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“FourFiveSeconds”, the polarizing new single from Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney, has been playing in my head incessantly for over a week now. I can’t get it out of there! And that’s so weird! Because the song sounds pretty much like a glorified Colbie Caillat demo.

At least, that’s what I thought when I first heard it anyway. I scratched my head a bit (I think everyone did)… I didn’t not like it – I just thought, “that doesn’t sound totally finished”, and I thought that was that. But that wasn’t that. Because I kept playing it. And when I wasn’t playing it, I kept humming it. And when I wasn’t humming it… well you get it.

But it still just sounds like a demo to me. A demo that happens to have a (frankly) stunning vocal turn by Rihanna and a simple-but-somehow-brilliant chorus that just won’t let up.

And now it has this video. Which looks kind of like a Gap ad.

So what I’m trying to say is, this whole thing confuses me. But I like it. A lot.

(Also, that bass slide sounds SO MUCH like RX-FT500-era Mountain Goats to me. So maybe that’s why I’ve got some serious positive associations going on here…)

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Thanks for bearing with us during my recent Finals-induced silence. But don’t worry, regular posting will resume shortly, since…. I’ve just finished my FIRST YEAR of dental school! That’s right. First year = owned. And oh man does it feel good. In fact, I think this video of Paul McCartney performing “Hey Jude” at the White House pretty much sums up how good I feel right now. It is so good.

Sir McCartney received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, and performed some special numbers at the White House (including “Michelle”, dedicated, of course, to the first lady). Other performers that night included Stevie Wonder, Jack White, David Grohl, Elvis Costello, Herbie Hancock, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Seinfeld, the Jonas Brothers and more. The Gershwin Prize has only been awarded to Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder before this, and the whole thing will be broadcast on PBS sometime in July.

All in all, it’s almost as cool as me finishing my first year of dental school. Almost.

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