Good times…Possibly the Best of Times
by Colin Peters (Journalism), published June 22nd 2011
I shouldn’t be writing an entire post about a single song, but I will. I shouldn’t be writing about one song. I should be writing about my new obsession with Childish Gambino and his incredibly clever and never-ending pop culture references, but I won’t. Instead, I’ll write about one song. But I won’t tell you what song. If I did, you’d skip this entry and just listen to the song. In all fairness, that would probably suit you better. You wouldn’t be predisposed to my opinion then. You’d hear the song for what it is and form your own opinion. But I like this song a lot, so I have to say something about it.
Because I don’t want to spoil it too much, I’ll just give some outside details. For starters, I had never listened to this artist before. This was actually the first song I’d ever heard by the artist. After listening to a few more, I don’t think I really like the guy’s music too much. But this song, well, I like this song. You know when you find a really cool song and you play it over and over until it eventually gets ruined? I’m pretty sure I’ve done that. But something about this one tells me that when I hear it down the road, it won’t bring on that ‘Oh no’¦this?’ sentiment but instead the nostalgic, ‘Oh wow’¦this. Yeah, I remember this.’
The song is part spoken word and part rap. The instrumentation is a spatial and melodic track that wouldn’t immediately suggest hip-hop; the beginning sounds like a cross between a lullaby and something by Sigur RÃ³s. In fact, French musician Jann Tiersen assembled the music. The song has a confessional quality that is hard to find and the artist squeezes an impressive amount of biography in a little more than five minutes.
I’ve probably hyped this song to a disgusting degree, but I’m a fan. I’m sure a lot of people like this song and I’m sure many dislike this song; to many, it’s probably just another song. For some reason, it hit me in a big way, and I felt the urge to share it. I hope you like it.
P.S. Don’t watch the video, it spoils the integrity of the song.
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