Song endings- to fade or not to fade?

I’ve wondered this for a long time… how do artists decide if their song should fade to silence or have a definite, clear ending? It used to bother me when a song just faded out because I thought, “It’s still going! You can’t just turn it down!” Songs that ended on a guitar strum or a cappella moment were so much more satisfying, and honestly, they still are. To use a movie comparison- the fade out songs are like movies that leave you with a with a cliffhanger, wondering what happens next. I actually like this in movies, most of the time. But not in music!

I need the song to end. 

Even to this day, I think it’s weird when a song is fading out and the person is still singing. What else do they have to say? What do I need to know? How are they feeling? All these things will go unanswered because the song faded away. 

So if you’re an artist who writes music, how do you decide how a song comes to a conclusion? Is there a reason behind the fade-out that I’m not perceiving? Thanks in advance, and as always, thanks for stopping by! 

-Out of the Wilderness

Leap Year in music and movies

In honor of Leap Day (Year), here’s a list of a few movies and a few songs that are about (or mention) Leap Day or Leap Year…. or any kind of leaping 🙂



Movies…

Leap Year (2010) 

Pirates of Penzance (1983) 

February 29 (Korean, 2006)



Music…

“Circle of Life” (Elton John) …it’s the leap of faith… 

“Leap of Faith” (Etta James) …And when I went ahead and spread my wings, I found out that I could fly, Sometimes, all it takes is a leap of faith…

“Leap of Faith” (Bruce Springsteen) …It takes a leap of faith to get things going, In your heart you must trust…

**Ok, I need to interject here that originally I was going to list songs that mentioned any kind of leap or leaping, but now I know there are a million songs about “leap of faith,” so the rest are strictly about “leap year” 🙂 **

“Shirts and Gloves” (Dashboard Confessional) …I’ll call your cellular phone to tell you TV night was lonely without you, And so am I, so am I, It seems our day keeps falling on a leap year

“Beach Chair” (Jay-Z) …So I’m ’bout my paper, 24/7, 365, 366 in a leap year, I don’t know why we here, since we gotta be here…

“Just Waitin'” (Hank Williams) …The old maid’s waitin’ for leap year to come, The crooner’s just waitin’ to sing…

“Oxygen” (Switchfoot) …And I’m running out of oxygen, Can’t go back to the first, Losing stories like leap year, Fake smiles and worse…

“I Try To Think About Elvis” (Patty Loveless) …I try to think about Shakespeare, Leap year, The Beatles or the Rolling Stones, I try to think about hair-do’s, Tattoos, Sushi bars and saxophones…

“Curbside Prophet” (Jason Mraz) …At a west end avenue at 63, The beginning of a leap year, February, ’96, With a guitar picked up in the mix…



Honestly, I thought there would be more movies about this rare day, but oh well. Thanks for stopping by… have a good leap year! 

-Out of the Wilderness

11 song titles that are (or are not) about race and ethnicity

Every once in a while I like to come up with Top 10 lists, so here I am again with one that could be miles long! Because there are so many song titles that are (or could be) thought of as titles having to do with race or ethnicity, I’m limiting them to whatever I’ve already saved in Spotify, plus a few more big hits. Check out the list and if there are some I left off, comment below! 

10 song titles that are (or are not) about race and ethnicity…

“Black or White” – Michael Jackson

“Black Parade” – My Chemical Romance

“White Wedding” – Billy Idol

“White Liar” – Miranda Lambert

“Brown Girl in the Ring” – Boney M

“Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” – KT Tunstall

“Man In Black” – Johnny Cash

“Men in Black” – Will Smith

“City of Black & White” – Mat Kearney

“Blue” – LeAnn Rimes (honorable mention because… Avatar, y’all)



Thanks for stopping by! 

-Out of the Wilderness

 

Niall Horan “Nice to Meet Ya”…worst lyrics ever?

My experience with Mr. Niall Horan is limited to the One Direction hits, and a couple of his songs as a solo artist. I actually like “This Town” and “Too Much To Ask,” but a single he released at the end of 2019 has the worst lyrics I’ve ever heard in both my ears. 

If you can bear, take a listen…


The YouTube video has over 32 mil views, so maybe I’m in the minority here. Honestly, the video was just OK but he has rabid fans so they’ll watch (and like) anything. Even the song itself… lots of praise via the YouTube comments but Niall has stated he wrote the song in a day… and I believe it. The lyrics are so very simple, too simple. Literally nothing happens in the “story”. He says he likes this woman, and wants her number. That’s it. 

I’m also going to venture a guess that this tattoo he says he’ll get (“I want your number tattooed on my arm”) will be one of his biggest life regrets. I’m sorry if you’ve ever lost 3 minutes of your life listening to this song… but maybe I can make it better. 

Try this one and hopefully it will cleanse your ear holes (and for more about this Maroon 5 video, click here)…


Thanks for stopping by! 

-Out of the Wilderness

 

Do you like any cover songs better than the originals?

