all need some positive vibes while taking our last exams and finishing our last assignments and hours of work. Being the friendly and helpful person that I am, I’m going to help you by giving you some examples of what you should be listening to these last few days.

Let’s just say, as students, we’re going to be feeling invincible this week… some may even say bullet proof. But remember, we’re not bullet proof, so don’t forget to take your exams and turn in your homework.

Titanium- David Guetta

Sometimes, we really want to give up this last week before break.. but you can make it through the week. You will get to your beautiful spring break trips. Just remember that you will survive the week.

I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor

All right. So you got a little too excited and you procrastinated on your studying. Maybe you didn’t study as much as you should have for that last exam… maybe you ran out of time to proof read your paper before submitting it… There is nothing you can do about it now, no need to worry about it, you just need to shake it off.

Shake It Off- Taylor Swift

It’s time to realize that you’ll just have to work a bit harder after break.. It can only go one direction from here…

Up- Shania Twain

When Friday rolls around you will have earned your trip to where ever it is you’re going. You’ll be gone from school for a week.

Gone- Montgomery Gentry

Stay tuned. Friday will be a blog post you don’t want to miss before spring break.

Do We Like Covers?

Yes, of course, to keep us warm, but those aren’t the covers I’m talking about.

Cover song, or simply a cover refers to an original song that is sung by the original artist or band that is remade/sang by a different artist or band. It sounds confusing, but it’s really simple.

It’s hard for me to decide if I like covers or not. Some are better than others, of course, but can you beat the original? I think the answer is yes… especially if you don’t like the original artist and the cover is done by an artist you enjoy. I’m sure there are other reasons as well.

Every artist or band has their own style and sound. They can slow a song down or speed it up. They can add more spunk or emotion to a song. Different can be good, but it’s all up to the listener.

Let me show you what I mean with these examples.

The song “Riptide” by Vance Joy….

…is covered by Taylor Swift…

What did you think? Did you like the original? Did you like the cover? What about these two songs? Personally, I enjoyed them both because I like the fast-paced original as well as the slower remake. Do you see how they are different?

The song “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman…

…is covered by Sam Smith

This duo is similar in pace. Do you like one more than the other? Did your decision have something to do with the artists or the song in general? A variety of things can affect our reasoning, but there’s nothing wrong with this. That’s why there is so much music out there for us to explore. Songs, artists, bands, playlists, and concerts for every mood, every feeling, and every emotion you can imagine.

Do we like covers? Sometimes I do. Do YOU like covers?