||[Jan. 18th, 2011|06:38 pm]
|||||Katy Perry - Firework||]|
Recently, I've been given a hard time for enjoying specific songs. Let me be the first to admit that I do not have an especially refined taste in music. In general, I like a lot of music, and, in many ways, I allow myself to be attracted to songs not solely based on the lyrics or the beat or the music video. I have a fairly open mind, musically speaking.
On the other hand, sometimes it's just those things - the lyrics, the beat, the music video - that attract me most to a specific song. Take, for example, Katy Perry's new hit Firework. [This is one of the songs that I have most recently been ridiculed for liking.]
Go check out the music video.
Yes, the tune and beat are both catchy. [It's Katy Perry - even her stupidest songs are catchy.] But that's not why I'm so attracted to it. The music video itself is pretty good, considering what most modern music videos are like. This one happens to not be hyped up with drugs, sex, or otherwise explicit material. As for the lyrics, they may not be brilliant, but they do speak to me. And, to some extent, I think pretty much every teenager - and maybe even everyone, teenager or not - can relate. There's something fundamentally simple about the feeling that she's singing about, and putting it to a catchy tune and an upbeat video, it turns into a message of hope.
Am I the only one who sees this? Am I totally wrong, and actually this falls into the category of "just another stupid Katy Perry song"?
NOOOO, you're not alone!!! I fell in LOVE with that song the second I saw the music video (which was also the first time I'd heard the song)--it made me cry. And I still cry every time I watch the music video. All of the different parts are great, but the one that hits closest to him for me is the girl who finally jumps into the swimming pool. Gah, it's just such a feel-good song with catchy tune and the music video is just so GOOD! People who don't like this song (or at least don't admit that the video is great) suck. :P
...erm, that would be me, then.
I stick my tongue out at you over the Internet, hh! :P
no, you're not wrong -- i didn't like the song very much when i heard it on the radio, but then i went and watched the music video, and it's pretty clear that she's just trying to do something fundamentally *good* with this song, which i respect her for (which is not something i can say about any of her other songs). anyway, i like it better now, and i wish more "stupid katy perry songs" had such a positive message.
I gather you're not such a fan of some of her, ahem, earlier work?
well, i like listening/dancing to it, but when i actually think about it, not so much...
I don't like "Firework," but I also don't think it's a stupid song.
Anyone who ridicules you probably likes or has been touched by a different pop hit.
Mine is "Because of You" by Kelly Clarkson.
Also...I like "I'm Still Here" which was made by the Goo Goo Dolls for Disneý's Treasure Planet...
This was the first time that I'd heard the song, and hearing it along with the video, it is a wonderful song! I don't know if I would feel differently if I had heard it on the radio, but it clearly has a positive, uplifting message that lots of people need. Some of the firework shooting looks a little funny, but that doesn't relate to the meaning. So no, I think it is a more special song!
2011-01-19 05:23 am (UTC)
As someone whose taste for deep, complex, original music has been developing and causing his interest in the mainstream to atrophy for nearly a decade (in other words, as definitely something of a music snob :P ), that's a good song. The lyrics and video have a nice message, and they're a breath of fresh air compared to the usual pop themes. Granted, the *approach* to this message isn't as interesting as I would like (and the music itself is unremarkable), but the song still garners respect from me. I suspect that you shouldn't pay attention to those who would ridicule you for liking it.
It's funny...before we met, I never used to listen to the radio or much music in general. Now, every time I get into my car, I turn up the radio just thinking and singing the whole ride (and on warmer days, I also pull my hair back and roll down the windows). Lots of songs strike me in different ways for different reasons like those you mentioned and that song is among one of the many these days.
Funny, you used to hate it when I ran around with the windows open all the time. =P