1. How did the Bee Gees decide to sing in falsetto? What would possess them to take it to that register? And who told them it was good? I heard You Should Be Dancing (Yeah!) in Staples the other day, and suddenly thought of the Bee Gees as three young guys in a basement somewhere working on their first song. It just wasn’t working, until one of them starting singing in a whiny falsetto as a joke, and the other guys were like, “Yeah, dude, do that!” I hope that’s how it happened. Or maybe there was helium involved.
2. Have you ever noticed how many lyrics to songs aren’t romantic when you take them literally? For example:
- “I want to touch the light, the heat I see in your eyes.”* That’s not romantic! It’s about getting poked in the eye.
- “Everything I do, I do it for you.” Here, look! I just blew my nose for you! No matter how much you love someone, there are some things you should really do on your own time.
- “I just died in your arms tonight.” Gross! Who wants to cuddle with a corpse?
- “I’m burnin’, I’m burnin’, I’m burnin’ for you.” You might want to get that checked out.
* Peter Gabriel has some seriously sweet moves going on in that performance.