What do you know about fun-feeled love? Far too often we fill our lives with things we dread–things that don’t reflect the essence of life. We’re worried about “wasting time,” rather than embracing the idea of “spending time” enjoying the simple things alone or with those we love. On this week’s musical episode of The Axiom Amnesia Theory, Heit & Cheri explore and analyze songs that challenge us to fully experience the fun and simplicity of life, including an interesting discussion about feelings and expressing “those three words.”

You’ll hear songs by Natasha Beddingfield, Little Jackie, Snow Patrol, Lupe Fiasco, Nina Simone and Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido.

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Segment 1

  • Heit explains that synthpop is a genre that comes from the synthesizer era of music that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s.
  • Cheri says that when she thinks of synthesizer music it reminds her of the theme from the movie Beverly Hills Cop:

  • Discussion about Robert Moog, the inventor of the synthesizer.

Song 1: “No Mozart” – Natasha Bedingfield

Too many things go unsaid ’cause you think you can’t say them right
Get them out in the open instead of all bottled up inside
‘Cause I don’t mind if it comes out all emotional
And I don’t mind as long as what you say is real
I know you’re the kind of man who wants to show your best side
But we can’t always be perfect, and that’s alright
Don’t over think it, you don’t have to perform for me
You want to know how to touch me, well it’s easy

Oh, it’s like playing the piano
I don’t care if there’s a few wrong notes
You don’t have to be a Mozart, if you just play it from the heart
Oh oh
It’s like playing the piano
Your fingers know just where to go
You don’t have to be a Mozart, if you just play it from the heart

If you just play it from the heart

I know once something’s been spoken aloud it can’t be taken back
But don’t be too proud, too proud to risk that
Between the tension the major and the minor chords
There’s a magic we’re waiting for, we’re waiting for

Oh, it’s like playing the piano
I don’t care if there’s a few wrong notes
You don’t have to be a Mozart, if you just play it from the heart
Oh oh
It’s like playing the piano
Your fingers know just where to go
You don’t have to be a Mozart, no, if you just play it from the heart

Oh, the way you’re playing that piano
I got a Mozart of my own
The way you’re running up and down those keys
Sounds like a symphony to me
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
You wanna know how to touch me well it’s easy

Oh, it’s like playing the piano
I don’t care if there’s a few wrong notes
You don’t have to be a Mozart, if you just play it from the heart
Oh oh
It’s like playing the piano
Your fingers know just where to go
You don’t have to be a Mozart, if you just play it from the heart

[Repeat]

  • Cheri likes the repition of the lyrics “just play it from the heart” at the end of the song.
  • Heit loves the metaphor of Mozart and the piano. Mozart is considered one of the best composers who ever lived.
  • Heit says that he would have expected pianos to be more prominent in the song. He says he hears the strings more prominently when the song builds to the climax.
  • Cheri says that one of her favorite parts of the song are the sexy lyrics:

    Oh, the way you’re playing that piano
    I got a Mozart of my own
    The way you’re running up and down those keys
    Sounds like a symphony to me

  • She’s obviously not just talking about the piano here.
  • Heit’s favorite lyrics are “I don’t care if there’s a few wrong notes, you don’t have to be a Mozart.” It doesn’t matter if you hit a few wrong keys as long as you’re being yourself.
  • Cheri tells about watching a a live version of Natasha Beddingfield singing No Mozart, where she messes up the notes a bit, which was ironic:
  • Discussion of whether you can hear her British accent while she sings.
  • Natasha’s voice is so soulful, and the raspiness gives it an added element that makes her sound unique.
  • Discussion about how R&B music has changed, and is lacking in content.

Song 2: “The World Should Revolve Around Me” – Little Jackie

I take it in stride, one day at a time
If I ask no questions I’ll hear no lies
How come blessings only come in disguise?
Try that on for size as I vocalize

Ain’t nothing gonna get in between me and my flow
Ain’t nothing gonna come between me and my afro
My man just left me, what do ya know?
Easy come, easy go

He came out of the blue and went right back into it
Had to forfeit ’cause he couldn’t get with it
Called it quits and when he split
He said he didn’t have time for my juvenile bullshit

I’ve had a lot of failed relationships
I don’t get involved because I’m not equipped
I believe that the world should revolve around me!

