Melanie Martinez “Gingerbread Man”

The most interesting song that came out during the holidays. (The song was specifically released on Dec 23, 2015)

Nevermind the fact of Melanie’s soft sounding voice. (Which I love! But then again I have a soft voice myself….) This song is far from your usual jolly and holly Christmas tune.

I’d like to state that this song seems to be the Krampus of Christmas songs. Sure quite an amount of people know of this song and Krampus, but Krampus isn’t like Santa and seemingly not as well known or commercialized.

Which makes sense, this companion of St. Nick is the one that doesn’t look very jolly and it seems his main job is to punish those naughty children along with being an incentive to keep children from doing bad things. 

There’s a sort of darkness to “Gingerbread Man”, specifically the picture within the video and the sound. Combine it with the chimes and the girl in the picture the song also has a touch of “innocence” to it. With some parts definitely not being innocent.

This combination of innocence and darkness definitely reminds me of Melanie Martinez’s “Dollhouse.”

 

Martinez’s music style seems to be a good match for Tim Burton movies. A lot of Tim Burton movies have darkness, but also this combination of innocence and non innocence. 

Overall, I feel like I could get my friends that aren’t a huge fan of Christmas to listen to it. Well more likely to get them to listen to this than Christmas carols. XD 

Some information about Melanie Martinez:

-She was on The Voice (Season 3)

–She was part of Team Adam. And ended up being one of the most popular singers for that season.

-American singer AND songwriter

-Her song “Carousel” was used in a preview for FX’s American Horror Story: Freak Show

 

Boyfriend and Bora (Sistar)

I think it’s really interesting how Bora did BOYFRIEND “Bounce” and Boyfriend did SISTAR‘s (girl group Bora is part of) “Touch my Body”.

“Bounce” – Boyfriend (feat Bora of Sistar)

“Touch My Body” – Boyfriend (feat. Bora of Sistar) [Dance Cover]


I believe it’ll be really cool to see more collaborations like this happening between member(s) and group(s) within the S.Korea [South Korea] entertainment industry.

How about musical theatre actors/actress collab with K-pop groups/singers?

I’ll even count Joo Won as part of the musical theatre team simply because he was a musical theatre actor before he became a drama/movie actor.

I wouldn’t count Tiffany or someone that was an Idol before they became an musical actor.

I will count Eunjung and other idols who was originally trained to be an actor/musical actor.


Terms you may not know

Dance cover: is when someone takes another’s choreography and films/performs it themselves. WHILE making it clear to everyone that the choreography is indeed a COVER and not something they made themselves.

S.Korea: A shorterned version of South Korea. A country located within the continent of Asia. This country is considered part of East Asia.

Recently, people from around the world have been focusing on this country. This large focus has been dubbed as the “Hallyu Wave”.

Mostly the focus is on the country’s pop culture industry mainly the drama (tv shows, kinda of like soap operas), music, fashion, video games and beauty.

A low focus is on the country’s comic books and animation, though they are exported out of the country. Many of S.Korea’s comic books are mislabeled as “Manga” (Japanese comic books) so they can be sold due to the high popularity of manga.

The “Hallyu Wave” is said to have begun sometime in the 1990s when S.Korea first began exporting music to places such as China and Japan.


Credits:

  1. Bora, Wikipedia
  2. BOYFRIEND, Generasia
  3. SISTAR, Generasia

Yemi Alade “Sugar” Response

At first glance…it very much looks like Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” with the visual effects. However the similarities end there.

Yemi Alade’s “Sugar” has so much more dancing in it. The choreo and fashion is quite “Nigerian” rather than “Barbadian” like Rihanna’s “Rude Boy”.

The music itself is more “Nigerian” than “Barbadian”. Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” had the involvement of steel drums (I believe that’s what the instrument is called) which gave “Rude Boy” a carribean feel to it. I feel like this is a song that can be used as a transition to more “turned up” songs. It has a mellowness feeling to it but it’s not too mellowed out. However, it also isn’t super energetic either.

From the beginning of this song you hear Yemi’s signature “Ho Ha”. Seriously, I’m pretty sure she says this at the beginning of every single one of her songs. I don’t get caught off guard or find it unexpected to hear “Ho Ha” at the beginning of her songs. Just like how I don’t get caught off guard when I hear those “choking” noises in Trap music or hearing the producer’s name being called at the beginning.

I am very glad it didn’t take a long time until she had this comeback. What’s really amazing about this is that Ezinne Asinugo from C.E.O Dancers is in this dancing besides Yemi Alade. The C.E.O Dancers was on the X Factor so if the name sounds familar then that’s why. The dance group was an African styled dance group.

I feel like the choreography to this was also quite well done.

Kratae “Stay Cool” Response

It’s not the first time I’ve seen a Kratae Rsiam music video. But it seems to me that the choreography has gotten more cooler in my opinion.

But dang this video seems to be in the very long chain of Thai pop videos with unrequited love. However, this is quite different from the ones I’ve seen. Where a person has a crush on someone but they never get to be in a relationship with that person because it turns out the person they’re crushing on has a boyfriend/girlfriend.

I feel like I’ve learned a few cultural things about Thailand from this song and the concept.

From a Western point of view, it’s kinda empowering.
With the whole don’t spend your time being depressed and stuffs work on yourself!

