Posted: August 31st, 2011 | Author: Online Pianist | Filed under: Piano Music | No Comments »
In these fast-moving times of ours, we find ourselves in a desperate search to imbue our lives with meaning and value. The music industry - once a prime source of motivation and inspiration for the young generations - has been accused by many as having lost this important role, steadily declining into superficiality and espousing cheapened values polluting the minds of today's youth.
Hogwash and codswallop, we say! Today's music is a beacon of guidance for the impressionable youngsters among us, providing life messages that we can all learn and grow from!
Thus, without further ado, we present to you our first Top Ten Line-up: Top 10 Songs About The Important Things In Life, and corresponding online piano tutorials for them.
10. Travie McCoy ft. Bruno Mars - Billionaire
This popular song that brought Bruno Mars to the front scene of stardom captures the essence of that time-honored American value: the pursuit of happiness - in the form of money. Lots and lots of money.
9. Lady Gaga - Paparazzi
Ah, yes. Lady GaGa the woman who took the world and fashion industry by storm for being singularly bizarre. This song describes the pressures of fame, the limitations of glamour, and the constant struggle in a fast-paced cosmopolitan society to find true love and romance amidst the gilded stories we're fed from the media and popular culture.
8. Pink - Raise Your Glass
Now, the average listener may think this is an inspirational song of empowerment for downtrodden sub-culture on the periphery of society… However, it's actually a song about drinking. Obviously. I mean, come on - even the cow is drinking! And that's pretty important.
7. Kanye West ft. Rihanna - All of the Lights
Like moths to a fire, aspiring celebrities are drawn to the bright glow of fame. This song is a glimpse into the dazzling glare of super-stardom, with the glitz, glory and drama of fast-lane living. So open your eyes wide and lap up the dream of the life in the spotlight - all the other moths are doing it!
6. T-Pain ft. Young Joc - Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin)
This song is a modern day interpretation of a beautiful 15th century piece by the Italian poet, Francesco Linguini, chronicling the sweet courting of a young man pursuing a fair-skinned maiden:
"Verily, I shall purchase a beverage for thee, so that we may imbibe.
Let us retire to my domicile!
I possess numerous florins in my vault. Art thou not impressed, insooth?
Look unto the gray carriage for me."
Whoever said modern day music lacks meaningful lyrics??
5. Katy Perry ft. Snoop Dogg - California Gurls
Yet another song praising the superiority of the Golden State. It's always good to hear a song created for the sole intention of making 49 other states green with envy. And why shouldn't they be?? Hot, fit, young, sunny… (are we talking about the state or the people?) …California has it made. Anyone who says otherwise is either a pale East-coast hipster or a farmer.
4. Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind
The Big City that invented the term big city is back with a vengeance! Rough and gritty but with a worldly metropolitan glamour, New York is giving those new-age Californians a run for their money for the prized (and very important) title of "Best Side of a Continent to Live On."
East Coast, represent!
3. Ke$ha - We R Who We R
This song inspired an entire generation of attention-seeking, bedazzled narcissists going out into the world with a bold, brash new look, a rockstar attitude, and a father's credit card backed by a reinforced sense of entitlement! So go ahead, girls, have a good time! You're only young forever.
2. LMFAO - Party Rock Anthem
SkyBlu and Redfoo pioneered the genre "party rock" and (conveniently) wrote its anthem. This duo ascended to worldwide prominence with this song, which truly captures the zeitgeist of today's youth culture. So put on some funky clothes you would never be caught dead with in public, crank up that bass, and get shuf-f-f-lin'!
1. Jay-Z ft. Mr Hudson - Young Forever
From the first lyric to the last, this song epitomizes the important values to which we should all aspire, easily taking the #1 spot on our list! Life is too short to compromise and waste time on things such as work or responsibility. That's why Jay-Z and Mr. Hudson encourage us all to focus on the important things: easy living, material wealth, fame, beauty and endless youth.
So don't settle, keep longing, and know that no matter how rich and fulfilling your life is… It will never be good enough!
That's this week's Top Line-up. We hope it was illuminating. Now if ever you're confronted with a self-righteous puritan decrying the ills of the music industry, just whip out your mp3 player, and show how in-sync you are with the truly important things in life!
All of these inspiring songs are available to learn on our piano tutorials section, so be sure to check them out!
And finally, on behalf of all of us here at OnlinePianist.com: go read a book. Help an old lady across the street. Volunteer, recycle, maybe buy some girl scout cookies. Contribute to society and invest your time meaningfully.
And keep shuf-f-flin'.
The OnlinePianist Team