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"The Maybe Man" song-by-song review
Maybe Man

"I wish I was me, whoever that is/I could just be and not give a sh**/Hey, I'll be whatever makes you a fan/'Cause I don't know who the h*** I am"

As the first song on the album, "The Maybe Man" sets the scene for our unlikely hero, Jack, as he sings a string of dreams and doubts he has for life. Like AJR's previous albums, "The Maybe Man" acts as the overture — but not in the way fans were expecting. Unlike their previous albums, each stanza in The Maybe Man corresponds to a different song in the album:

Verse One: "Touchy Feely Fool," Verse Two: "Yes I'm a Mess," Verse Three: "Turning Out Pt. iii," Verse Four: "Steve's Going to London," Verse Five: "The Dumb Song," Verse Six: "Hole in the Bottom of My Brain," Verse Seven: "The DJ Is Crying For Help," Verse Eight: "I Won't," Verse Nine: "Inertia," Verse 10 and 11: "God is Really Real" and Verse 12: "2085."

In the outro, Jack belts the lyric, "Here I go again," signaling the cycle between life, death and self-discovery is starting once more for the listener and The Maybe Man. While I'm still unsure about the tone change over halfway through the piece, it still a very impactful way to start the album.

Touchy Feely Fool

"I'm screwed/But, hey, what can you do?/I'm a touchy feely fool/I would give anything to not give a sh** about you."

This song is a people pleaser's anthem. Despite the red flags, AJR encapsulates the inability to leave someone with obvious red flags and how it mentally affects an individual. I love when Jack screams his frustrations into the pre-chorus, but it switches back to the happy chorus because a people pleaser will continue please, of course. The more I listened to the song, the more I adapted to the ending, and now I very much enjoy this number.

Yes I'm A Mess

"And I took a job for just July/But feels like I might be here for life/Yeah, I’m in it now, I'm in it now/Could I start again somehow?"

"Yes, I'm A Mess" almost immerses the listener into a western movie set in 2023. From the whistling to the steady drumming, the listener voyages on through life while conscious they are making more of a mess of it. It's relatable and catchy, and you'll find yourself whistling along soon, too.

The Dumb Song

"When we go down/When kingdom come/Don't look at me, don't look at me/I'm just too dumb." 

While this song is called "The Dumb Song," it spotlights the painful feeling of perceiving yourself as "too dumb." With gang vocals inspired by the Beach Boys, horns and guitar give the song a facade of being lighthearted, but also give weight to the insecurity of stupidity.


"I'm an object in motion, I've lost all emotion/My two legs are broken, but look at me dance/An object in motion, don't ask where I'm going/'Cause whеre I am goin' is right where I am." 

This is my personal favorite song of this entire album. Inertia focuses on someone who knows their life is messed up but doesn't try to do anything to change the trajectory. This song highlights the numbing experience of living a subpar life and the general feeling of being lost, which is something I can definitely relate to. Though I wish the drums and horns hit harder, it's the song I connect with the most, and I will continue listening to it on repeat.

Turning Out Pt. iii

"'Cause half the time I can't love right/And I'm half yours, and you're all mine."

Turning Out Pt.iii ends a beloved trilogy, written and lived by Ryan Met. After the previous songs question being ready for love and whether the feeling is actually love, this song illustrates the anxiety of wondering if you are on the right path with this person. While this song dances around dreams and doubts, it feels like the big hug Ryan needed and a reminder that love is little, quiet and worth waiting for.

Hole in the Bottom of My Brain

"Heads up, I'm sorry to be that guy/Heads up, I'm lookin' to just get by/Let's just say, let's just say we're fine." 

Inspired by the children's song, “There’s A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea,” this song illustrates the constant feeling of missing something. The dichotomy of a children's song melody while mentioning heavier topics of addiction and struggling mental health is an interesting choice. I didn't agree with it at first until I realized the interesting irony of song. While the lyrics are stronger than the melody in this piece, it deserves a listen.

The DJ is Crying for Help

"Oh, hired, hired, can I get hired?/Yeah, I fu**** up, but I did it my way/I'm tryin', tryin', I can start Friday/Gettin' a life's a little like dyin'."

This is another top pick of the entire album for me, ever since it came out as a single all the way from November 2022. As the song title suggests, the singer is crying for help. They don't know what to do or what step to take next. The violin after the chorus ties seamlessly alongside the gang vocals, and the melodies together sound similar to what a panic attack feels like. As someone who has had panic attacks before, it's almost comforting to find a song that illustrates the internal commotion. This is one of the songs where the powerful music production shines through.

I Won't

"So I do what you tell me to and do it to death/But I can't do this sh** again."

This song is meant get your head banging along with its simple drums and rhythm. With the fast-paced singing, it feels like all the thoughts in the singer's head are finally getting out and recognizing the emotions and ideas they had been holding back. It's a thought-train song — a great song to simply just vibe and sing along with.

Steve's Going to London

"While you try to find some meaning in your life before you die/Here's a bunch of random sh** to waste your time."

