Okay, so maybe I’m old and I’m just not down with the finer points of modern music, but songs like this just don’t quite do it for me. The line that inspired me to post on this song was “When you move like a jellyfish rhythm don’t mean nothing you go with the flow, you don’t stop.” Now, I’m a musician, and probably the center of my musical heart is that of a conductor, not a French Horn player or piano player, so any reference to “rhythm don’t mean nothing” automatically rubs me the wrong way. To me just saying it betrays a lack of anything resembling knowledge of musical aesthetics, or just plain bad taste. Even the spastic dancing that modern youth enjoys has rhythm to it. Rhythm is essential in anything musical or poetic, even if it is less conventional.
Then I read the whole song, and while I can see that it was probably meant as a description of this “little girl”‘s surpassing beauty, it really doesn’t come across that way to me. (more…)