The magic of Mika….

Get out your polka-dot hotpants and suspenders and put on your party hats.  It’s time for some Mika magic! 

If you have never heard the music of Mika, you are in for a treat.  Mika is pure FUN!  Mika is the kind of music that just makes you smile.  You can’t help it.  Do you remember when you were younger?  You’d lock yourself in your room, grab your hairbrush, and dance around in front of your mirror to your favorite tunes, jumping on the bed and forgetting, for a while, every care you had.  Don’t shake your head at me.  You know you did.  That is what Mika’s music is for me.  It’s like being that kid again, that person that can just throw cares to the wind and dance around my room like a maniac. 

Mika exploded with his first album and a song called “Grace Kelly”.  Of course, the first thing that caught me was the voice.  Mika’s voice is simply amazing.  Few guys can pull off a falsetto quite like he can.  Once I actually quit jumping around long enough to really listen to the lyrics, I found that here’s a guy who actually has something quite meaningful to say. He just says it differently than most and I love that about him.  I’m sure we’d all be able to sing this song about our selves at certain times in our lives when we are trying to be something we are not.

In a world of media attention given to being skinny rails and outlandishly beautiful people, an anthem rose up.  As Mika was watching TV one night, he saw a show on a place called The Butterfly Lounge.  This happens to be a real club in LA where “big women” are not turned away at the door, but rather revered and adored.  It inspired him to write the following song which turned into the battle cry for big girls everywhere.  And quite frankly, it’s nice to see some regular sized people being featured in a video rather than the normal “beauties” that are given so much adoration. 

Mika’s videos are as creative as his live shows.  He takes a colorful circus atmosphere and brings it to everything he does, even his mellower stuff.   I also have to give him props because not only can he sing, write songs, and play several instruments, but he is also the creative director and artist behind most of his stuff.  With help from his family, he brings his visions to life and they are always  interesting and out of the ordinary.  Case in point, this video for Happy Ending.

His last album, called The Boy Who Knew Too Much, is no less of a party than the first.  In fact, remember that dance around your room feeling I talked about?  Yeah…he put that to video.  This is the epitome of Mika, so get ready to dance around like a clown on purpose as you listen to We are Golden. 

If you have some time and are interested, Mika’s life story makes an interesting read.  Emigration, refugees, his father held in the middle east.  This guy has had some interesting turns.  I remain in awe of the talent and creativity that Mika possesses.  Do yourself a favor.  Grab that hairbrush, crank up the stereo, and dance like nobody’s watching.  I promise it will be the best time you’ve had in a while. 

Mika is currently about halfway through his third album and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.  You can find Mika on his Official Site, Twitter, and his music is available on iTunes.

 

 

 

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~ by musicloveaffair on July 3, 2011.

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