Posts tagged ‘music monday’

October 3, 2011

Music Monday: S.O.S.

by renata

Well, last week I talked about Justin Bieber, so today I may as well address the other JB: the Jonas Brothers. Remember them? Come on. They were on the cover of Rolling Stone.

God! Girls! Guitars!

They haven’t released an album together since 2009, though Nick Jonas and Joe Jonas are both attempting solo careers. People frequently try to defend the Jonas Brothers against other acts (e.g. Justin Bieber) by pointing out that they write all their own songs! And play their own instruments! They do, I guess.

They also have awesomely literal music videos, like the one for S.O.S.:

Did you catch that? They’re on a ship. S.O.S. Texting also features more heavily in this video than any other video I’ve ever seen. Still: it’s a pretty catchy song, and much preferable to any of their ballads.

My favorite Jonas Brother is the eldest, Kevin. Kevin is the only JoBro who is not attempting a solo career. If you know what Kevin Jonas is currently up to, please let me know. I think he is probably just hanging out with his wife and playing a lot of video games and stalking his more ambitious younger siblings on Twitter.

In the Camp Rock movies, the Jonas Brothers stretch their acting talent to play a band. In the movies (as, I dare say, in real life?), Nick Jonas is the business-minded, self-righteous one. Joe Jonas is the asshole. Kevin Jonas is a total weirdo who is obsessed with birdhouses and is (I believe) supposed to be kind of charmingly naive but actually comes off as being legitimately mentally incapacitated in some way.

KevJo

What's up, Kevin?

Kevin’s character in Camp Rock is obsessed with arts & crafts and specifically birdhouses. My friend Anna & I strongly believe that Kevin is missing out on an opportunity to sell Kevin Jonas-branded birdhouses. He and his wife are apparently getting their own reality show, which I for one am extremely excited about. They can tour birdhouse factories together and really let the audience get behind the scenes of their new business.

birdhouse

Build a little birdhouse in your soul

But seriously I don’t know who on earth besides my friend Anna & I are going to watch KevJo’s reality show. Most kids are already way over the Jonas Brothers anyway. And those who do still like the JoBros all prefer Nick or Joe.

In conclusion, I rate Kevin Jonas five birdhouses (out of a possible five).

September 26, 2011

Music Monday: Never Say Never

by renata

So when people find out that I am an adult lady who enjoys tween and teen pop, I’m often asked, “Well, what do you think about Justin Bieber?” Thank you for asking that question, even if I didn’t appreciate your tone!

Peace, Biebs

I resisted the Bieber for a long time. He was just too… too silly. Too young. Too shiny. Sure, I like pop music, but Justin Bieber? I draw the line there, thank you very much.

Then, summer of 2010, I found myself working at Girl Scout camp. We started the day off with a “morning radio show” where we gave announcements and played some music to start the day while they ate breakfast. I was the DJ, and my number one request was Justin Bieber.

“No, sorry, I don’t have that song. How about… Hannah Montana?”

(Dramatic sigh)

It was clear that I would have to get my hands on some Bieber. For the children. So I downloaded “Baby” and burned it to CD. It very quickly grew on me and most of the other counselors. Our favorite part, though, was Ludacris’s rap in the middle. We all tried our best to learn this rap, but we’re white Girl Scouts and it did not go too well for us. From memory, here is how Ludacris’s rap goes:

When I was 13

I had my first love

There was nobody who could compare to my baby

…. sent from above?

She had me going crazy

Yeah, I was starstruck

She woke me up daily

Don’t need no Starbucks

I see her at school and on the playground

But I really wanna see her on the weekend

I’m pretty sure I missed a few lines. But still, can we just talk about how hilarious it is that Ludacris is rapping about seeing his 13-year-old love on the playground? So good, right?

Completely ludicrous

Anyway, so that summer, Justin Bieber (and his rapper pals) grew on me to the extent that when his movie Never Say Never came out, I went to see it with my friend Anna. We kind of were expecting to watch it and laugh at it. But the joke was on us, because we both cried at it. It was honestly, truly, a very good and moving film. Interspersed with some great pop music. I swear. Bieber is actually a super talented kid, arguably more talented than most of his singles display.

Check out U Smile, featuring Boyz II Men:

It’s so pretty! I swear.

But probably my favorite part of the Never Say Never movie was his performance of the song Never Say Never, featuring a rap by Jaden Smith, who is like, seven years old or something. (Okay, I just checked: he’s 13, so would have been 11 or 12 in the movie.)

No pun intended, was raised by the power of Will
Like Luke with the Force, when push comes to shove
Like Kobe in the 4th, ice water for blood
I gotta be the best, and yes
We’re the flyest
Like David and Goliath
I conquered the giant
So now I got the world in my hand
I was born from two stars
So the moon’s where I land

Oh Jaden, I see what you did there! Get it? Raised by the power of Will? Amazing. It’s an interesting juxtaposition, too–Jaden is basically rapping about how he can do whatever he wants because his parents are both celebrities. Justin, meanwhile, has a legitimately rags-to-riches story. He’s the son of a low-income teenage single mom. But she NEVER SAID NEVER and now look at him, outshining Will Smith’s son. Well played.

September 19, 2011

Music Monday: Eenie Meenie

by renata

This summer, Sean Kingston made the news by getting into a Jet-Ski accident in Miami. Don’t even worry about it, he has made a full recovery. But I remember clearly hearing this news with some friends, and they all said “Who?”

Um, duh, the “Eenie Meenie” guy. You know. With Justin Bieber? Oh, sorry, I forgot you guys all think you are too old to listen to Justin Bieber. Whatever.

