this is me right now
if my heart had ten fingers
and nothing to do
“You don’t like a particular policy or a particular president, then argue for your position. Go out there and win an election”
“One faction of one party in one house of congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government….. You don’t get to extract a ransom for doing your job.”
“We get to make all the content we want? With the best platforms in the world? Grow our brand exponentially? Become the next global media brand? And all the while own the vast majority of the comapny and vote 95% of the board? Where-do-we-fucking-sign?!”
Music and lyrics"Climax"
A 23-second sample of "Climax", consisting of various electronic effects and other musical accompaniment.
"Climax" is a quiet storm slow jam set in common time. It is written in the key of C minor, and Usher's voice ranges from B♭3 to G5. The music is built around a haunting riff, complemented by sparse drum machine and some musical accompaniment. Its varying soundscape incorporates electronic effects such as clicks, hisses, whooshes, and low-frequency synths, as well as subtle strings and scattered piano notes. Music writers have noted Diplo's production as uncharacteristically reserved and understated.
The song's musical structure is characterized by intervals in which the music builds to a potential break, but softly decrescendos instead. As each verse concludes, the song's snapping, electronic rhythm track gradually softens and rippling synth chords repeat throughout the song. Marc Hogan of Spin writes that Diplo "teases us with the sort of wubba-wubba subwoofer noises that have become inescapable in the past year or so of pop radio. But he never actually gives in with the full dubstep drop ... the song keeps swelling to one big wave after another, without ever really reaching a single, song-stopping crescendo." Hogan cites the bridge at around the three-minute mark as "the closest thing to a climax" on the song, "when the track gets as quiet as it ever has before becoming as lush as it ever gets." Pitchfork Media's Carrie Battan calls the song "an exercise in the power of restraint", commenting that "Diplo shows uncharacteristic subtlety behind Usher's sentiment, with a beat that seems to hang suspended in midair."
The song is a breakup lament dealing with the theme of commitment. Its title refers to the turning point of a relationship. The lyrics address a relationship in a state of tension and uncertainty:: "We've reached the climax / We're together / Now we're undone / Won't commit so we choose to run away / Do we separate?" Usher sings in a pleading falsetto and a plaintive tone on the song, alternating restrained vocals and anguished howls. In an interview for V-103, Usher stressed that "Climax" focuses more on the complication of relationships rather than sex, saying that "it's really about the ultimate experience or lack thereof. Or the finale of an experience of love and life. When you're in a relationship and it has kinda reached the climax of where it can go, you gotta let it go if you are not going to commit." He viewed that his falsetto vocals and the song's tone give the song a sexual feel with music that works as a "double entendre".
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