Tuesday, June 19, 2012

What We're Listening To: Ben Howard's Call Me Maybe

I'm sure that by now you have all heard the wonderful musical musings of Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Call Me Maybe'. I remember the first time I heard the lyrics. Hey I just met you, and this is crazy. But here's my number, so call me maybe? I was in class and was positive that my friend was just showing me a giant joke. I mean, what was this song? What were those lyrics? She must be the only person in the world who even knew about this song by a random canadian chick.
But as my week continued, I realized that I had a couple lines stuck in my head and proceeded to find it on YouTube. After that, the entire song was stuck in my head. But not in an annoying way, in fact I wanted to hear it; it was just so catchy. I would be in my guy friends' room where they'd be listening to their dupstep or whatever and I would highjack the pregame music, forcing them to listen as I sung along with that one line like an overly hyper child: Hey I just met you, and this is crazy. But here's my number, so call me maybe? 
Soon after, my entire campus and apparently the whole world was singing these lines. I would be at a frat party or the "Jug" (a local nightclub of sorts in my college town) and everyone would scream with excitement as the recognizable intro would play. Suddenly the entire room would be singing giddily (or was that just drunkenly) Hey I just met you, and this is crazy. But here's my number, so call me maybe? And I have to admit that that's one of my favorite parts of this song. Everyone knows it, and everyone gets so excited when it comes on. It may be a trashy song, but I am in no way ashamed to admit that I love it. Even months after I first heard it.
With 'Call Me Maybe' becoming an overnight sensation, YouTube got in on the action. My favorite was definitely the video with the Harvard baseball team. They were just so cute! And who didn't just love the guy in the back sleeping the whole time. Or the not cute guy in the glasses who was actually super into it. My favorite part was probably at the end when they go back to chillin listening to their rap music.
But I recently found one that is completely stuck in my head and amazing by Ben Howard. For the past month or so, I've been listening non-stop to a rotation of Ben Howard songs and 'Call Me Maybe,' so when I saw this cover it just seemed perfect. Somehow, it even met my expectations. Ben Howard manages to make this catchy yet admittedly pretty dumb song beautiful and maybe even meaningful.
I'm not sure about all of you, but sometimes I can't hear the lyrics of songs, especially pop songs. That's part of the reason why I love covers so much. (Remember my obsession with this cover?) You just have a new singer, a new key, and a new way of approaching the song. They're no longer just the song and lyrics I know superficially, but they say it a little differently to make me listen. I'd trade my soul for a kiss, pennies and dimes for a kiss, I wasn't looking for this, but you're in my way. So not the most magical lyrics in the world, but nearly as horrible as the I missed you so bad, I missed you so so bad. You normally think about. I have to say my favorite moment of this video is the classic Hey I just met you, and this is crazy. But here's my number, so call me maybe? line. When he starts this line he looks up and just starts smiling. It's too cute! Check this video out and I promise you'll get 'Call Me Maybe' stuck in your head in a whole other way. This video is actually the inspiration for this post. So you should definitely listen to this video if you made it all the way down to this point.

If this post got you rehooked on 'Call Me Maybe' and are looking for more covers or videos, check out this link. Some of these other videos are pretty funny. Comment with reviews, other covers or funny videos and remember to follow!
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  1. oh love this song!!! nice post dear... enjoyed the videos so much!! (^-^) i am a new follower! (bloglovin and GFC)

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  2. Haha yes! Have you seen the Abercrombie and Fitch boys mime to this? It is actually brilliant! x

  3. I like so much the combinations here!

  4. Hilarious! Thanks for the sweet comment on my post. xo

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