The Sirens of the Deep

This poem is based off of the sirens in the old Greek legends and stories. In the end, it brings up the question, “are there villains in our society? Or do we paint people to be the villains just so we can paint others as the heroes?”

The Sirens of the Deep

My grandpa once told me a tale of old,

Of men and women who swim and sweep,

down in the dark icy blue deep.

These creatures whose stories are told,

Etched in the lines of weak and willing bones.

 

These willing and weak people,

The kind and the forgiving,

turning their eyes from the darkness which is brewing,

Up to the stars in which they are shooting.

 

That’s not until their ankles bound,

Are pulled under, their voices drowned,

By humans that suffered less than them, sinking them

drowning them into their depths.

 

Are there villains in the world?

Or do we paint the villains we see?

Your villain is my hero, my hero is your villain,

So the sirens could be heroes in their very deep,

Or they could be the villains you do not want to seek.

The Top 10 Best Music Videos

Music videos can transport you to a different place or time. Sometimes, they can even change your mind or affect you for days on end. I love watching music videos because of the stories they can tell. Sometimes, they can even add to the music and make you fall in love with a song even more. I will have honorable mentions listed toward the end, WatchMojo style (if you’ve ever seen those videos). No rap is included in this list.

10. “Popular Song” by MIKA ft. Ariana Grande

The chorus to “Popular Song” is a remixed version of the song “Popular” from Wicked, an amazing Broadway musical. Wicked is the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch in Oz and how they came to be. “Popular Song” follows how popular people in the past that lived off popularity, now aren’t living the best life. Instead of dealing with popularity, it’s better to be who you are and strive toward future goals.

This music video is really fun to watch as MIKA and Ariana Grande work together to plan a party for their “popular” classmates. This music video accompanies the lyrics and sound really well and it helps strengthen the message. The ending is adorable to the music video as MIKA realizes that he destroyed young Ariana Grande’s castle and he turns to stone. The makeup and the costume design is also really fun and adds to the affect.

9. “Break Free” by Ariana Grande FT. Zedd

This song is about being free to do whatever you want and not to be held back by whatever is holding you back. Ariana sings about how it’s her path to “break free because she can’t resist it no more.” This goes off on how she can’t resist who she wants to be and her goal to get there.

The music video has a space theme as Ariana takes you to outer space. She frees people from cages then moves on to having to save herself. The video ends with Zedd and Ariana Grande partying with all the people she saved on a spaceship headed off into the galaxy. This video is very spunky and is also a delight to watch. While I usually am picky about CGI, the CGI is a cherry on top of the music video because of how well it is incorporated and used. This music video is definitely a fun one to watch on repeat and it’s another great example of how music videos should be done.

8.  “Love You Like A Love Song” by Selena Gomez

What a cute music video and song. Basically, the song starts with talking about how every love song has been sung and basically this is another one. Then this song goes into how Selena Gomez loves this guy “like a love song” and how he isn’t like any other record she owns. She wants to keep putting the song on repeat and listening to it. 

This music video is really great because of the costumes and the story that follows. It starts with a person singing another one of her songs, “Naturally” pretty badly. Then, she gets up on the stage and belts “Love You Like A Love Song”. Her costumes are really pretty in all her music videos but these costumes are probably some of her best. 

7. “I Just Can’t Get Enough” by Black Eyed Peas

My sister and I use to love the Black Eyed Peas that whenever they released a new song, we would memorize it so quickly. “I Just Can’t Get Enough” is probably my favorite song from them.

While the music video is simple, the message at the beginning and the message of the song is why I included it on the list. All the lyrics are well written and all of their voices come together in a beautiful way. This is one of the Black Eyed Peas best songs and I really miss receiving new music from them.

6. “…Ready For It?” by Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is know for releasing love songs about breakups, ups and downs about life, and etc. This music video has a little bit of old Taylor and the new Taylor as she introduces her new album “Reputation”.  “…Ready For It?” is one of her better new songs as it introduces the world to the new Taylor. 

I chose this song not because of the meaning but because of how amazing the music video is. The movement of the music video pairs well with the tempo of the song as she walks around an alley to this cage where “Taylor” is. The Taylor in the cage has magical powers that impress dark Taylor, only until dark Taylor magically messes with the other Taylor. The cinematography is also taken very well as in the end, dark Taylor is shown with the glowing blue eyes as the other Taylor. Overall, the story moves well along and leaves viewers a chance to interpret what just happened.

