Tagged: music

Les Miz Advent Calendar

Tis the season for advent calendars and the Christmas Day movie premiere of “Les Miserables.”  One of my friends at Summer camp knew all the songs and incorporated them into our daily activities.  I miss her.  I get chills every time I see the trailer so hopefully it lives up to my expectations.  While we wait for it we can amuse ourselves with a Les Miz Advent Calendar as put together by Margaret Lyons and Amanda Dobbins at Vulture on NYMag.com.  So far my favorite day was December 2 when they posted a video of Jason Segel and Paul Rudd singing “Confrontation.”

Late to the Kiki Party

But can you ever be late?  “Lock the door, lower the blinds and fire up the smoke machine.”  Leave it to an episode of Glee for me to discover “Let’s Have a Kiki” by the Scissor Sisters.  I have their first two albums but missed their third and now I know about their fourth and perhaps last album.  When Kurt (Chris Colfer), Rachel (Lea Michele) and Isabelle (Sarah Jessica Parker)  started singing and dancing I thought whatever this is I like it.  Finally  Rachel and Kurt are having a NY experience: a house party with drag queens and Carrie from “Sex and the City!”  Hahaha.  The mashup of Turkey Lurkey Time with the song isn’t too annoying.

The Scissor Sisters haven’t released an official video for the song but one was made by the Videodrome Discotheque which was approved by Jake Shears and has a collage of Liberace, RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race, Cher, Queen, Donna Summer, Candy Darling, Dressed to KillThe Boys in the BandMyra BreckinridgeThe Wiz, Boy George,ShowgirlsPerfectThe Phantom of Paradise, Cher’s workout video, Richard Simmons, LisztomaniaCan’t Stop the Music, The Golden Girls and possibly more.  Oh and Ana Matronic’s intro/message is longer and funnier so watch it!

Let’s Have a Kiki!

Prisencolinensinainciusol by Adriano Celentano

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!  Prisencolinensinainciusol!  What do these made up words have in common?  They’re both songs, the first by American songwriters the Sherman Brothers from the Disney musical “Mary Poppins”, and the other by Adriano Celentano an Italian singer and songwriter.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious was “something to say when you have nothing to say,” and prisencolinensinainciusol is an approximation of what English sounds like to non-English speakers claims Celentano.  He wrote an entire song with incomprehensible lyrics and words just to get people to listen and communicate with each other better.  Whether or not he succeeds is up for question.  In 1972 when the song was released in Italy it wasn’t popular.  It took a performance on Italian TV for it to eventually become number 1 in Italy, France, Germany and Belgium.  I attribute that to the music itself and the choreography, not necessarily the new language he’s created.  There are no official lyrics as he would improvise them every time.  An Italian freestyler?

The video is fantastic.  I imagine they shot it all in one take.  It has that grand movie set feeling like the dream sequences of old movie musicals like “Singin’ in the Rain.”  I love how the dancing mob is wearing 70s style clothing but Celentano is dressed as a homeless man, or wait we call that boho-chic nowadays, right?  Was that to emphasize the made up, free flow of nonsense of the song?  His blonde lady friend deserves a shout out for her spoken gibberish moment in a deep, throaty voice reminiscent of Magenta in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” AND dancing all around.  Celentano even plays the harmonica to end the song!  Hilarious.  I showed the video to my bf and first he says “Oh my God I know this song,” and then he agrees with the premise that English sounds like a bunch of nonsense to him sometimes especially slang.

Songs that get stuck in your head: Geggy Tah’s Whoever You Are

Last night while I was waiting for the bus some lyrics of this song popped into my head: “All I want to do is to thank you/Even though I don’t know who you are/You who let me change tunes even when I was driving in your car.”  The last line maybe incorrect but that’s how my friend Shana sang it sometimes while we were studying in college.  She’d sing the words, hum the rest and then go back to studying.  Call it a stress reliever.

Thank goodness for that Google algorithm because I was able to type in the first few lines of lyrics and the Geggy Tah and “Whoever You Are” popped up.  The video looks like a PSA for safe and friendly driving.

Strange Bedfellows: Idris Elba and Mumford & Sons

Idris Elba stars in and directs a video for Mumford & Sons “Lover of the Light.”  I wouldn’t put Idris Elba at the top of the list of “People Who Would Star in Mumford & Sons Videos,” but there are stranger things.  The video is pretty although somewhat incomprehensible.