Summer Music Recommendations

Anonymous Choir Student

All My Loving

I would recommend All My Loving because it is very upbeat and it makes you happy! I think this song was almost commercial. It was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and it was mostly commercial. It was released in 1963 and performed by The Beatles. It has a pop-rock style. This was the first one that the words were written first and then the chords. The Beatles mainly wrote for their fans. The first three words of this song were the first words that The Beatles sang in America. Fans were instantly in love. This song features on the movie featuring many Beatles songs, “Across the Universe”

The song was developed on a tour bus. Quora.com said, “He wrote the lyrics while on a tour bus and after arriving at the venue he then wrote the music on a piano backstage”. It was the first song where they wrote the song lyrics before the chords or music. There isn’t really a backstory behind it, but it’s basically just Paul writing about a lover, but not a real one 

The cover I listened to is by Jim Sturgess. I think this covers energy isn’t as high as the original, but I like it. It seems calmer and smoother. I do like the original more because it has more of a sixties vibe to it. The song is mostly the same, the only big difference is the tempo and how much calmer it sounds compared to the original.



Anonymous Choir Student

Title 21 Guns

Composer Billy Joe Armstrong

2009

Green Day

Pop Punk/Punk Rock Guitars Vocals drums 

Its purpose is political to act as a conversation towards topic such as nationalism and patriotism even the names 21 guns calling back to the 21 guns salute. It also calls towards the thought of useless fights fought in the name of patriotism.

The song 21 guns written and composed by Billy Joe Armstrong lead singer of Green Day. The song was performed in 2009 by Green Day as part of their 21st-century breakdown album. The song is in the style of Punk rock with amazing use of electric guitar and perfect accenting with the drums all top off with amazing vocals all coming together to tie the mood of the song together. The song’s purpose is often quoted as political to act as a conversation towards topics such as nationalism and patriotism even the names 21 guns calling back to the 21 guns salute. It also calls towards the thought of useless fights fought in the name of patriotism.

I’d recommend this song because the message it presents along with the musical talent exhibited in the song creating a perfect blend in the mood of the song.

The Hidden Meaning of the song 21 Guns is largely a piece about the costs of patriotism and acting purely in the name of being a “Patriot”. This is largely shown through the Imagery conjured up through lines such as “Do you know what's worth fighting for When it's not worth dying for?” A line that seems to conjure up images of a useless fight, a war over something that shouldn’t be worth the loss of ones life. It also serves to show just how the image of a patriot is a shallow image that the slightest discretion can seemingly cause the whole image to crumble down in the line “When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul Your faith walks on broken glass” The song carries through the after-effects on a persons mind after war carries through in lines like “When you're at the end of the road And you lost all sense of control And your thoughts have taken their toll”. The song can also be interpreted as the falling out of a relationship 

The song opens with a soft synthesized cord with the pickup into a gentle guitar strum and vocals. Drums and another guitar pick up after the first couple of lines. The beat picks up into the chorus with the drums and electric guitar becoming more pronounced. Fading back down into the familiar beat with pickup into the second verse beat going right back into the next lines Chorus. With the middle of the song keeping, this upbeat beat going till the synthesized beat and guitar strums pick up for the final verse. Going once more into the Chorus and maintaining this till the end of the song.