As a writer, irony is one of my favourite literary devices. This week’s Tunesday has an element of it in audio form, both as I look out my window in this moment and as I ponder the weeks ahead. I say this because the past couple of days here in Portsmouth have not been anything like what we expect from ‘summer time’. On the contrary, they have been rather wet and dreary. Therefore you could say referencing this song is more about wishful nostalgia than my current feelings about the weather. And wishful nostalgia it does, ever so well...
I’m also due to start a new job within the next two weeks, one that means the majority of my summer this year will be spent training and learning a brand new role with a new set of skills. While all very exciting, it could mean I’ll spend more time looking at the sun from the wrong side of an office building – apparently I should expect a few late nights too. In that case I’ll take the rain; the sound of it can be soothing when you’re sitting at a desk.
Anyway, the matter at hand sees us looking back at a classic track which I admittedly was too young to fully appreciate when it was released. Hey, I was one year old; cut me some slack. The appreciation I give it now surely makes up for that?
I’ll be honest and say I don’t think the video is all that great. But this is a tune that is not about any video the artist made to go with it. It is in fact, I think, a very personal – even individual – song that everyone enjoys in different ways and for different reasons, depending on their own experience. Whether it is metaphorical, literal or ironic for you as you listen, enjoy it in your own context.
Here is an old favourite tune of mine from the days when I was just preparing to start university back in 2008. Little did I know back then that it would turn out to be such an oddly appropriate selection, considering the nocturnal reputation students have around deadline time. Speaking of which, it seems we're around that time again for many of you current students out there. Let this motivate you as it did me - or provide you with an entertaining three minute break, if nothing else. Granted it may not be to everyone's taste, but some of the dancing you'll find in this video is awfully creative. Enjoy it!
P.S. I would just like to add that I do not condone all-nighters and recommend that one tries avoiding them. They're unhealthy, but admittedly sometimes necessary.
It is Tunesday again, and if you don't speak Swedish today... Well, actually it's not a problem because while artist Robyn is Swedish, she sings today's pick "Call Your Girlfriend" in English.
From the first few moments when there's only a beat, you know that this song is a keeper. You'll be singing along by the end. You'll also listen to the song again when you go home so you can unleash all the dance moves that you held in while in the office/library.
"Call Your Girlfriend" is a synthpop/dance-pop earworm from the perspective of someone's new love interest, beseeching them break up with their old girlfriend [for them], but tells them how to do it gently. It's easy to get really into the beat and be mildy upset when you realise the song has already ended. Just play it again. You know you want to. This is a track that would fit in easily on a workout playlist as it's so upbeat and energizing.
Regardless of whether you're using this track to help get you through those last few words of an essay, or minutes of a run, here are a few of the lyrics to get you singing along right from the get go:
Call your girlfriend
Until next time...
Lycklig Tisdag! (:
I have no shame in the fact that I love Jimmy Fallon, and think he's doing an amazing job with The Tonight Show. Tell me the clip below isn't evidence of that! :D
It's May already everyone! I am genuinely amazed at how 2014 seems to be flying by.
As it's May, this means that it is also the assessment period for those at university here in the UK. Sad times. I generally avoid the library, but know that there are those students that make it their primary residence during this time of year. Today's video is for you. Enjoy your break. (:
Today's pick is also for everyone at work in an office right now, wishing they could be outside frolicking in the beautiful sunshine. Have a little boogie break. ;)
DISCLAIMER (which probably should have come sooner): OrangeMouth is not liable if you join in very loudly at any point during the song. In fact, try and see how many people you can get to sing along! Challenge! Extra points if you're the only one who can hear the song because you're wearing headphones.
Until next time...