Source: (Ella Maria and her pup).

The only chance I have to listen to radio music is at the place I volunteer. When I arrive on Monday mornings, the dial is almost always tuned to a station playing the latest hits. Usually, the playlist changes little, week to week.

I distinctly remember the first time I heard 16 year-old songwriter Lorde (Ella Maria Lani Yelich-O’Connor), a New Zealander of Croatian and Irish decent. I overheard several employees speculating on what the lyrics of her hit meant. One said: “I can’t figure it out, but I like it.”  The title “Royal” gave me a clue, referring to the British Monarchy. But after watching her video, the meaning becomes quite clear, her song is about growing-up in an ordinary middle-class neighborhood. Like the song, the video is stripped down electronically, in a rather plain way, making a point of being anti-glam, which generally dominates most top-rated videos these days.

Lorde just turned 17 this November, so it’s a decent bet we’ll be hearing more from her soon. With 4 Grammy nominations, she’s off to an amazing start for her career.

“Royals” had a splendid 9 week run at number one on Billboard’s Top 100, only to be knocked-off by Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.” Disappointing because, as the title indicates, Miley’s song and video are a wreck. It should be avoided at all costs.

Choose this one instead:


About Dadoo

A Catholic family man and scientist who finds solace in little joys and adventures. Turning to comedy, inspiring stories and music to lift spirits along the rugged road.

Posted on December 7, 2013, in Culture. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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