A Journey Into Halsey's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

A Journey Into Halsey's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom

How Halsey found solace in music and created her most recent album that connected all of her musical worlds together.
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On June 2nd, alternate-pop artist Halsey released her sophomore album Hopless Fountain Kingdom, a concept album describing a toxic relationship, and the process of leaving it. Following her album Badlands, Halsey dives into a new sound showing the emotion and the heartbreak that she endured.

HFK is Halsey's modern take on the Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet. In the tale of Solis and Luna, Halsey explains her journey through a toxic relationship as a Romeo (Luna) stuck with her Rosaline (Solis) instead of her Juliet. Her relationship became purely physical instead of an emotionally invested one. The story is told through the arrangement of the songs, beginning with her doubt of the relationship with "100 Letters", all the way to the breakup with "Hopeless."

Badlands was a musical adaptation of a state of mind, of Halsey's battle through bipolar. Her debut album was dark and intense, mimicking her long-fought conflict with her own mind. "The Badlands" is a state of mind, what she named the place where she felt she resided mentally. Halsey makes it clear that everything is a state of mind, and you are always able to change your mindset and your lifestyle, and this concept carries over into Hopeless Fountain Kingdom when she writes, "Perhaps hopeless isn't a place, nothing but a state of mind," in track 8, "Good Mourning." Feeling hopeless after a breakup is only a state of mind, something she was able to pull herself out of, and something she mentioned she fully escaped from with her writing.

This is not the only concept that carried over from her first album. Halsey mentioned that ideas not only cross between Badlands and Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, but also connect to her first body of work released, her Room 93 EP. She took to Twitter to shed light on some of these connections: "Luna is the moon, and the Sun is trying to make her different. 'Flew too close to the sun' got too attached to the Sun (Solis)," Halsey tweeted. She confirmed that Luna (Latin for moon) keeps changing - like the phases of the moon - because of Solis (Latin for sun) and that her song "Good Mourning" is about the loss of their moon Luna because she "flew too closely to the sun that's setting in the east," lyrics from another HFK track "Angel On Fire." After responding to fan predictions and putting in more insight of her own, Halsey tweeted one last hint: "Empty Gold: 'if the morning light don't steal our soul, we'll walk away from empty gold.' I'll let you figure that one out." So here I am to figure it out.

First I will mention that "Empty Gold" is a track from her first EP Room 93, an indication that the worlds of all three pieces truly do connect. Halsey revealed that Solis is trying to steal Luna's soul and "Good Mourning" is about how Solis succeeded in doing so. Since she described Hopeless Fountain Kingdom as a journey through a toxic relationship, then if the "morning light," (Solis = Sun and Halsey's partner) doesn't "steal our soul," i.e. doens't ruin and take away everything that she is - Halsey mentioned in an interview that this partner viewed her as someone who she actually is not - then "we'll walk away with empty gold." The beginning track "100 Letters" starts with Halsey singing "King Midas put his hands on me again." King Midas is a God in Greek mythology that turns everything he touches to gold, therefore if she "walks away from empty gold," then it must mean that she will walk away from the relationship, cleaned from the "gold" that "Midas" turned her into. In short, the line "If the morning light don't steal our soul, we will walk away from empty gold," must mean that if Halsey's toxic lover does not change her or take her away from her true self, then she will be able to walk away "untouched."

Halsey has created a multitude of universes through her ability to convey her emotions through songs, and while doing so she has connected these universes over a span of years and albums to better display herself to her fans and share her experiences with her fans.

A month after its release, Halsey's Hopeless Fountain Kingdom has become the first number one female album of 2017 and she has announced her 2017-18 world tour, featuring Charli XCX and PartyNextDoor. From the beginning of her journey in the Room 93 to her breakup in Hopeless Fountain Kingdom, Halsey has captured her audience and gained a following through her ability to lyrically sway an audience and to capture her feelings so articulately through her music.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Homesick

The yearning for a place and people beyond the reach of my fingertips.

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For those born and raised outside the borders of the United States, have you ever found yourself going about your daily life and thinking back to your home-county? With all of your favorite and most vivid memories rushing in without much warning, sending you on a rollercoaster of emotion. The ups, the downs, the everything in-between. The life you used to live is now playing itself back in front of your very eyes, and I can't help but feel homesick.

No matter how many years are now separating me from the time I lived in my home country, I will always feel saddened knowing I no longer live there. Yes, I have lived in the United States for more than half of my life, occasionally flying back home to visit family, and yet I always feel as if a small part of me remains on the other side of the world. That small part is what makes me yearn to fly back home-and stay there-, to be reunited with all of my family, and to be surrounded by the language of my people. I miss the way the food tastes; how tap water is better than any bottled water I've had in the states. How the mountains surrounding the city always make for a beautiful view no matter where I'm standing. I miss the guitar players and dancers who light up the city streets with culture and character. Most of all, I miss how much joy I find around me, and within me, when I am back home. There is something indescribable, almost magical, in the way my soul reacts when I step foot off that plane and back into my roots. It's as if the Earth itself grabs hold of me, and brings me close into a tight embrace. As if my home missed me just as much as I missed it. Whether I've been gone for eight years, or two, the unfamiliar quickly becomes familiar, and it feels like I never left. Like I can ask for a refund on my roundtrip flight because I have no desire to fly back to the states.

I feel homesick at the most random times. I could be out with my friends or buried deep in homework, but the memories of home will always find themselves back to me. I get sad for a little while, and it sucks that I cannot snap my fingers and find myself back home in an instant. Nevertheless, I reminisce on the good times and send a prayer up into the skies so I can go back home once more.

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