Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Sun is Burning a Hole Through My Pocket! Wait...What?

I've recently watched the movie Easy A over the weekend, and while it was a very funny movie, one particular scene stuck with me as it provoked not only thought, but also curiosity.  The scene was played within the first fifteen or so minutes of the movie, and it was centered around the main character, played by Emma Stone, who receives a singing card from her aunt.  The card played the "popular" song, Pocket Full of Sunshine by Natasha Beddingfield.  Once the very first chords were played, Stone shut the card fast and proclaimed, "Worst song, ever."  This got me thinking about that song and why she would think it was the "worst, ever". 
While I've never actually had a liking for Natasha Beddingfield music, I've never thought of a particular song of hers to be over-the-top horrible...but that's due to the fact that I've never thought about her music.  I judge songs based not only on their instrumental beats, but also on their lyrics...the more genuine the lyrics, the better the song and so on.  So I looked up the lyrics to Pocket Full of Sunshine...and this is what I found:

I got a pocket, got a pocketful of sunshine
I got a love and I know that it's all mine, oh, oh oh oh
Do what you want but you're never gonna break me
Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me, oh, oh oh oh

Take me away, a secret place
A sweet escape, take me away
Take me away to better days
Take me away, a hiding place

(My personal favorite stanza in the song)
There's a place that I go that nobody knows
Where the rivers flow and I call it home
And there's no more lies in the darkness there's light
And nobody cries, there's only butterflies

Now, what exactly was Natasha thinking as she either wrote these lyrics or agreed to sing them?  These have to be some of the corniest, non-thought provoking lyrics that I've ever heard/read.  The last stanza is my personal favorite as she suddenly turns from poppy tween crooner to hippy fairy child with the lines, "Where the rivers flow and I call it home" and "And nobody cries, there's only butterflies".  Her reference to butterflies seems like more of a need for a word that rhymes with "cries" than an attempt to actually make the stanza mean something.
And honestly, a "pocket full of sunshine"...what does that mean!?  I get metaphors and allusions and references and symbolism, but that? That is nothing! I don't think there is any deeper meaning to "pocket full of sunshine" than her wanting to pocket...I don't know...happiness? What a weird way to say "I love to be happy".  But hey, to each her own.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Mmm Mmm Mmm...Hello my subconscious.  Good of us to meet again.  Long time, no talk? Yes, I rather think so.  So many things have been going on in the past two months that I've completely neglected you, and for that I apologize and ask that you please, please, don't turn me in to Social Services.
Here is a list of things that I gotta catch you up on:
  • The Peony Pageant
  • Prom :)
  • My soon-to-be new car
And...Oh yeah,
  • My life.
Expect to hear from me soon :)