He explained, “Beihold comes at the listener with an extremely catchy vibe infused with a sense of fun even though the lyrics are actually a bit deep. It is a far cry from much of today’s pop tracks that seem to be overproduced and somewhat hollow.”
This song was released in 2022, as a part of Em Beihold’s Album, Escape Sonoro. And boy did it take off. Don’t take my word for it. Since it was released, it’s gotten over 16 million views and counting.
‘Numb Little Bug’ Cover Songs
This is a fantastic song hand down. Though you know as a reader of Switching Styles, we don’t stop at reviews. There’s much more to a single song than the original. When you have a song that essentially exemplifies how most young adults feel, there’s no shortage of covers. The lyrics, “Do you ever get a little bit tired of life? Like you’re not really happy but you don’t wanna die Like you’re hangin’ by a thread but you gotta survive,” is something that resonates with many folks around the world.
Now I’ve kept you waiting long enough, here’s a list of Switching Styles’ favourite covers of Em Beihold’s ‘numb little bug’ for your listening pleasure.
To get started here is the original song by royal and the serpent. If you haven’t watched the music video, you certainly should!
This is such a wonderful song. It’s not just that this song is popular on Tik Tok. And it’s not about its eleven million views on YouTube. It’s not just that the music video was artistically shot on Kodiak’s 16 mm film. All of those are damn impressive elements but the aspect that stood out to me is the feeling of the song.
Don’t mind me getting personal with my readers. With someone with anxiety, ADHD and depression, the highs, and lows of the song itself are very reminiscent of when all the mental illnesses combined. There’s a lot of high energy and repetition, and then it’s quiet for a little bit. This is what goes on inside my head. Royal and the serpent nail it.
What Do I Do If I Relate To “Overwhelmed” By Royal and The Serpent”?
The first step would be to take a deep breath. Talk to someone you trust. Ideally, this would be a doctor but sometimes that’s not very possible with timing, schedules, finances, jobs, and school. Some of the things that are making you anxious, upset, or even plain unsettled. In the short, it’s valid to relate to music. Heck, it’s encouraged. With mental illness, it helps to talk about it and to relate to others that know how you’re feeling. Because you’re not alone. Not in the slightest.
Mental health is someone’s emotional, mental, and sometimes spiritual wellbeing. It’s important for a list of varied reasons; better coping strategies, improved relationships, a feeling of purpose and potential, increased productivity, and better physical health.
What Do I Do If I Think I Have Anxiety Like in The Song?
If you think that you have concerns about mental health, a call to your doctor is a great first step. If you find yourself struggling with mental health, there’s never a right time to get help. Don’t wait for the right time. Reach out for help when you need it.
There’s also no right way to get help. Talk to your friends and family. Get a therapy appointment. Discuss your feelings with your doctor. Download CBT workbooks. Try mindfulness meditation. There are so many different options that work better for different people. Find what works for you to be the best version of yourself.
Cover Songs to Bring You a Smile
Here’s what the readers are here for, to be encouraged and given some amazing music.
Now the question is, can other artists make the same impact with the song? There’s an almost overwhelming amount of amazing cover artists out there. (Pun intended, I’m not sorry). Here are some covers of the song “Overwhelmed.”
Wild child’s song “Crazy Bird” is an amazing bop about love, fear, and longing. This is an adorable song between two quirky kids. Take a look at the adorable and quirky music video.
Introduction To This Wild Child
This American Indi pop band hails from Austin Texas. Since 2010, they’ve been creating music for people all around the world.
The band members include Kelsey Wilson (lead vocals and violin), Alexander Beggins (lead vocals and baritone ukulele), Sadie Wolfe (cello), Tyler Osmond (bass), Matt Bradshaw (keyboard and trumpet), Cody Ackors (guitar and trombone), and Tom Myers (drums). Starting as The Migrant, Wilson and begins started the indie act. To complete the sound they were going for, they needed help. That’s where the other musicians were added in. Their talents just heightened the newly formed Wild Child Band.
Pillow Talk was their first released album in 2011, with quite a lot of interest. Next came “The Runaround following in 2013. New albums followed with Fools (2015), Expectations (2018), and Single (2018).
