Thursday, June 22, 2006

such pathetic whining ... it's pitiful



My friend Casey and I were discussing the pitiful state of popular music today (i won't even go into Christian music here!) ... particularly that song "You're Beautiful ... such pathetic whining! ugh!

That's when she made me aware of this parody.

16 comments:

misha said...

lol

RodeoClown said...

The guy has just recorded himself miming to a Wierd Al song (that you can download from here.

I actually like the parody better than the normal song.

It's in my playlist at home.

Joe Fool said...

That's pretty dern funny! Especially after hearing James Blunt's original version like, 50 times.

Chris said...

I'm amused. I love how, at the end, you can see the shadow of the guy filming it.

And I totally agree ... Christian music (especially 'worship' music) is the sort of pitiful bastsard cousin of popular music, but there are a few exceptions (Crowder's good, at least ...)

Donners said...

I have to agree with Chris...

I once heard a really poppy "I want to worship you Lord" song once at the end of a Scrubs episode! A Scrubs episode!!!!

Was the episode about God? No! Did it mention God? No, it was just so nothingy that words were totally un-christian!

Joe Fool said...

It also seems like we often tell sweet lies to God in our worship songs today. Such as "You're all I want."

Can we honestly say that and believe it? I know the weakness of my own heart, I know that I desire other things.

"I vow to always be true," that's another one. It seems as though we sing whatever sounds good without thinking about what it really means.

And then there are the songs that are more about all that WE can do for God rather than how wonderful God is to us.

Do you ever notice how some worship songs mention I, me, my, us, we, etc. more than they mention You, Thee, Thy, Him, etc.?

ckhnat said...

chris - that was my favorite bit. the other version of the song had the guy getting run over by a car in the parking lot.

ironically, i was chatting it up with Amy yesterday afternoon and a particularly wretched song came on the sound system in the cafe. Jumbled phrases of "You are worthy" "Glory to God" "Hallelujah" etc. Not only did one feel the nothingness ... but the music itself was so bad that it was suggested by another friend that if i hated it so much i should cut off my ears and dig my eardrums out with a spoon.

ouch.

just leaving the cafe for a bit sounds so much less painful, plus, I have pretty ears, it would be such a shame ...

thankfully, the song ended just as i got up.

an hour or so later another wretched song cranked out of the speakers.

ckhnat said...

my friend, Leah, has posted a review of "You're Beautiful" here.

Anonymous said...

I actually like James Blunt's music but i found this clip quite hilarious!

Chris said...

I too like James Blunt, a little, but not to the extent that I wasn't amused by the video.

I used to be way into the Christian music scene, but I've grown quite tired of (as you say, Joe) the empty promises and prefer the honesty of so many so-called "Secular" artists. But there are a few good "christian" artists (damn, I hate the word "christian" as an adjective, it's supposed to be a noun) out there - dave crowder, jeremy camp, sarah groves (way deep poetry), to name a few.

ckhnat said...

mmm, yes ... big Sarah Groves fan ... Derek Webb, too

Chris said...

Derek Webb, of course, I forgot to even mention Caedmon's Call!

Anonymous said...

Hey, glad you dug my video...and yes, the sorry state of music today is why folks like Weird Al and myself exist...to turn pop culture on it's ear against itself...

and yes, the song is by Weird Al...but stars me, Insane Ian. ^_^

-Insane Ian

Mark said...

I shot the video you all seem to be enjoying. And yes, you can see me at the end, but how often do cameramen really get to make a cameo =)

Joe Fool said...

Hey thats pretty sweet.

mike said...

I was hanging out for each new post you did... it was like the highlight of my morning and day. OOooooh has Christine got a new post? I didn't want to comment on every post as I didn't want to seem too eagar.