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Music

A Little Bit of What Now?

Back in May, I believe, Rachel Platten came out with a new song: “Little Bit of Love”. Well, it’s actually Tritonal’s song and she’s featured on it. But, as far as I’m concerned, same difference.

Like any of Rachel’s songs, this is good. However, it’s somewhat of a departure from her usual style. And that departure takes the form of the lyrics. The second verse and refrain are as follows:

I’m the protagonist

I’m not givin’ up on this

But can we just take a breath?

Everything you’re feelin’

I’ll make you question it

You won’t know what’s comin’ next

Why we fightin’?

When time is borrowed

So, let’s stop fightin’

Let’s get back to it tomorrow

I just need a little bit of love

Love tonight

I just need a little bit of love

Love tonight

And everything’s fucked up

And (But?) let’s pretend that it’s alright

I just need a little bit of love

Love tonight

I just need a little bit of love

If someone focuses on the refrain, it sounds like Rachel’s trademark positivity. However, the second verse describes an abusive relationship. And I’m not sure how I feel about that. I still like the song, of course, but an explanation of the thought process behind the lyrics would be nice.

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Music

Rachel’s Broadway counterpart

I’ve written before about Rachel Platten and how her music is important to me. Maybe I’ve gone a little overboard. I’m not ashamed of it though. Because, at the end of the day, her music isn’t just fun and games. It serves a very important purpose: It makes me think about my life.

Rachel’s the backdrop for my highs and lows. She helps me process my feelings. She seems to have a song for whatever I’m feeling in a given moment. It’s almost like she and I are the same person.

However, Rachel Platten isn’t the only person who can make me think. Alexander Hamilton really blows my mind sometimes. Or maybe I should say Lin-Manuel Miranda. Yeah, that makes more sense, doesn’t it?

During my senior year in college, I had a lot on my mind that I was trying to cope with. And the Hamilton soundtrack – ahem, I mean original cast recording, sorry – seemed to be a giant metaphor for all of it. I could find something in almost every song that related to how I felt. Its relevance to my life was almost freaky. Two years later, it still means a lot to me, even though I have yet to see the play.

Rachel Platten and Lin-Manuel Miranda may not run in the same circles, but both of them mean a lot to me.

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Movies

Wonder Park

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June Bailey and her mother created Wonderland when she was little. But then her mom got sick, and June hadn’t really thought about it since. Until one day, when she stumbles upon it because she decides to run away from math camp. It’s her job to rescue the park from the darkness her neglect caused.

It was refreshing to see a female character interested in subjects like math, and her imagination was impressive as well. Beyond that, however, this movie didn’t really have a “wow” factor. The main draw was Rachel Platten’s song “Wonder”, which comes in about halfway through the movie.

The cast was quite a mix. Jennifer Garner and Matthew Broderick played June’s mom and Dad, respectively. Jennifer Garner was back in her groove with a – slightly – happier role. Peppermint was good, but it seemed to be an outlier for Garner.

Voices for June’s friends in Wonderland include Mila Kunis, John Oliver, Keenan Thompson, and last but not least, Norbert Leo Butz, known to broadway fans as Fiyero in Wicked. Oliver and Thompson provided most, if not all, of the somewhat dry humor.

The message in the movie was complex. On the surface, yes, it’s all fine and dandy when someone can believe in themselves and not give up, but at the same time, self-esteem isn’t always so simple; sometimes darkness isn’t easily kept at bay. Who knows what would’ve happened if June hadn’t found Wonderland again.

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Fur Coats and Pajamas

If you build it, they will come.

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Music

How “You Belong” Really Makes me Feel

If you read Friday’s post, you’ll know that I was a bit apprehensive, to say the least, about Rachel Platten’s new song.

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Platten v. Milne

Today, Rachel Platten performed a new song on Good Morning America. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful song written by a beautiful human being:

https://youtu.be/O7bq62Z_cN0

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Music

On Diego Torres

Rachel Platten? Pfft, she’s just a gateway drug.

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Twitter Magic

In Wednesday’s post, I talked about how social media is meant to bring people together.  Sometimes, it really does.

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Fanfiction

A Songwriter’s Coincidence

The following is what my brain comes up with when I happen to ignore the metaphor of the glass ceiling in Rachel Platten’s “Broken Glass.”

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Music

Unconditionally Whole Hearted

Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” and Rachel Platten’s “Whole Heart” may sound different, but if you think about it, they are very much the same.