So, we’re all stuck at home for a few weeks. No public gatherings, no work, no school, and no concerts… Well, that’s where you’re wrong. Celebrities, such as John Legend and Chris Martin from Coldplay have performed for the public, through Instagram live performances (if you missed it, they uploaded their full livestreams onto their Instagram profiles). This is all part of a virtual concert series, created by The Global Citizen organization, and the WHO. The series is called, “Together At Home”.
Since a lot of people are panicking, and there’s a lot of negativity being spread throughout social media, they figured: Why not share some music and entertain their fans? After all, music IS the universal language.
During his livestream, Legend nominated Miguel and Charlie Puth. Although Miguel has yet to give a performance of his own, Puth was quick to accept the challenge.
Early yesterday, Charlie Puth took to Instagram live, and performed a few songs for some fans. He started off by singing and playing the piano to his hit single, “One Call Away”.
He then talked a bit about how prior to the livestream, he watched about fifteen hours of TikTok (honestly, Charlie, same). Then, he went on to discuss the songwriting process of “One Call Away”.
Put admitted that he had the least amount of songwriting credits on “One Call Away”. He was in some sort of record label camp, and his friend, Frankie, went up to Charlie and asked if he remembered the early 2000’s song, “One Call Away.” He then proceeded to pitch the “I’m only one call away” lyrics and melody to Puth, and after that, everything came together.
After explaining that process, Puth played a beautiful rendition of the James Taylor song, “You’ve Got A Friend”. He admitted that there was a line in the song, where Taylor sings the words, “see you again”, and that’s what inspired Puth to title his own song, “See You Again”. Although the Taylor record didn’t have anything to do with Puth’s song in terms of melody or lyrics, it was the inspiration behind the 2015 hit song, ft. Wiz Khalifa.
We were able to learn a lot about Charlie Puth in this 29 minute livestream, and it was much more personal than watching a YouTube interview, or a red carpet interview. He revealed a secret that the audience hadn’t known about the song, “Attention”. The song was originally supposed to be a classical piece, but while on tour in the Philippines, he started playing around with multiple versions, until he started getting closer. Then, after listening to “Give It To Me Baby” by Rick James, Puth was finally able to create the version of “Attention” that’s on all streaming platforms today.
Of course, after explaining how he created “Attention”, he had to give the fans what they wanted. He chose the right key, and worked his magic on the piano, as he sang a unique live version of the song.
Charlie Puth then started talking about how social distancing has helped him in more ways than one. He admitted that he doesn’t usually read, but he’ll most likely find some type of book to read, or watch a movie that he’d most likely never watch on a normal day. Then, he went into depth about how he’s recently had time to do some research on today’s musical trends, and how it compares to music from the past.
He states that, “trends that once were a thing kind of resurface in different forms.” It’s actually really interesting to hear, because he compares the chords from “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees, to the infamous TikTok dance, “Say So” by Doja Cat, and wow. The chord progression is so similar, and it showcases how songs from the past are trying to be incorporated into the songs of today.
Put ended the livestream by singing one last song. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed “See You Again”, then you’re absolutely correct.
If you missed Charlie Puth’s livestream, he uploaded the full 29 minutes onto his Instagram profile. So, go listen when you get the chance!
Stay tuned later today, because Common will be hitting Instagram live at 5:30 pm EST/2:30 pm PST, and Niall Horan will be hitting Instagram live tonight, at 4 pm EST/1 pm PST, to give their own virtual concerts.