Hello, everyone, and welcome to the inaugural meeting of the Straight Dope Message Board Music Appreciation Society! As the founding (and currently, only) member of the Society, I hereby cordially invite each and every one of you to join the SDMBMAS. Membership is free, and requires just a few simple steps.
- Listen to the song in the last post in the thread, even if you’ve heard it before. Listen to it all the way through, and try to give it your undivided attention.
- Comment on it. You can say anything: you loved it, you hated it, you found/lost your religion because of it, all of the above, and so on. But you have to say why. Your reason can be brief and totally subjective, but you have to at least have a reason. “That sucked,” is not sufficient. “That sucked because the singer’s voice was like pouring Sriracha in my ear holes,” is fine.
- Post your own song. It can be anything: something very similar to the previous song, or something completely different. It can even be a song you don’t particularly enjoy, but want to share for whatever reason. If it includes a NSFW video or lyrics, that’s fine, but please warn folks and follow the two-click rule.
- Tell us what the song is (artist and title - no blind links, please), and why you chose this song.
As long as you do these four things, you’re set. You can also comment on previous songs or other people’s comments, or say whatever else you want. However, in order to keep the conversation from totally derailing, I have a few simple rules.
Please do not:
- Post more than one song per post, even if it’s just for illustrative purposes in a discussion.
- Post consecutively, unless no one else has posted for 48 hours.
- Post without one of the “do-list” items: comment without adding a song, add a song with no comment on the previous one, etc.
Sounds like fun, right? Okay! Let’s get started!
As I have no previous song to comment on, here is my submission: “Who’s Lovin’ You”, sung by Michael Jackson (with the Jackson 5). Every time I hear this song, I’m blown away by his voice and his musical ability. He displayed an incredible virtuosity, but it wasn’t done to a ridiculous degree, in my opinion. He put in some stunning flourishes, but balanced them with plenty of simple phrases where he just followed the tune, but always with feeling and beauty. In short, he absolutely nailed it. But what really gets me is that he recorded this a couple weeks before his 11th birthday. It’s amazing to hear a kid that young convey such emotion, with such clarity and subtlety. From wikipedia: