Technicolor Styles

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From humble, shy beginnings, the singer-songwriter Adam Young, now most famed for his project known as Owl City, has risen to become a well-renowned techno-pop artist. Young’s career as a musician and lyricist began in his home in Owatonna, Minnesota, where he worked on composing lyrics and sounds in his parents’ basement as a side hobby after a day of work at the Coca-Cola warehouse (Bonham). He initially posted his products of creativity and inspiration on Myspace in 2007, sharing the works that came to be part of his self-released Owl City EP known as Of June (Universal Music Publishing Group). His full-length debut as Owl City came in 2008, when Young digitally released his album, Maybe I’m Dreaming (Universal Music Publishing Group). Young’s popularity spread much further with the release of Owl City’s first official album, Ocean Eyes, in 2009 (Universal Music Publishing Group), and the album’s single, “Fireflies,” reached the Billboard’s number one spot twice during its initial release (Sisario). In an interview with Chad Bonham from Whole Notes, Young revealed the inspiration he receives from his self-proclaimed “anti-social” lifestyle and his Christian faith in his songwriting (Bonham).

Young’s music has reached thousands of fans, both in the United States and in other parts of the world as well (Sisario). From mellow melodies to catchy rhythms, Young’s sound has captured the fervor of fans all over the nation. Yet, as popular as his sound is, the words of Adam Young’s songs are of equal merit and creativity. The words and messages of these songs alone convey the variety with which Young composes. Such songs as the romantic works “On the Wing” and “If My Heart Was a House,” the inspiring works “This Is the Future” and “G...

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Sisario, Ben. “From Mom’s Basement to the Top of the Chart.” New York Times on the Web. 20 Nov. 2009. 16 May 2012.

Young, Adam. “Dental Care.” Ocean Eyes. Universal Republic Records. 2009.

Young, Adam. “Galaxies.” All Things Bright and Beautiful. Universal Republic Records. 2011.

Young, Adam. “If My Heart Was a House.” Ocean Eyes: Deluxe Edition. Universal Republic Records. 2009.

Young, Adam. “On the Wing.” Maybe I’m Dreaming. Universal Republic Records. 2008.

Young, Adam. “Plant Life.” All Things Bright and Beautiful. Universal Republic Records. 2011.

Young, Adam. “This Is the Future.” Maybe I’m Dreaming. Universal Republic Records. 2008.

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