Archives for June 2011
I’ve been listening to Weird Al’s latest release, Alpocalypse. He’s not only a great humorist, but also an excellent original pop songwriter. I think his lyrical sensibility can be attributed to the exact square between his Mercury in Scorpio and Uranus in Leo. (View his chart at AstroDataBank.) Uranus provides an innovative, “outside the box” approach to his thinking, enabling him to write witty lyrics that are often so different from a song that he is parodying that a listener can only react with wonder. In addition, Uranus gives him an outsider’s perspective that makes him an astute social critic—which is to say that he makes funny observations about popular culture. And maybe this is a stretch, but his Mercury’s placement in Scorpio could account for the predominance of poop jokes (and the breaking of societal taboos) in his songs.
What happened, Alan Menken? Your Disney songs used to be so memorable (Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid). But my daughter and I have seen Tangled twice and I still cannot remember one tune from it. Even Enchanted was not too long ago, and I remember humming “That’s How You Know” for days on end. Better songs would have made a great animated film almost perfect.