So I’ve been planning to write a post in defense of pop music, but after watching Rihanna’s uncomfortable music video and this gaudy music video from LMFAO, I’m not sure I can anytime soon. I like “You Da One” despite my inner grammar freak’s distaste towards its title (“it should be “You’re the One”! “You’re the One!”), but it would’ve been nice not to have been constantly exposed to Rihanna’s crotch-thrusting. As for “Sexy and I Know It”, I’m capable of comprehending why the song is catchy (its beat), but the plain raunchiness of it perturbs me. I’m glad Youtube added the age block to it, because I was scarred after seeing the first minute of that video – I don’t recommend you watch it unless you want some serious sexuality displayed on your computer screen.
How does this lead me to Taylor Swift? I’ve already sung her praises (get it? she’s a singer? anyway) in this post, but due to my lack of commentary on pop music lately, I’ve decided to publish some mini-reviews/thoughts on her latest work. I’m not her hugest fan, but I respect how she keeps her work clean yet still catchy and relatable. Not that I have anything against slightly sexual music, but there are limits – limits that were clearly broken in LMFAO’s most recent video.
Also, one of my friends is moderately-obsessed with Taylor Swift, so I hope she reads this post. She even texted me just to tell me that Taylor Swift’s perfume doesn’t smell that bad. She never, ever is the first to text, so evidently this was a big deal.
“Enchanted”, is, well, enchanting. It has a magical, floating feel to it – Taylor Swift’s genius lyric-writing ability shines in her verses and the chorus is like the climax of a wonderfully romantic story. The structure of this song and the way it fits the archetypal fairytale plot is quite impressive. And, yes, I have sung this song in private and in public many times.
I honestly didn’t like “Mean” at first. Probably because it wasn’t as catchy as her more pop-sounding songs – yes, I have a somewhat shallow taste in music – and because it wasn’t played too prominently on my local radio stations. But after truly listening to the song, I grew to love it. Mostly for its lyrics, which have some of the most hard-hitting truths about mean people I’ve ever heard: “I bet you got pushed around, somebody made you cold”, “Talking over a football game with that same big loud opinion, but nobody’s listening, washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things” and how overall she sends the message that mean people, while at the moment one’s worst fear, can be overcome through one’s own hard work and perseverance. This certainly applies to people in my life as well.
I do have one small qualm, which is how Swift proceeds to attack her supposed foe by saying that he is “a liar”, “pathetic”, and “alone in life” – it seems that she is bringing herself down to his level by calling him names, but, I guess you could say that it’s simply catharsis and no big deal. Moving on.
I lied. The friend I mentioned above did text me first one other time… to tell me about Taylor Swift’s new single, “Safe and Sound”. My goodness, this song is beautiful. Emotional, haunting, and memorable. I wonder in which scene will the producers choose to play it, because I can think of a few that would work – there’s one that I would name but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read the book. Let’s just say I can feel the tears coming on just by thinking of it. Either way, it was a great idea to release this song ahead of the movie to increase anticipation for the film and to show the range of Swift’s voice.
Well, that was fun. Thoughts on any of the above-mentioned songs or Taylor Swift in general? I hope everyone is having a happy Sunday!