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The four secret purposes of music videos

Why do music videos still exist now that MTV is dead? The old answer, back in the day, was a simple formula: (a) Band makes a music video (b) Gives said … Continue reading

November 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Hard and Complex versus Impossible and Bizarre

This is about why Flappy Bird was such a surprise hit, Taylor Swift’s newest mega-video is meh and why your favorite movies, novels and video games work when others fail. … Continue reading

May 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Why TITANIUM by David Guetta + Sia is a hidden gem

Do you remember this song, maybe on the radio? A good little song, long before Sia went wild with CHANDELIAR and the little dancing girl who looks like an extra … Continue reading

April 6, 2015 · 2 Comments

Pop Danthology 2014 absolutely destroys all music video compilations, forever

Making a compilation video is tough enough, even if you own Final Cut Pro Version 11.7, the One That Costs More than Your Car. Doing one of music videos ups … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

The six types of insane song lyrics

If you love music, and music videos, you start seeing patterns. Here’s what I’ve learned from dissecting lyrics and making fun of music videos: it’s easy to put them into … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · 4 Comments

DOWN ON MY LUCK by Vic Mensa is different and special

Typically, I usually dive into the lyrics of a song, dissecting the true meaning of ELECTRIC AVENUE or parsing every line of Vanilla Ice’s unappreciated classic, ICE, ICE BABY, which … Continue reading

August 25, 2014 · 1 Comment

The poetry of TEAM by Lorde

We live in an age when “Boom! Crash!” passes as a good foundation for the lyrics of a hit song. So this young upstart from NZ, Lorde, is quite refreshing in … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 1 Comment

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