Weezer’s latest single, “The End of the Game”, is a driving force carefully crafted to continuously propel you forward from start to finish. With steady, heavy power chords guiding you along like a train on a mission, scenic “views” of acrobatic guitar riffs sprinkled throughout to joyously catch you by surprise, and a melody that is both simplistic and infectious at the same time, this song is a seamless blend of Van Halen-style rock and the kind of mood-elevating pop you sing along in the car to with your friends…
Whether you love her, hate her, or are completely indifferent to her, Taylor Swift’s 14-year career has taken many turns both stylistically and personally, and throughout it all she’s seemed to always manage to persevere and rise above.
With joyful songs of simplistic sincerity like “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” and “She Loves You,” to more contemplative tracks like “Help!,” “Yesterday,” “Ticket to Ride,” “And I Love Her,” and “If I Fell,” John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr ignited a cultural and musical phenomenon that the world hadn’t, and likely will never see the likes of again.
With the COVID-19 pandemic pulling us further apart than we’ve ever been, both literally and metaphorically, music has become more important than ever as a form of human interaction. One World: Together at Home provided an opportunity for viewers and musicians alike to have something to unite around, something to come together over regardless of the distance currently between us all.
In the midst of all the fear, sadness, sacrifice, uncertainty, and just plain weirdness that’s going on worldwide right now, The Office, Jack Ryan, and A Quiet Place star, John Krasinski, is a true bright spot helping to reinvigorate hope for the future. He’s recently started a weekly YouTube show called Some Good News where, you guessed it, he focuses on finding and delivering stories of progress and hope in the midst of the current chaos and crisis.
Kyle Patrick, Joey Zehr, Ben Romans, Joe Guese, and Ethan Mentzer. Maybe you know these names, maybe you don’t, but together they were The Click Five and they were one of the main musical forces at the forefront of my teen years.