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Day 09 - A Song That You Can Dance To

I don't dance.

Day 10 - A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

I don't sleep.

Day 11 - A Song From Your Favorite Band

I don't have a favorite band.

Day 12 - A Song From A Band That You Hate

I'm going to assume I can rag on an artist (and not a band) here.

Yesterday I saw this video ("We R Who We R") by Ke$ha. I'm usually out of the loop when it comes to popular music, since I don't listen to the radio or watch TV. I was shocked. This is a popular artist? It's so awful!

Now, I do enjoy a lot of awful music. I'm not going to sit here and sniff and say that people are only allowed to enjoy music with artistic merit, or something. The thing is, the awful music I like is still, generally, put out by people with talent who are just having fun.

There is no talent here. The lyrics are terrible. The dancing is terrible. The production itself is moderately catchy, but I question how much Ke$ha had to do with that. All she brings to the table is, apparently, an attractive face that can pose painfully for the camera. It's hard not to laugh when she's vamping it up in that glittery blue lipstick. Can we say trying too hard?

She epitomizes everything that makes pop music today so boring. It's so bad - and so carefully calculated for maximum commercial success - that it's not fun.
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I'm skipping a couple of days because I can't decide on a song that fits. And no one cares!

Day 07 - A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event

The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix

After my Grandma's funeral, my mom and I sat in the car and listened to this song. I don't know what the significance of this song is to my mom, but she really wanted to hear it then. So I sat with her and listened to it too while she tried to deal with losing her mom.
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Day 04 - A Song that Makes You Sad

Iyomante Upopo - Ando Umeko

This is a song in Ainu, the language of the indigenous people of Japan. The Wikipedia article on the Ainu people will explain their history and their struggle to retain their culture better than I can.

The Ainu language is moribund--likely to go extinct very soon. There are language revitalization efforts, but that's no guarantee that Ainu will be around in, say, ten or twenty years.

Ando Umeko, an Ainu folk musician, died in 2004.
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Day 03 - A Song that Makes You Happy

Man, so many to choose from, but the first that came to mind was

Aap Jaisa Koi - Bally Sagoo

So, in 1980, there was this film called Qurbani, that produced a famous song: "Aap Jaisa Koi." It launched the Pakistani singer Nazia Hassan into super-stardom. This is a bhangra remix, actually not too far from the original--Bally Sagoo punched up the beat a little, emphasized the delightfully wacky sound effects, but not all that much more.

If you want to see the original, I believe that this is taken from the film. The quality is poor but you get an idea of the fantastic kitsch factor. Whoa, hello 1980.

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Day 01 - Your Least Favorite Song

Generally, if I don't like a song, I endeavor not to hear it again--and wallah!* Like magic, I forget all about it. It saves me a lot of rage.

However, there's a song that I hate not so much because of how it sounds, but because it's very existence and popularity offends me. Not listening to it doesn't make that go away. It's still out there, being wrong.

I'm talking, of course, about Katy Perry's fucking stupid cover of "I Kissed a Girl," which took a cute song about kissing a girl and turned it into a piece of fuax bisexual play-lesbian-for-the-male-gaze piece of voyeuristic porn-culture bullshit.

I'm not even going to link to a video on youtube; I'd be too tempted to be one of those youtube comments haters, all "WARGHLBBBBLE katy perry succccckkks sesame street's too good for her."

cross off the list )

* I found out recently that some people spell it like this. That's awesome.
kutsuwamushi: photo of Fever Ray being all goth (music)
I've stolen this from [personal profile] thehunter. Because I like music, and I like memes. I should have started on Nov 1, for congruence, but congruence is overrated.

Day 1 - Your Favorite Song

I don't have a favorite song. I have favorite songs--and rather a lot of them. They change week to week and year to year. However, according to Last.fm, the song that I've listened to the most is:

Darha Nopigom (Eonmori) - Byungkwi Hwang

This is a gayageum solo by one of the best living gayageum players/composers in Korea. At least I think he's still alive; he's pretty old.

But if you asked me for my favorite song off of this album, it would be:

Chucheonsa (Swinging Song) - Byungkwi Hwang

This is a gayageum and vocal piece. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the vocalist. She wasn't credited in the tags when I bought this album off of Amazon.

Both of these are incredibly beautiful. They weren't what first came to mind when I started to think about what would be my favorite song, but hey. Last.fm doesn't lie.

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