Wild Child has a range of romantic songs. The song we’re looking at today, “Crazy Bird” is the third song on the 2013 album The Runaround. This sound specifically appeared in the 2014 episode “#drama” of Awkward. That’s not the only song they have in popular media.
“Meadows” From Fools Was Shown In The 2015 Episode “Chapter 28” Of Jane The Virgin.
“Bad Girl” From Fools Was Featured In The 2016 Episode “Things We Lost In The Fire” Of The Vampire Diaries.
“Fools” From Fools Appeared in the 2016 Episode “Girls Gone Viral” Of Awkward.
“Meadows” From Fools Came Up In The 2017 Episode “In The Eye Abides The Heart” Of Pretty Little Liars.
“Crazy Bird” as A Love Song
There’s a reason this song has been popping on your For You page, your music suggestions, your pop cultures. It’s a darn good and relatable song. “Are your bags travelin’ elsewhere / You need to know I got the bones / Rollin’ hard against the floor / And if you left, I’d break until the little pieces felt no more,” these are the lyrics to the song. They slap. They get rather deep, romantic, and yearning. It’s rather dark in a romantic type of way.
Did you know that love songs and music, in general, are so universally known that the average listener can figure out what the purpose of the specific music is?
“Untrained listeners in 60 countries could on average discern the human behaviour associated with culturally unfamiliar musical forms. (“Exploring the Universality of Human Song – NIH Director’s Blog”) These behaviours included dancing, soothing a baby, seeking to heal illness, or expressing love to another person,” wrote Dr. Francis Collins on the National Institute of Health (NIH) Director’s Blog.
The Wild Child’s Music Video of “Crazy Bird”!
Take a deeper look at the music video produced for the song itself. This cinematography and content aren’t what you’d normally expect out of a love song. But weirdly enough it fits. The music video is colourful, weird, artistic, emotionally relevant, and put together oh so magnificently. It relates quite well not only to the song but the overarching themes of love and how God darn crazy it can feel.
Covers Of the Song
Not satisfied with this review. Need more music? Want to learn more about music? Need more “Crazy Bird”? We’ve got more for you. Below are curated covers of Wild Child’s song “Crazy Bird”.
Give this song a listen and let us know what you think on your favourite social media platforms. What are your thoughts on this vibing song from Wild Child? Who do you think had the best cover of “Crazy Bird”?
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Are you looking for a new tune to vibe to? Let Switching Styles show you the synth soul sounds of Otis Stacks.
Otis Stacks’ music is something else entirely. It’s certainly not something you’d expect – vintage synth soul with some hip-hop beats.
Although the name of the band sounds like a single fellow, it’s a team. Otis Stacks is a collaboration between JustMike also known as Micheal Munch, a Danish producer from Copenhagen, as well As Elias Wallace, a singer/songwriter/emcee from Los Angeles, California. Their talents combine into something completely different.
The Story Behind the Sound
Few bands tell you exactly who they are. Otis Stacks isn’t the name of the singer, the musician, the producer or really anyone involved in the band. It’s a reference to the soul musician, Otis Redding.
Redding is a famous singer, considered to be one of the greatest singers in American history. Take a listen to a few of his songs and you’ll know why he was nicknamed the king of soul. He’s known for famous songs like “Try A Little Tenderness,” “These Arms Of Mine” and “Cigarettes And Coffee.”
The second name? Well, that’s a bit more of an obscure reference. Stacks is an intentional misspelling of the Memphis label Stax. This was done intentionally to give a nod to the legendary label in which Redding recorded both “The Dock Of The Bay” and “Respect.”
They explain their sound as, “using vintage synthesizers and Rhodes keyboards, munch has created a soulful soundscape for Wallace’s songs about loss, reconciliation, and the universe of space that people who love each other often find between them”.
Otis Stacks has lyrics that slap. Their songs all have a fantastic vibe combining hip hop and soul for something completely bumping. From, “walking through the city with no cares / walking down the beach to slow stares / top floor elevator no stairs / but I’m not at home and it’s not fair “ to “I’m / and I kinda hate myself for / even being in this place”, there are written words that his audience relates to.
