In a year full of hate, perhaps the greatest hater of all was me. Halfway through 2017, I and the rest of the blocland fam, and the whole world tbh, fell in love with hot new teen sensations Why Don’t We. Dan, Jack, Corby, and Zach. And Jonah. Four gifted vocalists blessed us with what many have considered to be a perfect song: “Somethin’ Different.” A song so good that not even a video directed by Logan “Fuckface” Paul could ruin it. Not even Jonah could ruin it.
As I remember it, “Somethin’ Different” was somethin’ special. The song skyrocketed to number one on the world billboard charts and the boys graced the covers of some of the hottest teen publications still in print today. No doubt Jack got rutty with some honeys and stunted hard on Snapchat (*knucks*). Dan made love to a woman, presumably. And the boys were always respectful. The enlightened staff at blocland would debate for hours about the relative virtues of Jack versus corban, Dan’s workhorse ethics, Zach’s merits and fundamental flaws as a human, and our surprise that Jonah was a member of the group. Such was our love that we dedicated a week to Why Don’t We at blocland, with high hopes that the fellas would show some love for the fastest rising teen blog in Canada. I rebranded myself as a teen editor, confident that I had discovered what made teens tick and get lit.
But the boys didn’t reciprocate and the disappointment quickly grew to anger. Suddenly it didn’t matter that Jack had such luscious locks, or weather it was Corby or jack that was the zayn of the group. It was hurt masked as vitriol toward these undeserving boys. And they are good boys. What did the boys do in the meantime? They blessed the masses with the release of a charming Xmas ep – blissfully unaware of my seething unrest. It was later in the year, when I found myself posting and deleting angry twitter posts toward various alt right assholes that I realized what I had become.
I thought i only learned about slick production, candy coated vocals, and bopping pop topping hits from the boys. But what Why Don’t We really taught me is that the heart of darkness truly resides within each of us and that this darkness can be projected toward undeserving, caring, and very good boys. Why Don’t We reminded me of something that was once said to me by a great and powerful Lobster: “Positive vibes only.” Amen.
Thanks God for Why Don’t We, even including Jonah.