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  • - Hi everybody, this is Finneas,

  • and this is the,

  • the playlist of my life.

  • [pop ballad plays]

  • I have to make sure I'm spelling this right.

  • Uh huh.

  • So the first song I wanted to talk about is this song

  • called "Falling Slowly" by Glen Hansard.

  • Glen Hansard is an Irish singer-songwriter,

  • who is also the star of this amazing independent movie

  • called "Once", which I watched

  • when I was like eight or nine.

  • And "Falling Slowly" is this super beautiful duet he wrote

  • that he sings with the other lead in the movie,

  • and you've probably heard it,

  • even if you don't recognize the name or the title right now.

  • Falling slowly

  • And it's got like, an incredible harmony part

  • through the whole chorus of the song.

  • It's a great duet song.

  • It was the first song I ever performed, ever for anyone.

  • I did it in a talent show when I was 11.

  • I feel like it was on like, American Idol.

  • I think the dude that beat Adam Lambert

  • sang it on American Idol.

  • Whatever his name is.

  • Adam Lambert's the winner in my opinion.

  • Every year.

  • Next, let's go.

  • [pop ballad plays]

  • Okay, "21 Guns" by Green Day.

  • I was really late to the party on Green Day.

  • I was like, 10 I think, when "21 Guns" came out.

  • Maybe I was 11.

  • It was still in the era of iTunes,

  • where there was like,

  • this was way pre-Spotify, pre-Apple Music.

  • And I would listen to the 30 second preview

  • of "21 Guns" on repeat most days,

  • until I saved up 99 cents to download "21 Guns".

  • I just think it's a really beautiful song,

  • and the chorus melody has this like,

  • One, 21 guns

  • and he like, goes into falsetto

  • like right on the "guns" line,

  • I always thought that was cool.

  • One, 21 guns

  • And live, Billy's voice is like all -

  • Billy Joe, not my sister Billie.

  • Billy Joe's voice is all ragged when he sings it,

  • and he goes,

  • One, 21 guns

  • He just like screams it,

  • 'cause his voice is all worn out after

  • like a three and a half hour concert.

  • But on the recording, it's this beautiful, pure falsetto.

  • And I would bet that was, I bet that was Butch Vig's idea

  • because he produced that record.

  • He's the kinda guy that would be like,

  • "No, sing it really softly, it's more emotional."

  • That's kinda the way Butch talks.

  • Next.

  • [pop ballad plays]

  • This is supposed to say "Welcome to the Black Parade",

  • and then this is, it's a long ass title.

  • So this is just the, the initialism of My Chemical Romance.

  • It's one of those bands that I think,

  • I think a lot of music does this, it's funny.

  • Like sometimes your favorite music ultimately,

  • the first time you hear it, you're like,

  • "Not for me, man.

  • "I don't like this at all."

  • And My Chemical Romance was definitely like

  • one of those artists that like ultimately,

  • I rank in my like top five favorite bands ever, ever, ever.

  • The first time I heard it, I was like,

  • "I don't get it."

  • And then it washes over you, and you realize that

  • it's like a Biblical text.

  • But that's a song that's gonna endure.

  • I think "When I was a young boy,

  • "my father took me into the city to see a marching band."

  • When I was a young boy

  • My father took me into the city

  • And that little piano, like,

  • [imitates piano notes]

  • like that's just gonna last a long time.

  • One of the reasons I love that song,

  • and it's the reason I love the whole album,

  • is it's a concept album,

  • and the song is kind of the centerpiece of the record.

  • Concept albums growing up were incredibly inspiring to me.

  • Albums like "Jesus Christ Superstar"

  • and "The Wall", Pink Floyd

  • and "American Idiot" by Green Day.

  • I think like, when an album has like a real narrative,

  • as a kid, I was just like fascinated by that.

  • And it was, it's always been my dream

  • to make a concept album.

  • And I don't feel like,

  • ready to make a great concept record yet,

  • but that's definitely on my bucket list,

  • is to make a concept album.

  • And I think you can't get more high concept

  • than "Black Parade" by My Chemical Romance.

  • [pop ballad plays]

  • Yes!

  • Boom!

  • This is "Cardiac Arrest" by the band Bad Suns.

  • I was really trying to get my high school band

  • to open for The 1975 when they toured in 2014,

  • and I emailed the promoter at a club

  • that I knew The 1975 was playing at.

  • And I said, "My band would be the perfect opener

  • "for The 1975."

  • And in a more polite way, the promoter said piss off,

  • we already have an opener.

  • And the opener was this band Bad Suns.

  • And I was immediately filled with jealousy

  • and envy of Bad Suns, with no right to have that envy

  • because I never heard of them.

  • And I listened to their song "Cardiac Arrest",

  • and I was like,

  • "This song is incredible."

  • ♪ I'll try my best

  • How much do I invest

  • I just listened to that song for like, five months straight.

  • And it's still, it's still an unskippable song to me.

  • I think the drums and the bass are just like,

  • unbeatable in that song.

  • It's just such a good groove.

  • And the structure of it is that the guitars come in

  • in like the intro,

  • and then for the verses, the guitars basically drop out

  • and it's just like a drum kit and a bass.

  • And the drummer Miles, he plays like riffs on the drums,

  • which is kinda rare.

  • Like signature moments.

  • Which I've been trying to do

  • since I started writing drum parts.

  • There's a song of Billie's called "Xanny"

  • with these like drum fills that go like,

  • [imitates drum sounds]

  • And like, I wanted to just make like Phil Collins-like

  • drum fills that you'd air drum to in your room.

  • And that to me, "Cardiac Arrest" does a great job of that.

  • [pop ballad pays]

  • This is a song called "Jesus, Jesus"

  • by an artist named Noah Gundersen.

  • I think a lot of these songs are like,

  • my introduction song to an artist,

  • and this was the first song of Noah's I ever heard.

  • And I think I heard it because I've known an artist

  • named Phoebe Bridgers since we were both teenagers,

  • and she posted a photo with him on her Facebook page,

  • and I was like, who is this?

  • And I went to his iTunes,

  • I think I went to his Bandcamp at the time.

  • And I found this song, "Jesus, Jesus".

  • And it's just a really incredibly well written song.

  • And I think he was brought up in the church,

  • and I think he was also brought up home schooled.

  • I wasn't brought up in the church,

  • but I was brought up home schooled.

  • And he made a lot of his music with his sister,

  • I thought that was pretty interesting.

  • The whole song is talking to Jesus,

  • as if it's like mid prayer.

  • And the verse is, one of the lines is,

  • "Jesus, Jesus, there are those that say they love You,

  • "but they've treated me so mean.

  • "And I know You say forgive them

  • "for they know not what they do.

  • "But I'm pretty sure they do."

  • But sometimes I think they do

  • And I think about You