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June 7, 2012

The Many Interpretations of Gotye

I have a little bit of a problem when it comes to identifying songs because of one very obvious reason:  I don’t listen to the radio- ever.  I listen to songs almost solely on my iPhone.  Now, I do pick up new music from TV shows and movies a lot, which accounts for my eclectic playlists (it’s rare for me to like a lot of music from one artist), but identifying Top 40 hits?  Not my best skill.

So when Glee did their rendition of Somebody I Used to Know (see above), I was completely unaware that this was already a popular song by something called “Gotye” (a.k.a. Wally….yeah, I laughed, too).  The song didn’t make too much of an impression and I forgot about it for a little while.  Then it came up again in my shows because Gotye was the musical guest on SNL.  I kept thinking when the song came on…WHERE IS THIS FROM??? Oh, Glee.  This time I found the song more memorable, and was intrigued at what the video looked like based on the SNL sketch below.

My Gotye journey continued on and I watched the original music video.  I downloaded the song shortly after, and have listened to it often since then.  The song puzzles me, though, because I’ve found in talking with friends and reading about the song that it is interpreted in different ways (specifically who the girl that sings is meant to be).  Here are the four groups of thought I’ve found regarding who Kimbra plays, but I’m sure there are more opinions (maybe even you make a new group?).

Group 1: She’s the Mistreated Ex

People in this group (including Entertainment Weekly who say “it’s about a guy who screwed over his ex-girlfriend”) believe Gotye was mean to his ex until she left and is now complaining that she didn’t have to make such a clean cut from him in the end.  Kimbra is singing from the ex’s point of view insisting that she’s the victim of Gotye’s actions, and not the other way around.  I could see this, but she recalls that he said he “could let it go, and I wouldn’t catch you hung up on somebody that you used to know.”  Isn’t he singing about that somebody now?  How could that be her?

Group 2: She’s the Extension of His Voice

My sister feels that Kimbra is simply just another voice in the song, not really talking to Gotye, but continuing his sentiment.  I think this is discredited by the music video because she is looking at Gotye when she sings and he shows small sings of distress like looking down, sighing, and closing his eyes, which indicate to me he is affected by what she is saying.

Group 3: She’s the New Girlfriend (My Group!)

I have always thought that Gotye is talking about an old relationship which he tried to make work, but in the end it was probably better that they weren’t together.  However, he hasn’t really gotten over the fact that this girl pretends like she doesn’t even know him now.  Kimbra is his new girlfriend who is being mistreated by Gotye now and complaining that he is still hung up on this ex that cut him out of her life.  This to me explains the body language in the video, and the specific lyrics of Kimbra’s part.

Group 4: I Don’t Care

This group likes the song, but doesn’t really care to piece a story out of it.  They just want to listen to it when it comes on the radio and move on.  This group also has those that are over the song and don’t care about the story as they switch radio stations to avoid it.  To each his own.

I’ve always been one that hates when things are open for interpretation.  I’d rather know what the artist or director was thinking when they created it (ex. Did Sarah remember at the end of the Chuck series? Did Rose die at the end of Titanic?).  These questions don’t keep me up at night, but will definitely be on my mind should I run into these famous people by chance someday (because that’s likely).

By the way, if you are a Gotye fan, tickets just went on sale for his North American tour throughout the rest of the year.  You might want to snag them now if you plan on going.  You can view the concert information here.

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August 15, 2011

My Epic TV Guide: Fall 2011

Amidst my big move to Tulsa and my upcoming preparations for teaching, I haven’t lost myself completely.  More specifically, I haven’t lost my love for good Prime Time TV.  Here’s what my initial TV schedule will look like for the Fall.  New shows are in bold and are described below the schedule.  I give new shows the three episode test (this is enough episodes to truly get a feel for if you like or can pass on a show), so those may not be keepers long term.  I don’t think I could adopt all 8 anyway just based on how busy I will be this year.  Shows in a color block conflict with each other, but my DVR and back up bedroom TV should be able to tackle that okay ; )

Notes: Cougar Town is not on here because it doesn’t return until mid-season (I think November?).  I also am not including The Sing-Off because I got very bored with the show last season ::Yawn::

Kelly’s Fall 2011 TV Schedule

Fall 2011 TV Premieres

All the following summaries are from TVGuide.com.  You can see all new TV show summaries at their website here.

Charlie’s Angels: Hello, Angels! This frothy, Miami-set reboot stars Minka Kelly, Rachael Taylor and Annie Ilonzeh as the latest incarnation of the crime-fighting trio — but it doesn’t start out that way. Eve (Kelly), a rogue street racer, joins the group after her childhood friend/original Angel Gloria is murdered. Something tells us she’ll fit in just fine. Fun fact: The series will premiere on the same day the original show debuted 35 years ago.

Grimm: Better brush up on your German. Grimm’s Fairy Tales gets a procedural twist with Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), a detective who discovers his destiny is to protect humans from the storybook baddies that have invaded our real world.

Hart of Dixie: Rachel Bilson reunites with The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz for this medical drama, playing big-city doc Zoe Hart, who heads to tiny Bluebell, Ala., when she inherits a practice. Expect culture clashes galore and Zoe to stay put after coming through in a medical emergency and discovering an old secret.

Once Upon a Time: Do you think fairy tales are real? They are in Storybrooke, Maine, a town frozen in time with fairy tale figures who have no recollection of their real identities. Leave it to 10-year-old Henry (Jared Gilmore) to try to set things right when he tracks down his birth mom, Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), a bail bonds collector who is the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Joshua Dallas). The fantastical drama, which will tell dual stories set in present-day Storybrooke and in fairy tale land, comes from Lost writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for lots of references to time travel and polar bears.

Pan Am: Come fly with them! Set in the ’60s, the drama centers on the loves and lives of stewardesses (led by Christina Ricci) of the iconic titular airline. Although lauded as symbols of sleek, Jet Age glamour, their personal lives are full of turbulence. Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie and Karine Vanasse round out the Barbie doll-like crew, who are as adept at coffee service as they are at… oh wait, we can’t ruin that twist.

Ringer: Sarah Michelle Gellar’s back! And this time, there’s two of her! Gellar plays twins Bridget and Siobhan — both decidedly un-Buffy-like — in this mystery thriller that was originally developed for CBS. Bridget, a recovering alcoholic, is on the run from some baddies and decides to hide out by taking the identity of her wealthy twin sis, who is thought to be dead. Turns out taking on Siobhan’s persona puts Bridget in a very different kind of danger. Lost alum Nestor Carbonell co-stars, but don’t expect any sci-fi stuff, à la Lost and Buffy, on Ringer. “No hatch! No island!” Gellar says.

The Secret Circle: Something wicked this way comes from Kevin Williamson once again. The man who gave us Vampire Diaries has now adapted L.J. Smith’s other supernatural book series. Britt Robertson is Cassie Blake, a California teen who moves to Chance Harbor, Wash., where she discovers she’s a witch and joins a secret coven that includes Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin and Shelley Hennig. But don’t think you will know what’s coming if you’ve read the novels. Why? (Spoiler alert!) The show kills off someone who survived the whole book series in the opening minutes of the pilot.

Terra Nova: At long last, the Steven Spielberg-produced dino drama — about the Shannon family (led by Jason O’Mara) who travels back to prehistoric Earth to save the human race — will hit our TV sets with dinosaurs of every friendly and not-so-friendly variety. “You’re going to see some pretty cool dino-on-man action,” co-executive producer Jose Molina says.