Analysis on Two Versions of “See You Again”: Charlie Puth v. Wiz Khalifa

So you’re looking at the title and you’re probably thinking, “Wait a minute, aren’t these guys on the same song?”

Well, yes. That’s obvious. But what most listeners have not realized was that there was a demo version that Charlie Puth had originally submitted (this was before the addition of Wiz Khalifa). I happened to stumble upon it when I was browsing YouTube for a piano version of “See You Again.” Boy, am I glad I did. Puth’s version has a exceptional beauty to it, but I’m not saying that Wiz ruins the song. I mean, he flows into the song tremendously well.

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How To Bond In Your Community

The other day my friends and I came up with ways to bond together through sharing music, videos, and games with each other and our friends. Now I thought, how do I bring my community together? Or the entire nation? Okay, the entire nation is a bit of a stretch. But it does bring up an important point: how connected are we? You might say, “Well, with phones with us 24/7 and our data plans, we’re always connected.” I beg to differ though. For instance, you might have 1000 Facebook friends, but perhaps they are people you just met once or people you needed to talk to such as in college or at work. I also remember once how my teacher asked if the students knew their neighbors, and I think most people, including the teacher and me, didn’t have a close bond with their neighbors. The point he was trying to make was that the Mayans or some other, ancient culture in the Americas had a good relationship with their neighbors in the villages and how life had changed over time.

Then I realized, we may know people who live blocks, cities, or even states or countries away from us, but a lot of us don’t even know our next door neighbors.

 

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Fullmetal Alchemist: There’s No Such Thing As A Painless Lesson

“There’s no such thing as a painless lesson—they just don’t exist. Sacrifices are necessary. You can’t gain anything without losing something first. Although if you can endure that pain and walk away from it, you’ll find that you now have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Yeah… a heart made Fullmetal.”
Edward Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist

No one likes pain. No one likes to make sacrifices, but when it comes down to it, we realize that they are a necessity in achieving our goals. Recently, I just suddenly started thinking about Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, one of the best anime that I’ve ever watched (Fullmetal Alchemist would be the manga equivalent). I think about all the sacrifices and struggles that Edward and Alphonse Elric suffered throughout the course of the series in order to reach their goal: getting Al’s body back. How did this all happen?

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