I Don’t Know What Title To Give This Post About Music

I once made the mistake of asking for song recommendations on Twitter. All I got were replies and messages from people I had never heard of, who were trying to promote their own music.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate people trying to share their work and grow a following, but it’s not what I was looking for.

There are two people who I can rely on consistently for song recommendations. Everyone else – it’s like pulling teeth. They want to know what genre I’m interested in. To which I reply, “just send me anything”.

I don’t understand the need to pinpoint my taste. Just send me your favourite songs and I’ll tell you yes or no!

People are difficult.

I get tired of songs quickly. Seemingly once a week, I’ll find a new song to listen to on repeat for anywhere between 243 – 362 times. And then I need a break from it.

That’s why I’m always on the lookout for songs I haven’t heard before. That’s why I ask people to “send me anything” because I don’t know what’s going to stick until I hear it.

That being said, if it’s a popular song on the radio or currently at the top of “the charts”, chances are I want nothing to do with it. Why? I’ll tell you why.

I gave this “Desperado” “Despacito” song a chance. A gander, if you will. I wanted to see what the fuss was about.

I hated it. Sorry.

No disrespect to anyone, but after listening to it I decided that I’d rather listen to the birds outside my window chirp at me at 4AM every morning.

That song is the most viewed video on YouTube ever. Ever! My goodness. When did I turn into a 148-year-old man who is so out of touch with popular trends?

I’d say about eight years ago. My 140th birthday was lit.

This is why when I heard my favourite band, 30 Seconds To Mars, was finally releasing new music on Tuesday for the first time in four years, I was excited. At the same time, I was skeptical.

In the days leading up to the release of their new single Walk On Water, they had been releasing teasers of it – mainly the first 10 seconds of the song. And from what I was hearing, I was nervous I wouldn’t like it.

I listened to the song for the first time and when it was over, my first reaction was: “Oh no, I don’t really like it.”

But it’s my favourite band, right? Maybe it will grow on me. Some of their songs in the past had to grow on me, maybe this is similar.

By the end of Tuesday, I had listened to it a few dozen times. It was starting to grow on me a little bit, but maybe that’s because I was forcing myself to like it.

Out of ten, I’d give it a six. If I weren’t biased, I’d probably give it less.

The song sounds like a pop song. They are a rock band. None of that bothers me. Their last album was more “alternative” than “rock” and I thought it was great.

I’m not one of those people who will say, “Oh I wish this band/artist went back to the same sound they had from their first or second album.”

No. Bands evolve. I don’t think some people understand that.

As a writer, I completely understand why a band or artist might want to move in a different direction. You get bored of doing the same thing and want to see if you can succeed at something else. You want to push the boundaries.

People hate Nickelback because they claim every song sounds the same. And yet, these same people will bash other bands who evolve their sound and blur the lines between different genres.

You can’t have it both ways.

I truly feel bad that I’m not a big fan of “Walk On Water”, but what do you want me to do? Lie?

The song doesn’t resonate with me. It’s a political song which is clearly directed at Americans.

“Oh but Paul, maybe you can try and relate to the lyrics or something.”

I don’t really want to? I can’t. I think the lyrics are a bit weak, actually. I’m sorry.

That was hard for me to say because one of the things I love about 30 Seconds To Mars, is their lyrics.

This song felt a bit lazy. Itย is 3:09 in length. The last 1:40 is pretty much the same two lines repeated over and over again. Listening to “Do you believe/walk on water” with a few “Ohhh’s” thrown in, and another line that I can’t remember, for almost two minutes, isn’t my cup of water.

That disappointed me.

I mean, Cyndi Lauper basically did the same thing by repeating, “Girls just wanna have fun” and dragged it out, but that’s different. I think. Those words just sound better to the ear, don’t they?

I know this band tries to turn songs into anthems that will play well in front of a live audience, which explains all the “Oh Ohh Oh” in their songs, but this one just felt forced.

And it’s fine if they want to make a political song, but when I listen to music, the last thing I want to think about is politics. I want music to make me feel better. Thinking of politics does not do that.

If you want to call it a song that will “bring people together”, go for it.

You know what brings people together, though? Staring at a solar eclipse. That brought people together because everyone had to shut up, look up, and watch something they couldn’t control.

Nowadays, no one ever shuts up, everyone is looking down, and everyone wants their opinion to be the only opinion. Is it any coincidence why people are divided?

So, take that for what it’s worth.

I think I’m done here.

I’ll still be a fan of the band, obviously, but this is one song I’ll listen to less than the others. I’m sorry that’s the case. It’s just my opinion.

Twitter –ย @CappyTalks

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32 Responses to I Don’t Know What Title To Give This Post About Music

  1. V Donovan says:

    I overplay songs all the time too, so I know the struggle. I find listening to the radio is often decent enough, especially if it’s a station that doesn’t overplay songs. I know you’re in the Toronto area too so maybe try Boom 97.3 if you’re into that kind of music?
    As for Nickleback, I used to knock their music like everyone else but then I sat down and relistened to their singles and they actually have some bangers.

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    • Paul says:

      Sometimes I’ll listen to different channels on XM Radio. And yeah Nickelback has some good songs that I like too. I’ve never understood the amount of hate they get.


