Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Easy to Love

In a previous post, I mentioned that most of my Australian obsession is now concentrated upon 1980's episodes of Home and Away and Neighbors

There is, however, something else. Music. About a year or so ago, Jack got me into Spotify.  Since then I've amassed a huge amount of Aussie songs for my playlists.

I'm thinking it might be fun to do posts about some of my favorite songs.

So here's the first. 

It's "Easy to Love" by the Jezabels.  I became familiar with the song when it was played on a very emotional episode of Dance Academy

Oh.  Look.  It seems someone has uploaded the actual Dance Academy scene. It has some major spoilers, so don't watch it if you plan to watch the show.  And I WOULD highly recommend the show to most people. It's fantastic.  

But if you don't plan on watching the show, and would like to watch a short scene....

Or you might be one of those people who like to know spoilers before watching a show.

OR maybe you're a Dance Academy fan and want to do some reminiscing.

I'll shut up already and post the video.

Actually, now that I watch the video...there's really not too many spoilers. The spoilers are actually in the video comments.  Well, and there's a sort of spoiler in the title of the video.

You know what. I just remembered that I posted spoilers about Dance Academy in a previous post.  So why am I so worried now?

Let's move on.

I'm asking Lord Wiki about the Jezabels. 

He says they formed in 2007.

Their lead singer is a woman named Hayley Mary.

Their name comes from Jezabel in the bible.  Lord Wiki says the name is now associated with false prophets and promiscuity.  I think I've heard it in that context.

The Jezabels (music group) toured America with Imagine Dragons in 2012.

Another one of their songs was featured on True Blood. "Easy to Love" was featured on Grey's Anatomy

According to one of my new favorite websites, Tunefind the Grey's Anatomy episode was season eight's "Hope for the Hopeless".

The song played in True Blood was "Nobody Nowhere" and it was in season five's "In the Beginning".

Some Jezabel songs have been in TV shows I've not heard of. 

Have any of you heard of The Ringer with Sarah Michelle Gellar?  

"Easy to Love" was in a TV show with Henry Thomas, the ET kid.  

Here's an article about Haley Mary's dislike of critics. According to the article, she suggests that if someone doesn't like an album, they shouldn't review it.

I'm not sure how I feel about that.  I might agree, except it makes me feel guilty because this morning I posted a negative review of a book I read.

As a writer, though, I'm thinking, wow. Wouldn't it be nice if only the people who liked my book spoke up about it?  

I think both viewpoints make sense.

And in a way, it's fun to see a variety of opinions.  You know what I like. I like when I dislike something popular and then I read a negative review. It makes me feel less alone.  Example: Gravity.  I really did not like that movie.  Then I came home and read some excerpts from a few funny negative reviews. It felt nice.

It can go too far, though.  There are some critics who are just cruel and nasty, not just towards the work of art, but also towards fans of that work of art.

There's a difference between saying, I don't like this, because.... and, This is complete shit.  Anyone who likes it is worthless and doesn't know anything.   

Here's an editorial written by a critic, responding to some other not so nice things Mary Hayley said about critics. 

Well, what she said is that they should get a real job, because apparently critiquing isn't one.  But it's okay to critique people in serious positions, such as the army.

So the critic basically points out that Hayley Mary is sort of saying music is not an important thing.  The critic ends his editorial by saying, I humbly suggest that if Hayley Mary really cares that little for the art form her band is associated with, then she should (to use her phrasing), "f-cking get a real job".

I don't like when people say things like "Get a real job".  Who gets to define what is and what is not a real job?  If critiquing isn't a real job, then why is being a music star a real job? 

Crap. Now when I heard "Easy to Love" I'm probably going to associate it with people who are intolerant to criticism rather than Dance Academy