Monday, July 23, 2012

Music tourists

We drove from Idaho to Oregon on Friday and since we didn't have any CDs to listen to in the rental car (except for the non-skipping half of The Man From Snowy River soundtrack), we decided to be music tourists. The only time I ever hear popular music in the UAE is when I'm in H&M or at spinning class, so...yeah. Twelve hours in the car was the perfect opportunity to listen to some American radio. At one point near Boise, we actually said to the girls, "Listen, girls! This is the kind of music that Americans listen to!" Like I said: music tourists.

So what did I think? Well, a lot of the songs sound the same to me. And I'm not the only one who's noticed.

Apparently, you have to overproduce everything these days. You can't just, oh I don't know, play the guitar and sing? Or xylophone, as the case may be. The last thing that song needed was jazzing up.

The most-heard song was Call Me Maybe, by far. Call Me Maybe is the almost-perfect Best/Worst Song: the song that you love but also hate but also LOVE. My personal favorite Best/Worst Song like that is Party in the USA (and I found out a few weeks ago that Ira Glass agrees with me). We also heard a lot of Payphone by Maroon 5, and that song about "the sun goes down, the stars come out." That and the other songs sure are catchy, and it made for fun - if a bit homogeneous - road-trip listening. And now I feel like I know a little bit more about American music than I did before.


Ariana said...

I can't stand all the auto-tuned, metallic sounding voices these days. Overproduced for sure. That's probably why my entire music collection is 10 years old. I like the cookie monster version of Call Me Maybe wayyyy better than the original. :)

Crys said...

I can pretty much be happy listening to any genre of music so I'm not a good judge on this stuff but IMHO DJ/party anthem type songs definitely have their place. They are created for club dancing, strong beats that can be miss-mashed easily by a DJ and any fool can just gyrate/jump around to them and have fun...and while my club days are long past (really never existed ;) I find they make a perfect backdrop for running :) Also the shuffle is pretty darn awesome! Easy to learn and fun to do with the kids. I saw that Madge dance! Teach that girl to shuffle!!!!!

Crys said...

I saw this and thought of you...hopefully it helps :)

Liz Johnson said...

Ok, that mash-up just made my freaking week. I am not ashamed to love all of those terrible songs that are so annoying and so catchy and so fabulous. Did you guys miss the whole "Friday" thing? That was another one that was so awful and yet so great.

Jen said...

This is precisely why I get frustrated listening to the radio on road trips. Between the DJ's, the commercials, and the hit-or-miss nature of good song v. horrible song, I usually spend my long-haul trips with podcasts or bouncing between NPR affiliates.


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