Tone Deaf: What Does the Program Director Listen To?

by Jade Watts


Indie artist offers love, heartbreak and self-control.
(Photo: Courtesy of Genius.com)

Is Everything Okay in Your World? by Yellow Days is a underground indie rock testament to the complexity of encounters life throws our way.

His unique mixing styles, variety of instruments, and layering techniques makes Yellow Days’ sound one of the most unique ones out there, while still following the current trend of bedroom pop rock. He encourages deep introspection and reflection through his experimental music, although his lyrical capacity is slightly lacking. Nonetheless, his power to entice emotion from his listeners is just another skill Yellow Days possess.

In this album, Yellow Days specifically focuses on how our temperaments, coping skills, and experiences affect our approaches to love and how we understand it.

In “The Tree I Climb,” Yellow Days explains to the listener that love is more like a tree than a game. Whereas one can perfect a the roles and challenges of a single game, and know exactly what moves to make within it to reach their end, it proves much more difficult to perfect climbing a tree. In a game, if one makes a mistake or a move they regret, one can restart it. On the other hand, if one misteps while climbing a tree, they fall out of it.

Yellow Days expresses in this song that he would do anything for his lover, because in the end it’s worth it; to see the view from the tree top is the goal and the prize. Unfortunately, he falls before he can reach the peak,

Despite his fall, Yellow Days doesn’t yet want to give up on his love. Instead he decides “Holding On” is the best action to take.

To hope that love shared between him and his confidant still remains is what this melody is about. “Holding On” as someone who rarely falls in love and hasn’t felt the ferver love has to offer, Yellow Days remain steadfast in trying to make his relationship work. And though he believes there is yet hope for his relationship, he is terrfiyied by how it makes him feel.

Yellow Days sabotages his relationship with his constant need for perfection, elaborated on in mellow keyboard-filled composition “Tired.” Sampling what seems to be a 50s educational audio about the importance of self control and setting appropriate standards, Yellow Days becomes impatient that the love he worked so hard to achieve isn’t working out the way he thought it would.

Due to a lack of emotional stability in himself, Yellow Days acts out from insecurity and distress, creating a divide between he and his lover. She is tired with his behavior, and even though he promises he’ll change for her, he can’t.

Heartbreaking epic “Hurt in Love” follows this duo to their demise. Yellow Days is faced with having to deal with the pain that he’s caused his lover and the consequences of his actions. Regardless of the intentions behind why and how he hurt his lover, he has to face her pain.

Because of his mental health and personality, despite wanting his love to work, Yellow days couldn’t manage a healthy relationship with he and his partner. In song “Weight of the World,” Yellow Days references how the world has changed him and shaped him into someone more pessimistic and aloof. He feels as though he’s losing himself to the coldness of the world.

The last thing he asks from his lover, and perhaps the listener, in final song “Outro (Lost in a World with You)” is to stay with him despite his flaws and disturbances, to ask him Is Everything Okay in Your World?

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