However, I’m sure that those with a Western point of view will disagree with lines of the song such as ” ‘Cause you’re getting dumped you need to get prettier.”

I’m sure it can rub people the wrong way and be taken as. The only time you need to pretty yourself up is after you get dumped!

I like to think of this song as “show him what he’s missing” kind of song. Along with “don’t let this break up get you really down to the point where you’re just hanging onto him for a long time.” The sense of vengance to this is something I love seeing in stories, films and music videos. The man just dumped her for a prettier girl she becomes prettier and the man comes back now interested in being with her but she rejects him.

Makes me more interested in Thai culture along with wishing that more people listened to Thai pop…along with knowing that Thailand does indeed exist. Since I feel it’s one of the many countries that gets clumped/overlooked by China, Japan, Taiwan and now thanks to the Hallyu wave, S.Korea.

Namie Amuro Collaborations

I’m not a huge Namie Amuro fan. But I don’t dislike her either. I can’t help but notice though, the different people who she has collaborated with. I really like a lot of her collaborations as they seem to blend in the different styles of the artists together well.
The newest one:
Namie Amuro and Crystal Kay “Revolution”

I’m kind of glad that in this video Crystal Kay seems to have stopped her whole Yokohama ratchet rap or whatever it’s called. That one music style you can see in “Dum Ditty Dumb”. I appreciate that she combined elements of traditional of Japanese music with modern music. I also love the whole animation thing but I do not like the style.
(Though I do know this could all be because it’s a collaboration)
3 years ago she collabled with S.Korean girl group After School to make “Make it Happen”:

And during this year she collabled with Jolin Tsai

Jolin Tsai the most popular Taiwanese singer. “I’m not Yours” is a very dancey song.

M-flo and Namie Amuro “Luvotomy”

Verbal
“Black Out”(Which is Verbal feat. Lil Wayne and Namie Amuro. Released in 2011)
There is a video for this one. I’m just not going to show it because I’m not a huge Lil Wayne fan additionally

At this rate I feel like Namie Amuro is just going to collaborate with artist from almost every continent.
I am sincerely hoping she does collaborations with people like Thailand’s Kratae. And artists from Vietnam, Laos, India and more! Maybe even collaborate with a U.S, Australian and or U.K artist?

When New Music Meets Old Music

I absolutely love music like this!

And I was very very happy to find this channel:

Postmodern Jukebox

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCORIeT1hk6tYBuntEXsguLg

Which is filled with covers of new songs (And songs from the 90s and back) that are done in various older styles. Older styles among the lines of swing, blues, jazz, etc.

Like this cover:

I couldn’t help but subscribe to this channel! Thus adding another subscription to my long list of subscriptions on YouTube. D: Oh my it’s going to be a pain during those moments where seemingly everyone uploads everything on the same day.

Other examples of what this are:

Golden Bomber “My Generation”

With the whole 1980s thing and yet still remaining true to their style. I mean just look at their drummer who I’ve only seen without make-up once and that’s cause a friend of mine somehow managed to find a picture of him without make-up! I would like to note that this Japanese band Golden Bomber is a Visual kei AIR band.

EXO-M “Mama”

The gregorian chants at the beginning though. And yes, EXO-M. Instead of just EXO. I’m just a fan of Exo-M. Gregorian chants was one of the earliest forms of music. There was no background music/harmony though just one single line, the melody line. And this music video was choreographed by Lyle Benign

Wonder Girls “I feel You”

After years of Wonder Girls being away they come back with this 1980s concept. They trained hard to play instruments while dancing. And now there’s BAND versions of their old songs. Which…does prove to be a bit of an issue when they appeared on Random Dance Play not only that but I imagine the many member changes this group went through also proved to be a bit of an issue. Hyuna who was with them in Irony is now in 4minute. I’m just going to point out that one member change and I’ll let this chart do the rest of the work:

Kat Graham “1991”

I feel this song stays true to it’s title. (Though I wasn’t born yet in 1991) One of her hairstyles in this reminds me of a certain TLC member….

Ringo Sheena (椎名林檎) Marathon

I seem to be going on a marathron over here I keep listening to Ringo Sheena songs.

This is one of her English songs~  She also produced and written this very song for another singer, Chiaki Kuriyama. Ringo Sheena and Chiaki Kuriyama have worked before. This song is used in the drama “Himitsu Chouhouin Erika” where Kuriyama acts as the main character, Erika. Anyways~ I really like how there’s a whole Bossa Nova thing going on in this song.

I think she may end up being a singer that ends up on my favorites list because I am really loving the music I’ve heard of her so far.

Other songs I’ve heard by her:

I have no idea what genre of music this song will fit into. Iroha ni hoheto is an interesting songs. It has elements to it that I really like. Sheena’s voice is quite high pitched in this and contrasting to this is her sexiness. I really like it when sexy and high pitches (cute) comes together. This song also gives hope for me to sing songs in my high pitched voice but still have an element of sexiness to my performance.

I love the tone of her voice in this. Plus there’s Aya and Bambi in here. There’s also this element of sexy to it that I notice is a pattern in her performances. But on top of that a lot of her performances make me think of a jazz singer in an nightclub within the olden days. You know the kind you mostly see in movies these days, like Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit.