Music has the power to express our inner self and motivate our dreams. Deep down, everyone cultivates the dream of becoming something extraordinary like the superheroes, which can be explained in our cultural love affair with comic books, superhero movies and the costumes they've inspire. Interestingly most of these superheroes are inspired from the courageous tales of legend and myths such as the courageous tales of Hercules, Achilles or Hector. These are the ideals we look up to.
Yet, we are well aware of the fact that we are no superheroes rather we are just ordinary people who have their own flaws. This agitation between the brave heroes we wish to be and the ordinary mortals we know that we are, is the subject of Chainsmokers and Coldplay’s song ‘Something Just Like This’. The song shows one’s insecurity of not being someone who is as extraordinary as the heroes like Superman, Batman or the brave Hercules. However, his beloved is not looking for ‘somebody with some superhuman gifts’ rather she wants a very ordinary love where she can ‘miss’ the person she loves. The point of this song is even if he doesn't think he's very special, a girl can make a guy feel like a superhero when she tells him she wants him to be her hero.
The song gives a beautiful message that, we don’t have to be extraordinary to love someone rather ordinary is the deepest and purest form of love. According to me, the lyrics are the best part of this song. It gives the nostalgia of youth and love. The Chainsmokers and Coldplay catche one of the biggest problem in any kind of relationship as well as the difference between our idealised longings and the harsh reality of who we really are.
Apart from the lyrics, the music of this song is compelling and energetic. The music motivates one to find extraordinary within the ordinary. Further, Chris Martin’s voice brings out the magic in the song. He sings the song with grace and passion to captive the meaning. Overall this is a song one will say, ‘I want Something Just Like This’.
Asma Sadia is a student of BRAC University.
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