I asked the kid what he wanted for his birthday, and he said “one of those video slideshows you make for everyone else.” He was referring to the videos I’ve made over the years to celebrate the milestones of other people – 21st’s, weddings , farewells… I hardly felt as though turning 11 qualified, but I knew that wasn’t the point. He just wanted to know that his birthday was as significant as all those other people’s.
So over the next few weeks I set about paying attention to his favourite music, because as everybody who’s ever been moved by a slideshow knows, it’s all about the music. The lyrics tell the story as much as the images, it sets a mood and connects the viewer to the underlying sentiments. The music should be emotive, deep, and reflect the characteristics of the person it’s dedicated to.
But you know what song the kid loves at the moment? The song he was emphatic about when asked “what’s your favourite song?”
Gentleman, by Psy.
As in, the grating Korean star responsible for unleashing “gangnam style” on the masses.
As in, the coma-inducing song whose lyrics are at best devoid of meaning, at worst offensive (i.e. when you understand them).
As in, the song with a beat so paralysingly annoying it’s liable to be adopted as a tool of torture.
As in, the song by the guy singlehandedly trying to bring back MC Hammer pants
As in, the song with a music video that features a guy catching his fart and throwing it in the face of the woman next to him
There was just no way, NO WAY, I could turn that song into anything sentimental. Or could I?