Obviously I’ve been in China for the past year and a few weeks now. For me this really meant that I lost all contact with new music back home. I’ve never really been one to keep up with music. I listen to it, dance to it, but never kept track of the titles, musicians, etc. Now that I’m heading home I figured I should give a listen to what I am guessing are popular songs back home. Basically I YouTubed T. Swifts new song and let that guide the next few that played. Here are my reactions.
T. Swift: Shake It Off
You’re right, haters gonna hate, but something about you makes me a hater. To me it seems like you try so hard to stick it to the people who hurt you in life instead of just learning from them and moving on. Also, you’re obsessed with your own music and I can’t stand that. This is at least the second song of yours where you refer to yourself or your song as being all that. “Just think while you been getting down and out about the liars
And the dirty dirty cheats of the world. You could have been getting down to this sick beat.”
Katy Perry: This Is How We Do
First things first. Are heart shaped sunglasses popular back home now because you wear them in this video?? Because I have a pair and really don’t want people to think it’s because of you, no offense.
This song is either for college kids or the Katy Perry’s of the world who at 29 can still be “straight stuntin’.” I wish it was no big deal, but at some point this scene fizzles out and you find yourself a Peace Corps Volunteer eating noodles for breakfast because that’s the typical cuisine, not because all you can afford is ramen noodles and and bottle service with your rent money.
Meghan Trainor: All About That Bass
Maybe it’s cause I don’t know you or because this song is super catchy, but for now, I like it! I’m also gonna give it to her for not feeling like she needs to defend her size, “She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night. You know I won’t be no stick figure, silicone Barbie doll, So, if that’s what’s you’re into, Then go ahead and move along.” You tell em! Now just don’t go and become a size 2 overnight now that your some big shot.
Iggy Azalea: Fancy
If you’re the “realest,” then why is this entire video of you impersonating Cher and Dionne?? I think you’re the one that’s “clueless.”
Maybe I’m old and out of date now, but most of these songs just seem a little ridiculous to me. After living in a developing country and hearing stories from other PCVs it just seems ridiculous to be listening to songs about Maserati’s, popping bottles, and swagger.
This week in Bangkok has really been the most time I’ve had exposure to news and the harsh reality of what’s happening all over the world. One minute I’ll be watching CNN reporting on the Ferguson shooting or ISIS and the next thing I know there’s a commercial for an award show. I think we make it too easy for ourselves to not care or push things aside. Why not go shopping or spend hours playing some Kim Kardashian game, instead of caring about the tragedies other people face everyday. I understand the need for release and fun and the celebrity world helps us do all of that, but it seems excessive and a poor excuse to not do something about what’s happening around the world.