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I downloaded the WP app 

on my phone, while at work, and figured out my password, all in order to share this with you. (All two of you: Hi WR! Hi MA!) Because I literally spit citrus out of my mouth onto the keyboard when it happened. Let me set the scene.

R&B station on shuffle for the last 2 hours. Really deep into some new jams while I’m blogging for work. Like, actually kinda grooving at my desk. Peeling and eating some clementines. Next song comes on. Got some kind of slow 90s-00s crossover period Brandy/Monica/Toni/Janet vibes happening.

I won’t make you pull out

First line of the song. No fucking joke.
In the last month-ish I experienced some epically not-exactly-ready shit, but I was pretty unprepared to see someone beat Raphael Saadiq to the punch.

later: Shoutout to another song on this station which threatens to turn a pussy into a kiddie pool. Which sounds like no fun for anyone, really. That said: I like your sound, Dapper. 

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How do you know you were cool in high school?

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Now you walkin’ in the Danger Zone

You’re the love/lust interest of the guy who got to make the high school’s top-hits playlist for the magazine drive. Thanks, iTunes shuffle, for reminding me I may have peaked in 2002.

The Playlist

  1. ‘All I have’ – Jennifer Lopez Ft. LLCoolJ
  2. ‘Beautiful’ – Christina Aguilera
  3. ‘Air Force Ones’ – Nelly
  4. ‘Picture’ – Kid Rock ft. Sheryl Crow
  5. ‘In Da Club’- 50 Cent
  6. ‘Underneath it all’ – Gwen Stefani
  7. ‘Cry me a River’ – Justin Timberlake
  8. ‘Country Girl’ – DF Dub
  9. ‘I’m With You’ – Avril Lavigne
  10. ‘Bump, Bump, Bump’ – B2K, P.Diddy
  11. ‘Mesmerize’ – Ja Rule feat Ashanti
  12. ‘Don’t Mess with My Man’ – Nivea feat Jagged Edge
  13. ‘Lose Yourself’ – Eminem
  14. ‘Family Portrait’ – Pink
  15. ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ – Jay-Z feat Beyonce

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Ride

Still, possibly, the sexiest video ever. Damn girl. Those moves. Get it.

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Sam Smith Sings for SPECTRE: Here’s to Alliteration

Because, it seems, alliteration is all we’ve got.

When are they going to learn that a Bond song that’s not titled after the movie is a really terrible idea? I’ve stated before that for a song to be truly considered, in my opinion, it has to be named after the film title. Not that a film-titled-song is a guarantee of success (most people despise Die Another Day) but I do think it’s essential to creating the perfect theme. Unfortunately, the SPECTRE theme is no exception.

If you haven’t heard it, check out Sam Smith’s WRITING’S ON THE WALL which I know is available on Spotify.

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My first thoughts were that the musical score is SPOT ON. Nailed it. Sounds just like it should, especially coming off of SKYFALL. 

Without the musical score, the lyrics fall. Hard. In fact, the pacing and the lyrics feel like they could easily be applied to a Disney movie. Or maybe the next sappy John Legend loves Chrissy Teigen song. Don’t get me wrong–I love both of those possibilities. But they’re not Bond.

I have a few specific problems with the lyrics that I will address.
“I want to feel love” Bullshit. First of all, no. Bond? No. Secondly, remember the time he was married? I thought that sort of cured the love thing. Thirdly, I think there’s some point in one of the books where he talks about falling for all the women he bangs. [If I wasn’t supposed to be doing work for grad school right now, I’d dig out my notes. Maybe later.]

“If I risk it all” Don’t you, always, James? Haven’t you, already? Did you forget Teresa Bond? This is all for Queen and Country. You’re not delivering papers on an especially traffic-y street, my good man.

“When you’re not here I’m suffocating” This is just too much. Unless it’s referring to the job. In which, yes, Bond, you can’t survive without your 007 status. Not for long, anyway, the films suggest.

I’m a little bummed at the content, as well. Given the prominence of Spectre (the organization), the word’s association with ghosts, phantoms, spirits of the past, and all the skulls and imagery that have been produced for the film, that this isn’t more haunting or isn’t hitting at some of those areas. The context we know seems rife for songwriting.

There’s just something about WRITING’S ON THE WALL that is so soft after vulnerable after the strong, deliberate, willful SKYFALL. Initially it’s off-putting and inconsistent, but I know Smith knows more about the film than we do, so I can’t hate too much for that reason.

Also, I’m just going to say it: the falsetto is distracting. It takes me out of the Bond trance. I wonder how this will work on screen.

All of that being said, if you know Bond themes, you know they are often highly time specific. Songs like SKYFALL and GOLDFINGER and LIVE AND LET DIE are rare, especially when you consider the popularity of Adele and Paul McCartney And Wings. Artists like Madonna, Duran Duran, Garbage, and ultimately Sam Smith, contextualize the film within the world and time it’s produced. That in itself has a value and a place in the Bond Canon.

I admit the song needs to be imbibed in the context of the film, and I look forward to seeing and hearing it in theaters this fall. I like the song enough. I just wish it could have been more.

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It Wasn’t Me

But it seems to be me now…

The more I listen to Pandora’s 2000s Pop Radio, the more I think Shaggy had right with “Angel.”

Life is one big party when you’re still young. Happy Valentine’s, lovers.

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The Story of My Life with Pop (as sung by Lana Del Rey)

You're no good for me.

The title! The opening!

You win again, Pandora.

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this song makes me melt

No, there’s not some “you” in my life that I’m thinking of by posting this song. I think it’s so… true. Sometimes shitty, sometimes a relief. But true nonetheless. Whether it’s a breakup or a dwindled friendship or even someone who has passed away. And damnit, it just sounds so pretty. 

 

 

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