Monday, October 19, 2009

Drench yourself in words unspoken

99. Natasha Bedingfield - "Unwritten" (Sony BMG, 2005)

One of several songs on this countdown that I hated upon first hearing it and grew to love like a dear friend, "Unwritten" is very good as a pop song and sublime as the theme song to one of YMD's favorite television shows, the Hills. It works for the Hills because it is about living your life for yourself and other such things that young folks are supposed to do, but it really works for the Hills because the Hills is one of the most conspicuously (and well) written and composed reality shows ever on television and this song is called "Unwritten"! This is not to say this song is "about" the irony of scripted reality, obviously, it's a super-earnest, wonderful pop song, but there's so much wonderful irony (the fun kind) in the line bout how the "ending [is] unplanned" that jives with why I love this show.

Also, this is wonderful inspirational (in intent, and sometimes in effect) pop, complete with wonderful Inspirational Gospel Singing, which is probably the best part of the song.

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