Hello once again and welcome back. No time for love, Dr. Jones – we’re getting right to it this week because we have a continuation of sorts from last week.
Last week, Bob Geldof’s address at SXSW was addressed with the thought that maybe the main issue of the times, sadly enough, is the obsession with celebrity and how that – despite much more important things going on in the world – can unite a culture. This past week, there has been no greater evidence of that than Rebecca Black.
For the uninitiated (which I think there are very few of by now, but just to cover bases), Rebecca Black is a young girl that released an innocuous single called ”Friday” via YouTube. The song, issued by Ark Music Factory (known for other teen pop fare such as Alana Lee’s “Butterflies” and Kaya’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Mind”), was released back in February.
A few facts and some disclosure before we get too deep in to this: Rebecca Black is 13 years old. The song, which I’ve heard approximately once in researching all of this, is just the sort of airy, throwaway pop I wouldn’t be caught dead listening to. I’ve long grown out of the hatred of this sort of thing; I tend to ignore it as best as I can nowadays.
And really, one pass with this track was all I needed. Repetitive beat, auto-tuned half to death, and such poignant lyrics as:
7am, waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh, gotta go downstairs
Gotta have my bowl, gotta have cereal
Seein’ everything, the time is goin’
Tickin’ on and on, everybody’s rushin’
Gotta get down to the bus stop
Gotta catch my bus, I see my friends (My friends)
Yesterday was Thursday, Thursday
Today i-is Friday, Friday (Partyin’)
We-we-we so excited
We so excited
We gonna have a ball today
Tomorrow is Saturday
And Sunday comes after...wards
I don’t want this weekend to end
In other words, when you think about it, exactly the sort of song you’d expect from a 13 year-old girl. There’s nothing really to hate there. Consider the source! Anyone expecting a pop masterpiece is asking entirely too much out of a girl who likes to sing and, according to her Ark Music Factory, is excited that she has “landed the lead role in her school musical, Oklahoma!”