Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mika Trilogy - Part 1


Greetings.

I’d like to introduce you to one of my favourite new artists, Mika.

Check out his Wikipedia Bio at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mika_(singer)

The Mika song that first caught my attention was “Grace Kelly.” I saw part of the video on TV one night and was instantly hooked! Everything about it sounded fresh...and fun. Remember when music was fun?

Below is a best guess at the lyrics:

Grace Kelly,” by Mika

Do I attract you?
Do I repulse you with my queasy smile?
Am I too dirty?
Am I too flirty?
Do I like what you like?

I could be wholesome
I could be loathsome
I guess I’m a little bit shy
Why don’t you like me?
Why don’t you like me without making me try?

I try to be like Grace Kelly
But all her looks were too sad
So I try a little Freddie
I’ve gone identity mad!

I could be brown
I could be blue
I could be violet sky
I could be hurtful
I could be purple
I could be anything you like
Gotta be green
Gotta be mean
Gotta be everything more
Why don’t you like me?
Why don’t you like me?
Why don’t you walk out the door!

How can I help it
How can I help it
How can I help what you think?
Hello my baby
Hello my baby
Putting my life on the brink
Why don’t you like me
Why don’t you like me
Why don’t you like yourself?
Should I bend over?
Should I look older just to be put on the shelf?

I try to be like Grace Kelly
But all her looks were too sad
So I try a little Freddie
I’ve gone identity mad!

I could be brown
I could be blue
I could be violet sky
I could be hurtful
I could be purple
I could be anything you like
Gotta be green
Gotta be mean
Gotta be everything more
Why don’t you like me?
Why don’t you like me?
Why don’t you walk out the door!

Say what you want to satisfy yourself
But you only want what everybody else says you should want

I could be brown
I could be blue
I could be violet sky
I could be hurtful
I could be purple
I could be anything you like
Gotta be green
Gotta be mean
Gotta be everything more
Why don’t you like me?
Why don’t you like me?
Why don’t you walk out the door!

A wonderful anti-pop song!

A few lyrics I’d like to comment on further...

Why don’t you like me without making me try?
....
I’ve gone identity mad!
....
Say what you want to satisfy yourself
But you only want what everybody else says you should want.

Sounds like high school and the adolescent struggle to assert one’s identity while questioning the authority of parents and peers. Yet, in the end, even identifying oneself through rebellion ties one’s personhood to those whom are rebelled against! Oh the dilemma!

The sad truth is that more and more people don’t get past this stage of development in our increasingly shallow Western culture.

Another two lines...

Why don’t you like me?
Why don’t you like yourself?

We are increasingly becoming a people who hate ourselves and consider those who do maintain a distinct identity to be ‘backward.’ My thoughts go immediately to Muslim countries who struggle with the encroachment of ‘Western’ influences.

Woah....that’s too heavy.

Just watch the video below. I love the absurd use of ‘pop’ images to poke fun at ‘the industry.’



Every Blessing.

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