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Hollywood Undead

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Transcript of Bullet

Hollywood Undead Bullet By: Madu Bullet is a song by the group Hollywood Undead. It is song number 7 in their album American Tragedy. The song's main composer and writer is Charlie Scene. Analysis of 21st Century Music Hollywood Undead Well, there's your intro. Now, let's get to the nitty-gritty. Hollywood Undead is an American band from Los Angelos, California. They (currently) consist of five members. Name: J-Dog
Role: Multiple Instrumenter
Mask: Gas Dollar Name: Da Kurlzz
Role: Screaming Drummer
Mask: Two-Face Name: Funny Man
Role: Vocals - And ONLY Vocals
Mask: Black And White Name: Charlie Scene
Role: Singing Guitarist
Mask: Dark Black Name: Johnny 3 Tears
Role: Screaming Singer
Mask: The 3 Name: Danny
Role: Lead Vocalist
Mask: Golden Guy Their musical style is a combination of quite a few number of genres, including Hip Hop and Alternative Rock. As a whole, they are often classified as a Rap Rock group. "Bullet" is one of the songs in their second album, "American Tragedy." American Tragedy is an album that follows a more serious musical style, with its songs involving deep issues. This album is what some call, "An Experimental Album", because it... Experiments! (Big Surprise, Right?) A fair number of the 18 tracks feature deeply emotional and/or lyrically mature content in their lyrics, yet contrast with an up-beat song. The track that takes this description to the greatest extent is none other than "bullet." Okay, so if you haven't guessed yet, the contrast between the lyrics and the music is what really sets the song apart. So, let's analyze them! Note: I will only be analyzing snippets at a time, as opposed to the entire song. The selection of snippets to be analyzed are at the sole discretion of Maduvan Kasi and his subsidiaries.
My legs are dangling off the edge The song's main character is about to commit suicide by jumping of a building The bottom of a bottle is my only friend
I think I'll slit my wrists again
A stomach full of pills didn't work again
I put a bullet in my head The character is talking about his past failed attempts at suicide. I'm sitting on the edge with my two best friends
One's a bottle of pills, and one's a bottle of gin
I'm 20 storeys up yeah, up at the top
I polish off this bottle now it's pushing me off
Asphalt to me has never looked so soft The character is planning to coax himself off by consuming alcohol. He may also be trying to subdue the inevitable pain. I bet my momma found my letter now she's calling the cops
I gotta take this opportunity before I miss it
Cos now I hear the sirens and they're off in the distance He left a suicide note and he knows he has to jump before the cops come. Believe me when I tell you that I've been persistent
Cos I'm more scarred more scarred than my wrist is
I've been trying too long with too dull of a knife
But tonight I made sure that I sharpened it twice He's been trying to commit suicide again and again. But, this time, he's going to do it for sure. We feel little pity but don't empathize
The older getting older watch a young man die
A mother and a son and someone you know
Smile at each other and realize they don't People see him falling, but don't care enough to do and/or say something. You don't know what happened to that kid you raised
Or what happened to the father, who swore he'd stay
I didn't know cos you didn't say
Now momma feels guilt yeah momma feels pain He committed suicide due to family struggles, the peak of which, resulted in either his father leaving or dying. No doubt, this would have a strong effect on a growing teen. But, perhaps the part with the greatest effect is the post-chorus ending, sung by a young girl. (I wish that I could fly
Way up in the sky
Like a bird so high
Oh I might just try) x2