This song didn't sell me at first because, unlike the rest of the album, it didn't have the same emotional hold or bigger meaning. But that's part of the point — it serves as the album's brain-empty track: a song about writing song. Add in the gang vocals bringing the song together, and it is a fun listen overall.

God is Really Real

"God is really real when you really, really need Him/Karma just appears when you suddenly believe it." 

This is the most emotional song of the album. Whether you are religious or not, "God is Really Real" highlights the desparation one feels when a loved one is close to the end. You hear it in Jack's vocals, and you hear it in the rise of the guitars and choir. It's a beautiful track for anyone who has ever lost someone.


"So if this is me, then I'll do my best/I'll take all the sh** so you'll never have to/You can be you, and I'll be the rest/Yeah, maybe that's who the h*** I am."

The ultimate conclusion to the album is incredible. While on the first listen it feels as though two songs are strung into one, it works in the context of "The Maybe Man" as a whole. He is able to reflect on what he learned — the value of connection, creativity and constant growth  — and say so in both a warm, guitar-driven piece and a larger-than-life ballad all tied in one song.

One of my favorite aspects of the song is after Jack repeats how "you" need to get better, he states, "I gotta get better; I'm all that I've got." To me, this alludes that there is a part of The Maybe Man in each of us; when we get lost in life, we all need to be reminded that we have to keep going at whatever pace is best for us.

Media for minors: Upper school students ‘fly’ to Florida in ArtemisEngage’s second discussion

Photo credit: Maya Hernández
Ninth grade students Ashley Chan and Catalina López-Sánchez join the second ArtemisEngage discussion Friday, April 19. The discussion focused on Florida’s new social media bill creating restrictions on minors under 15’s accounts.

For minors in Florida under the age of 13, say sayonara to your Snapchat account Jan. 1, 2025, when all social media accounts for this age group will be banned under Florida Governor Ron Desantis’ new state legislation CS/CS/HB 3: Online Protections for Minors. The bill will also create restrictions for minors aged 14 and 15’s social media accounts.

This legislation was the focus of the second ArtemisEngage event Friday, April 19, during FLX Block. Juniors Lucy Williams and Sophia Shin hosted the event, and around 12 students and teachers gathered in history teacher Beth Gold’s classroom to discuss the bill. ArtemisEngage’s initial conversation centered around Californian public schools’ role in notifying parents if their student decided to identify as something other than their sex assigned at birth.

Chairs and tables formed a circular shape, creating an open environment where all participants could see each other during the discussion. Shin and Williams began by recapping background information about the bill, which was sent to all students who completed a participation form. Following the recap, the leaders outlined discussion guidelines that follow Archer’s courageous conversations model and set ground rules for a successful civil discourse.

Participants then shared any initial thoughts or questions they had about the bill and its potential impacts. From there, Williams and Shin provided potential topics and questions to the group and allowed for a socratic-seminar type design where anyone could speak without raising their hand.

Freshman Ashley Chan said she attended the discussion for the first time because of her interest in discourse.

“I wanted to come because I’ve always liked reading the news and keeping up with new legislation that’s being passed in the United States,” Chan said. “And I was interested in actually discussing it with other people outside of my family and with my classmates at school.”

Students shared opinions about what role parents should have in controlling their teen’s social media habits and if this law would infringe on parental rights and freedom of speech.

Tenth grader Caroline Collis said she appreciated the student-led aspect. She said she noticed as the conversation progressed, her fellow students felt more comfortable speaking to each other.

Chan added that she found the model to be helpful in allowing everyone to have a chance to speak in a free-flowing manner.

“The prompts that we kind of use in the second part of the discussion — they really allow us to guide the conversation, but they just give guidance first on what we’re going to talk about, but they don’t really control it,” Chan said. “I think it’s really nice because it allows a conversation to go to whatever area we want it to go in, and it allows us to bring up ideas of topics that we wouldn’t have otherwise brought up.”

A main goal of the discourse was to broaden students’ opinions and learn their peers’ diverse perspectives on the topic. Collis said she felt discussing an issue outside of Archer’s own community and state was important. She said she left ArtemisEngage curious to know more about Florida’s new legislation on social media restrictions for minors.

“I think it’s important to learn different perspectives, especially when we’re talking about something that isn’t quite directly impacting us,” Collis said. “And I want to hear more from the people actually living in Florida.”

Some students said limiting social media can be positive for their own social development and mental health. The group discussed how creating more tech-free activities at Archer and in their own communities could push teens to be on their devices less.

Chan said she felt having diversity in attendants, from teachers to upper and underclassmen, was essential in having a well-rounded conversation.

“Everybody has this one opinion and perspective on a certain topic, but hearing others, specifically other students who are your age, a little older than you or a little younger than you, is really nice because you see a different outlook, and you learn something new,” Chan said. “Nobody’s there to change your perspective, but it just opens you up and maybe changes what you originally thought slightly.”

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Maya Hernández
Maya Hernández, Staff Reporter
Maya Hernandez is in her first year on the Oracle as a Staff Reporter. She is on the Chess Team, is the leader of the Abortion Rights Club and is a member of the Ambassador Leadership Team Advisory Board.

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