Monday, October 3, 2011

10.1.11- Foster The People "Pumped up Kicks"

Hey everyone; Welcome to Music Daily! As you can see, i'm keeping my promise by starting off this month with Foster the People's "Pumped up Kicks". I don't know ANYONE who has heard that song and not fallen in love with it. Ok, maybe not everyone; my parents hate the concept of it with all of the shooting and stuff. I guess when you look at it that way, it DOES give out a bad message, but Foster the People claim that they wrote it out of concern about the growing incidents of gun violence in schools. Most people that know the song only really appreciate the repetative, catchy hook, but if you listen to the whole song, as if reading a book, you can see how powerful the story really is. It is about a kid (most likely by the name of Robert), who has what seems to be an abusive, neglectful, and/or substance or alcholol abusive father. After Robert "goes crazy" if you will, he takes his dad's gun and goes on a "shooting spree." although this story sounds disturbing and shocking in more ways than one, I bet that's what happens in many of the kids lives before they go somewhere, intending on hurting people. While this song doesn't excuse their actions WHATSOEVER, it explains them and makes us aware, or able to understand their mindset. "Pumped up Kicks" has become an anthem at schools everywhere with its inspirational words.

Love Always <3,
Katrina Lowell
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