Ed Sheeran Didn’t Ruin Anything. Game of Thrones is Rooted in Popular Music

Game of Thrones is Not Sacred. It’s Grateful Dead Fan Fiction The first episode of the seventh season of HBO’s Game of Thrones sparked a multitude of reactions, but perhaps none more virulent and hysterical than how certain GOT fans responded when Ed Sheeran appeared onscreen. The response was so rabid that some speculated Sheeran …

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The Kanye with a Thousand Faces: Exploring the Inevitable Kanye West Musical, Part One

Some things are inevitable: death, taxes, reboots, and musical adaptations. This blog has thoroughly discussed the "dark and gritty reboot," but what about the inevitable musical adaptation? Every person, place, or thing ends up on the stage, accompanied by tunes. This includes films, myths, classic novels (Les Miserables; The Phantom of the Opera) and contemporary …

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How to Finally Become a David Bowie Fan

It's a strange thing when a celebrity dies. Some people mourn for days or weeks or months. Others feel ostracized when it's someone whose work they didn't know, outside the world of grief. I recall the deaths of Kurt Cobain (I was 8) and Princess Diana (I was 11) with confusion, a sense of not knowing …

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“Please stop calling here, Adele.”

A dialogue with Adele, from the perspective of the person she should not be calling. All of Adele's lyrics are from the song "Hello." The Audience's lyrics are invented for this dialogue. Audience: Hello? Adele: Hello, it's me. Audience: Adele? Adele: I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet. Audience: Why would I …

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Are Kubrick and Spielberg Renegades? (And Other Odd Film References in Pop Music)

There's a new song on the radio by a band I hadn't heard of. It's called "Renegades" and they're called X-Ambassadors. In this song, they celebrate "running wild and running free" and "living like we're renegades." I like the song a lot more than I would expect to. But hey, I never claimed to have …

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Not Stopping, White Walls, and Double Standards: Miley Cyrus vs. Macklemore.

Note: this blog post is actually something I wrote last summer, but never posted on here.  I figured I would share it here now. A few days ago, I heard “We Can’t Stop” by Miley Cyrus and “White Walls” by Macklemore on the radio. And I noticed something. Both songs have been around for a …

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“Yes, Jason, it is kinda weird” : A dialogue with Jason Derulo

The song "Trumpets," by Jason Derulo, has been around for a while now, but I can't help but think about the strange questions it asks of its audience, every time one hears it.   It's the tale of a first person narrator and a second person, the beloved, a female companion of the love-struck narrator …

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