AJR Hits The Charts With "What Everyone's Thinking"

AJR Hits The Charts With "What Everyone's Thinking"

Making an impact on the music industry with unique themes.

A small electronic/pop-influenced band called AJR, from New York city released a new EP called “WHAT EVERYONE’S THINKING” which was uniquely impressive. This band is a band of brothers made up of Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met. This band is infamous for their uniqueness, as their debut single was “I’m Ready” which included a SpongeBob sound sample, which was one of their sillier ones. This song made it to the top 100, and in the top 50 for the pop chart on iTunes. That song kind of was the start for them, and after that they built a bit of a fan base which only grew from then. They still aren’t really to be considered famous, and they kind of like it that way. They have lots of smaller, intimate shows in which they make time to meet each individual fan which says a lot about them as musicians.

The EP “WHAT EVERYONE’S THINKING” in general brings so many unique things to the classic definitions of what “pop” music is or what it talks about. They talk about living with being a musician and making it work with a semi-normal life with lines like “I skipped prom for Elvis Duran In the morning”. They also talk about resisting peer pressure and the struggle of resisting it, along with things like complicated love. To generalize these examples given, their main purpose of this EP was to give voice to things that everyone is thinking, but not vocalizing.

Within 24 hours of the release, they were in the top 10 albums in the pop section of the iTunes charts, which is the highest they've ever charted in their musical career which is huge for them as a band. what is also huge about this is that they're talking about such things that aren't talked about nearly enough, and its getting listened to! by it being listened to, means that they have the opportunity to make an impact on the music industry, and its expectations.

Their single off of their new EP is called “I’m Not Famous” which essentially talks about all of the reasons they like that they’re not famous. This is one of those songs that is so unique that the theme of the overall song is so different than what is typical within the music industry. When have you ever heard of a musician singing about where they are in regards of fame? I haven’t heard one ever, which is one of the things that makes AJR as a band really stick out. This song is also something that you can dance to which is also a very good quality to have in a single because it gets people hooked once it's attached to an album or EP it can give them an incentive to listen to the other songs on the album or EP.

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21 Things You Say To Your Roommate If You Two Are Practically A Married Couple

Until I made this list, I didn't realize how absurdly close my roommate and I were. #sorrynotsorry

1. "Can you turn the light off?"

2. "We probably shouldn't go out for dinner again...right?"

*complains about not having money* *spends $8 on Chipotle three times a week*

3. "I always pick where we go"

This is a fight you have with your roommate almost every day when you're roommate is as indecisive as mine.

4. "Do you have my keys?"

5. "Can you pick me up?"

6. "Is it hot in here?"

7. "Does this outfit look stupid?"

The answer is usually yes. No offense.

8. "Can you throw this out for me?"

9. "Can we get ice cream?"

10. "I need coffee"

This text is usually sent when you know your roomie is out running errands... errands you know are near a Starbucks.

11. "Can you tell me what happened?"

12. "Are you asleep?"

There have been times where I couldn't tell if you were asleep or dead... and I had to say this out loud to check if you were alive.

13. "Check your dm's."

*cracks up in the middle of nowhere* *catches a weird stare from your roomie across the room*

14. "Can you plug this in for me?"

15. "Can you pick a movie?"

Another instance where "I always pick" happens.

16. "Look at this girl's Instagram."

*chucks phone across the room at roommate*

17. "Can you call me?"

18. "Can we meet up?"

Separation anxiety is a real thing, people.

19. "Can you help me find my phone?"

*Tries to leave the house to do something* *loses phone* every. time.

20. "What should we do tonight?"

*tries to get ready to do something fun* *ends up staying in for another girls night*

21. "Why isn't everyone as great as us?"

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My Multilingual Journey

It wasn't always easy, but it was worth it.

Ernest Hemingway once said, ”There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” This statement can be deciphered in many ways. For me, it can be related to my own personal experiences as a writer. Writing is a process that requires so much of my innate being. It is a task that I find both difficult and cathartic. The one thing that makes writing such a conflict is my multicultural and multilingual background which provides diverse resources for my writing but can also make me insecure about how to express myself.

Between my parents, there are the cultures of Britain, India, Pakistan and Bangladesh (in addition to American culture as a result of my parents' immigration and my upbringing). I, myself, speak (and depending on the language, read and write) six languages. When I sit down to write, filing through all these cultures and languages can be such a daunting task that it can take me up to twenty minutes to construct a single sentence. I find myself befuddled by words that I want to use but can not find an equivalent in the English language. Or I find that the experience that they have asked me to write about in the prompt is something I have never experienced before.

