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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that "Feel Again" is a clean song about love's power to transform lives. It's about working through the pain and loneliness of heartache and the revitalizing effect of rediscovering love. There's no sexy stuff here, so the song's OK for older tweens and up. The video's clean, with playful, colorful, pulsating lighting effects that seem to symbolize the power and flow of love.
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What's the story?
"FEEL AGAIN" is the first single from OneRepublic's third studio album and was written by frontman Ryan Tedder (who won a Grammy for his songwriting/production work on Adele's 21) and his fellow bandmates. The accompanying video was shot in a redwood forest outside San Francisco, and is filled with images of luminescence. This Colorado band first gained recognition in 2002 for its massive success on MySpace, then in 2006 with its first hit single, "Apologize."
Is it any good?
"Feel Again" is a simple and poignant song about renewal, about coming back into your own and feeling love again. It's got a catchy melody with a swooping chorus -- the "woo-hoo-hoo-hoo-hoos" are sure to get everyone singing along! The rhythm track fuels the song's emotional impact with infectious handclaps and big punchy drums. The accompanying video is tastefully done, with a dazzling play of lights to underscore the theme of flowing love.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about life's ups and downs. What do you do when you're in a slump -- what helps you feel better (talking to a friend or parent, listening to music, going for a walk)? Do you ever reach out to others who feel down?
Discuss the importance of not getting "lost" in a relationship. Is it possible for a person to give too much of himself or herself to someone else? How can you find your way back to yourself?
What's the director getting at with the glowing orb and the pulsating lights in the video?
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