Songs of the Week 12.8.2012

This week was crazy. Middle schoolers were having their Fall Social today, I had lots of books to read, a choir concert to attend, and other time-consuming events were going on. Music lost this week, I am afraid. I did sing along to the radio a lot, and this evening, after the social, a bunch of kids came over to hang out. We did (patent pending) Party Van* as well. So this week, I heard a lot of music that was chosen by others. That’s OK sometimes, though. (Seriously, did you know someone made a song about the periodic table to the tune of Katy Perry’s Firework? And did you know that someone is my daughter’s science teacher??)

One thing I did choose for myself was the album by fun. I LOOOOOVE it. Most of you have heard a couple of their songs on the radio, but I didn’t find one song that I didn’t like on Some Nights. Plus they got a ton of Grammy noms the other day. Good for them. They have some really interesting harmonies that evoke the band Queen, but they are definitely their own thang.

Since fun. is pretty much the only thing I downloaded this week, I am giving you a quite incomplete list of what was played yesterday at the social. (Click on the song name for the video; click on the artist’s name for the Amazon link. Be aware that some lyrics/videos aren’t for everyone):

  1. Gangnam Style by Psy. Every middle schooler’s dream. They all danced to it and pretended to know the Korean lyrics.
  2. Taylor Swift‘s We Are Never Getting Back Together. Hmmm…wonder why the girls love this teeny-bopper anthem so much??? 🙂
  3. Cha Cha Slide. Yes, that staple from every kid’s birthday party 8 years ago was resurrected today.
  4. Love You Like a Love Song by Selena Gomez. My daughter loves Ms. Gomez, so she squeeeed when this song started.
  5. Kiss You by One Direction. As you may guess, there was a mixed bag of shrieks of joy from some, screams of agony from others. I wanted to tell some of the boys that screaming like that made it sound like they fans, not foes, but it was too loud in there.
  6. Journey‘s Don’t Stop Believin’. Yes, after its reemergence thanks to Glee, it’s still being played. And yes, the kids know all the words.
  7. Party Rock Anthem by LMFAO. Still a crowd favorite.
  8. Some Nights by fun. Another song where most of the kids know all the words. And this is a very wordy song.
  9. Payphone by Maroon 5. I am now a big fan of this band. One More Night is my current fav.
  10. Ke$ha‘s Die Young. Yes, she’s is totally inappropriate for this age group, but there you go. I am sure you only listened to madrigals and Amy Grant when you were a kid.
*Party Van is when we drive in my MDX (Party SUV just doesn’t roll of the tongue quite in the same way) with all the windows down and the sunroof open, crank up the music to 11 and sing and scream. And yes, I said “we.”

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