I don’t see the point of a partnership
It won’t be long until they start to trip
Yes siree, the whole world should revolve around me!

There’s only one me in the galaxy
I am an endangered species
This kind of flower don’t grow on Earth
Just lettin’ you know for what it’s worth

This kind of knowledge can cause a depression
So I bide my time with philosophical questions
Not for nothing, but what came first?
The chicken nugget or the Egg McMuffin?

I got talent and I got tits
I know I’ll find another guy who wants to get with it
I’m not convinced that I’m a big fat whore
One man’s pleasure is another man’s chore

I’ve had a lot of failed relationships
I don’t get involved because I’m not equipped
I believe that the world should revolve around me!

I don’t see the point of a partnership
It won’t be long until they start to trip
Yes siree, the whole world should revolve around me!

I know I rock and what I got is hot
And you know I got a lot
‘Cause all that trippin’ you gotta stop
Before you know it your ass’ll be dropped

I ain’t concerned with my biological clock
Since I never grow old, my money’s always in stocks
Keep screwing that bitch from down the block
I don’t need you around, I know I rock!

I’ve had a lot of failed relationships
I don’t get involved because I’m not equipped
I believe that the world should revolve around me!

I don’t see the point of a partnership
It won’t be long until they start to trip
Yes siree, the whole world should revolve around me!

I’ve had a lot of failed relationships
I don’t get involved because I’m not equipped
I believe that the world should revolve around me!

I don’t see the point of a partnership
It won’t be long until they start to trip
Yes siree, the whole world should revolve around me!

  • Little Jackie changed her name from Imani Coppola.
  • Cheri thinks this sound sounds so familiar, and Heit says that’s how you know you have a hit. He’s surprised that it is not a bigger hit.
  • This song sounds like a Saturday where you can just go out an enjoy life–no schedules to keep, just singing and free.
  • Heit’s favorite part of the song was:

    There’s only one me in the galaxy
    I am an endangered species
    This kind of flower don’t grow on Earth
    Just lettin’ you know for what it’s worth

    This kind of knowledge can cause a depression
    So I bide my time with philosophical questions
    Not for nothing, but what came first?
    The chicken nugget or the Egg McMuffin?

  • This is a song where there are philosophical nuggets intermingled in a light-hearted sounding song.
  • Discussion about the lyrics “I am an endangered species, This kind of flower don’t grow on Earth.” A lot of people feel like they are different.
  • Mention that scientists claim there is a comet that might shine brighter than the moon.
  • The part of the song that stands out to Cheri is the part where she says, “I’ve had a lot of failed relationships. I don’t get involved because I’m not equipped.” Hasn’t every relationship that you’ve had up until your current relationship failed? Isn’t this true for everyone?
  • Discussion of what people go into relationships looking for.
  • Discussion of the line, “One man’s pleasure is another man’s chore.”

Song 3: “Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol

We’ll do it all
Everything
On our own

We don’t need
Anything
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

I don’t quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They’re not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden
That’s bursting into life

Let’s waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

Forget what we’re told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden
That’s bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes
They’re all I can see

I don’t know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things
Will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me
And just forget the world?

  • The first time Cheri heard this song wasn’t by Snow Patrol. She saw it on a musical episode of Grey’s Anatomy:
  • What do you think “chasing cars” means? Perhaps it’s symbolic of doing things that are widely considered a waste of time, like chasing cars, knowing you’ll never catch them. Another possibility is that it could refer to chasing cars with your eyes while you lay down and relax.
  • Discussion about “wasting time.” It’s not wasting time, it’s spending time. Heit & Cheri see things that you do to prep to get the end result as the actual waste of time. It’s never a waste of time to enjoy the simple moments in life.
  • Heit brings up Ellen DeGeneres saying that people should procrastinate now. The idea is that all we have is the here and now, yet we work so hard now with the idea that when we get old we’ll be able to sit there and do nothing:
  • Ellen is right! We should procrastinate now.
  • Cheri reflects on the version she heard on Grey’s Anatomy. If you don’t know who Sara Ramirez is, you should check her out. She’s been in a lot of musicals, like Spamalot.
  • Heit & Cheri’s favorite part of the song is:

