Because of my Christmas Music Challenge, I’ve already posted today. I could have included this post as part of the Challenge, since there is Christmas music mentioned in it, but it is Advent Sunday, and I wanted to dedicate a post to the day and the beginning of the Advent Season.
I want to start a new monthly post, where at the end of each month, I post about the songs and music videos that I discover during that month.
So, without further ado, here is my very first monthly Music and Video Summary!
If you follow this blog or J-pop at all, you know that November 26, 2014 was an important day in Japanese Pop Music History. Sayumi Michishige graduated from Morning Musume ’14.
It’s been a tradition during the last few graduations to give the graduate their own solo song and video. Because Sayumi is not known for her singing voice, I was interested to see how Hello!Project would handle her solo. The name of her song was Shaba Daba Do. It ended up being very cute.
Because Sayumi was the last of the older Morning Musume members (the new leader of the group is 17), and was in the group longer than any other person, Hello!Project did something very special. They created a song and music video paying tribute to Sayumi.
The song is done in an old-fashion style – something very new for Morning Musume. You can see the music video of A Looking Back Beauty HERE. It’s very moving, especially for fans of Morning Musume ’14 and Sayumi.
I’ve been following Girls’ Generation and K-pop for a while now and didn’t pay much attention to Morning Musume ’14 and Hello!Project. I was sad to find out that the group Berryz Koubou will be going on indefinite suspension beginning in Spring of 2015. Since the girls of the group have been in it for 10 years, I suppose it is expected. They’re ready to move on with their lives.
Discovering this news, I looked up Berryz Koubou on YouTube and found some songs I didn’t recognize. They were Asian Celebration (2013), Romance wo Katatte (Speaking of Romance), and a song dedicated to their 10th anniversary, the title of which is rather confusing. The last two songs were just released this month.
This month, I also discovered Korea’s oldest running girl group Jewelry. I can’t say I’m a big fan of their music, but I was familiar with Seo In-young (one of the members) from watching Korean variety shows. Jewelry’s songs include Look at Me and One More Time.
I had never been a fan of Taylor Swift as a country singer. I don’t follow Country Music. But now that she’s crossed over to Pop, things may have changed.
I am sure I’ve must have heard her song Shake it Off before this month, but I finally got around to watching the music video. I’ve watched the video for Blank Space, and I like that, too, even if it is a bit rappy.
I’m glad to say that there are still ways to make old Christmas songs new again. Baby, It’s Cold Outside was written in 1944, and today, it seems a controversy has grown around it’s intended meanings. Yet, no matter how you feel about the song, you should like Idina Menzel‘s version featuring Michael Buble. If you don’t think the Music Video is cute, I want nothing to do with you.
Straight No Chaser, the a cappella group, released a brand new Christmas song this month featuring Kristen Bell. Text Me Merry Christmas is a catchy, fun song about texting someone you cannot be with on Christmas. It includes expressions like LOL, BRB, and emoji. Watch the Music Video HERE.
What Are You Doing New Years Eve? has been around since 1947, but I don’t remember ever hearing it. I found it on Idina Menzel’s new Christmas album while researching Baby, It’s Cold Outside. I’m surprised that I don’t remember it as it’s been recorded by many well-known singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, Johnny Mathis, Patti LaBelle, Barry Manilow, the Carpenters, and others. It may just be age that has erased the memory of this song.
There you go! My first monthly rundown of new songs and music videos (at least new for me). What new music have you discovered this November?