There are quite a few songs I’ve heard that were simply remakes of an older version. An easy one to use as an example is “Can’t Help Falling In Love.” Everyone and their mother knows this song was made popular by Elvis Presley.

But this isn’t the version I heard first. For me, it was the recording by UB40 that I fell in love with in the early 1990s.

There are other songs, too, that are only a newer artists take on an old classic. So my question is this:

Does a person generally like the first version they hear of a song, even if it’s not the original artist singing it?

Alien Ant Farm “Smooth Criminal,” Boyz II Men “In the Still of the Night,” Jeff Buckley “Hallelujah,” Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You,” and Sinead O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U” are arguably better covers than the originals, along with many, many other songs. If you heard these first, would you think they’re better than Michael Jackson, The Five Satins, Leonard Cohen, Dolly Parton, and Prince’s originals?

What are your thoughts? Do you have a few cover favorites you like better than the original? Chime in below!

-Out of the Wilderness

more on Dan + Shay’s “10,000” hours video

First of all, it’s a very calculated and strategic move to have Justin Bieber as the still frame representing this video (see above), although the song is credited to Dan + Shay, the first release off their upcoming album. Having JB draw in viewers might help some of his fans cross over to the D+S camp, as seen below in the stats, there is a lot of room for D+S to grow their fanbase.

Instagram followers

Justin Bieber – 119,000,000

Dan+Shay – 1,000,000

Twitter followers

Justin Bieber – 106,000,000

Dan+Shay – 528,000

 

Interesting take-aways from the video

  • The duo’s biggest hit to date, Tequila, boasts over 73 million views on YouTube, posted well over a year ago. This video is nearly halfway to that mark and it was posted just over a week ago. The Justin Bieber nudge.

  • 10,000 hours is equal to about 416 days. That’s 1 year and 51 days. It’s 600,000 minutes. It’s also 36 million seconds… about how long it feels if you’re ever stuck in Nashville traffic.

  • All 3 men in this video are married, spoused listed below: 

Dan Smyers spouse: Abby

Shay Mooney spouse: Hannah

Justin Bieber spouse: Hailey


  • Dan Smyers and Abby can be seen riding a Lime scooter. To ride such things, it’ll cost you $1 plus around $0.30 per minute, give or take. They can get up to speeds of 15mph. Check more Lime info here.

  • There are approximately 292 words in this song. The song is 2 min and 56 sec long. That’s  roughly 100 words per minute. Or in terms of the song title, that’s 1 word every 34 minutes for 10,000 hours. 

  • If Matt Redman’s song, “10,000 Reasons” were mashed up with this Dan + Shay song, it would be called, A Thousand Reasons Per Hour, performed by 80s rock band 10,000 Maniacs.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Out of the Wilderness

 

 

 

Prince, another boring performance

It’s late at night. There’s nothing to watch on TV. If you’re like me, this means you fire up YouTube and check out… well…. anything! I lean towards political videos lately (Slightly Offensive and Fog City Midge are entertaining!), but the other night I stumbled across Prince’s Super Bowl performance from 2007. From there I went to Purple Rain covers by Eric Clapton, Jimmy Buffet and others.

A YouTube suggestion brought me to Prince’s live performance during the 1985 American Music Awards show. Honestly, I thought, this is going to be tame, possibly boring (how I feel about most music performances at awards shows). Boy was I wrong.

I’ve watched it over and over since then and there are so many points in the performance that I love, and a couple that make the hate list.

Love list

  • The stage setup. While boring (see below), it also is so bland that you can’t help but focus solely on Prince and the music. So the unentertaining stage and background actually is a good thing, I guess.
  • The emotion on his face. He’s not just singing a song. He’s giving you a show, a performance full of feelings.
  • The high falsetto he goes to at 1:47. I’ve heard the song so many times, so this variation was unexpected and amazing. It’s one of my favorite things in music, the falsetto with a nice vibrato, and makes me think of Jack White, who does it well.
  • His choice on when to start playing his guitar. It’s strapped around him through the whole first verse and chorus, but he doesn’t play a single note until just before “…it’s such a shame our friendship had to end.” Puts a great emphasis on this part of the song, and sets it up as the most meaningful part of the lyrics.
  • Women playing guitars and keyboards, always one of my favorite parts of a band.
  • AT 2:41 and 3:44, nice to see a cameo of Nicole Kidman 🙂 (kidding, it’s not her but looks a lot like her!)

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  • Loving the long guitar solo, so amazing.
  • Prince kicking down the mic stand. YES! Why not, ya know?
  • Lionel Richie (in the intro) says Prince is music you can watch. Couldn’t agree more on this performance!

Hate list

  • The stage setup (yep, it’s on both lists). This might just be how the style was back in the 80s, but wow it’s boring.
  • At 4:10, really director? You’re going to cut away right as the guitar solo starts? Come on, man!

So yeah, I’ll admit I was so far away from being right with my prediction about this music awards performance being forgettable and boring. Oopsy.

-Out of the Wilderness