Asian Americans do Rebecca Black Friday, NOT the worst song ever

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Chords, backstory arnd more on the AnyIndex: http://www.arthurhu.com/index/song/friday_rebecca_black_song.htm

Why is it when somebody does something right, the claws come out? An african immigrant who gives up a career in medicine to do fun videos for kids with affluent parents and write g-rated songs parents can actually let their kids watch the video. And it blows up even bigger than Tiger Momma Abuses Daughters To Get Into Harvard. Even Taylor Swift sings about chasing boys, and you know where that leads.

This song will Live In Infamy along with my childhood favorites like Puff the Magic Dragon (which really was about a dragon kids), Gooeyduck Song, Saturday Night and Seasons in the Sun, Tiptoe Through the Tulips and They’re Going to Take Me Away.

What right with this song?

  • Classic 60’s chord progression – Use C Am F G or D F#m G A
  • Melody line is barely beyond rapping, no super voice required
  • Storyline based on going to elementary/jr high school
  • No misogyny
  • No drugs
  • No sex
  • No gangsta violene
  • No thumping beat
  • No N—gas
  • The girl obviously knows how to sing and look like she’s having fun, she’s not looking down reading a lyric sheet
  • She looks like a normal, cute young woman, not a man hunting seductress with inflated curves with everything showing
  • Lots of normal (ok, slightly affluent) friends having fun
  • My gosh there’s real harmony, not like Bananarama, 3 grown women who made zillions singing in unison and hire back singers who also sing in unison. Good echo lines too.
  • Bottom line, other than the fact she’s not a violin playing hang-out-in-the-library uber geek, she’s an acceptable role model even for ASIAN PARENTS.

Thank god, at least the PC police haven’t attacked it for being capitalist, sexist (there is a wolf whistle cat call in the intro and at the end of every verse) homophobic (did you see ANY gay kids in it?) racist (the only black guy is the creepy guy in the rap sequence, ok so he’s the writer) Islamophobic (nobody is dressed in religiously correct fashion with covered heads) and classist (it’s a ghastly affluent suburb) etc etc.

Happy Slip – No death threats, let her have her fun fun fun

Friday in the USA (Rebecca Black, Miley Cyrus Cover)

Asian American Dad (yup, that’s me)

Most Awkward Friday Dance Ever (from my kid’s high school with Asian guys at both ends)


Asians also got into the new Tangled animated movie, a sort of Rapunzel Meets Spiderman where the girl has hair with magic powers, and gives the guy a pretty hard time. There are dozens of tribute videos, and seems most of them are Asians. Michael Medved actually thought the 3D effects were BETTER than TRON. (BTW, look at the old TRON again, they sail over a mountain shaped like Mickey Mouse, and Pac Man is on the master display when Sarg says Get THEM!) I still like hand animation, the effects looks sort of like hand animation, but also like the old Gerry Anderson Thunderbirds puppets that I loved so much.

Alan Menken who did the orchestrations for Little Mermaid and most of the other boffo musicals of the 90s when I used to buy every CD is back on this. Musically, it mixes Shrek style contemporary popular songs and memes with the broadway style that characterizes so many Disney princess stories. There are scenes that seem lifted right out of Mermaid (guy and girl in the boat, Momma knows best) Hunchback (scenery and setting) and Beauty and the Beast (death scene, geez can they show blood???? Maybe that’s a vampire thing) The horse Maximus is just great, and eventually buddies up with Flynn, the thief / hero / love interest.

Original

Disney’s Tangled ” I See the Light ” cover by Megan Lee & Ray Lee (A+++ 67,000 hits)

Comments:
DAMN HES GOOD
Sounded almost exactly like the movie! Great job. :)
Dude they sound BETTER. Audition for the next disney movie.

(ok folks THIS is one I’d never thought I’d ever grow up to hear)
oakly95 3 i wish i was asian theyre so perfect

14 people are just JEALOUS of ur guys super , nice,wonderful singing and that ur asian thats why :)
you guys are amazing :D
oh my god… you both are gifted.(:

I See The Light (Tangled) Cover – Benedict & Eleasha (A 10,000)

Tangled OST – I See The Light (Duet Cover with RachelCheral) (B+ 5000)

Piano Sheet Music (B+ 500)

Me (B 8 hits) I noticed the lyrics sounds a LOT like the transformation in Amazing Grace, and Christians always like to proclaim that Jesus is the Light of the World, so I changed just a couple of words:

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MIT electrical engineering computer science graduate has written conservative columns on politics, race / culture, science and education since the 70s in MIT The Tech and various publications in including New Republic and National Review.