#weverb11 #2: Listen

Listen. What song did you listen to in 2011 to completely change your mood?  Think about ways you can you add more music to your life in 2012.

“Pumped Up Kicks” – Foster the People

It was infectious and smooth and truly groovy. And when I first heard it, I thought it was a fun mindless song to begin summer with. And then I heard this interview on NPR back in May, and realized that it was a sinister song full of creepiness in the lyrics. So, I hesitated singing along with it and becoming the trapped teenager in a hostile consumerist high school about to rage against his tormenters… until I realized I liked the song too much to pass up enjoying it on the radio. And I still pump up the volume every time it passes through the airwaves. I’m not sure what this says about me, except that sometimes a good beat will triumph over lyrical intent in my head.

As for music in the new year? I’m going to take advantage of our satellite radio subscription and vary up my programming choices a bit more. I usually flip around the radio stations a lot, but it’s so easy not to without commercials or DJs talking, so I end up complacent with one or two stations.


  • Hemborgwife

    My husband and I have talked about how we could never stop listening to this song because of the lyrics since it is just so fun and finding a song we both want to listen to and dance around and sing to is kinda rare!

  • cynthia

    I love this song! My kids are equally astonished and appalled that I will pump it up every time. There are just some songs like that though … I was the same way about I’m Bringing Sexy Back. Don’t know why!?

  • Ali @ His Birdie's Nest

    J & I love this song too, but I remember when we realized what it was about… they XM station I listen to had them in the studio to sing live & they did an acoustical version. We were listening to it in the car & both look at each other like “wait, our fun little happy song is about, what?” We still like it though, and I still sing along. “It has a great beat & it’s fun to dance too” ;-)