Monday, April 27, 2020

BJ Novak's Lookalike & Crazy Ex Girlfriend Similarity - Netflix's Never Have I Ever

Thoughts on Netflix's Never Have I Ever

Mindy Kaling's new show just came out on Netflix called, "Never Have I Ever" and I LOVED it.  It was funny and touching and made me cry at times. I recommend everyone give it a try and watch it!

Here are some thoughts I wanted to share with the world:

1) I think it is HILARIOUS how Mindy Kaling named the Jewish character with big, blue/green eyes "Ben" after BJ Novak (The B.J stands for Benjamin Joseph). Mindy and B.J. have been linked romantically for quite some times and their characters were a couple in The Office!

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The 2 Bens!!

2) This show reminded me of Crazy Ex Girlfriend. Here is how:

  • Girl is obsessed with boys because she is going through some trauma
  • Girl is self-centered and ditches her friends constantly because she is obsessed with a boy
  • Girl has a therapist who is constantly overwhelmed by her crazy-ness
  • Girl's mother is controlling
  • Love triangles galore!! 
3) The scene where Devi falls into the pool is a call back to the Mindy Project where Mindy also falls into a pool.

4) Team Paxton or Team Ben: I have no idea which team I am on!!

5) Mindy Kaling tends to make her enemies-to-lovers men really mean in the beginning. This was seen in The Mindy Project where Danny was horrid in the first few episodes. I thought Ben was also super mean to Devi in the first episode, but his solo-episode narrated by Andy Samberg humanized him!

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Let me know if you have any interesting thoughts on this show you'd like to share! Or any thoughts about my thoughts lmao.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Watermelon Sugar, a lyrical analysis from Fine Line, a Harry Styles album

Watermelon Sugar, Song Meaning and Lyrical Interpretation

Watermelon Sugar is a chill song about comparing the feeling of eating watermelon on a hot day to being infatuated with someone.

Tastes like strawberries on a summer evenin '
And it sounds just like a song 
I want more berries and that summer feelin' 
It's so wonderful and warm

This is a beautiful verse. You can just imagine it being a hot, summer day and taking a bite out of a really nice fruit and savoring every taste and moment. Summer is a gorgeous season. The sun is in the sky, you can feel the warmth on your skin, you want to feel cool things like ice cream and watermelon. Personally, I LOVE watermelon - it is one of my favorite fruits.

Summer can also be synonymous with abundance. Many fruits have been harvested or many are about to be harvested. Strawberries, berries, watermelon - these are all fruits that quench your thirst in a healthy way on a summer day.

Harry Styles is trying to say this feeling of love or infatuation, feels like chilling with some strawberries on a nice summer day.

Breathe me in, breathe me out
I don't know if I could ever go without
I'm just thinking out loud
I don't know if I could ever go without 
Watermelon sugar high
The "Breathe me in, breathe me out," line reminds me of mindfulness and meditation. Mindfulness is all about savoring the present moment. Harry wants to truly savor the feeling he is feeling right now.

What is "Watermelon sugar high" ? I think it is everything he is describing in this song. It's the joy you feel savoring a beautiful summer evening.
Strawberries on a summer evenin'
Baby, you're the end of June
I want your belly and that summer feelin'
Getting washed away in you
"I want your belly and that summer feelin'," is an interesting and weird line. I like to imagine him and his lover at the beach and he is resting his head in their lap. "Getting washed away in you," also alludes to the waves of a beach.

Other thoughts

  • Many people would say this song is actually about sex. That probably is it LMAO. But thanks for reading my very PG analysis of this song! xD
  • I really like this song! I think I will love it even more in the summer. Interesting how Harry released this album in December but the first two songs both are Summer songs!  Golden is about the sun and Watermelon Sugar is about watermelon - both essential ingredients to a great Summer!!
Harry tweeted this catchy saying! And yeah, I can kindof see it. I love how both songs are about fruits! However, the two songs are very different in their messaging. Kiwi is about a crazy woman and being super excited and feeling intense about love. Kiwi is such a rock anthem. Watermelon Sugar is chill and more wholesome.

Do you agree or do you interpret these lyrics differently? Let me know what you think in the comments below. 

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Friday, April 24, 2020

Golden, a lyrical analysis from Fine Line, a Harry Styles album

Golden, Song Meaning and Lyrical Interpretation

Golden is a nice, mellow song about equating love to hope.
Golden, golden, golden as I open my eyes
Hold it, focus, hoping, take me back to the light
I know you were way too bright for me
I'm hopeless, broken, so you wait for me in the sky
Brown my skin just right
You're so golden
Harry Styles is creatively talking about the sun here. The sun is a symbol for hope. The sun brings warmth and energy that allows all living things to stay alive. The sun peeking out from the sky also represents a new day where things can change and good things can surprise you. 

