A Nobody Until They Make Your Favorite Song
It’s official. I am now the biggest fan of So-and-So, a musician you’ve never heard of that is destined to blow up in a big way. If you’re wondering why I can be so sure about this artist’s imminent rise to fame, it’s because they just released my new favorite song. This has happened to me time and time again: one moment, I’m listening to an artist/band with no names, and the next moment, I’m telling everyone about them like we’ve been friends for years. This phenomenon seems especially common with female rappers nowadays. In fact, some of my artists right now are women who were nobodies until they made my favorite song(s). Here’s what happens when an artist unassumingly works their way into your heart:
Admit it, you probably sing or listen to your favorite song at least once a day.
Admit it, you probably sing or listen to your favorite song at least once a day. If your phone is out of range and you still have time to kill before the bus/train arrives, there’s a good chance that the song will be on repeat during those moments. You probably know all the words…or at least think you do. It might even be on your playlist.
It doesn’t matter if this is something as simple as “Happy” by Pharrell Williams or something more like Charlie Puth’s “Attention”, we all have songs that we can’t get enough of.
It’s been two years, and you’re still replaying that one album.
You’re still listening to that one album. You’ve listened to it over and over, and in different places. You can hear it in your bedroom, or in the car with friends on a road trip, or even at work when no one is paying attention — except maybe your boss who likes some of those same songs too (or hates them). It’s been two years now since it came out and you’re still replaying it because there are just so many ways you can listen to an album:
You can listen with different people. If they want to talk about how good the music is, then great! But also if they don’t care about the music itself as much as they care about how other people react when they hear it — then that’s cool too!
You can appreciate the journey made by all your favorite artists, even if they are not so famous now.
You can appreciate the journey made by all your favorite artists, even if they are not so famous now. You can appreciate their hard work and determination to make it big in the music industry. You can appreciate the struggles they have been through to get to where they are now.
A great example of this is Lil Nas X’s song Old Town Road which has over 50 million views on YouTube and Soundcloud combined, yet he hadn’t released an album yet. The fact that his song was so popular without a proper release shows how much effort he put into making sure his art was perfect before releasing it for public consumption.
But the best part is, when you already knew their music before they blew up.
The best part of that is, when you already knew their music before they blew up. When you remember the exact moment when they first played a song for you and how your whole world changed because of it.
When an artist’s career is still taking off and growing, when they’re struggling to get exposure and recognition — that’s when it’s especially important to support them by showing up at their shows or buying their album or whatever else it takes to give them some financial backing as well as moral support. If someone else sees them somewhere and likes what they hear, then maybe that person will also come back later on down the line when things start picking up again: “I saw this band six months ago in this little bar!”
There’s no one way to describe how a song makes you feel, but it’s safe to say that the best ones will always hold a special place in your heart. Whether they are a hit on the radio or not, the artists who created these songs should be celebrated for their creativity and hard work!