I always have to stop myself when I say I like “all kinds of music”. Because, honestly, that just isn’t true, there is really only one kind of music I like. No, not [just] Black Metal, I’m talking about music in a minor key. I mean, I’m a pretty happy guy, but there is something about sad, sad songs that just does it for me. I don’t dislike Vivaldi’s “Spring” and “Fall”, but I far prefer “Summer” and “Winter” (guess which seasons he writes in a minor key). “Satisfaction” is a fine song, but I’d rather listen to “Paint it Black” any day…you get the idea. Basically, it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that sting [of soul crushing sorrow and sadness].
This month on Minor Key Monday I discuss a song that was apparently even too embarrassing for a peripheral character from the Step Up franchise to like:
Like most MKM posts, I was first exposed to today’s song while watching a movie. In this particular case, the movie was Step Up 2: The Streets (the last of the franchise to still feature an appealing lead), and the song was a character’s (specifically the totally awesome “Moose”) ringtone:
As the the actual song kicked in and swept up the diegetic sounds of the tinny ringtone into its mellifluous embrace I knew, right then, that I had to find this song. Turns out, it wasn’t hard, apparently it was a pretty popular song when it came out. I’m not really all that into the rap breakdown in the middle, but, like Pitbull on every J-Lo song ever, I’ll give it a pass. Really this was obviously destined to be a MKM classic, it ticks all the Minor Key Monday boxes:
- Minor Key tonality
- Prominent female vocals
- Totally epic
- Poor grammar in the song title (ala “I am the Black Wizards”)
- Lyrics about love and shit
- Featured in the Step Up Franchise
Seriously though, that undulating mood of melancholy longing and epic feelz really is just about perfect. Besides, I don’t care if they make fun of Moose for liking it, Moose is the best character in any of the Step Up movies, so I’m down with it if he is!