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"Come Wake Me Up"

By: Rascal Flatts

Listening to music is something everyone does to express their feelings and emotions. I for instance am not more of venting type of person, unlike others. I believe the best advice is given through songs lyrically and through melody. Artists are no different than any ordinary person, other than their gifted ability to put words into a combination not everyone can express. Some songs today you'll find have hardly any lyrics at all. Still people feel the connection of the song through the melody and beat to express their mood. Of course everyone is different in their own way, but also everyone is the same by running to music to feel their own sense of security.

The song I chose to critique is a popular country song called "Come Wake Me Up" by Rascal Flatts. Personally, Rascal Flatts is one of my favorite country bands, and even though I am young, I feel like I can relate to the lyrics of this song because I too sometimes feel as if everything is just a dream. Dreams were I am eager to wake up just so it can be all over and be back to normal. Dreams were nothing feels real or you couldn't possibly imagine of happening to yourself. Being "too young" to me doesn't determine what you've been through on a relationship level. Through the entire song, I feel like the lyrics were in my head before on a Rascal Flatts album, only rearranged in a way simpler to understand. Lyrically, you could not put words in a more perfect arrangement to make this song seem as if it was made personally for me.

In the video, he dreams his wife has to make the hard decision to walk away from their relationship due to arguing. So like any other married man, he chases after her hoping to fix things without the complication of leaving and the slim chance of getting her back. He chases her throughout town in hope of getting his wife back. Towards the end of the video he finally wakes up, only to realize what he dreamed, was reality. In the beginning, the pitch of the piano gives away the intention of a slow and meaningful song.

We all have our own ways of expressing the different problems in our life, and how we do so makes us who we are. All genres, from country to hip-hop, tell stories. Some stories may be repeated, but the fact that their seen through different eyes and viewed differently is what makes the difference. Each song tells a story in which focuses on a situation either in the present, past, or future. Situations we can all relate to and know the true meaning. What goes on between our ears is something that doesn't need an explanation. You see the world through the truest eyes that have never deceived you. Your interpretations will make you, you; and him, him; be your own person. Music is what brings out our finest interpretations of life.



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