Luxury retailers have set themselves apart from their competitors within the industry. They have done this because they are known for having a fantastic product with all the ‘bells and whistles. Overall, luxury Retailers on Social Media have made it their own as have every other market. Social media has thus impacted luxury marketing as social media has impacted brands of other industries and quality levels. Therefore, luxury brands have the same advantages and disadvantages as other brands when they utilize social media. In conclusion, luxury customers have the same advantages and disadvantages as other customers regardless of the type of product.
Advantages of Social Media to Luxury Retailers & their Brand
No longer are they limited to a specific geographical location for sale, delivery, and promotion. Being on social media platforms and online local (and global) search forums has increased their profit as they can advertise to different people. For instance, a brand can market to people that they never were able to before.
Brands can save on logistics, employee hours, and complications by utilizing social media for marketing, reporting, e-commerce payments, and so on.
Providing promotions, sales and discounts in a way that furthers their financial benefit as well as their reputation as a luxury brand such as ‘secret sales’.
Social media, if used correctly, provides the opportunity to be “exclusive and accessible” (Laudon & Traver, 2017).
Customers can shop around to find the best price, best quality, best delivery, best value of whatever product they are looking for throughout the entire internet. Adding a customer’s research is the already established recommendation and reviews systems through Yelp, Google, Facebook, and so many more.
Disadvantages of Social Media to Luxury Retailers & their Brand
Luxury items combined with the internet have caused an interesting increase in the number of knock-off brands.
Translating their brands, and the look and feel of luxury shops, into websites, can be very difficult as it takes away from the rarity of it. It is easy to compare to other things on the internet that are presented the same way but having a lower price.
Social media has taken the world by storm, as you all know. However, it is well known that there is a disconnect between reality and what is posted online. This illusion can help luxury brands by building up excitement about their products. This can backfire on the poster if they are misrepresenting themselves and it looks bad on the brand’s reputation.
Consequently, t can be difficult to see exactly what is being purchased. Without being in person, a customer relies on their best attempt at perceiving what the seller is showing. As a result, their idea of the product isn’t always what they think it will be or should be. If there is a disconnect between the product and the perception, it is something as simple as a miscommunication to a misrepresentation.
Luxurious Parody songs of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”
With all of these in mind, get ready for some music in this section. Let us take a look at the lighter (possibly more comical) look at luxury brands. Prepared to laugh in luxury with the following parodies of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop”.!
In today’s society, many people suffer from different mental illnesses. Everyone has their own way of helping themselves feel a little better about what they are battling day to day.
Anxiety especially clinical anxiety is very hard to deal with. Scientists have said music can actually relax and calm you. When I get anxiety, I always listen to music, if I am able to. There are a couple of artists I like but my favourite song, which has helped me through so much is “You’ll be okay” by A Great Big World.
I have listened to this song an extraordinary amount of times. I listened to it when things felt messed up in my life.
I found this song on YouTube, the video is a picture of their cover album. I wonder if there is a deeper meaning to the song? Why does he say, “You’ll be okay”? Is he telling someone that or himself? The song makes me feel okay to cry and let out any emotion I’m holding in. When I hear this song, I imagine being relaxed laying in a field of flowers, watching the clouds go by.
This song is a good comparison to “La Vie En Rose” by Emily Watts.
Both songs are very calming and talk about comfort. In the song “You’ll be okay” he sings “….Cause you’re never alone” and in the song “La Vie En Rose” she sings “Hold me close…” both songs also sound as though they are in a safe relationship which is very important to have someone who can help you relax. The difference between these two songs is A Great Big World is two men, Ian Axel and Chad King Who originate from America. Emily Watts is a single vocalist and originates from London. All of these singers are exceptionally intelligent and create beautiful and serene music.
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Journalism: it is a world of finding the truth and providing the truth. As a journalist myself, I always had an image of journalists that were more of a Hollywood stereotype. A no-nonsense man in a brown suit providing the facts without the flair, without drama; just the cold hard truth. He works in a busy newsroom full of smoke and telephones ringing. Everyone is talking. The man is talking on the phone busily typing up notes before rushing out the door with his jacket to ask the hard questions. There’s no room for flair or drama in the newsroom because that’s not hard-hitting news. That’s a kind of idealized professionalism that I attributed to journalism – and accurately at that.
