As my worldwide readers know, I like the good music of Big Time Rush. 🙂 😎 (So, yes, that “worldwide” was a purposeful pun. 😉 ) Each of them – James Maslow 🙂 , Logan Henderson 🙂 , Kendall Schmidt 🙂 , Carlos Pena (now PenaVega) 🙂 , and supercool BTR in-concert guitarist Dustin Belt 🙂 – have great talents and gifted vocals. 😎 Big Time Rush is (yes, I said “is” – they are still officially a group and plan to do more concerts) a supercool group and their combined talents have great results. 😎 Each one of the guys also has solo-artist abilities; their vocals are individually lead-singer quality. 😎 That’s why their sound is so good. 😎
Logan Henderson is one of the singers I most enjoy listening to; I’ve loved his singing since I first heard it. 🙂 The Creator blessed him with a great quality and texture to his voice. 🙂 So, when I received requests that I review Logan’s new single, which was released earlier this year, I soon agreed to do so 🙂 – the clean version, that is.
When I first found out about Logan’s new single I was visiting one of my friends. 🙂 I told her about the single, she looked it up and played the sample. We loved his vocals! 🙂 Later she reluctantly told me that Logan had an explicit version, too. She had known that I would be just as disappointed as she was that one of our favorite artists had an explicit track. It’s not cool; it takes away from the integrity of the song. I’m glad he had a clean version, so I could hear it – I don’t listen to explicit/unclean-lyric songs. 😎 As I said in Part 1 and on my “About” page, unclean/explicit stuff won’t be reviewed on here – if I can’t listen to it, I can’t review any such.
So, here we go, music enthusiasts! 🙂 The tantalizing Texas vocal abilities are sure to please your ears. 😎
The song is unique from the start, its music intermingled with some funk-rock-pop sounds sets the tone right from the get-go. The finger-snaps, drums/cymbals, guitar have a good sound, although the essence of the music reverberates an ominous tone – which, as you will notice, fits the lyrics. It’s not what you’d describe as a happy, upbeat song, because the character in it is still searching for freedom from a relationship not built on true love.
Logan’s excellent voice soon begins the first verse, singing from the standpoint of a guy singing to his ex that when they said their good-byes, there was a moment when he wiped the tears from her eyes. That’s tenderness. 😎
They had decided they needed space and would turn and walk away from each other. Perhaps it was intended to be temporary. You sometimes need space when anger rises, so you can think things through and keep from saying hurtful things you don’t really mean. But it shouldn’t take a long time. A few minutes. A few hours to cool down. But extended time apart won’t resolve or fix anything. You need to talk with each other and respectfully listen to the other tell you their side of it. Love. Patience. Respect. Trust. All of these things are important. The Scriptures say that when you get angry: “…let not the sun go down upon your wrath…” That means you need to clear things up, try not to let it extend into the next day or beyond. If it lasts too long it turns into a mountain of bitterness that’s harder to fix back to peace and understanding. Forgiveness is key – and not always easy to give. True love gives you the power you need to mend hurts, upsets and broken trust. That said, maybe the characters in the song meant permanent space – as in: it’s over. The rest of the song certainly makes it sound as if this would be a very good idea. You’ll soon see what I mean.
He goes on to sing that she knows what will make him inevitably come back to her – as a sleepwalker. Sleepwalkers tend to do things subconsciously, not thinking things through, just acting on usual habits without regard to the dangers around them in their sleepwalking mode. He seems to have given in to what he figures is inevitable. (That’s not good; you should never give up hope or determination when you know you shouldn’t do something – even if you feel compelled to do that thing you know you oughtn’t. Stand strong. 😎 )
Then we get to some disturbing lyrics in which he says he’s running through the nightmares she put in his head and he wakes up with her. His sleepwalking brings him back to her – but he doesn’t truly want to go back to her. The nightmares she put in his head – is that “our relationship will be forever ruined if we don’t step away from each other for a while” (which is a bunch of hooey that solves nothing 🙄 ) or is she purposefully putting nightmares in his head out of meanness? She doesn’t sound nice. I believe he should run, not walk, away from her. ASAP. Now! Or, as it was said on one of my favorite TV shows, “Big Time Rush”: “And now we run!”
