Musical Notes

I’ve become a little obsessed with the song “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. Yes, I realize I am at least what, a year? a year and a half? behind the pop culture times. I have embraced my squareness. So should you.

Anyway, I was watching the video on YouTube and holy cow, why didn’t anyone tell me that Chris Martin is so beautiful? That Gwyneth Paltrow is one lucky lady.

In other music news, after listening to Viva La Vida about 30 times in a row in the car, I took pity on poor Little Miss Sunshine and moved on to the next CD in the loop, which was The Best Of Cyndi Lauper. And yipes, did you know that the song “She Bop” is about masturbating?

You probably did. After all, I think I’ve proven that I’m a little behind the times, pop-culturally-speaking.

I am not that surprised that I did not understand the true content of the song as a teenager, because I was a very innocent, naive, goody-goody of a teenager who was completely unaware that things such as “master-what-now?” existed. I’m a little embarrassed now to have sung that song at full volume in front of my grandparents, however.

I am amazed, though, that this song was a major radio hit. Where were the stiff-upper-lip Victorian puritans of the 80s? Why didn’t they protect me from such a grandparent-related humiliation? Censorship has failed me.

And in other music news, Tuesday night’s American Idol featured the song “September” by Earth, Wind, and Fire, one of the grooviest songs of all time. I got really excited when I heard the second line of the song mention the “21st night of September,” because September 21 is Gal Smiley’s birthday.

(I know FameThrowa is rolling her eyes right now and saying through gritted teeth, “I have told you about this song on at least THIRTY SEPARATE OCCASIONS.” However, what she doesn’t realize is that my supernatural ability to completely block out Dora The Explorer has the side effect of also blocking at least 80% of the other stuff I hear. It’s WORTH IT.)

Anyway, I’ve decided to make “September” into Gal Smiley’s official life theme song. I played it for her this morning and while I was shaking some serious booty around the kitchen, I asked her, “Isn’t this the danciest song you’ve ever heard?” And she said, “I don’t think it’s the danciest, but I do think it’s THE LONGEST.”

You can decide for yourself.

8 thoughts on “Musical Notes

  1. LOL too funny. (the longest HAHA). This is an awesome song. I think I need to pick my kids life theme songs. If I let them pick them (or my husband, dear god) I may have to listen to Green Day for the rest of my life.

    Oh and I didn’t know about the She Bop thing. I am off to listen to it on Youtube and blush

  2. LOL…I knew that about She Bop. I think Turning Japanese and Blister in the Sun are about the same topic.

    I’ve sung all three many-a-time. Ha!

  3. Oh, I’m so happy to hear I am not the only one! Here are the lyrics (verses only):

    We-hell- I see them every night in tight blue jeans
    In the pages of a Blueboy magazine
    Hey I’ve been thinking of a new sensation
    I’m picking up – good vibration –
    Oop – she bop –

    Do I wanna go out with a lion’s roar
    Huh, yea, I wanna go south n get me some more
    Hey, they say that a stitch in time saves nine
    They say I better stop – or I’ll go blind
    Oop – she bop –

    Hey, hey – they say I better get a chaperone
    Because I can’t stop messin’ with the danger zone
    No, I won’t worry, and I won’t fret –
    Ain’t no law against it yet.
    Oop – she bop – she bop –

    Blueboy magazine? Good vibration? Stop, or you’ll go blind?


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  4. CapnPlanet

    Oh man, I _love_ “Viva la Vida”. I loved it virtually the moment I first heard it in that iPod ad. That song always makes me think of a comment some reviewer (in Rolling Stone, I think) made about the song “Hey Ya” by OutKast – “If you don’t like that song, you just don’t like music”.

    Really love “September”, too. But I think my favorite songs for bopping around with my kids, in addition to the aforementioned “Viva la Vida”, are “Give a Little Bit” by Supertramp and “Penny Lane” by the Beatles. They seem to like when I do this, but I think it’s mostly because they can tell how much I like it.

    1. SirMonkeyPants

      I also loved Viva La Vida the moment I heard it. But I was a little shocked the first time I heard the alleged original. The riff from Viva sounds just like the one in Rick Satriani’s “If I could fly”. Here’s a link where you can hear the relevent parts back to back:

  5. “September” has lyrics?!?

    To me, that song will always be:

    Mu-mu-mu-memba! Bloobin Blabbin blu blo.
    mu-memba! Blabin Bloobbin blu blo.

    Waaaaeeeeya! simba yoomba memba!
    Waaaaeeeeya! dansini Septemba!!

    Badooba Bayoo

    And such n such.

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