Friday, December 21, 2012

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things (in 2012)

Posted by on Fri, Dec 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I don't see enough of any one art form to feel okay about compiling a year-end "best of" list, so instead I'll just be highlighting a few things I saw and loved in 2012.

I agree with the words of CNN's LZ Granderson:

Pink has managed to carve a brilliant 13-year career [in pop music] by being something that is incredibly rare these days—an artist. A complete artist. Maybe the most underrated artist we've had on the radio in the past 20 years.

My favorite thing Pink did in 2012 is the performance below, which is from the recent American Music Awards telecast. As Beyonce showed us in the "Single Ladies" video, there is nothing cooler than a super-famous person doing something amazing, intricate, and precise with their actual super-famous body. (In this age of easy digital everything, what's impressive about Xeroxes of and Britney?) Also, if you're going to sing along with a backing track, it's so much better to do it while doing something so strenuous that it makes full live singing impossible. Also, her hunky dance partner looks like the dream ballet version of LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.

Watching Pink, the same thing goes through my mind as when I watch Dolly Parton: Here is a star who understands her job. (For more awards-show awesomeness from Pink, go here, and start paying attention around the two-minute mark.)


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She rocks.
Posted by subwlf on December 22, 2012 at 2:33 PM · Report this
Jaymz 15
I didn't listen to the song at all - fantastic modern dance moves - fabulous physical performance. Bravo. I don't watch awards shows so thanks for posting this.
Posted by Jaymz on December 21, 2012 at 11:30 PM · Report this
That was not only entertaining, but unexpectedly impressive. The dance routine was anything but pop. That there was some first-rate modern dance. There are some very serious professional performers working in dance theater who could never have pulled off that routine. The strength, precision, and form were outstanding. And, she sings.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on December 21, 2012 at 8:00 PM · Report this
I was kind of shocked when I saw this post, just because I knew that comments like those above were coming. When we really think about what art is supposed to do, which is make contact with the many different fibers of our hearts, I've always thought that Pink has done that (if not only after she started calling her own shots, which wasn't always the case). Pink is authentically Pink, I think, and that makes a difference. It really does. Kudos, David!
Posted by starkjames on December 21, 2012 at 7:39 PM · Report this
She's got a very powerful voice, and though she's not a composer and there is a lot of production in her songs, she chooses well, and sings like she means it. She's got killer looks and this new gymnastics thing is fascinating. She's sung against Bush, she's stood up for gay rights, for animal rights, and you sense that she's calling her own shots. I think she's awesome. The real deal.
Posted by Racing Turtles on December 21, 2012 at 4:52 PM · Report this
merry 11
Whoa... That was a fairly accurate depiction-in-dance of my last relationship.... especially the flamey bits..
Posted by merry on December 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM · Report this
David Schmader 10
I'm with you, #9. (Duh.)
Posted by David Schmader on December 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM · Report this
Cephalodude 9
@8- all I hear when I read that comment is a fart noise.
Seriously, get over yourselves. Pop music can be good, interesting, and dare I say, artistic. Pink is a fundamentally good performer. She, along with Robyn, are prime examples of how fun, entertaining, and emotionally satisfying good pop music can be.
Posted by Cephalodude on December 21, 2012 at 1:31 PM · Report this
You have GOT to be kidding me. Pink is pop fluff. Gross.
Posted by fotini901 on December 21, 2012 at 12:44 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 7
Pink is underrated?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
Holy shit that performance gave me a serious case of goosebumps! Thank you for sharing. I'm indifferent to Pink's music, but after she wrote that Dear Mr. President song she can do no wrong in my book. I think she's amazing.
Posted by mitten on December 21, 2012 at 12:38 PM · Report this
True story - I sold Pink a Best of Dolly Parton LP (w/ poster!)
a few years back....she was very nice.
Posted by Wall of Sound on December 21, 2012 at 12:13 PM · Report this
Pick1 4
@3 If the album is subsequently overplayed on every pop station in the nation, then maybe not?

I don't care about music in general (tone def) but I'm pretty sure for a pop star she has maintained the spotlight a bit longer than most.
Posted by Pick1 on December 21, 2012 at 12:11 PM · Report this

Like from 2000?

If you release an album called I'm Not Dead doesn't that pretty much confirm, that yes, you are, artistically.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on December 21, 2012 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Free Lunch 2
I don't know anything about Pink, but agreed on Dolly Parton. She's unbelievably charming on talk shows and is still an energetic performer. (Last year, at the age of 65, she went on a 20-week tour of 49 shows.)

She is fantasy dinner guest #1 in my book.
Posted by Free Lunch on December 21, 2012 at 11:41 AM · Report this
Keekee 1
Yeah, too bad her music is so horrible!
Posted by Keekee on December 21, 2012 at 11:17 AM · Report this

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