15 September 2020
03 September 2020
Let's be very clear.
This is a very dark song.
To be clear, when Mark Foster wrote and performed the song, he was trying to write from the perspective of a homicidal kid thinking about shooting up his school. Written in an afternoon, Foster had been writing commercial jingles and plowed through writer's block to get this song done.
And, for a song that was just a demo, with Mark Foster singing and performing every piece, it's pretty rich and strangely beautiful.\
02 September 2020
We're almost a decade into this blog, and we've NEVER posted about 10,000 Maniacs on this blog.
Let's fix that today.
25 August 2020
This video tells a story that doesn't entirely match the song. I mean, it's set in a prison - and the song clearly isn't.
And that's OK. It also doesn't hurt the song.
What it is is a great song, with a great dance beat, celebrating the great dance song, co-written by Gaga and Beyoncé - and they wrote a song on which they could BOTH showcase their unique voices. It ended up being Gaga's 6th consecutive #1 song - a feat matched by no other artist in history.
I mention that Lady Gaga cowrote this song, and I have said numerous times that this woman has a lot of natural musical talent - enough that she uses vocal tricks to her advantage without taking away her timbre. Which brings me to this live version - from 2017.
Clearly, Stefani really just wants to dance! But it is the singing in which she excels on this night - and it is huge and CLEARLY pure.
21 August 2020
This song, released literally last week, is clearly about her breakup with Liam Hemsworth - and it's a deeply personal song, in only a way that Miley could be deeply personal. But this is Wicked Guilty Pleasures, not Wicked Guilty Therapy Sessions, so it's got to be enjoyable, and it is.
Musically, it's straight ahead bass-driven pop with significant synth. It's a great 80's throwback with a modern feel - and it's fun. And that's enough.
17 August 2020
This song, from late 2019, is the first hit by blackbear, aka Matthew Tyler Musto, a man who has made most of his money writing songs for other people. He has been a recording artist for several years as well, and this was his first hit after seven years of releasing albums.
And it's a doozy. From the repeated chorus with the chiming bell and guitar going in time with the melody, to the significant bass drops and creative use of Autotune, the song is infinitely memorable.
10 August 2020
It is a fairly recent tradition of Disney to record their recognizable songs from their feature films in the native languages where their movies are released. "Let It Go", from Frozen, for example, was recorded in several languages.