Music Monday: Of Monster’s and Men’s “I Of the Storm”

After the past couple of weeks of progressive, hard rock and heavy metal, I wanted to dial it back and bring you back into the fold and attempt to share my favorite song from one of my favorite albums, Beneath the Skin from Of Monsters and Men. There’s just one problem with that. I can’t pick just one.

You have to understand. I absolutely love this entire album. I would share the entire album with you if I could, so picking my favorite song is asking me to pick a favorite child: I can’t. Or I can, but it depends on the mood I’m in on any given day. Usually, sophomore albums aren’t as solid as a band’s debut, because so much blood, sweat, tears, and years goes into the debut that there just isn’t enough time to put the same effort into the second album. That’s not the case here. And I had no idea which song to pick.

I went to YouTube, thinking the videos would decide me. And I noticed there were quite a few lyric videos, each with a funky geometric shape as its preview. I don’t personally care for lyric videos unless they’re cleverly done, but I like the lyrics on this album, and I figured as long as you heard the song, who cares, right?

You guys. YOU GUYS. What they’ve done for these lyric videos is genius. It’s profound. It’s mesmerizing. It’s unsettling at first, until you realize what’s happening. What IS happening, you may wonder?

Each lyric video is actually a performer. It’s a person, filmed from the waist up, in the middle of the screen, lip-syncing the song with the lyrics showing below. But that’s not all: these videos are the most moving pieces of performance art I’ve ever seen. These people (and each video has a different person) aren’t just lip-syncing their songs, no. They’re performing them, as if the songs represent the very music of their souls.

I couldn’t stop watching videos. I had to be awake for work in six hours, and I still couldn’t stop watching. Some videos were better than others, and still, I had to wonder: which song would I share?

I decided on the song that I couldn’t tear my eyes from at all.

Like it? Love it? Hate it? Sound off below!

Reminder: Music Monday is about the music, not the videos. Videos are just the medium I’m using to share the music, and some videos aren’t actually videos at all. Enjoy the songs, but if YouTube forces you to watch some sort of advertisement before you can get to the music, please be patient.

Wolves Without Teeth: Thoughts on the 2015 Hugo Winners and the Nominees that Might Have Been

So. The 2015 Hugo Awards were announced last night. I forgot all about it, because I was remembering why I never wanted to work in the food industry again while volunteering at a concession stand at a baseball game to raise money for charity. This morning, I woke up to a thunderstorm, a playful cat, a husband playing Bloodborne, and the Hugo Results.

I have a few links I want to share before I talk about the winners (or lack thereof):

1) Tor.com: Announcing the 2015 Hugo Award Winners: Winners, winners! Read all about it!

2) Tobias S. Buckell: What the alternate Hugo Ballot would likely have been: Toby uses the 2015 Hugo Award Statistics, crosses off all puppy nominees, in order to figure out what the fiction categories MIGHT have looked like without slates informing the ballot. He also has some great thoughts about those nominees, as well as the nominees who were on the puppy ballots and withdrew their nominations.

3) 2015 Hugo Award Statistics: I love looking at this every year, but this year is particularly fascinating. The “what-if” nature of the ballot is endlessly fascinating for me. I would’ve been SO MUCH MORE ENGAGED in this year’s awards if the ballot hadn’t been hijacked by the puppies.

4) Wired.com: Who Won Science Fiction’s Hugo Awards, and Why It Matters: A really great piece that talks about the controversy, the awards ceremony, and what happened after. Kudos to George R.R. Martin for his Hugo Loser’s party.

And now, for my thoughts on some of the winners:

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