    I don’t quite know
    How to say
    How I feel

    Those three words
    Are said too much
    They’re not enough

  • Cheri references the idea that the words “I love you” are overused and the real sentiment is difficult to encompass in words alone–the words are not enough.
  • Cheri thinks that she needs to invent a word that means more than love.
  • Heit’s favorite lines are “I don’t quite know how to say how I feel.” He gets frustrated when people ask him to say how he feels just to satisfy their need to hear him say something. Perhaps he doesn’t have the words, but chooses to express those feelings through actions.

Song 4: “ITAL (Roses)” – Lupe Fiasco

Explain [Intro]
Black panther, black panther, what do you see?
I see a dream ITAL watching over me

Back nigga
Yeah, hey, can we get a little break
From the cocaine and the kilos
Aiight nigga, we know
Aiight nigga, we know
Can we get a break from the strippers on the p-ole
Aiight nigga, we know
Okay nigga, we know

[Verse 1]
Hey shawty, ain’t no future in no gang-bang
And ain’t no manhood in no bang-bang
Ain’t no honor cleanin’ interstates inside a chain-gang
Know some rap niggas put that shit inside your mainframe
Pills make you stupid and liquor do the same thing
‘Raris too expensive and they way too hard to maintain
Get yourself a Camry, “nigga said a Camry?”
Watch that ho depreciate and then you’ll understand me
It’s called being fiscally responsible
Don’t let these lying images up in hip-hop here conquer you
The TV’s not your father fool, that video’s not your momma
Try your best to be a man and your worst to be a monster

[Hook]
May we have some roses for the ladies
A little appreciation for the gentlemen
And here’s some kisses for the babies
Some peace and inity for the whole wide-wide-wide world
More patience to the youth then, sympathy for the poor
Empathy for the old, more justice for the downpressed
Treat no liar ITAL, Ai-yaa!

[Verse 2]
I know you’re sayin’, “Lupe rappin’ ‘bout the same shit”
Well, that’s ‘cause ain’t shit changed, bitch
And please don’t excuse my language
Cause I would hate for you to misrepresent
The true expression of my anguish
And by this far I ain’t shocked, upset, or appalled
I’m ashamed, bitch
I can’t listen if you ain’t sayin’ shit
And recognize all this emptiness is dangerous
Ain’t buildin’ up they confidence, we teachin’ ‘em that they ain’t shit
If they ain’t got the latest that they saw on someone famous
Mercy of the Lord on this double-edged sword
Instead of askin’ where the hoes is
Maybe maybe we could ask for roses

[Hook] x2

[Verse 3]
Called the president a terrorist
Corporate sponsors like, how the fuck you gon’ embarrass us?
Ain’t my fault, I was just repeatin’ this
Professor Emeritus from America
But my tone was like an Afghani kid without a home
Blew that bitch up with a drone
An Iraqi with no daddy, Palestinian throwing stones
The fuck you think they call him, I’mma leave that all alone
Cause this, the focus on this new shit is that hopeless
Place that I was born into systematic brokeness
Took that downpression and developed it to dopeness
It’s that great American rap-rap ferocious

[Hook]

  • How does Lupe just come up with a great song every time?
  • Cheri’s favorite lines were “Place that I was born into systematic brokeness. Took that downpression and developed it to dopeness. It’s that great American rap-rap ferocious.” She likes that he points out that the circumstances in which we find ourselves also contribute to our greatness. We are all products of our environments.
  • Heit says that he attributes both his successes and failures to his past experiences.
  • Cheri also likes the part in the hook where Lupe says, “And here’s some kisses for the babies” and then makes the kiss sound. You don’t hear that every day in hip hop.
  • Heit’s favorite part is:

    Called the president a terrorist
    Corporate sponsors like, how the fuck you gon’ embarrass us?
    Ain’t my fault, I was just repeatin’ this
    Professor Emeritus from America

