I have this professor who prides himself on being a musician as well as being a business professor. Overall he’s a pretty cool guy and great teacher (this is the second class I’m taking with him). He usually gives us these class activities to do at the beginning of class to use during our discussion, and he will play a random Pandora station to create a “mood.” Today, a Lady Gaga song came on, and he shook his head and made a crack about “music today.” Basically, in his opinion (and other kids in the class, who I’m pretty sure where just sucking up to him), music today is a bunch of crap.
I don’t like when people are negative or cut down music without giving it a chance. I had a friend in high school who literally would hate any music/song that was played on the radio because it was “mainstream.” He was the kind of guy that would only listen to obscure jazz or blues songs. I recommended him to listen to Adele’s album 19 because it features that jazzy-blusy sounds he enjoyed. Just as I did so, Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” blew up on the radio, and he refused to listen to her songs. Like, I don’t get that at all. I think the level of musicality or whether a song is “good” or not should not be established by who listens to it. You just need to sit back, relax, and just listen.
Anyway, because my professor made this crack about Lady Gaga and the rest of today’s terrible music, I decided to name a Lady Gaga song #PhillipsSongOfTheDay. I was going to pick “Just Dance” because I was listening it as I was shoveling snow in this lovely weather we’re having (by the way, I pretty much hate the cold, snow, and will probably blog about that…I’ve written songs about my hatred of winter here in the arctic). However, I started to listen to Stacy Clark’s song “White Lies” while writing this post, and well, that kind of got stuck in my head/started playing on repeat, and it reminded how much I’m blown away but that song.
There’s something about this song that should not work, like you hear it and think “that’s not a radio single,” which I guess it’s not considering I don’t think it got radio traction (at least, I haven’t heard it on the radio), but the song really works. I’m not saying that for it to be good it needs to be on the radio, I’m not a hypocrite, it’s just the song has a weird rhythm/beat to it…a weird rhythm/beat I enjoy. The lyric that stands out for me is “Do you think I’m a fool? Shame on you and shame on me twice, for trusting, trusting you.”
If you haven’t heard this song, you need to. It’s great.