5. “Mr. Toot” by Ylvis

This is the world’s most catchiest song and one of my favorite songs currently. The beat is so catchy that you wish that a Mr. Toot existed in real life. The song follows the journey of a man named Mr. Toot as he is famous around Istanbul for his instrument, the toot. Mr. Toot gets very caught up and money hungry that he reinvents himself and gets run out of town.

The music video does not disappoint with the song. The cinematography is amazing, the tempo is amazing, and this is one of the best music videos to watch if you’re feeling down. In the end of the music video, it doesn’t disappoint, because they end up crowning another Mr. Toot and dancing to the the toot’s music. (And yes, it is made from the people who brought you “What Does the Fox Say?”

4. “Laura Palmer” by Bastille

While I’ve never seen Twin Peaks, this has been one of my favorite Bastille songs because of the lyrics and because of the melody of the song. This song follows the events of the Twin Peaks show and how Laura Palmer lived her life.

Bastille music videos are some of the most entertaining music videos to watch. There is always such great thought and attention put into the music videos that help to support their music. While I don’t know if the music video follows Twin Peaks, I love the story that is told throughout the music video. I also love the old video camera filter usage in multiple parts. Watch out though when watching, a dog does interrupt the music video and scares you with barking for about five seconds. 

3. “I’m A Mess” by Bebe Rexa

I didn’t know this song existed and I’m sad I didn’t until the Victoria Secret Fashion Show. It’s a really great song and I can relate to this song for school sometimes. Everything will be alright no matter what they say, life is going to be great. This is a good song to work out to or even to just listen to on a normal basis.

The music video is well put together and the choreography is spectacular. My favorite part of the video is when they all have the flashlights and the patients are dancing around Bebe. While this music video doesn’t really have a story, the movement of the music video flows nicely, the costumes look gorgeous, and the cinematography is awesome. 

2. “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” by Panic! At the Disco

Just like “I’m A Mess”, I didn’t know this song existed until recently until psychology class. In psychology, we had to make our own albums and one of my friends put this song in their album. I was interested after she played the song, so I looked up more about it. And oh boy, it’s a lot to digest that I might talk about the meaning of this song by itself and the music video more in detail. So look out for that if you are interested.

Basically, Brendon Urie leaves home, becomes a puppet for his record label and falls into the harshness of life by starting drugs and other acts. He toward the end performs for an audience of puppets as his actual self. Then, he turns back into a puppet and gets thrown out by his record label. This music video has haunted me for a few weeks now as I feel bad for artists and the life some of them fall into.

Viewer discretion is advised.

And before I talk about the number 1 music video, I want to mention three honorable mentions for great music videos. 

“of the Night” by Bastille

Viewer discretion is advised.

“Crossfire” by stephen

“RUNAWAY” by half⋅alive

And without further ado, the number one music video…

1. “Aawake at Night” by Half⋅Alive

half⋅alive is a group I just recently found and I’m in love with all 6 of their songs. They are a new band and they are going to soon release their EP Now, Not Yet. I couldn’t be more excited to see where a band is headed. All of their songs and music videos paint such vivid pictures. “aawake at night” is the first one I found and the dancing in the music video is new and exciting. I love how they’ve carried out dancing into all of their videos now such as “still feel”, “arrow” and the one up above, “RUNAWAY” .

If you’re looking for new music or want to try a fun dance, definitely look into half⋅alive. Warning, there are flashing lights in this music video for anyone who could be sensitive to strobe or any sort of flashing lights. 

 

These Disney Remakes – Aladdin 2019

Recently, Hollywood has been releasing movies that are just remakes of the originals. These remakes try to put a twist on the original, scare the public, then surprise the audiences. The thing is, recently I’ve noticed how many remakes Disney, is releasing. This year Aladdin was released and in the year 2020, they are going to release Mulan

I’m a huge movie critic and I love the originals of most of the Disney movies. I recently went to go see live-action Aladdin, and there were some parts I loved and other parts I disliked. Before its release, my expectations were low since I had no clue how they could add to the cartoon Aladdin. After seeing the movie, I was impressed with the work done but I’m still a critic of it. Here is the trailer for those who haven’t seen it yet.

I was really impressed by the choreography that was done. It was by far some of the best choreography I’ve seen in a Disney movie. The choreography really brought the feeling of Aladdin alive.

