Thursday Inspiration #166 Sign of the Times

Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word show, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Sign of the Times’, or by going with another song by Harry Styles, or anything else that you think fits.  I am not a big fan of any Boy Bands and I tried to avoid One Direction, even though they are notably one of the most successful boy bands the industry has ever seen.  In the beginning One Direction did not write their own music or play instruments, they just danced around singing cheesy pop songs, which gave them a very dedicated fan base.  Eventually Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, and Louis Tomlinson were able to crack the boy-band code, but they were never as popular as NSync, or the Backstreet Boys.  New Kids on the Block also had more record sales than 1D, but One Direction became the first band in the US Billboard 200 history to have their first four albums debut at number one and when their fifth album debuted in the Billboard top 10, they broke a record set by The Beatles.

I was watching God’s Favorite Idiot on Netflix when I heard ‘Sign of the Times’ by Harry Styles and I liked it, so I decided to find out who he is and what this song is about.  English singer, songwriter and actor Harry Styles started his musical career in 2010 as a solo contestant on the British music competition series The X Factor.  After he was eliminated, he was brought back to join One Direction, who all entered the competition as individuals.  The five-piece boy band signed with Simon Cowell’s record label in 2010 and they went on to record 5 studio albums, but they have been on an indefinite “hiatus” since December 13th, 2015.  Styles released his self-titled debut solo album in 2017, which debuted at #1 in the UK and the US and was one of the world’s top-ten best-selling albums of the year, while its lead single, ‘Sign of the Times’, topped the UK Singles Chart.  It was written by Styles, Jeff Bhasker, Mitch Rowland, Ryan Nasci, Alex Salibian, and Tyler Johnson, and it has been described by critics as a pop rock and soft rock ballad.  In 2021, Rolling Stone placed this song at #428 on its list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Styles revealed that ‘Sign Of The Times’ deals with a young mother being told that she has five minutes left to live after childbirth.  Something went wrong with the delivery, there’s a complication, the baby will live, but it is looking dark for the mother.  Supposedly the lyrics are what the mother is saying to her newborn and maybe this will help the baby deal with the unpleasantness that life is going to throw at it.  She wants the baby to stop crying so it can learn how to avoid the bullets that may be fired at it.  She wants her baby to have the time of its life and maybe they can meet one day up in heaven.

Just stop your crying
It’s a sign of the times
Welcome to the final show
Hope you’re wearing your best clothes

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