Recent Song Gives People the World in their Own Hands

By Brittany Kubicko ‘15
EE Senior Features Editor

If you have seen the semi-recent Glee episode entitled “Naked,” you would recognize the final song “This is the New Year.” The New Directions members sing the song and embrace being back in competition for the title of National Champion. Although made popular through Glee, the original song shines as well, showing that every person is important in this world. “This is the New Year,” written by the band, A Great Big World, was released on January 8, 2013 by Kickstarter, and lights up pop music, motivating people to never give up on their dreams.

A Great Big World consists of NYU alumni Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino, who met and became music partners during their time at college. Originally, Ian was the performer and Chad was the writer and manager, but in 2012 they merged into a band, and A Great Big World came into existence. “This is the New Year” was released first as a single and, then, weeks later their EP (Extended Play), consisting of six songs, was released.

“This is the New Year” is a song about motivation, encouraging people to stand for what they believe in, and about enjoying life to its fullest. Lines such as “Speak louder than the words before you” show listeners that they can always be the bigger person in everything they do, while others such as “Be not afraid of who you really are” encourages people to be themselves. Throughout the song, optimistic lyrics that give the tone of the song a positive beat.

“This is the New Year” is a perfect song to welcome in the new year. It provides a wonderful message about life, which is useful for anyone who needs it. Also, the song is totally likable because it has a different tone compared to many harder edged songs released so far. Pop songs these days often talk about love and heartache, but this song breaks away from the norm, providing a different vibe and straying away from the classic “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

“This is the New Year” receives 10 stars for its new outlook on culture and media. It breaks away from the common thread, leaving listeners intrigued for more of A Great Big World. Fans cannot wait for more music to come out from this band, as their optimistic attitude towards life makes people feel good about themselves even in the darkest of times.

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