Happy Tuesday, everybody! I hope everyone’s May kicked off nicely yesterday. It rained for a good portion of the day yesterday, but I started re-reading American Gods because the the series premiere was just…WOW! I know Neil Gaiman was heavily involved in it, and it’s brilliant so far (I know it’s just one episode in, but still).
Here’s today’s song of the day!
Okay…so you’re probably wondering who Dumblonde is. If you were an avid radio listener in the 00’s like I was—the radio was so much better back then—then you’ve probably heard of Danity Kane and their smash hits “Show Stopper” and “Damaged.” Both songs are MAJOR tunes and I do listen to them from time to time.
Dumblonde is a duo from the two remaining rembers of DK: Aubrey O’Day and Shannon Bex. And I’ve got to say, they released some quality pop music in their self-titled debut album.
“Yellow Canary” has to be my favorite one because although the lyrics are repetitive, I genuinely love everything about it. Lyrically, it’s not as bright as you might think. I had to listen to it about three times to really grasp the chorus, and I was shocked.
Yellow Canary in a coal mine (renegade, renegade)/I can hear you sing
It’s their most abstract song, but I think that what makes it so appealing. That first line in the chorus, “yellow canary in a coal mine,” is typically used as a warning phrase and expresses a will to embark on the dangers of life. In an interview with Popology, the girls said that was the meaning they wanted to evoke because they describe themselves as yellow canaries in the industry, saying:
“Being martyrs for our art in a business that constantly tries to crush your light—soul—you really have to fight to stay alive.”
I love a good pop song with a deeper meaning. Y’all should give this jam a listen.