For information on the New Year's Resolution Challenge that started all this, with a video of me singing "Bitch Better Have My Money" by Rihanna in four part harmony with a ukulele, CLICK HERE. The short version: Cover the #1 song in iTunes for every month of 2015.
I had heard this on the radio a few times and really enjoyed it, before I realized it was Justin Bieber. And that gave me a terrible moment of identity crisis, because when I was teaching middle school a few years ago I went out of my way to convince my students that Bieber wasn't cool. I did this, by the way, by playing them music by a young Michael Jackson, and a couple other R&B/soul/hip hop musicians that Bieber was trying to emulate at the time. I was largely successful, and had a few months of self-satisfied bliss when my students were walking around singing "ABC 123" in the halls instead of that insufferable "Baby" bullshit that was on the radio at the time.
And now, there's this. The beat is catchy, the lyrics are pretty nice, and the song has good bones - strip it down to a piano (or two) and a voice, and it still holds together. I am forced to admit that maybe, just maybe, our friend Justin has grown up a little. Musically, I mean. I hear he's still making a lot of really questionable life decisions on non-artistic fronts.
Plus, my wife likes this tune, so I have that going for me, which is nice.
I was tempted to do this one with BoomWhackers and recorders - make it a classroom instrument cover - but that was before I realized it was a decent song I could take seriously. I settled on the two-piano model instead.
Video happens courtesy of GridPlay, once again; I like this little app. It works well. The audio was routed into Logic 9, where I used the old "clap your hands and line up the peak visually" trick to get the audio to line up. I then spliced the audio to the video in iMovie, using the same trick. Gotta love technology.