Call ME Maybe

I pretty much completely missed the bus on this “Call Me Maybe” phenom, not so much phenom as it was just viral. The story, as I know it, is that Carly Rae Jepsen released this pop song “Call Me Maybe,” not sure if this video came before or after Carly’s OFFICIAL video, but the Biebs, GF Selena, Ashley Tisdale, Carlos Pena and friends did a fun home video to the song.

Isn’t it great? I kind of love how it shows how normal they are at home in loungewear, on a Saturday night.

Selena says,

Millions of views later, fans started doing their own versions including a young lady from my hometown @nicolettesings whose version I saw on FB the other day.

Believe me, the song won’t get old. I’m obsessed and while I really want to make a vid with 4-5 of my friends….I got a little antsy last night and went at it in thermal camera and @NYJets gear.

side note: you have to record 3-4 different versions, lay the music, and then cut up the 3 versions; but if you sing the lyrics (like me) you run into the problem of the song matching the clip— hats off to the video editors/producers out there- this video took me 3 hours to edit! Insane.

enjoy!

Hallelujah

In the past several months, I’ve been inspired, perplexed and quite infatuated with the song “Hallelujah”- Rufus Wainwright cover- original by Leonard Cohen. While many, many artists have performed the song with their own interpretations, it is originally said to be:

“…[in its original version], a song in “12/8 feel”, which evokes the styles of both waltz and gospel music. Written in the key of C major, the chord progression follows the lyricit goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, and the major lift“: C, F, G, A minor, F.

Cohen’s original version [written in 1984, with little initial success] contains several biblical references, most notably evoking the stories of Samson and traitorous Delilah from the Book of Judges as well as the adulterous King David and Bathsheba: “she cut your hair” and “you saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty in the moonlight overthrew you…”

My interpretation… which is what matters right? Is more than something biblical. While we should all have faith in something- I don’t think this song needs to be directly associated with God (who/whatever that is to you) and the direct meaning of “Hallelujah”: ‘God be praised’.

The song has helped me find a new meaning in “hallelujah” more by the definition of exclamation(!), a breathe of fresh air, “from your lips she drew the hallelujah”- a sigh of relief from pain, sadness (“cold and broken”), happiness, accomplishment, “an expression of relief or similar emotion,” anything really:

“Cohen’s lyrical poetry and his view that “many different hallelujahs exist” is reflected in wide-ranging covers with very different intents or tones of speech, allowing the song to be “melancholic, fragile, uplifting [or] joyous” depending on the performer…”

Long story short, I saw Ashley Tisdale’s naked truth for Allure’s bare-all issue- and kind of fell in love with the font and positioning of her tat, “believe”- think I want hallelujah in the same place… what do you think? Oh, and kudos of course to Ms. Tisdale, WOMAN you are dear….woman you are.