Sunday, January 11, 2009
THAT'S NOT AN EARTHQUAKE; IT'S THE VIBES
THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT RADIO STATION!!
i'd like to share two songs i feel very strongly about.
the first was introduced to me last night by my friend melissa on the way home from something i'd rather not tell you about. this song is the reason why melissa spent, i think, about $20 on a simon and garfunkel record. i was confused as i hadn't heard it, then she played this for me on her iphone.
KEEP THE CUSTOMER SATISFIED --- SIMON AND GARFUNKEL.
i really am a sucker for a big brass section. sigh. this is a really ecstatic song although it is about the shittiness that is DA REAL WORLD. i think that's the most powerful thing. "everywhere i go i get slandered, libeled, i hear words i never heard in the bible..." but then the music is so (for lack of a better word) happy. i think that contrast is really powerful.
the other song i feel really strongly about is a song that a lot of people probably feel really strongly about.
SINGLE LADIES (PUT A RING ON IT) --- BEYONCE.
I LOVE SINGLE LADIES. i was at first confused as to why rolling stone named this as the best song of this year. THEN I LISTENED TO IT. while i don't really understand the minor section, the rest of it including that MASSIVE HOOK ("if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it! if you like it then you shoulda put a ring on it!") is totally, incredibly, devastatingly, ridiculously awesome. i haven't felt this strongly about a "pop" song since DISTURBIA (everyone knows my feelings about disturbia).
i posted both these songs together because while they have LITTLE TO NOTHING in common, we can find here what some call "the vibe connection" ie. they both have that overarching aura of positivity DESPITE a little bit of sadness in them: for paul and art the terrible reality of the world, for beyonce the fact that he didn't, in the end, put a ring on it... however, despite these setbacks, these people find that there are, because there is no better phrase, POSITIVE VIBES IN THE WORLD, and we can appreciate them whatever happens.