I actually listen to some of the lyrics of today’s pop hits because when I’m taking Peggey and Scott’s kids to school, it’s what they want to listen to. So I’ll listen to the latest music and the lyrics and I really can’t help but laugh. There’s no subtlety and, as a writer, that’s one of the keys to being a good fiction writer.
I mean, when you open up a song with “It’s Mister Steal Yo Girl”, the first thing that comes to my mind for the next verse is “I’m in da hospital” because I can just imagine how many time he probably got his ass kicked after stealing his “friends” girls. Plus, since when do you just walk up to a girl and say “Hey girl”? You do that to any woman with more than half of a mind and she’s going to turn and say “who’re you calling a girl? I’m a woman!” Though I did appreciate the double entendre of “Bottom’s up!” in the song. Naturally, the guy is from Virginia. *sigh*
Then there’s Ke$ha,who goes on about how she’s going to kick all the boys to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger. Now, I don’t know about you, but Mick Jagger isn’t what I would call remotely attractive. Forty years ago Mick Jagger wasn’t attractive, and the years of hard rock, drugs and alcohol have not been kind to the man. If she only wants a guy who looks like that, one part of me screams “Daddy issues!” while the other says “necrophilia!!!”. I’m not sure, quite honestly, which disturbs me more.
But not all of it’s bad. Bruno Mars has some creative music and he can sing, compared to others who try to claim the same. He’s smooth, he’s talented and so long as he stays true to himself (i.e., stay away from producer Rick Rubin, the man who neutered the Beastie Boys and took Linkin Park from screaming emo metal to… emo. Lame, Rick Rubin… very lame) he’ll be around for a long time.
Of course, anytime a Katy Perry song comes on, I hear two voices in the back seat singing along. And Lady Gaga, who entertains me to no end. But I do wish Jamie Foxx would go back to doing what he does best – comedic acting. Oh, come on, don’t look at me like that. You know he got his start on In Living Color, right? You know, the show that made Jim Carrey famous? He was FUNNY.
Wow, I’m babbling today. Totally random… please, go about your normal day. Have a good one.