There’s almost a science to writing a news article. Writing starts with a lede, something to give the facts right there right away. Each paragraph is written in order of importance until the last one. The final paragraph is the one that’s there for future thought as a reward dedicated to readers who stay to the end. Though not every reader gets down to reading. Then quotes are used sparingly and only the strong ones make it in. A good quote is a quote that you couldn’t paraphrase better. Overall, keep it simple and straightforward.
That’s the basic idea behind journalistic writing in a watered-down version. It provides the facts with a little flavour, like a dash of salt and pepper. That’s respectable journalism in its purest form, as considered by people that consider objective reporting vital to the craft. They’re right about objectivity and authenticity being a vital role in any journalist’s morals. The science behind journalism is what’s taught, what’s deemed as journalistic writing, separating it from other forms of the written word.
Hartsock writes that professionalism in a journalist’s work is determined by the means of their livelihood’s production, “The work of journalism has been dismissed as literature not on its merits but because of what journalists do for a living as determined by their means of production.” Essentially, journalists are professionals because they write for a newspaper or a magazine, rather than a novel.
There was a kind of professionalism to the average journalist that made the work respectable, which allowed it to be different from other forms of writing. There was a fine line between feature writers and “scoop” writers as Tom Wolfe describes them in terms of their style and subject of writing and beyond that. Feature writers were more able to have a style outside that of a hard-hitting scoop reporter. Feature writers threw out the rule book on a kind of scientific look at writing as a journalist. There is still a cut and dried lede in a feature as in an article, but it’s nearly hidden as a nut graf.
Feature writers first separated themselves from hard-hitting news by writing “human interest stories,” as Wolfe describes them, which were “long and often hideously sentimental accounts of hitherto unknown souls beset by tragedy or unusual hobbies within the sheet’s circulation area… In any case, feature stories gave a man a certain amount of room in which to write.”
Literary journalism is a kind of journalism that has that flair, that exact flair that isn’t in the idyllic movie setting of a newsroom. It’s more along the lines of novelists. Literary journalism takes the scientific and traditional method of writing a news article and uses it as a bookmark for fiction novels by Bram Stoker, and Mark Twain, and Margaret Atwood.
Novels were outside the realm of journalism; outside the realm of even feature writing. They were considered artistic, dramatic, wholly subjective, and thus in their own realm of writing. As Wolfe explains, when journalists wanted to adopt this style of writing, they would quit their jobs and become novelists.
“The idea was to get a job on a newspaper, keep body and soul together, pay the rent, to know ‘the world’ accumulate ‘experience,’ perhaps work some of the fat off your style—then, at some point, quit cold, say goodbye to journalism, move into a shack somewhere, work night and day for months and light up the sky with final triumph. The final triumph was known as The Novel,” Wolfe writes. This is how novels were viewed as being above journalism. This created the impression that reporting was a stepping-stone to becoming an author; to making it in the literary world. Interestingly enough, it was that professionalism that encouraged journalists to emerge beyond this kind of hard-hitting journalism, as they could expand into higher literary worlds. That’s where literary journalism comes in, as well as the debate surrounding it.
The Debate of Literary Journalism
There’s quite a lot of debate on what is literary journalism and if it exists. It doesn’t. Not as its own genre of writing does it exist. It is not its own genre of journalism because its definition is much too broad for that. It’s a style of writing that expands throughout journalism. It can be a journalistic nonfiction novel such as Joan Didion’s non-fiction books (She has written several novels; as well as several memoirs and works of literary journalism).
Furthermore, it can be a one-person profile reading like a novel, as in Barbara Goldsmith’s work. It can be a nonfiction creative article in the terms of Richard Harding Davis or Stephen Crane. Literary journalism is a style of writing that takes the stylistic readability and audience enthrallment of a novel to give you something with credible real-world substance. One is called a literary journalist not because they write literary journalism but because they write journalism that is stylistically literary.
Hartsock explains that literary journalism is a style all its own. The content is gathered in the same way as typical hard-hitting news with reporting, research, and interviewing. But the story is written in a more artistic style.
