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Dear Reader my apologies this article may not be like my usual elegant cohesive articles  but as you will see this is not a normal run of the mill article these are more epiphanies that can drift in and out of tangents and lyric sharings along with a dabble of thought. Overall this is an experiment in terror.

What does REM mean to me Remember Energetic Music (REM) or Remember Every Memory

MON 1:38AM there is a lot of emotional attachment to the songs of rem being excited getting all the dvd bonus albums getting the best of also each time hearing an rem song I did not know and finding out I had it on a cd of theirs

TUE 12:11AM REM lyrics are such poetry in motion rem mtv arc of an entire career their songs helped us find things that were inside us

 

REMs music was forever evolving and they paid attention to their arts/craft

25 years ago they found themselves at the top of the pop charts with Losing My Religion 35 years ago radio free europe

they were regular people who were just doing what they loved which bloomed for everyone else to love they have given the world 35 years of musical pleasure

where we would see Bono playing characters like mcphisto on stage Stipes stage persona is basically his own persona

what I have learned from rem is to listen to the words and to think and to just be myself and not care what others think of me

good questions why did you get into music and if you could have written any song in the world from any band which do you wish you had written do you feel you are your own worst critic like you kind of find the tiniest flaws in the stuff you have recorded

FRI 1:15AM rem out of time is the stuff of pop legend REM as a band redefined pop music


The last time I wrote something about REM I was still figuring out the music I had not heard of theirs and had not encountered


With REM’s songs and lyrics for me atleast I find them interesting and looking into the lyrics deeper is an interesting experience. One example while writing this Supernatural superserious came on and I started thinking how it points out everyone is unique but there are people who try to be fake and want to forget who they are and become someone else but in the end it will backfire on those people.
Don’t go looking for the popular crowd go looking for a crowd who will take you as you are/ you for you and you realise your fantasies are dressed up in travesties enjoy yourself with no regrets

Sometimes they have also proven the lyrics dont have to make sense as no matter what they sing it sounds amazing my favourite example of this would be their early track Fall On Me

Some of their other lesser known track have a uniqueness about them even to a point having intense lyrical moments like the track Blue from their final album collapse into now


I don't mark my time with dates, holidays, faded wisdom,

locked karma holders

Convenient

I am made by my times

I am a creation of now

Shaken with the cracks and crevices

I'm not giving up easy

I will not fold

I don't have much

But what I have is gold



Looking back/in retrospective one could say there will never be another band of REM’s calibre in the music scene



I can say with absolute certainty I learnt one of my greatest lessons from being a fan of REM. stay grounded no matter what


inspired by REMs blue everyone has different unique views at how we see everyday moments


The songs of REM have many depths/levels of substance and songs can intertwine everyday events they also deal with the nature of celebrity (The Album Monster was dedicated to River Phoenix and the song Let Me In was a tribute to Kurt Cobain Kurt’s guitar is used in the video for What’s The Frequency Kenneth )  

They bring to light the issues whether it be political or moral


They endured many health scares
They pushed boundaries they challenged themselves musically
They also told us if you package it just right then the people will eventually buy it


Expending soo much intense

energy and emotion  throughout the time


By listening from start to finish you hear the entire arc of the band's songwriting



For a band that started their careers with a bang it came full circle when they made a small statement about their departure from the music scene their music has been with us for 32ish years and will continue to hold their legacy


They may be gone but they have left us a great catalogue of work to remember them by that seems to be ingrained into peoples minds and hearts


Another moment to learn is that just because people are in the spotlight with celebritism does not give us as fans the right to be able to see into their private lives especially if it is not for the public domain to see and we should be who we are



Crush with eyeliner

Person in the song is a man who has a crush on a woman sees her as this creature she’s invented she has a persona and he thinks what can he do to make himself attractive to her adopted the same persona and fails to some degree and succeeds (moral is dont change yourself for someone

Another lyric that is in the track I Believe “Think of others, the others, they think of you”


Remember                 Revealing

Epiphinal Epiphinal

Moments                     Moments



Until the day is done us us shiny happy little fans will not stop listening to the music and carving our own opinions


REMs music/albums is a march of time

They were REM and music is what they did
 
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