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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.

Senior volleyball player reflects on community, learning to collaborate with teammates

2024 graduate Micaela Boxer Wachler serves at a beach volleyball match. Boxer Wachler has been playing indoor volleyball since fifth grade, but started playing beach volleyball this past year. Photo courtesy of Archer Athletics.

Throughout her time as a student, 2024 graduate Micaela Boxer Wachler was involved in various activities and sports, from orchestra to basketball to the Jewish Student Union. One activity, in particular, remained constant: volleyball.

Boxer Wachler began playing volleyball in elementary school and started club volleyball in fifth grade, when a friend of hers started playing on a club team and encouraged her to join. She has played volleyball ever since, and said the sport is an integral part of her life. The athletics department recently awarded her the Senior Athlete Award during Senior Farewell on Thursday, May 23, an award meant to spotlight “a multi-sport athlete who has been instrumental in their team’s connection and success” and consistently exhibited the values of leadership, inclusivity, teamwork and competition, according to Coach Kim Smith.

“I’ve done a lot of different sports… from my childhood up [until] now,” Boxer Wachler said. “And volleyball has just been the one that I love the most.”

Her mom, Selina, said volleyball helped Micaela Boxer Wachler grow as a person. She said playing with other girls on a volleyball team was one of the first times Boxer Wachler had to seriously look out for other people.

“Not only did she grow as an athlete, but as a team sports person and, also, socially,” Selina Boxer Wachler said.

Micaela Boxer Wachler said volleyball has contributed to her personal development and made her more comfortable interacting with others.

“When [there are] multiple players on the court, you have to talk to everyone all the time — [for] every single point,” she said. “And that’s kind of translated into my life with talking to people and making connections, getting to know someone and communicating in general.”

When schools implemented virtual learning due to the spread of COVID-19, Selina Boxer Wachler said outdoor volleyball practices enabled Micaela Boxer Wachler to remain in contact with her friends, in a way that would not otherwise have been possible.

“[Volleyball] was quite a blessing because she got to see her friends,” Selina Boxer Wachler said, “Whereas most people if you weren’t doing [volleyball]… there’s no way you would have been able to do that.”

When students returned to school in person, Micaela Boxer Wachler said volleyball remained important to her, serving as a way to enjoy life amid the stresses of high school.

“Volleyball is definitely something that I look forward to after the school day,” she said. “I think it’s so nice because when I’m doing volleyball, I’m only focused on volleyball— same with school [and] orchestra. So, dividing my time up doesn’t make me overwhelmed and stressed because when I’m doing something, I’m only focusing on that one thing. And that’s been very important. ”

Junior Tavi Memoli has played volleyball with Micaela Boxer Wachler for three years and said she has always been a source of support for the team.

She definitely has a way of making people feel better.

— Tavi Memoli ('25)

“Micaela is a very talented athlete in general. She has been an inspiration for me throughout my years of playing volleyball, and especially being new to it freshman year. She was definitely someone I looked up to, and I still look up to today — and not only as an athlete but as a student,” Memoli said. “She’s incredibly compassionate. She is very empathetic, and she also is a great leader. If she notices that the team is feeling down or we’re having an off day, she definitely has a way of making people feel better and getting excited for practicing.”

After years of playing indoor volleyball, Micaela Boxer Wachler joined Archer’s varsity beach volleyball team this spring season. She said she is thankful for the community volleyball has provided her with and plans to stay involved with volleyball at college.

“I want to continue playing at Tulane on a club team, either beach or indoor,” Micaela Boxer Wachler said. “I haven’t fully decided yet, but I definitely do want to continue in some degree.”

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Vivianne Arnold
Vivianne Arnold, Staff Reporter
Vivianne Arnold joined the Oracle as a staff reporter in 2023. She is a board member of Archer's GSA and is involved in theater. In her free time, she enjoys reading, playing D&D with friends and listening to music.

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