“If narrative literary journalism is permitted to be dismissed based on the professional class of the people who engage in it, then it can be conveniently lumped into a broader category of literary nonfiction. The result is that it can continue to be overlooked and ignored. In effect, one can’t tell the trees from the forest. The danger of course is that this form would continue to be lost in the critical forest.” Literary journalism is not the same as other forms of nonfiction novel-like writing because it is inherently journalistic.
Furthermore, literary journalism is a kind of marriage between novel-writing and journalistic writing. The authors include everything that makes an article credible (the research, reporting, interviewing, editing, fact-checking, objectivity) and combine it with everything that makes a novel fun to read (style, dialogue, scene-setting, literary devices, creativity, descriptions). There are literary devices that enthrall an audience that wasn’t typically used in journalism with the worry of being too artsy or not artsy enough and ending up being tacky, Simile, personification, understatement, irony, dialogue, dialect, anthropomorphism, metaphor, digression. People like stories, stories are enthralling and captivating. That’s why religion teaches morality through stories. That’s the reason children’s books have an overt message behind them. This is the exact reason many novels have messages to them. People like stories and that’s what literary journalism delivers.
This style of journalism began with the adoption of literary devices into journalistic articles, the advancement of professionalism within journalism, and the connection between the journalistic craft and the craft or art of literature. It didn’t change the craft of journalism, but merely added a new opportunity for stylistic choice among already diverse writers. It has a feeling of art to it, which wasn’t how journalism was originally defined. When literary journalism came along, it was contrasted to objective reporting and, for a lack of better phrasing, traditional hard-hitting writing. It wasn’t respected because of that direct comparison.
Literary journalism has been seen as less respectable than ‘typical news’ because it’s stylish. Art isn’t credible. Art is subjective; news is objective, the news is credible. There’s a fine line and many people argue about where literacy journalism sits. That debate creates a shadow of a doubt on literary journalists and their writing.
What’s the difference between a fiction novel and a news article?
A fiction novel or even a nonfiction novel mainly creates its content in the mind, from research, life experience and emotions of its writer. The second deals with verifiable facts gathered with precision, fully researched, with sources. Journalists write them to share about the world, to provide information and context for the world around their audience.
Now, what’s the difference between literary journalism and fiction?
The answer is the same as the one above. Wolfe writes, “really stylish reporting was something no one knew how to deal with, since no one was used to thinking of reporting as having an esthetic dimension.”
Bringing you covers with an anime flair is the band I Am Justice. For those that are anime fans, yes, their band name is inspired by Death Note.
“My original artist name is The Kira Justice and it’s still my artist name in Brazil. The Kira Justice is a direct reference to the Anime Death Note. However going by the same artist name in different languages was often confusing, so I decided to have separate artist names for different languages. I Am Justice was the alternative for our artists’ name back when we were still a band. It’s also a reference to the same anime, and it sounds just as good as the other name, if not better,” explains the band.
This band’s style is a rather soft combination of pop and rock. Their unique style is shown beautifully through their original songs “We Will Be Heroes”, “Tale of The 7 Seas”, and “Executioner’s Song”.
“While Rock is my favourite style by far, I’m constantly trying to learn from every song I hear, no matter what style,” they explain “It’s a blend of pop and rock, with heavy influences from 2000’s bands. I enjoy intensity”.
They’ve created quite a fanbase through their music. Joining YouTube in June of 2011, their channel has gained over 9,624,909 views. Those views continue to their Spotify account where they have nearly 600 monthly listeners.
“Covers are a great way to help people – especially those who don’t know you too well yet – get a glimpse of what you’re about,” he explains.
Highlighted Covers by I Am Justice
Here are some of their top covers highlighted by Switching Styles for your listening pleasure! Check them out on Spotify.
Bringing you covers with an anime flair is the band I am Justice. For those that are anime fans, yes, their band name is inspired by Death Note.
“Covers are a great way to help people – especially those who don’t know you too well yet – get a glimpse of what you’re about,” he explains.
They’ve created quite a fanbase through their music. Joining YouTube in the June of 2011, their channel has gained over 9,624,909 views. Those views continue on to their Spotify account where they have nearly 600 monthly listeners.
How did you get started in music? I’ve had a few important milestones until I could call myself a musician.