  2. micqu says:

    I can relate to this on so many levels. Never ask for recommendations. People will never simply send music. Asking about is it not like asking for some equation about rocket science. I want music, give me music. And please, don’t try to push your crappy singing and mediocre guitar playing on me. Damn it! Sorry for the outburst. But it happens all the time to me. And now, add to that, that many bands/artists are following me on Twitter… it generates even more wannabe musicians.
    And you are so right about musicians needing to evolve and grow. We all do. Why shouldn’t bands do. Those who stayed around for years (decades) are those who weren’t afraid to try something new or daring. My own personal band included. They changed from doom metal to alternative in 2 decades and I am loving every stage of their career. Even if they are not that widely known. They are called Anathema, by the way.
    30 seconds to Mars, they lost me with their album This is War. Too many oohhhs and aaahhhs. And just like you, I understand that they want to write anthems, but they are not for me. Personally, I liked their first album – self-titled, if I remember correctly.
    I could go on and on and on about this. I am very passionate about music and I own many records from very different genres. I pride myself with that. So, if you want honest recommendations, come to me. (and you will probably get more than you asked for… lol)

    Sorry for this long comment… Mais, et deet mer net wiirklech leed. (but I am not really sorry)


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    • Paul says:

      Wow what a great comment! See with me, I found out who 30 Second to Mars was about a year after they released This Is War and that’s the album that made me like them. Eventually, I went back and listened to their earlier stuff but I didn’t enjoy it as much, outside of a few songs.
      If you wanted to suggest 5 songs for me that would be great! Merci!


      • micqu says:

        5 songs… Okay.
        Pour more oil by Her Name is Calla

        Pendulum by Pearl Jam

        The Optimist by Anathema

        Sorry by Art of Dying

        Fragile dreams by Anathema

        (I just died) like an aviator by Matthew Ryan

        I’ll leave it like this, not adding much information. 2 songs are live, a bit of talking included. 2 bands on this list are British, 1 is Canadian, 2 from the US. One artist’s latest album was produced by Brian Fallon from Gaslight Anthem…
        (There was a word, an important one, missing in my earlier comment. Anathema is my own personal *favourite* band. Not my band!)

        An? Wat denks de? (So? What do you think?)

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      • Paul says:

        Lol yeah I figured you were missing the word “favourite” in your previous comment, though for a second I actually believed you had your own band haha.

        Thanks for the 6 songs! I especially appreciate the links! I liked Sorry, Fragile Dreams, and I just died like an aviator. I listened to the last song before reading the rest of your comment, and saw in the YouTube comments that Brian Fallon produced it. I love The Gaslight Anthem! Perfect suggestion.

        Here is a song I just heard yesterday that you might like:
        Stay by No Devotion


  3. Ely says:

    Hey Paul. So what do you actually think about that new song by 30 Seconds to Mars? ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ For what’s it worth I don’t know many new songs that I LIKE. I only listen to music from the 90s and some of the earlier 2000’s. People just want money now and nothing makes sense anymore. Other than Linkin Park… I don’t know that I like any bands and I’ve never heard anything by 30 Seconds to Mars. I’m more of a Nickelback, Hinder and 3 Doors Down kind of girl and I don’t agree that their music is repetitive!!

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    • Paul says:

      I also like Linkin Park! Those other 3 bands you just named are ones I look up in YouTube every now and then when I need to hear something good lol. 30 Seconds To Mars is sorta the same kinda sound.

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      • Ely says:

        I’ll check them out! I also went through a minor phase of Panic at the Disco and Secondhand Serenade but got bored quickly lol. Oh and MAROON FIVE!!!

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      • Paul says:

        Panic at the disco, panic at the Taco Bell! I swear that’s from a song, just don’t know which one. Maroon Five had a nice run while I was in high school lol. If you listen to 30STM, start with Closer To The Edge and then go from there based on the YouTube suggestions!

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  4. Tanushka says:

    You should try Sia. I love her works. And not just the famous songs like Chandelier and Titanium, try to dig out her older songs, they are very melodious. She is an artist who gives me shivers. I think you would like songs with thoughtful lyrics. My current favourite is ‘fair game’. (Also Linkin park and twenty one pilots is awesome obviously)

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  5. Nirvana! Or Rumspringa!! Shake Em Loose happens to be my favorite while walking down the street or if I’m really needing to wind down and get some shut eye. Lol tell me what you think.

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  6. Issa says:

    You should have called it a diss about walk on water ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

    I overplay song all the time too… currently over playing Arizona – Crossing my mind

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  7. Barb Knowles says:

    I realize you want music recommendations, so I’m currently listening to, and have been for a while, any song that Banners has done, but especially Halflight. On a constant loop. But now to my real comment. You are SPOT ON about the solar eclipse.

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  8. I’m not sure if you ever got into Young the Giant but they’ve got some good songs! My Body, Cough Syrup are two that got really popular but try Firelight for a different feel. Also try Soul Meets Body by Death Cab for Cutie, Ends of the Earth by Lord Huron, or My Heart by The Perishers… Just a few random personal favourites of mine ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Paul says:

      Thanks for the recommendations! My Body was the only one I had heard of before and I liked it. I listened to the rest, definitely gonna give them all a second listen. I liked the overall sound of each of them. Thanks!

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  9. MagLyM says:

    A few recommendations…Safe by Bay Ledges, Minimum by Charlie Cunningham, The Gold by Manchester Orchestra, Whole Wide World sung by Cage the Elephant (it’s a cover).

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Hi Paul, am I one of those two people you can rely on for song recommendations??๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚โค๏ธ

    I know you love my Lady Gaga recommendationsโ˜บ๏ธ

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