Christian Long

They Might Be Giants: Performance

In TED Talks on May 12, 2010 at 4:22 am

Reflection by DEVON H.

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They Might Be Giants: Performance

*Viewer discretion advised for video for some language.

If you have never heard a song by They Might Be Giants you really need to, and luckily for you this video provides the opportunity to hear several. They Might Be Giants are not your typical rock group. Their music is completely weird yet completely awesome at the same time. They definitely showcase this aspect of their group in this video.

In the very first song they just repeat the same words, “You’re older than you’ve ever been and now you’re even older. And now you’re even older. And now you’re even older… and now you’re older still.”, over and over. Then they switch to “This day is coming to an end, and now it’s even closer…” on the next verse.

The thing I love about They Might Be Giants is that they are very unconventional, as is their music. The instruments they play aren’t the usual “band” instruments (they play with an accordion). The music itself doesn’t sound right either. They don’t have the typical tonic, sub-dominant, and dominant chords found in most music. The bases of them are, but the rest of the chord is all messed up. Just thinking about this would make it seem like the music isn’t good, but it works and sounds so cool.

While on stage they play this song called “Fingertips.” This song is so strange that I wish I really just want to ask them what the heck made them think of it. It has the most random lyrics ever that don’t even really flow, and it sounds like they just switch from one song to another between 10 different songs. Even with all of this chaos, the song still comes out as the coolest thing ever, which is why this is the main reason I like this band so much. Their music really makes your brain work without you realizing it.


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