Not sure what the main discussion is for the episode, but I think the main theme/takeaway was “You can only be you. What works for someone else will not work for you. And in this diversity, this originality, there is hope.”

We see this theme all through out the episode. Dean tries to be like Sam (his brother’s brand of “good”) and it fails. Dean can not “copy Sam” because he isn’t Sam. That’s why we got the “be yourself” lesson re: the pop culture reference of Elvis Presley. Elvis, before becoming popular, was turned down a lot for not fitting into one musical label. He didn’t sound like anyone else. He was different. People that hired/showcased musicians didn’t know what to do with him, a lot of times because they couldn’t neatly label him. Elvis sang a little bit of this and a little bit of that. He was part soldier, part actor, and part musician. He got to be many things, unlike Dean. And it is here that the show puts Dean’s focus re:fractured identity. Dean must become many things to overcome the Mark. He must accept and pursue every part of himself and then reconcile them all into one original identity.

Sam tells Dean he can copy Cain, but Cain’s story, while similar, is not Dean’s. Dean’s brother is alive. And while Cain’s past killed the love of his new life, this doesn’t have to be Dean’s fate. Cain never saw himself the way Colette did, just as Dean can’t forgive his own sins. Support is important, but it means nothing if you can’t acknowledge yourself as a foundation.

RP Opinion Piece: Taylor Swift Pulls Her Music Off Spotify

This article was written by Cameron Sacchet and edited by Shannon McCallister for Restless Press. 

Music is about a sense of community and sharing. Not about dollar signs. I hope Taylor someday realizes that the most important thing isn’t money; it is simply the act of doing what you love.

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On this day in music history: January 28, 1984 - “If Only You Knew” by Patti LaBelle hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 4 weeks, also peaking at #46 on the Hot 100 on February 25, 1984. Written by Cynthia Biggs, Kenny Gamble, and Dexter Wansel, it is the first solo chart topper Philadelphia, PA born R&B vocalist. Philadelphia International staff writer and producer Wansel will write the music and then collaborate with Cynthia Biggs who will come up with the title and write most of the lyrics. Label co-owner and producer Kenny Gamble will help finish the lyrics. Gamble will also suggest that Patti LaBelle record the song. The track is originally recorded in 1981 during sessions for LaBelle’s previous album “The Spirit’s In It”. The song will be shelved until it is pulled from the vault, and included on what will be her final album for Philadelphia International Records. Released the first single from LaBelle’s sixth solo release “I’m In Love Again”, it is an immediate smash at black radio, and becomes her first solo number one. LaBelle will also quickly score two more hits with the follow up single “Love, Need, And Want You” (#10 R&B) as well as the duet “Love Has Finally Come At Last” (#3 R&B) with Bobby Womack. Since her contract with Philadelphia International is up by the time the album is released in late 1983, rival record labels will come courting in the wake of the chart topping success of “If Only You Knew”. LaBelle will be quickly signed by MCA Records, where she will go on to even greater success.

anonymous asked:

am i the only one who is deeply concerned at how angry people get over the whole boy band/pop thing? i mean you can call 5sos whatever you want, it doesnt change the music they make or the quality of it. i could think theyre a country band if i wanted but that doesnt change the music at all, labels are literally the least important part here.,.,.,.

yes!!!! I totally get you, that’s why I said boy bander in the first place.