The differences in the cultures that are in me and the culture I live in often find themselves at odds with each other. My path to literacy has always found itself contrasting with my warring background. Languages clashing and mother-tongues getting in the way. It is perhaps a miracle that I can read and write today. In this paper, I discuss how I became literate reflecting on my long-winded but important literacy journey and how it shaped my view of literacy as a way to reflect my diverse cultural and linguistic background.

The fact that I can speak, read and/or write six languages has been more of a nuisance than a help at the beginning of my literary journey. Since I was a young girl, I could speak multiple languages and interact with people from different and diverse cultures. When I was in the sixth grade and was asked to write a “personal story” by my English teacher, Ms. Sessions, I struggled immensely. I sat during the 45 minute class period without writing a single word.

I wanted to tell the story of me making parathas, a type of bread popular in the Southern part of Asia, with my grandmother. However, I was conflicted because I felt it was an experience that none of my Western classmates could relate to. My desire to conform contrasted with my innate identity. In his essay, "The Fortunate Traveler: Shutting between Communities and Literacies by Economy Class," Suresh Canagarajah talks about his own struggle to write in a way that would be appreciated by his Western colleagues and superiors as well as his friends and family in Sri Lanka. Canagarajah also discussed how his bilingualism affected his writing. He states, ”The Tamil of my oral interactions influences the English of my writing” (25).

I have almost the same kind of experiences that were much more foreign and exotic than the experiences of my Western peers. I did not want to be deemed strange so I chose to not express myself at all, instead of embracing my ability to speak in so many languages.

The Bengali, Hindi, and Urdu I speak at home leaks into the rhetoric that I scribbled in my English classes. It is deeply embedded and unavoidable. This felt like an obstacle early on when I was asked to write assignments about personal anecdotes because I had a desire to conform with my Western classmates but I also wanted to talk about my family.

My classmates had stories of vacations in the Poconos and playing softball. I spent my summers in the hot tropics of South Asia inside Mosquito nets. I played with chickens and walked on mud roads. These experiences made me feel alien and I failed to write cohesive stories due to the fact that I was unable to communicate my experiences fully due to the lack of vernacular in the English language to describe my cultured, distant journeys.

Ms. Sessions almost failed me in writing in the sixth grade due to the fact that my essays felt messy and strangely ordered to her. She found my descriptions befuddling and I could explain that there were no words in the English language that could describe my vibrant anecdotes. I was devastated and felt helpless because I did not know where to go to seek help. No one shared my problems. No teacher, nor any classmates could sympathize with me. In those moments of isolation, I resented the cultures that made me who I am, because they also made me lonely.

The process of becoming literate and having my peers appreciate my writing was difficult. Sometimes, when answering questions, I would use words from other languages that were not English. This made my classmates uncomfortable with me and my teachers flustered. The cultural clash caused my confidence in my writing and reading skills to further deteriorate. Even in my preference of literature, there were contrasts. I love the familial tales of Nobel Prize-winning writer Rabindranath Tagore, but I also had great admiration for the dystopias created by George Orwell. Two authors who were culturally and stylistically so different and yet I felt that they both connected with me and my writing in a deep way.

Perhaps I was beginning to discover that coming from contrasting cultures and speaking multiple languages also gave me the ability to connect with many points of views on varying specters. In his article “Cultural Schemas and Pedagogical Uses of Literacy Narratives: A Reflection on My Journey with Reading and Writing,” Ghanashyam Sharma describes studies that had observed that students originating from Africa and Asia had difficulties writing literacy narratives because in these cultures the writer is never viewed as the creator of knowledge. English compositions require the author to talk about themselves in a very personal, reflective way.

This is rooted in the fact that Western societies like America are based on individualism. In contrast, Asian societies such as China and India are based more on the filial structure. When asked to write about myself and my experiences, I felt discomfort, because, at home, my family never asked me to reflect using my own personal lense or point of view. Rather, they asked me to always take into account how an experience was for all the people in our family unit.

When I wanted to do something, I had to take into account how my mom or dad would feel as well, because cultural that was the norm in my home. For this reason, often my anecdotes were marred with red pen marks for being too short and including very little details. I felt that this would be my reality forever and I would never improve. How could I possibly explain to my peers how hard it is to condense myself into two pages without going into the nuances of my complex background?

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