Oh I might just try. The last line, "Oh, I might just try" is the key line here. It is implying that the girl will jump off the edge of a building, "trying to fly" and will smash on the floor. As, you've already heard very clearly, the music of the song completely contrasts with the dark lyrics. We've already analyzed the lyrics; now let's check out the 6 elements of music! The Music The music will be analyzed as a whole, as opposed to in sections (unless otherwise specified.) The music will be analyzed in the form of the checklist sheet received in class. The music will be analyzed using the instrumental version of the song, except for when the voices are being analyzed. The music will be analyzed solely by myself, without the aid of any outside sources, excluding "http://www.madusawesomebrain.com/" Duration - Steady Beat
- Medium to Strong
- Groups of 4 (Quadruple)
- Fast Tempo (Allegro)
- Both Long and Short Notes; Amount Depends on Instrument
- Occasional Rests (Most Notable are Before Chorus)
- Even Rhythm
- There is Syncopation
- There are Lots of Ostinatos Pitch/Melody - Both High and Low Pitches; High > Low
- Both Upward and Downward Movement; Upward > Downward
- There are Steps, Skips and Repeated Notes
- Gradual/Wavy Contour
- Major Key Timbre - Adult Male Voices (Countertenor - Baritone) & Female Child Voice (Treble)
- Clapping Sound
- Drums & Another Untuned Percussion Instrument (Not Sure What it is)
- Synthesizers & Bells
- Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar (& Maybe Electric Guitar) Expressive Controls - mp(Mezzo Piano) to f(Forte) (& Possibly ff(Double Forte))
- Crescendos Lead up to the Chorus, While There are 1 or 2 Places Where a Decrescendo can be Found, Such as Right After the Last Chorus
- Tempo Does not Accelerate/Decelerate
- Fast Tempo (Allegro)
- Multiple Accents, Evident Slurs/Ties, Few Staccato (Mostly for Drums and Claps) Texture/Harmony - Texture Starts out Thin at the Beginning of the Song and Right After a Chorus, Then Starts Thickening as More and More Instruments Join with Their own Ostinato, Which Ultimately Leads to the Next Chorus
- Few Resting Places
- One Melody with MANY Accompaniments (Homophonic)
- Consonant
- There are Lots of Ostinatos Form - Lots of Repetition
- There are Both Sections and Phrases
- There is a Small Musical Introduction, Followed by Alternating Verses and a Chorus, Ending it Off with an Out-of-Place Verse
- The Verses Could be Considered a Lenient Form of Accompanied Canon
- ABABC? (not too sure about this one)
- The Verse are basically continual variations on a sole theme The elements all combine to create a mellow, happy mood. So, why a happy suicide song? Out of all the topics in the world, why this one? The Message The main message of this song is basically, "Don't look at everything in a bad way." It's taking something normally depicted as "bad" (suicide) and making it sound "good." This does mean that they are saying suicide is good, but rather telling you to think of the good things in your life if/when you're considering suicide. Hollywood Undead was, as I previously said, experimenting in their American Tragedy album. Putting such a large contrast between the lyrics and music is a very experimental concept. Also, there are few things darker than suicide and death. Thus, the end result of this experimentation was Bullet. During the production of American Tragedy, the artists' personal lives were basically a roller coaster. The very bottoms of the ride were sang about in a another track entitled, "Hear Me Now." As some would expect, when the variable of life is changing this rapidly, suicide is often a thought on the minds. Clearly, none of the artists committed suicide, but nonetheless, it might have been a thought in their minds. These influences ultimately leaded up to the creation of Bullet. And Now... A Personal Reflection 1. Why does this song appeal to you? This song appeals to me because it strays away from the guidelines. Similar to how The Romantic Era destroyed the rules of The Classical Era, Bullet takes the conventions of modern day music, and music in general, and tosses it out the window. I also like how a single melody carries the entire song through. It really shows how texture can affect a piece of music. It is also one of the few 21st century songs that isn't about random love with no message. (No more "I love you, you love me, too, the end.") 2. How does the song or artist influence your life? This song influences my life because it helps me put a positive outlook on things. It is the type of song you can listen to on a day when you're down in the dumps. You'll want to listen to it because it deals with a depressing topic; similar to how you're feeling. However, by the end of it, you'll be much happier and your spirit will be replenished. It is really amazing how it helps me (and probably many others) turn the biggest of issues into little bugs. Besides, Da Kurlzz's mask is just awesome! 3. If the roles were reversed, what effect or influence would you hope to have on others? If I were the creator of the song, I'd hope that Bullet would make people realize just how small and trivial some of their biggest worries are. I'd want them to realize that suicide is not the right answer. If they can't decipher that deeper message though, then I hope that by listening to the happy, up-beat song, they forget all of their worries. Also, the effect I would like to have on critics is for them to give my song 5 out of 5 stars and put it on the top of the charts (every artist needs to make money, right?) THE END! Bibliography - http://wikipedia.org/
- http://youtube.com/
- http://google.com/
- http://lyricsmode.com/
- http://madusawesomebrain.com/
- http://ianfungsrecommendation.com/
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