Amazing Kids! Magazine

Musically Interconnected

By Cathy Yan, Global Village Editor

 

With sites like YouTube and Vine, it is easier than ever to explore the ever-evolving world of music. In this era of broadening definitions of pop culture, many radical songs are making headlines not just in obscure dance clubs, but in mainstream society as well. Burgeoning musicians are everywhere and most are making names for themselves, but the oldies-but-goodies have not been forgotten. To begin your journey into the musical jungle, check out the songs below.

Air Balloon by Lily Allen: Sassy, British Lily Allen attracts daydreamers and the logical-minded alike with this catchy tune. Quirky and whimsical, this song is bound to appeal to you with its staccato rhythm and fun lyrics. It is the perfect pick-me-up to get you going on those lazy days when you just want to stay home and sleep. Even if the upbeat melody doesn’t win you over, the main theme should. After all, who doesn’t want to take a ride in an air balloon?

Someday by The Strokes: American band The Strokes sums up growing pains perfectly with this classic jam. Though growing up, figuring out what you want, and making your way in life may be hard to do, this catchy song sure is easy to listen to! Though the lyrics are a bit melancholy, the melody makes up for it with its fast pace and old-timey feel. This song is reminiscent of a carefree childhood and is bound to bring back cheerful memories of hanging out with friends during summertime.

Over the Moon by Cher Lloyd: X-Factor contestant Cher Lloyd displays her unique style in this happy tune that is bound to bring a spring into your step. Cute and just a bit rebellious, this song describes the emotional high of success with accuracy and precision. In addition to the note-worthy lyrics, the whole feeling of this song hints at an older style, with its crackly sound and a melody perfect for a sixties themed dance party.

Katachi by Shugo Tokumaru: Japanese music is gaining popularity worldwide and Shugo Tokumaru is one of the many bands that are experiencing a newfound fame in western culture. Though you may not understand the lyrics, as they are not in English, the music video itself completely makes up for it. With stunning graphics accompanying a futuristic sounding and beautiful melody, what the words mean will be the furthest thing from your mind.

These songs are only the tip of a very large musical iceberg, but you can already see how diverse music can be. It is written in a myriad of genres, languages, and tastes, yet the main themes remain the same. From the joys of success to the pains of growing up, music gives us something to relate to and connects us to people miles away. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak the language or understand the culture because the connections you feel through music are so deep and personal, they don’t need words to speak volumes.