In Martin Seay’s blog post about his hatred of the song “TiK ToK” by Ke$ha, he analyzes the elements of the song and compares them to different songs and cultural elements and how they are similar, but also how “TiK ToK” is derivative of many of these songs. He first discusses the derivation of the song from the Beastie Boys’ “Fight for your Right,” a song in which the irony and point of view was misunderstood and, in turn, enjoyed by the same people the song was “meant” to upset. Ke$ha deliberately misunderstood the song and used what was misunderstood in “Tik Tok.” Seay then analyzes what was right in Beyoncé’s hit “Single Ladies,” which was that the more you listen, the more you find in the lyrics of the song, while “TiK ToK” just gets more boring each time you listen to it. There is nothing beyond the surface. This is also how it compares to professional wrestling, which everyone knows is fake, but everyone accepts anyway. Nothing is hidden. All of the information is available and not complex to the listeners.
The article was very complicated at times for many different reasons. First of all, and most prevalent, some of the musical analysis was over my head. I am not very musically literate; I listen to music to enjoy it, not to analyze or play it. The specific analysis of “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé was confusing to me. I also had a lot of trouble understanding what exactly it was that the Beastie Boys messed up in “Fight for your Right.” At first I thought that they had just overlooked something, but after rereading I realized that no one took the song they had wanted it to be taken, and if almost everyone interprets something one way, that must make it the “right” way to be interpreted according to the article. (I don’t especially agree with this.) The pro wrestling comparison was very difficult for me, especially the whole aspect of “reality” in pro wrestling. Eventually I got somewhat of an understanding, but still not a strong one.
Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild is similar in some ways to Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, but not in many ways. Both Cheryl and Oskar are struggling after a family member they were very close to dies. It sets both of them off in bad directions; Cheryl went split with her husband, cheated on him, lost ties to her family, and ultimately lost herself, while Oskar just went down severe depression and had trouble moving on from his father’s death.