Luckily (for me) episode 3 and 4 of Living The Dream 2: World Tour complement each other perfectly (I probably should have pretended that was my plan all the time). They are both about music, the first about creating music and the second sharing themselves with music. They are both narrated by Nick, and they are both great episodes!
Episode 3 is called Keeping It Real, and it focuses on the process of writing music.
Episode 4 is called We Are Our Music and it is all about how the Guys express themselves and their lives through the music they write and lovingly perform – for US!
Episodes and commentary after the jump!
Keeping It Real
I loved this episode (even though it smacked of “The Hills” to me) and I found it revealing, and funny. The scene is this – Kevin, Joe, and Nick sit with a guitar, laptop, and eventually room service, to hash out a song. The scenario we are presented with is in no way organic, but it’s cool, we still get an idea of how inspiration, collaboration, and even joking around work together to create a song. I love how they admit it can be work, and how a song is sometimes awful when it is in the beginning stages.
The edits in this episode are classic adeptly showing brotherly camaraderie, awkwardness (or maybe it was trying to mask that – it didn’t work), and imaginary familial disappointment. Very cool.
We Are Our Music
Featured in this episode are the songs “Poison Ivy,” “Paranoid,” “Fly With Me,” “Much Better,” and “Before The Storm” (which I was accidentally calling “After The Rain” all night – lulz). They talk about where the songs come from and what they mean to them.
There were no earth shattering revelations in this episode, “Poison Ivy” is about …poison ivy (and repeatedly doing things you know are bad for you), and “Paranoid” is more or less about sacrificing freedom for fame (OK, Joe doesn’t SAY this, but this is my interpretation of what he said). “Fly With Me” is Kevin’s song, and speaks to the sometime agonizing (yet successful!) attempt to nurture love when you’re on the road all the time. “Much Better” is about… well.. you know (LOVE this song!), and “Before The Storm” is about *sigh* well, we all know what this is about – don’t we?
My favorite thing about this episode is that it does give us sweet, personal glimpses, and they speak very candidly. The image of Kevin talking to Danielle on the computer was so sweet, and hearing him talk about being away from her…*sigh*! The fact that we know it all turned out fine makes it all the better. I really found all of their explanations very honest, and revealing.