a tune or part of a song that repeats in one’s mind.
For the past couple of days, I listened to different mediums just to see what new earworm I could get. Turning to Pandora, iHeartRadio, and YouTube, nothing would stick — except for this song by OneRepublic. Just for the record, I am capable of speaking about other artists. I just so happen to be doing a lot of research on the group since I am a huge fan of their music.
What made this such an earworm for me? Well it’s a combination of things. I remember hearing this for the first time on the radio in ’09. I immediately fell in love with it. Who the heck puts the cello on a track for mainstream. The cello is the first thing you hear and it’s mesmerizing, just like the lyrics and the score of the song.
And everyday I see the news
All the problems that we could solve
And when a situation rises
Just write it into an album
Send it straight to gold
But I don’t really like my flow, no, so
People may not listen to each other, but sadly people listen to maintstream music, TV and film. What we place out there for the world consumption really affects everyday life… I love what Ryan Tedder says about the track. When asked in a “making of” video for their music video what the song meant he responded, “The idea of the song is do you want me to write songs or communicate to you actual truth or do you want to hear what you want to hear.”
So many artists get caught up in the obsession of chart performances and getting air play that they forget to write and perform who their “real” message. It amazes me that for the many years that OneRepublic has been together they’re able to stay true to who they are… never letting the label, managers, or anyone define them. They define who they are, and I think that’s great.
Musically everyone deserves props, from Ryan on the passionate vocals, Brent playing that beautiful cello motif, Drew on that amazing guitar section, Zach playing the viola and of course Eddie giving us that unmistakable heartbeat of the song — the drums. It all came together so beautifully.
My favorite thing about the music video is that it is super organic. Nothing over the top. No clubs, strobe lights or stunts or anything of that extravagance. You just have a story that Ryan narrates, and you the audience are the interpretor. Props to the director Christopher Sims.
The music video does an excellent job of representing the track. It saddens me that a meaningful song like this piqued at 21 on the Billboard Charts, yet something like “Call Me Maybe” or “Whistle” tops the charts. One thing that isn’t a mystery is OneRepublic’s gift of songwriting. The story is within the words. Are you going to tell me what I want to hear, or are going to tell me the truth?