Justpeoplewatching – Superman

Justpeoplewatching - Superman

Justpeoplewatching - Superman

Justpeoplewatching – Superman

ARTIST NAME: Justpeoplewatching

 

SONG TITLE: Superman

 

RELEASE DATE: June 18th, 2021

 

GENRE: Alternative Rock, Piano Rock, 90’s Rock, Pop, Pop Rock

 

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LYRICS:

 

It’s a bird
It’s a plane
Words can drive you insane
Only brings you plain pain
And I think they’re all the same

 

Working my 9 to 5
Wondering if I’m alive
Maybe I belong to the sky
Maybe there’s more on my mind

 

They said “Son”
You’ll have it all
The city calls until the day that you fall
And you carry that weight on your back
Till your bones break and crack
City’s under attack

 

But you, you better fight
Because no one can save you from that
You whisper in my ear
Tell me “There’s nothing to fear”
The darkness is always before the light
You’re no superman

 

No, I’m a fake with a cape
Not even capable of stopping the ringing in my ear
How can I save a life?
When I can’t even save my own
You’re no superman
No

 

Space is just another place
Where I can go to save face
Call it divine grace
Can’t save anyone
You can’t save anyone

 

Rubber gloves on the table
With a glass in my hand
Think about the millions of lives
Who never had a chance?
You can’t save anyone
You’re a fake, a mistake
Only bring pain wherever you go

 

My only kryptonite
Is the ticking of time
And the thoughts running through my brain
No superman
No

 

I’m a fake with a cape
Not even capable of stopping the ringing in my ear
How can I save a life?
When I can’t even save my own
No superman
No

 

Can’t save anyone
From the stars come the comets
Can’t save anyone
My hands try to stop it
They burn my fingertips
Can’t save anyone
Crashing down to the surface
Can’t save anyone
Thinking nothing will hurt us
If they only knew
Can’t save anyone
That the world was ending
Can’t save anyone
And I’m tired of defending
What isn’t mine
Can’t save anyone
What isn’t mine
Can’t save anyone
Can’t save anyone
What isn’t mine

 

I can’t save anyone
And the city burns
Every day is like a war
You can’t save anyone
I can’t save anyone
No

 

How can I save a life?
Can’t save anyone
When I can’t even save my own
How could I let them down?
I can’t save anyone
Hold on to your crown
I can’t save anyone
Sit on your throne
No
There’s nothing for us now
Can’t save anyone

 

It’s a bird
It’s a plane
I think they’re all the same

 

 

Tell us how you build up the tune for this song.
When I wrote ‘Superman,’ I had come home from a particularly tough day at work and honestly felt like I was going nowhere. I opened my journal and wrote down the Lyric “I am no Superman” So when I came home, I sat down at the piano and started playing a few notes and really liked how heroic it sounded but somehow it also sounded sad. It was a fitting way for me to describe musically how I was feeling. This song was a rare case because the lyrics came naturally. Lyrics is usually the area I struggle with the most. I knew right away that the song was authentic and that I had written something that I was extremely proud of.

 

Tell us how fans are reacting to your music.
We have only released three singles, but ‘Superman’ has had a wonderful reception. I think that a lot of our fans are invested in the story of Superman and can relate to always having to be perfect no matter what kind of stress you are under. Superman is one of those songs where you can feel the effort that went into the production. I am incredibly grateful to my team and Kira for helping with this.

 

Tell us your point of view on the quality of production of today’s songs to old songs and point out what you think has changed.
I think that we are capable of a lot more musically than we were in the past. As technology advances, so do we. I truly believe that anybody is capable of being an artist now. That is why I believe having a unique message is so important to distinguish yourself from other artists. No longer do you have to do things in one take like you used to? I have always been a fan of people doing things in one take and putting as much authenticity behind the music as they can. I think that is a rare thing to come by these days. Though I think that hard work really shows and pays off in the end. So, if the artists feel like they have given the best they can, and they believe in their own projects, who am I to judge their quality?

 

Tell us about any interesting experience in your music career that is significant.
The most pivotal moment in my musical career honestly was meeting Conor, my producer. He brings an incredibly fun and dynamic energy to the studio that is very hard and rare to find. I was only playing live venues before the pandemic hit and I never recorded any original music. The minute I stepped into the studio I was immediately enamored with the atmosphere and have not left the studio since.
The most fun though is the video shoots; something interesting about Justpeoplewatching is that our music videos are basically short films with a lot of effort and production put behind them. ‘Superman’ is our biggest budget yet so we are excited to bring it to life soon.

