I’m a self-diagnosed music junkie. Music is my release, my therapy, my calm. It’s an addiction. So, for the heck of it, here are three commentaries on some tunes, albums, and artists I’ve been listening to.
On Katy Perry’s “Harleys in Hawaii”
I came across the Katy Perry’s “Harleys In Hawaii” during my mindless, nightly scrolling through YouTube’s trending items. It was the “Hawaii" in the title that caused me to watch the video. I have a new found love for Hawaii after vacationing there a few years back. Since there are no funds to actually take a trip there, I like to engage in anything that’ll let me relive those five blissful days — even a Katy Perry video.
The video didn’t quite do that and I’d like to think it’s because I was utterly surprised by how catchy the song was! I was not expecting it to be such a bop considering I don’t classify myself as an avid Katy Perry fan.
My one tiny gripe with the song is the lyrics seem like one long, corny innuendo. We get it, Katy. You’re getting it on with your boo in Hawaii. I still love the song, though.
On Jeremy Camp’s album The Story’s Not Over
I can also give credit to YouTube for introducing me to Jeremy Camp’s The Story’s Not Over album. It was the first time I tried a full album on YouTube Music and I’m so glad I did. The first song on the album, “Only You Can,” hooked me with it’s pulsating, rock rhythm. But it didn’t stop there. I have three favorite songs from the album that are on loop right now: “Still Alive,” “Should’ve Been Me,” and “You Don’t.”
What I appreciate about the album is its eclectic sound that does not scream contemporary Christian music. It’s unexpected coming from the little I know of Jeremy Camp’s music from my days of listening to K-LOVE Christian radio station during my long work commute. I feel Camp’s passion for music and not just a generic gospel message.
On Nigerian music artist Burna Boy
I became a fan of Burna Boy over a year ago after coming across the Afro-Fusion genre. I’m going to go ahead and crown Burna as the king of this genre for taking it to new heights globally.
Burna has truly honed the craft of fusing other genres like Reggae and R&B with Afro Beat. Additionally, his vocal tone adds character to his music that makes it a trademark. I’ve also found his music to lyrically have varying degrees of depths that is quite refreshing. For instance, there’s “More to Life” from his album Outside where he sings of his existential crisis. There’s “Different” from his latest album African Giant where he sings of the ever-evolving and polarizing society.
Here’s to hoping his global presence continues to grow and maybe even a Grammy in the future?