I fell in love with podcasts sometime in the fall of 2015 - I had heard people talking about them but didn't think much of the idea until I finally listened to This American Life and was so, so, incredibly captivated, and from thereon in, I found myself in a great black hole of podcasts. I found myself telling my husband every day when he got home from work, "so today I heard this and this on this podcast" or "omg in this podcast they talked about this and that" until I couldn't even keep up with all the stories I was listening to and realized I probably had to slow down. So I've cut down on some of my podcasts lately, just so I can listen to fewer and get more out of them, but one that I look forward to and do not ever want to stop listening to is this fabulous one called Switched on Pop.
I stumbled upon it while listening to an episode of Pitch, another music themed podcast, but found this one so so fascinating because they did this wonderful thing of breaking down pop music and why it is catchy or interesting or how it marries content and form. Now, for those of you who don't know, I love music and studied music while growing up. I studied music history and harmony and counterpoint, but I remember I was always so confused while studying those things because everyone talked about them in reference to classical music, but that wasn't the kind of music I was listening to! I was listening to Britney Spears and NSync and TLC, and what did plagal chords and perfect fifths have to do with that?! This podcast, then, answers and speaks to those questions and longings of my preteen self. The hosts break down pop music and discuss music theory and how they fit with the lyrics and themes of the song.
Sounds nerdy, I know. But you know what, no shame in being nerdy. If being nerdy means being interested and passionate and involved, hey, I'm there.
My favourite episodes:
- this one on one direction. instilled in my husband and i a whole new love for our boys, 1D.
- this analysis of carly rae jepsen. this got me listening to her latest album, which i legitimately love.
- this analysis of hozier's take me to church. i love the way they talked about content and form here, and i can never listen to this song in the same way!
- their second episode, charting the career of everyone's favourite bff pop star, tswift. so, so fascinating.
Pop music 4eva.