  • When people come out and make a statement of truth, corporations want to protest for fear that it will make them look bad. However, when the person attributes their statement to a credentialed person, it gives credence to the statement.
  • Discussion of the lyrics, “I can’t listen if you ain’t sayin’ shit.” So many people want to be heard, but they are not saying anything of substance. This is the problem with music now. All of the songs are saying the same thing– “Look at me and how much money I have.”
  • Cheri mentions that her faith in musical artistry has been restored as she and Heit have searched for songs for the show. There is good music out there, but you have to search to find it. The best music isn’t what’s being served up by the record companies.
  • Discussion of Lupe’s reference to fiscal responsibility. Maybe this is partly self-talk, considering that Lupe has a Ferrari collection.
  • Discussion of the beat to the song. Heit thinks a lot of people might not like the beat because it is not the heavily sampled beats people are used to hearing. Heit & Cheri love the beat though.
  • What does ITAL mean?
  • Discussion of the lyrics:

    But my tone was like an Afghani kid without a home
    Blew that bitch up with a drone
    An Iraqi with no daddy, Palestinian throwing stones
    The fuck you think they call him, I’mma leave that all alone

Song 5: “Feeling Good” – Nina Simone

Birds flying high you know how I feel
Sun in the sky you know how I feel
Breeze driftin’ on by you know how I feel

(refrain:)x2
It’s a new dawn
It’s a new day
It’s a new life
For me
And I’m feeling good

Fish in the sea you know how I feel
River running free you know how I feel
Blossom on the tree you know how I feel

(refrain)

Dragonfly out in the sun you know what I mean, don’t you know
Butterflies all havin’ fun you know what I mean
Sleep in peace when day is done
That’s what I mean

And this old world is a new world
And a bold world
For me

Stars when you shine you know how I feel
Scent of the pine you know how I feel
Oh freedom is mine
And I know how I feel

(refrain)

    Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

  • Nina Simome’s vocal talent and piano playing skills are absolutely excellent.
  • Was that a scat at the end of the song?
  • The transition from the acapella singing to the dramatic entrance of the music is amazing.
  • Nina is talking to nature in the song, presumably because people don’t understand what it is to be natural and free. Much of this is because of our societal conditioning.
  • Nina Simone is talking about all of the parts of nature being where they exist and belong, and the freedom in that.
  • Heit & Cheri’s favorite lyric is “And this old world is a new world.” Heit likes it because of the play on words. They both like it because of the perspective of seeing the same world in a new way.
  • Did you notice how she says, “I know how I feel” at the end of the song? She now places herself inside the world of what is natural and free.
  • Initially, Heit thought that this music was the same as the theme from the TV show Perry Mason:
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  • Discussion about Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone in a biopic. This is ridiculous for so many reasons. First, Saldana doesn’t like to identify as Black, and Nina Simone was extremely pro-Black.
  • Cheri would rather see Lauryn Hill play Nina Simome. She’s got the look and the talent.
  • Heit jokes that Antoine Dodson should play Nina Simone–he could sing it like he did “The Bed Intruder Song.”
  • Bottom line, it’s just wrong that they’d even consider Zoe Saldana for the role of Nina Simone.



Song 6: “Escribeme Pronto” – Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido


  • Heit first heard this song at a Mexican restaurant.
  • The song seems to translate literally to “Write me soon” and “Hello!” The words are originally spoken in Spanish and Italian.
  • Cheri doesn’t have a favorite line, but loves the overall feeling of the song. She imagines the song as a guy saying to a woman, “Hello and write me soon!”
  • Heit’s favorite lyric was “Go!” It hypes up the song and it makes you just wanna jump up and move your body. Heit says that the “Go!” lyric is like adding Tony Chachere’s seasoning on the song.
  • They say that Instituto Mexicano Del Sonido is part of the Mexican electronica movement that has been talking off in the past few years.
  • This song just feels good!
  • Discussion about posting quotes without attributes to see if people are objective in their assessment of the quote.”
  • We’ll do something special for the listener who can tell us which show (and the time stamp) where Cheri says, “You haven’t even read it!” It’s probably in the first 15 shows.

Audio Credits


Keep My Name Out Yo Mouth” – Big Pokey ft. the SUC