In the chorus he’s desperately trying to stay awake – and therefore away from her because he wouldn’t be sleepwalking back to her – but she keeps grabbing ahold of him and, by the context, is coaxing/brainwashing/trying to hypnotize him into staying – much like Kaa (yeah, he’s the simpering, whining, tricky snake) in the animated Disney feature-length cartoon film, “The Jungle Book.” 😮 Creepy. Untrustworthy. Which leads me to give this little piece of advice to the guy in the song: BREAK FREE AND RUN, MAN! RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! Nobody needs to be miserable, trapped in a relationship without true love. Love is not controlling. Love is not about being selfish. True love is not a dungeon; true love is like Heaven/Paradise on Earth. 🙂 😎
I like the musical melody of the chorus; it sounds really good. 😎 However, I don’t enjoy feeling the nearly-hopeless, trapped situation that the character finds himself in. I don’t want to be there. You see, when you’re listening to someone as good as Logan Henderson, you’re going to feel the song is real as life – and that you’re going through it with the character. I hope Logan’s next single is an upbeat one; I like being happy. 🙂
At 1:41 the lyrics of the second verse begin with the word “haunted”. He tries to get away from her, but she knows what will make him come back. The more intimacies you allow, the harder it will be to separate away from that relationship – even when you know you don’t want to be with that person and don’t truly love them. This is one of the good reasons to do the cool thing and wait until you are sure you have found your true love – you’ll love them enough to marry them – then share in the deepest of intimacies. So much more special.
Oh, and a side-note to my previous words about intimacies making it hard to break up: please don’t make the assumption that allowing more intimacy will keep you together – it won’t, plus it would be an act of selfishness rather than love and that’s not cool.
During this second verse he puts himself down, name-calling himself. No one should do that. Not to yourself or to others. Have respect for yourself. God loves you… “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus/Yeshua, God’s Son, died in our place and rose again so that we could live forever in Heaven/Paradise. All we have to do is accept that gift by admitting we can’t save ourselves, trusting Him and asking Him to give us eternal life. It’s the coolest thing ever. 🙂 😎
Right after the second chorus he asks her – won’t she ever let him leave? She might have no intention of letting him go – and in that case, he has to stop looking to her for release, be strong and firmly walk – or run! – away from her presence and stay away!
The vocalizing at 2:40, “Ah-ah-Ah-ah-Ah-ah-Ah-ah-ahhh”, sounds good. 🙂
The male character again asks her if she’ll ever let him leave. I’m telling you, dude, stop asking and take the initiative to save your own life from misery! Find a woman who truly loves you, doesn’t spitefully use or control you. He says that every time he’s out of reach she tells him to turn around, to come back. DON’T LISTEN TO HER! Take a cue from Logan Mitchell from the show “Big Time Rush” (I’m sure you’ve heard of him 😉 ) – cover your ears with your hands and quickly walk away while singing “La-la-la-la-la-la-la” very loudly. 🙂 😎 Try it. Please. We’re all here cheering you on to freedom! 🙂 😎
Another round of the chorus and the closing section follows with the last sixteen seconds sounding quite creepy and eerie – fitting for a song about a girl who treats a guy like that.
Although this doesn’t seem like a happy song – it actually is, in a way. 🙂 You see, often in break-ups, at least one of the individuals tends to wish they were still together and they think, “At least we’re still together in my dreams.” However, in this song, he doesn’t describe her presence in his sleep as a “dream”, but rather as a “nightmare.” Clearly, he made the right decision in breaking away from her. So we’re happy for him! 🙂 Now he’s free from her and can go find another girl – one who will love, cherish and respect him. 😎
He set out on the road to freedom when he walked away from her and her unkind (obviously, that’s putting it mildly) ways. 😎 This song tells the story of his struggle to be free from her.
On the subject of nightmares: there are several things that can help free you from nightmares. The most important – and easiest! – way to be free is by praying and putting your trust in the Creator. 😎 The Psalmist, King David, said in Psalm chapter four, verse eight: “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” And David was in a lot of danger when he said this – yet he knew what he said was true. The Creator’s love and care allowed him to sleep peacefully even in the midst of danger. 😎
Some other ways to prevent and/or stop nightmares is to be careful what information your brain takes in or dwells on. As mentioned, everything we see and hear is noted by our brains. If you fill it with bad stuff, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll be seeing it in your nightmares.
Worrying about things never helps a situation or prevents things from happening; it only stresses you out, drags you down – and causes nightmares. When you see in the Scriptures the verses “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”, that’s Old English for “Don’t worry about anything. With a grateful heart – because you know He cares about you – tell Him how you feel and what you want. The powerful peace that only God can give – and is more wonderful than we can even understand – will comfort and guide you in your heart and in your thoughts through your Savior, Yeshua/Jesus.” Talk to the Creator. Trust Him. Know that He cares about you always.
It often has been said that if you eat pizza or other exciting food before bed then you’ll have nightmares. 🙄 I’ve happily proved that theory wrong over and over again. 🙂 😛 Tacos are also a great midnight snack; in fact, it’s one of my favorites! 🙂 No nightmares from that. 😎
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