This particular video has over 48 million views on YouTube, so somebody is listening to it.

By the way, I should warn you–if you click that link, here is what will be in your head for at least the next three days:

You can’t make up your mind, mind, mind, mind, mind
Please don’t waste my time, time, time, time, time

This is fine. Embrace it.

September 13, 2011

Music Tuesday: See You Again

by renata

Oh no! I forgot about Music Monday yesterday! EVERYTHING IS RUINED

Just kidding, welcome to Music Tuesday. Everything’s fine. Unless you’re Miley Cyrus in this song, that is.

It comes off of the second Hannah Montana soundtrack, which was a 2-disc album. The first disc was called Hannah Montana 2. The second disc was Meet Miley Cyrus, and it turns out that Miley Cyrus is mentally unstable. Listen to this song and consider that it was on the soundtrack of a Disney show.


The last time I freaked out
I just kept looking down
I st-st-stuttered when you asked me what I’m thinking about
Felt like I couldn’t breathe
You asked what’s wrong with me
My best friend Leslie said “Oh she’s just being Miley”

Did you get that? Miley is having some kind of panic attack and the object of her affections asked what’s wrong with her. Her alleged best friend said “Oh she’s just being Miley.”

Girl! Get Miley some help!

Anyway, I love this song for how bizarre and creepy it is. But also, of course, it’s very catchy, just as the Disney robots programmed it to be.

I have been trying for awhile to get “She’s just being Miley” to work as some kind of catchphrase, but it hasn’t caught on yet. Probably I need to hang out with more tweens. Still, I encourage you all to try it. Consider the following scenarios:

“Didn’t Jill say she was going to come out with us tonight?”
“You know how she is… she’s probably just being Miley.”

“I can’t believe he broke up with me!”
“Oh, he is crazy. He is just being Miley.”

“Oh my God, is that girl having a seizure?”
“Oh, she’s just being Miley.”

In the comments, I urge you all to come up with possible scenarios for this great new catchphrase.

September 5, 2011

Music Monday: Who Said

by renata

For this Music Monday, I bring you one of my favorite Hannah Montana songs. (Yes, I have multiple favorite Hannah Montana songs.) Plus, it has a title very similar to the Selena Gomez song I posted last week! How clever I am.

Hannah vs Miley

Oh my, how different these two are in appearance!

For those of you desperately far from the tween music scene–Hannah Montana is the alter ego of Miley Cyrus on the show Hannah Montana. The premise of the show was that young Miley went to a normal high school and had normal teen girl problems, but also she was secretly a very famous pop star called Hannah Montana. Miley is a brunette and Hannah wears a blonde wig.

The best part of the show, of course, was that Miley’s dad Billy Ray Cyrus played her dad, Robbie Ray Stewart.

Billy Ray

ILU Billy Ray

The show is no longer on the air, but it did give the world the Hannah Montana movie. And the Hannah Montana movie gave us Tyra Banks having a shoe fight with Hannah Montana.

It also gave us some pretty fun pop songs, like this one:

I looked hard on YouTube for a video that didn’t start off with “I’m more than just you’re average girl” but they all appear to have it. (Or are live performances, which I didn’t want to use.) Whatever, who said I need to know how apostrophes work?

It’s a good song to workout or dance to. Or to fly to. I mean, who said you can’t be Superman? Besides DC’s lawyers I suppose.

August 29, 2011

Music Monday: Who Says?

by renata

I’ve mostly been posting about YA books here, but I also love a lot of music targeted at tweens. I’ve received a fair amount of flak for my iPod full of Disney Channel stars, but I don’t even care. Tween music is where it’s at, you guys! Well–some of it, anyway. I’ve decided to post a song here every Monday, a hand-picked tween pop hit from me to you. The fact is, the best tween music makes me happy! Really happy! It will probably make you happy too!

Tween pop is primarily differentiated from mainstream pop in two main ways, as far as I can tell. First: age of the artist. Tween pop is generally sung by teens, for tweens. (Mainstream pop is sung by teens and twentysomethings, for teens and adults.) Second: content. Tween pop is generally free of any overtly sexual content and naughty language.

Tween pop songs generally come in three different flavors: love ballads, “partying with your friends” dance music, and “Be Yourself” self-esteem boosters. (Note: “breakup songs” can be subcategories of all three of these types!) I generally steer clear of the ballads, for they are generally too saccharine and slow for any non-tween to tolerate. (Although I did once put “You Are the Music in Me” from High School Musical 2 on a mix CD for my now-ex-boyfriend. I’m pretty sure that’s not the reason we broke up, though.) Party songs and Be Yourself songs, though, are generally awesome for working out, dancing, or just perking yourself up.

I’m starting off Music Mondays with a song by my current favorite tween pop singer, Selena Gomez. At the moment she may be best known as Justin Bieber’s death threat-receiving girlfriend, but she’s definitely a star in her own right. I have all her albums and they are great. Also, Wizards of Waverly Place, the Disney Channel show that started her tween idol career, is actually pretty funny. She played Beezus in the recent Ramona and Beezus movie (which I actually haven’t seen, so I can’t comment on its quality.) Apparently, she’s also slated to star as Hannah in the movie of Jay Asher’s lovely YA novel Thirteen Reasons Why, which I look forward to seeing.

Selena Gomez - When the Sun Goes Down

Love. Her.

I dare you to listen to this song, “Who Says,” without feeling at least a little bit better about your day.

Na na na na na na!

There’s also a Spanish-language version, “Dices.”

PS: For the record, Selena is 19, so you don’t have to feel too sketchy about thinking she’s super hot. Just saying.