 

Tell us how you come across the lyrics of this song.
Superman’s lyrics are based on my own personal experience of feeling inadequate and dealing with the expectations of being perfect all the time. I wrote the lead line alone in my room at a piano in the dark. The lyrics for this one came naturally. Especially the bit about flying to space to hide away from everyone and everything because you know the minute you fly back down to earth you will feel the weight of the expectations all over again. A painful reminder of hiding myself away when I couldn’t handle it…
I wrote Kira’s verse in the studio, and it was all about having everything you could ask for but realizing that it is worth nothing if you cannot be happy or in this case save yourself. Ultimately Superman asks the question: what is the point of anything if you are not happy? And how can you live up to your potential when you can save anyone. Her part becomes a deeper reflection of that internal voice that tells you that you can do anything right.

 

Discuss how you plan to create a piece of timeless music that your fans can cherish forever.
We want people when they listen to music to feel a sense of safety and nostalgia. Most importantly though we are storytellers, we want people to be able to connect with that and relate the music to their own lives. I am a huge advocate for being open about your mental health; we hope that stories reach the right people at the right time. By doing this it will become something timeless that they can go back to whenever they need it. That is all I could ask for as an artist.

 

Tell us what triggers your creativity.
There are three things I think
Other people who bring their ideas and talents with them, I love helping to bring peoples visions to the forefront
Being alone with my feelings, for me, music is a coping mechanism and outlet for things that I am feeling… that’s for better and for worse.
My piano and the night, I write all my songs at night and begin all my melodies on the piano. It is my main instrument!

 

Tell us how you generate musical ideas for your composition.
I wanted the song to be energetic and heroic, so when you listen to it you feel like you are flying. That’s why the guitar melody is so lively. But the piano is really the center of the track. Basically, everything revolves around it.
In the original version, it was just the piano and me. Then I asked Kira to jump on the track, she liked the sound and agreed to sing on it and we had a blast and I thought she had a beautiful voice so I knew right away we had to do the most for this one.
We added the drums and the moving guitar part to make it feel lively and the rest is history. Kira really changed the production of the track as she helped soften the harsher aspects of my vocals.

 

Tell us your greatest song and state the reason.
While ‘Superman’ is my best production-wise and vocally, my most meaningful one is still ‘Sniper’s Nest.’ It was the first track that I ever wrote and tells the story of a lone sniper who survives an onslaught on an open field. He debated whether he should hide in his sniper’s nest or if he should go and die with his fellow soldiers. I used this as a metaphor for struggling with suicidal thoughts. It was difficult to write and was an incredible experience to record, so I will always look at that song with admiration and love.

 

Elaborate on the song.
The song comes from a dark and self-critical place, it is a collection of thoughts of self-doubt, feeling like an imposter, and being alone. ‘Superman’ is the perfect man, an unrealistic ideal that is unbreakable and alien. I think that the main message for Superman is that people are not meant to be perfect because eventually, you will spread yourself too thin and not be able to take the weight or pressure you feel.
While Superman is incredibly harsh it is also a reflection of the expectations that society puts on young adults to grow up. We hope that the song helps them know that they are not alone in feeling the weight of becoming someone you are not, rather someone who you are expected to be.

 

Elaborate on your artist’s name and the title of the album.
I chose the name Justpeoplewatching because I have always felt like a bystander in my own life. It seemed that no matter how active I tried to become I would always take a back seat. I think that for me being a secondary character in a movie about you is a painful experience. The name Justpeoplewatching is personal but also open. I did not use my name because I knew that by leaving the name open like this, I might be able to collaborate more.

 

 

Share your press release and review with us.
Justpeoplewatching is thrilled to announce the launch of their new single, Superman, the third single from their upcoming EP. Titled “Sniper’s Nest”. Justpeoplewatching has been featured on local spotlights on radio shows in Edmonton.
Superman is part of the bigger picture and is a chapter in my four-year journey with struggling with my mental health. Superman is a standout track as it deals with the expectations that you sometimes unwillingly put on yourself to be perfect all the time. It is a heroic-sounding song with uplifting melodies, but the underlying message is really about a person who is transitioning to adulthood and not knowing how to deal with the expectations and responsibilities that come with that. I think a lot of young adults suffer from a sort of imposter syndrome. This song is for them.
I wrote this track, as an exploration of expectations and how it feels to fail to live up to them. I’ve struggled with this for a long time. Never quite meeting the standard no matter how many mountains you try to move. The song uses the metaphor of being Superman and realizing that you cannot be everywhere at once and that you cannot save anyone by spreading yourself too thin. The song features interplay between the two main vocalists (Kira Dawson) and (Marc Ferreira).

 

 

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