Saturday, January 18, 2014

What DOES a Fox Say?

Around a year ago I had one of my good friends ask me if I had heard of the song 'What Does a Fox Say?'. She laughed and said that I needed to listen to it. When she said the title, 'What Does a Fox Say?', I thought that it would be a child's song similar to 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' or 'If You're Happy and You Know it, Clap Your Hands'. After she mentioned it, I put the song out of my head and actually forgot that she said I should listen to it. A few weeks later, I turned on the local news and saw a dad with his two girls singing a song. The lyrics were about animals and the noises they made. I thought, 'Wow, that's a weird song', and then moved on with my life. A few weeks later I turned on the radio and BAM there was that song! I was like, 'What? Huh? Really? Are they serious?' and quickly changed the station.

One day I was driving my girls to school and the Fox song came on again so I quickly changed the station and to my surprise and disappointment my girls yelled, 'MOMMY, NO, turn it back, we love that song!'. I was like, 'Really? Are you serious?' and I knew they were serious when they began to giggle and sing the song loudly and as obnoxiously as the actual singer. I have to admit, it was kind of cute the first time I witnessed them doing this, but after the 100th time I was over the fox and really could not care what he said.

I took the time to listen to the lyrics in hopes of there being an actual message; there wasn't. After listening to the song and watching the video I came to the conclusion that it was possible that the artist(s) that wrote the song was probably 'under the influence'. Just kidding, sort of. I did, however, take the time to look at the artist website and came to realize that these are two brothers from Bergen and Africa and they are pretty funny and entertaining.  

 The song, 'What Does a Fox Say', will be a song that I look back on and wonder how it made it to the radio waves. Then I began to think about what crazy songs I grew up with that make me wonder the same thing now. A few songs that popped into my head are 'La Macarena' by Los Del Rio, 'Puttin' on the Ritz' by Taco (I actually did a jump rope routine to this song in 5th grade), 'The Safety Dance' by Men Without Hats', 'Thong Song' by Sisqo, 'Informer' by Snow, and so many more. As a younger person, I will admit that I sang, danced, and had fun with these songs; now it's my turn to let my girls have fun with the Fox song as I silently cringe.

What songs make you go scratch your head? By the way... 'What Does a Fox Say'.. I Googled it and a fox say 'ruff'.

Written by: Aimee Fauci

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