Harry may have been heart-broken by a love gone wrong. Maybe he thought he would never see love again. "I know you were way too bright for me." He couldn't accept the sun's hope before because of how broken he was. But now he can finally accept the hope the sun has given him - that he will fall in love again. "Brown my skin just right." He is really taking in all the hope the sun can give him - so much so that he is getting a tan. The ending sentence of this verse, "You're so golden," implies that he has found a person who is his sun, his hope, and his love.
You're so golden
I'm out of my head, and I know that you're scared
Because hearts get broken 
I don't want to be alone
I don't want to be alone when it ends
Don't wanna let you know
I don't want to be alone
But I can feel it take a hold (I can feel it take a hold)
I can feel you take control (I can feel you take control)
Of who I am, and all I've ever known
Lovin' you's the antidote
Harry and his lover are both scared of getting their hearts broken again. But the love, the hope and light are enough for him to dispel these fears. The cure for his fears of loneliness is to love. The antidote is to embrace all that he feels for the object of his affection.

"I know that you're scared because I'm so open." This is one of my favorite lines from the song. When you love someone, you have to be open and vulnerable and show them everything that you are. This can, once again, bring up feelings of being scared that you might be rejected and alone. But Harry is really soaking in the sun. He is really embracing love. So he will give everything that he's got.

Other thoughts

I really love how smooth and effortlessly Harry rhymes golden and broken. At first glance, it doesn't look like it's a rhyme but it works!

This song definitely reminds me of some other songs from my favorite artists. 

Kacey Musgraves: I think Kacey definitely influenced Harry during the time they were on tour together. Firstly, Harry has mentioned that he was on mushrooms when he wrote this song. And this song is supposed to be a smooth, mellow song. What does this remind me of? Slow Burn by Kacey Musgraves. She admits she was doing drugs when she wrote that song AND that song is also a cool, mellow jam.

Secondly, this song reminds me of Golden Hour by Kacey Musgraves! (I say this with excitement even though in my track-by-track listing, I ranked Golden hour last lmao). In both songs, the artists compare their love to the sun. They both talk about how they feel hope, warmth, love from the sun and their lover!!

Taylor Swift: Harry Styles released this album 4 months after Taylor's album Lover so I doubt Harry could have copied Taylor - but they were both on the same wavelength! Taylor Swift has a song called, "Daylight" where she says she thought love was "red" but it is really, "golden." Harry Styles and Kacey Musgraves agree! Love is golden to all three of these artists!! (At most, Taylor could have copied Kacey?? Also, when I say "copy" I mean it kindly. Maybe I should use the word "inspired"??)

Personally, I think it is super cool how Harry Styles, Kacey Musgraves and Taylor Swift all see love as Golden.

Do you agree or do you interpret these lyrics differently? Let me know what you think in the comments below. 

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Sunday, April 5, 2020

RIP Adam Schlesinger: songwriter for Crazy Ex Girlfriend

Coronavirus has taken Adam Schlesinger, a man I always heard about when I went into my Crazy Ex Girlfriend deep dives. When I heard the news, I felt really sad because he helped make my favorite show. He helped the music stay at such a high quality. His work was loved by many - especially me. This tweet by one of the creators of the show, highlights some of his musical accomplishments for the show:

I can say I loved every single one of these songs (and trust me, there are CXG songs that I think are boring and lame but none of these are).

I liked how good of a songwriter Adam Schlesinger was. I would describe myself as a "lyrics" person. I love to focus on lyrics, I love to analyze lyrics, and I love smart and witty lyrical writing. I can tell he was the same due to his commitment to writing amazing songs. I am sad to see such an amazing talent leave this world.

RIP Adam Schlesinger

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A Coronavirus Return

Hello everyone! I am back to my blog - you can deduse why....the United States is under orders to social distance and so I have some time on my hands. I do live in NYC where it is the hardest hit so it is a scary time. However, my family and I are safe and sound and able to social distance. I have been working from home so I am still busy! But today's the weekend so I had some time and I wanted to revive my blog!!

Why did I leave the blog for about a year? I'm not too sure but giving myself those Crazy Ex Girlfriend deadlines made it seem like a chore? This time around I will write for fun! And guess what my next project will be?!?!?!

You guessed it - I am going to be analyzing every song off of Harry Styles' new album Fine Line!! I know, I know - it is a little late since the album came out on December 13, 2019 (Taylor Swift's birthday - why is he like this?). However, I'm still excited to share my thoughts on the songs! Check back for updates for when my analysis blog posts are released. Also, please vote in the below poll!!!

I also wrote about a key member of the Crazy Ex Girlfriend creative team who died of coronavirus recently: RIP Adam Schlesinger: songwriter for Crazy Ex Girlfriend

What is your favorite song off of Fine Line - Harry Styles' new album?

Watermelon Sugar
Adore You
Lights Up
To Be So Lonely
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Canyon Moon
Treat People With Kindness
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