This Song Went Global, So Can You!
Okay, Andy. I give, what song is it? It's not one I've ever heard and I've played in clubs for years now. Of course I can't understand the words the way it's recorded...
46,097,220 - Wow, this song has been played on YouTube over 46 million times. Which is why this singer is so cutting edge in a globalized world, fashion, and music travel the planet faster than world news, knowledge, the music, and films influence the world in ways we study in the future in history classes.
I was talking with Andrew, age 35, my partner when I was in Odessa, Ukraine about songs sang everywhere on the planet, how they go global, and this song is extremely global. Yet, even though I have hear this song 100's of times it is difficult for me to know the name, the artist, almost anything, he recommended I download an "Android App" called "Shazam." Here is the apple Shazam
For years I have been vulnerable, hearing songs, and younger people refusing to explain, what they see as common knowledge, and this one is super global, right up there with the Bob Marley songs. I hear it in every corner of the planet, from Mexico to Ukraine, Togo, Africa, to the center of the Backpacker Universe, Khao San Road, Bangkok.
I have been trying to collect global songs, but I need the Shazam app, many songs are in foreign language, and there are remakes by clever musicians, I remember listening to Shakira while in Colombia, before she was Americanized.
I heard a remake of this song from Nigeria the other day, music only, stopped, went in an listened. "Chop My Money," a great great song from Africa.
The name of the song that has been listened to on YouTube 46 million times is
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication (Lyrics)
I remember sitting in Playa Del Carment, Mexico for 6 weeks, and young musician playing songs that had travel the planet, and made me feel like, "I know nothing about this world." I accept I am aware of worlds that few Americans can grasp, as there are Songs in Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, and languages that break out globally. I am only aware of music, I do not understand, while global politics, culture is my forte, like what is the true wars about? Not what we hear on TV, but why are people fighting. I was just in Ukraine, and the people, the press, CNN are essentially naive, and make the news, they are looking at the world from American made Binoculars, and refuse to learn Russian, go to war zones, they hid in the Palestine Hotel in iraq, while their translators went and created the news, as I sat in Baghdad, we may be shaped, but not globally, only music, films go global, the USA is not the center of the planet for knowledge, and understanding.
I just went and put this song on our page click above TRAVEL FORUM / SONGS OF TRAVEL and arrive here: http://china-marbles.info/songs-of-travel/index.php I turned on Shazam, learned the name of the song, and was able to now, read the worlds, and understand a whole culture, language of music. Thanks Andrew for telling me about Shazam.
Now, if they would stop playing Bob Marley songs, "Je suis fatigué et je veux le jeter." There is no way to say this phrase in English that makes sense to me, only in French. Awareness of worlds that exist beyond the English speaking world.
I guess that brings into question what constitutes a "global" song. If it's defined by that tells me something about your criteria. I wouldn't use that at all because they could easily be 46 million plays in the US alone, or US and Germany and the UK. That might mean it had never been heard in Asia outside of one bar in Bangkok. I've run into songs like Van Morrisons's BROWN EYED GIRL that was requested almost everywhere I played (more in New Mexico though) but then discovered no one had heard of the damn thing (after working hard on it) when I played in Cambodia (although they did like HOTEL CALIFORNIA and Townes Van Zandt songs.) HOTEL CALIFORNIA is, to my mind, more global because I've heard it sung in English, Spanish (at a party in rural Venezuela), Thai, and Japanese.
I have no criteria, except said it is a global song, my opinion. There is no way to prove this is a global song, this is only my opinion, nothing more, it is 100 percent a subjective opinion said by a person has been to 111 countries. Hotel California is also a global song, there are 100's. generally singers like this sing global songs. Yet, the culture of tourist trap bubbles is quite different than if I walked 5 miles any direction, I am happy to have Shazam now, I can get the name of songs that I hear an annoying number of times, I could also say they are "cliche." I go to the other end of the world and hear the same songs, this is all for laughs.