Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in a Winter Wonderland? You think about a place that’s perfectly white, fluffy, cold, shining with Christmas lights and happiness. But is that really what a winter wonderland is? Every time I listen to Emeli Sande’s version of Winter Wonderland, it reminds me of the saddest Christmas season that one can experience. It sounds as if she is singing this from the outside, and not from the actual experience of what a Winter Wonderland actually is. Her voice is stunning, but in a haunting kind of way. This song actually compliments my mood of the holiday season this year so well… depressing.
“A beautiful sight, we’re happy tonight, walking in a Winter Wonderland”
Let me start with saying that I have had an extremely bad week…or 2 weeks. I failed a university exam, but it was in math so I can deal and try to improve, I found out that my hair is breaking, which bothers me because I didn’t have such amazing hair to start with, and then I find out that some of the things that I love and enjoy I can’t do or have anymore, which makes me well…depressed. So, I’ve just had a shitty week. Then, I listened to this Lea Michele’s version of Yesterday, which is originally by the Beatles, and I thought, it is so true. Every line of this song is so true and relevant to my life that I couldn’t help but tear up a bit. “Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they’re here to stay. Oh I believe in Yesterday. Suddenly, I’m not half the girl I used to be. There’s a shadow hanging over me, oh yesterday came suddenly”. I just began to think about how happy I was the day before I found out all of these things, and how great everything was going and then, all of a sudden, nothing was going right anymore. I could relate just to the way that she sang the song. It sounded like she lost something so important to her that she was no longer who she used to be. Lea lost Cory; I lost myself. But then again, losing someone that you love is kind of like losing yourself, now isn’t it. We are not perfect human beings, but sometimes the things that break us, keep us broken for a while…and then we just dream of our yesterdays.
I love this song. Its so dark, gloomy and haunting. Lorde’s song Royals, brings something new to mainstream music. It is different from the typical pop music that we hear today. In fact, the lyrics talk about how people in society are underprivileged but choose to live like we are otherwise. It also alludes to the positives and the negatives of such a mentality. The music video for this song is also just as strange as it features 2 young boys doing… less that ‘royal’ things. Anyways, I think that the music video compliments the song in a good way. I love the message of this song in general and it shows that Lorde is an artistic lyricist with vision.