Song: “Airplanes [feat. Hayley Williams Of Paramore] (Amended Album Version)” (mp3) by B.o.B. on the album, B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray [Clean] (CD).
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Topic: Safe. The song is about regretting mistakes we’ve made and longing for a better today.
Theme: regret and longing.
Recommended Age: High School because of language.
Video: (AOL Music | YouTube). Shots of B.o.B. and Hayley Williams singing with interesting lighting and video effects.
Song: “See You Again” (mp3) by Miley Cyrus on the album, Breakout (CD).
Topic: Safe. The song is about being nervous and awkward the first time you meet someone and hoping to try to do a better job the next time you meet. There is hope this meeting could lead to a romantic relationship.
Theme: Infatuation and poise.
Recommended Age: Middle School or High School.
Genre: Pop leaning toward Rock.
Video: No official video. Youtube has a video with the audio track of the song with her performing in front of an audience. It’s has video effects such as stars shooting out of her hands and mirrored shots.
Song: “Soul Meets Body” (mp3) by Death Cab for Cutie on the album, Plans (CD).
Topic: Safe. Abstractly telling of the desire for something better. Includes a metaphor that someone else is a “song” he has a singular connection to in this gritty life. Possible spiritual self-examination.
Theme: Longing and connection.
Recommended Age: Any. Abstractness of the lyrics lends itself to high school and maybe middle school, but the music is beautiful and would appeal to any age.
Genre: Indie Rock. Haunting and beautiful.
Video: (AOL Music | YouTube | Directions DVD). The singer walks to a cabin in the woods where he joins the band to play. On the walk we see some sort of plant or fungus grow and float into the air. Mixed with shots of the band, we see the plants turn into musical notes and float across the country to the sea.