The following quote showed up in my facebook news feed a couple of weeks ago:
“Getting over you is like trying to move mountains. I just can’t do it.”
Possibly influenced by Usher’s new song, I cannot deny the cheesiness of the quote. But there’s a reason why I am writing about it in a blog post almost two weeks later. It is probably related to why Usher is so much richer than me. Huge numbers of people relate to “cheesy” expressions of emotions. Combine that with the catchy and sometimes outright dope beats and dance sequences attached to the words and it isn’t too hard to understand why it sells (I am defining "cheesy" as lines that would cause a roll of eyes at best if used in face to face conversations).
What I am trying to get at in this post is 1) why is it that hallmark-ish expressions of emotion have such a wide audience (Chris Browns With You was in the top ten for god knows how long, and no its not just teeny boppers listening to that stuff) and 2) Why do so many people above the age of 14 vehemently deny and even hide their enjoyment of this music (I KNOW I am not the only grown ass person with a guilty pleasures playlist on my ipod). Any answers? Confessions?
Obviously, this entire post is driven by the non-selfless goal of not only justifying the existence of said playlist, but trying to understand the fact that reading that quote made me want to pick up the phone, call my long time on-again-off-again ex/best friend and declare that* “trying to get over you is like moving mountain. I just can’t do it. And I wouldn’t go as far as saying when im with you, I don’t need money, I don’t need car’s cause we both know that’s a dam lie. But I need air air air. So … what you wanna do do do? Now its me and you, you, you. Make a move?”
* Don’t worry I din’t do it. I din’t rreeaally wanna do it anyway. See question 2).