A Brief, Open Letter to Mika
October 19 2009 8:31 AM EST
January 12 2017 12:13 AM EST
I thought about it, why do I love this song so much, and I think it's because it makes me about as candy-colored happy as the first time I heard Culture Club's "It's a Miracle". It's that catchy! You can hold a falsetto note, Mika, and I always die a little when you scale that, like, what, eighteen-note peak in "Grace Kelly," then come back down again? Damn, child. But I didn't hear you say "Ka-ching!" at the end; that was kind of disappointing. Also, you may have been upstaged in the last few songs by those amazing, huge white helium balloons you dropped on the audience, sparking about 32 different volleyball games in the house.
You were so close to your audience up front, I wish you'd made eye contact and interacted with them a little bit more. And you're so talented, I'm really hoping that, in the years ahead, your songwriting deepens and gets more sophisticated and goes beyond its current level of (admittedly very enjoyable) candy-pop. I think you're capable of that and I know you're young. But mostly I just wish I'd had after-party passes so I could've run my hands through your hair. Good luck on the rest of your North American tour, Mika!
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