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Here she is, Rebecca Black, a seemingly-regular American kid, like the ones we all remember from 50’s sitcoms–except she’s a teen in 2011. She’s been getting a lot of flak, lately, for the attention she’s commanding (music industry people say her song “stinks”), but in my estimation, she’s got waaayyy more of a right to be in the spotlight than many of today’s alleged ‘stars.’
Let’s hope her energy and commitment stick. I mean, she’s an overnight success, a teen plucked from obscurity and now one who’s famous. All because she took her song, “Friday,” and posted it on YouTube where it got millions of hits. Oh, she had professional help. Her mother hired a recording company to the tune of $2000. Turns out that minimal amount was an extraordinary investment, for Rebecca Black’s been on the Today Show, Jay Leno, and others.
Her song’s got a kicky beat and if you’re thinking “Well, gee, why is it so repetitious?” just recall Bruce Springsteen’s “Down…down…down…down” (it’s one of the few songs I actually remembered the lyric to–no “s.”) Yes, the song, “Friday” is anything but complex, but I did find myself rocking in my seat as I listened.
Know another thing? Rebecca Black seems like a really good kid. In her video, she’s positioned in the back seat of a friend’s car, outside someone’s home (a party?) Her friends, too, seem like normal, average teen-agers (the ones who aren’t bullying, acting out, beating up their parents or peer group.)
They don’t talk trashy or dress down, either, and their clothes are modest by today’s standards whereby youth is encouraged to “let it all hang out.” In other words, she and her posse (do they still use that term?) look like decent kids.
Then, too, like Colton Burpo (Heaven is for Real–http://biddybytes.com/?p=5473), Rebecca has determined the proceeds from the sale of “Friday” will go to charity, specifically the Japanese people who’ve suffered in the wake of the earthquake, tsunami, and attending nuclear disaster.
So, here we have an overnight success who’s tapped into the vehicle of YouTube to get her song out there; the people have embraced her (after all, everyone remembers how he/she revered Friday as “best day of the week”); and this young lady has earmarked her considerable proceeds go to charity.
All I can ask is: “Where are these kids coming from and are they in the forefront of a new wave?”
I’d say the parents of both the Colton boy and Rebecca Black have done the unthinkable: Managed to raise altruistic children in a narcissistic era…”Would I have said this were possible before hearing of these two young people?” “No,” but now, they’re resurrected my belief that with proper training and positive parental involvement, society’s detrimental impact can be offset.
And despite some heavy criticism from others who feel Rebecca Black’s singing talent sorely lacking (yes, it’s tough out here in cyberspace for people freely weigh in on another’s talents or lack thereof) the “Glee” set found her song surprisingly refreshing and are slated to perform it.
The way I look at it: If the scions of the media world are unimpressed with her song and delivery, that just may signal she’s on to something. After all, they’ve been setting the bar for “what’s artistic?” and they’ve continually placed that bar at a really low level. If she’s their idea of someone who “doesn’t quite cut it,” then maybe that portends good things for Rebecca Black and other good kids who follow.
So, altruism? A return to youthful innocence?…Could Rebecca Black be the forerunner of a new wave catching on. We can all hope so.
Here’s the link from YouTube of the original Rebecca Black song, “Friday;” if you click on it, her song (and she) are credited with another “hit” and we’ll want to encourage more kids like her. The next link is Stephen Colbert’s hilarious parody of Rebecca Black’s “Friday’ with Jimmy Fallon (Oh, by the way, YouTube shows words backwards for copyright reasons.)
The third link highlights “Glee’s” intentions.