For most of my life, one of my end-of-the-year activities was to identify a song of the year. In recent years, there has been less and less music that pleased me, and it was harder to pick a goodor even halfway decentsong. But this year, in spite of all the other crap going on, there were actually some choices.
I usually trip over myself when I try to describe what I like about a particular piece of music. Fortunately, through the miracle of YouTube, you can review the videos yourself and draw your own conclusions.
During Christmas dinner, my son remarked about this song as being everywhere last summer. I couldn’t remember it, so I looked up the video. Indeed, I had heard it, but it escaped my brain as fast as it went in: there is no melody to speak of, and the singer uses Auto-Tune, which gives her the gift of perfect pitch and extracts her soul. The video is a treat: she’s lusting after a hot guy only to find out that he’s gay. I suspect there’s a message in that, but I’m not sure I want to know what it is.
My wife is Korean, and picked up on the video before it became the rage everywhere. Musically, it isn’t much to speak of, but it’s energetic and happy, and Psy is singing with his real voice. The video has spawned countless imitators and parody versions, providing an interesting insight into cultures around the world. The video from Oregon State University was interesting in that they erased the word ‘sexy’ from the refrain ‘sexy lady.’ Are they so policially correct that they’re not allowed to refer to a lady as ‘sexy’?
One of the reasons that I look forward to James Bond movies is the music. I’m hoping for a kick-ass theme song that not only fits the movie, but illuminates my life. The theme from Skyfall is dark and delicious.
I’ve found Korean pop music interesting. It’s propulsive and energetic in a way that most American music isn’t any more, but it’s very often too obviously synthetic. But Shinee’s Sherlock is brassy and exciting. The video is charming, too.