When I was 4, I would go around the house with a tape recorder singing improvised songs. I would later write them down and pretend I had an album recorded.
Around 5, I started doing TV and radio commercials. I would only talk at first, but there were better opportunities for child singers. My parents asked me if I wanted to try singing professionally and I loved the idea.
When I was 7, my parents got me my first keyboard and I started taking piano lessons. There’s when I learned the basics, but I only got really passionate about it when I was about 15, and into rock bands such as Linkin Park and Finch.
What does it mean to you to be a musician? Music has always been the way I connect to people and the world. It’s a way of feeling less alone no matter how strange you’re feeling and a way to share your lessons and try to make the world a better place.
How would you describe yourself to someone that’s never been on the internet? I’m a very passionate musician. While Rock is my favorite style by far, I’m constantly trying to learn from every song I hear, no matter what style.
I’m also very close to my fans, so no matter how I change as a musician or they change as listeners, we’re always in sync.
Why did you decide to be known as I Am Justice? My original artist name is The Kira Justice and it’s still my artist name in Brazil. The Kira Justice is a direct reference to the Anime Death Note.
However, going by the same artist name in different languages was often confusing, so I decided to have separate artist names for different languages. I Am Justice was the alternative for our artists’ name back when we were still a band.
It’s also a reference to the same anime, and it sounds just as good as the other name, if not better.
Why did you use Death Note as inspiration for your band? Back when we were a 4 people band, it was everyone’s favorite anime. It was very popular as well, so it was a perfect fit back then.
How would you describe your sound? It’s a blend of pop and rock, with heavy influences from 2000’s bands. I enjoy intensity.
Who are your musical influences? I’ve been an artist for almost 20 years now so it’s very hard to point just a few. But like I’ve said before, you can still feel a strong 2000’s rock vibe when listening to I Am Justice.
Some bands I was really into back then were My Chemical Romance, Yellowcard and Linkin Park.
Why do you do covers in particular? I always did covers in addition to original songs. Covers are a great way to help people – especially those who don’t know you too well yet – get a glimpse of what you’re about.
How do you choose what songs to cover? My current method of picking covers is opening a live stream on The Kira Justice’s channel and taking suggestions from fans and then polling the most interesting ones.
Are there any specific ones that stick out as favorites? “Unravel” from Tokyo Ghoul is a song that will be requested in my live concerts for a long time, I’m sure of that.
Why did you start on YouTube? How do you think YouTube functions as a platform for musicians? YouTube was – and still is – a very versatile and popular platform. No matter what kind of content you create, if it can be translated to video form somehow, you should have a YouTube channel.
It doesn’t mean it has to be your only platform though – I actually think it’s a good thing to create content for different platforms.
What are some other platforms that you use? How do they compare to YouTube? We’ve been using Spotify a lot lately. While it lacks a lot of the versatility that YouTube has, it works in a way much more suited for musicians and has a few interesting tools for promoting our music.
How do you feel about the internet in the music business? How has the internet affected your music career? The internet has always been the defining tool for my career. Where to find my music, to where people get to know us, where we take feedback from our fans to decide our next steps, and where we’ve been singing live in 2020 since we can’t have concerts in real life this year.
What are some of your fondest memories throughout your music career? Playing live. Writing songs or recording cover is a fun process, but being able to look people in the eyes as they sing your songs with passion or tell you how much your music helps them go through stuff makes it not only fun but meaningful.
What advice would you give to musicians just starting out on YouTube? Focus on the best you have to offer. Learn from others but remember to be true to yourself. The smallest thing could be what sets you apart from others.
And it’s not up for you to decide what is it – people may get charmed by things you didn’t even knew were your strengths, but as long as you’re being true to yourself, you’ll always be able to keep doing and improving it.
What has your experience been during Covid-19? How has it changed since March? We have been streaming a lot more and started working even harder on our connection to the fans via the internet.
Since we already used the internet a lot and already had our digital shows from before, it wasn’t as hard as it could have been.
How have you seen the music industry change or adapt? Many artists gave a go at streaming as well, with different results. Some did amazing things; some still haven’t caught up. I particularly loved big artists trying their own things, such as recording videos on their own houses.