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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Katy Perry's "Firework" Makes Rhyming Fun Fun Fun like a Nun Nun Nun


“Firework.” Written by Katy Perry, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen from the Norwegian production team Stargate, Sandy Vee and Ester Dean.  Produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee.

Katy Perry’s newest single “Firework” is an inundating exercise of rhyme that even a talentless unpublished poet like me would like to die of blushing with every perfect matching rhyme with which she littered her song.  Katy Perry, along with her co-songwriters may have reached the pinnacle of musical poetic conceit by uttering word play like:

“Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em all in awe-awe-awe
Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon”

Granted that mostly fun-loving teenagers and highly-stressed overworked young adults would be the target of this song, still, Miss Perry owes her audience some semblance of intellectual respect. Yes, of course Perry is not known for being the Queen of Sardony but  with five experienced composers penning this record, you would think one of them would have just screamed in the middle of writing and said,  I don’t know, maybe like, “Hey, this is beyond sugar, it’s fecal.”  I am not adverse to songs written for the sake of fun. After all, I will be the first to sing along to Justin Bieber’s “Baby Baby Baby,” but Justin is still a teenager and so we can forgive him for singing like one. In fact, we expect him to do that. So explains the world’s Bieber Fever.  In contrast, Perry is an adult so I think most of us hope she starts writing songs that would at least pass a freshman essay test. Perhaps, we should all rethink Katy Perry’s latest mantra of living the teenage dream. Should we really encourage her or is one song enough?  “Teenage Dream” is many times better than “Firework” because the former has a point.  “Firework,” however, is a lyrically and sonically-challenged collaboration.  Thank the good Lord that Perry has the looks.  After high school, I am sure she will be a very popular pop singer.

"Firework" is supposedly influenced by Jack Kerouac's novel, “On the Road,.” according to Perry.  That reminds me of a quote from Kerouac, “great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion.” 

“Firework” has peaked at number one in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and the tricycle  driver who usually brings me home sings it as well.

NOTE: All music reviews are written before watching the video interpretation of the song. Music first. Hype later.

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