The cast who brought the characters to life, were amazing, even Will Smith did well. I’m a huge fan of Robin Williams as Genie and that’s the best version of Genie, no doubt. Will Smith, while I’m not a fan of most of his movies, did a better job at being Genie than I anticipated. He brought his own twists and personality to Genie, that it was enjoyable to watch. Naomi Scott as Jasmine was one of the best choices they could’ve made because she definitely played an amazing Jasmine and Jasmine’s new song in the movie, “Speechless” is by far the best Disney princess song, other than “I See the Light” from Tangled. She did an amazing job showing how strong and how graceful Jasmine was. Then, Mena Massoud, was a true star as he played Aladdin. I admit I was worried about him as Aladdin, but he did an amazing job and by the end, I believed he was the best choice to play Aladdin.

My least favorite parts about the remake was that they got rid of the Jafar song and that Jafar repeated the same lines over and over again that Jafar was a true parrot in this remake. I did enjoy Jafar this movie, Marwan Kenzari did an amazing job portraying the villain, making me want more lines and more screen time for Jafar. I’m just sad that Disney did not deliver on that since in the original Jafar had a bigger role than just saying, “know your place” or “stay quiet” or cursing people with his staff. I did enjoy though how smart Jafar was this movie and the fact that Disney let him push someone down a well. Good one Disney. 

This is the Jafar version of Prince Ali I’m talking about when I say a Jafar song.

Another thing I disliked about the movie was most of music. Thank you, Alan Menken for the original music and for trying to put a twist to the songs. You are an amazing composer and I love most of your music, usually. I didn’t enjoy the talking in the songs, the clear autotune that you could hear in most songs, or the change in pace of “One Jump Ahead”. Another part with these songs is the weird camera movements done for most of the songs. In “Friend Like Me”, the camera was zooming all around the place and it was hard to keep up with. It was just hard to keep up with what was happening and the action taking place. Along with the fast movements in the camera, there was also the fast movements in the script where things either quickly escalated or where they got stuck on one part for the longest time (the jams). It was funny the first time and maybe the second, but when they brought it back up over and over, it was just overplayed.

Here are both of the versions of “One Jump Ahead”, the first one is from the 2019 Aladdin and the second one is from the 1992 Aladdin.

Finally, let’s talk about the use of CGI. Wow some parts were gorgeous and well done. Other times, yikes Disney, you need to slow down on your use of CGI. The CGI for Iago and Abu were amazing and they both were adorable. Iago was funny and had me loving Iago even more while Abu also brought laughs but didn’t really leave anything memorable for me to have. Also, the scene of “A Whole New World” was not that fun to watch. They didn’t travel as far and the CGI really showed through that I felt like there was a whole new world with the green screen rather than the actual world.

To the cast and crew of Aladdin, if you see this, you guys did amazing overall and you should be really proud of your work. Everything I’ve heard and seen about the 2019 version really does exemplify the hard work put into this movie. Thank you for bringing Agrabah and the story of Aladdin to a live-action version.

What do you guys think of the new Aladdin? Do you like the original or is the new one better? Let me know in the comments below.

The Girl Who Never Smiled

 A girl never to laugh or love, a girl to never smile.
Her father sent out a dove, to find someone to her beguile.
So off the dove flew, and not many came,
To help this sorrow girl and come to her aid.
So this girl never showed her teeth,
Or smiled for her kingdom to see.
Instead, she stayed forever in grief.
Never knowing what she was missing.
 A boy whose story should not be told,
Punished and worked till he felt old.
His boss sent him out with one coin a year,
Only for him to drop it down a well, one coin each year.
So one year this boy traveled the world,
With all the coins given from Mother Earth.
The well overflowed and came with,
His one coin a year and everything beneath.
 He gave a coin to a mouse who asked for alms,
A coin to a beetle for all of its qualms.
A coin to a catfish for wanting legs,
Giving him nothing for him at home.
So off to the castle, did this boy take,
Hoping to be merry and fortune to fortake.
 When the boy, he did slip in the mud,
And fell from up and up above.
The princess watching stifled a laugh,
Showering the castle in all that she had.
 So now, the boy turned oh so hot,
Married his princess, who smiled a lot.
Happy and forever ever after who thought.
This is where their storybook ending gets closed,
With the famous words, “The End”,
Now their story, the world will know.