One blog to rule them all
"Barrel of Monkeys" | Day 7
"Call Me Maybe"
by Carly Rae Jepsen
from Curiosity EP (2012)
My most distinctive memory of this song in all of the probably hundreds and hundreds of times I've heard it in the past eight years, is still the video that the United States Olympic Swim Team made set to this song while in London for the 2012 Summer Olympics. I still love that video, and I think it's because it was the first time the Olympics seemed like fun rather than being a stuffy, serious competition. Granted, the United States Olympic Swim Team was full of a lot of bold personalities and they were coming into the event as the heavy favorites after dominating in Beijing in 2008, but there's something so good-natured and fun about this video, it just makes me smile every time.
It didn't hurt that this song (along with many of Jepsen's hits) is incredibly catchy and upbeat; I definitely listened to this song for weeks and months after the Olympics were over, and it still features on my playlists every so often, along with "I Really Like You" and "Cut to the Feeling," the latter of which is probably going to show up in my entries for "The Soundtrack of Your Life Challenge" next year.
No matter what's going on in my life, this is one of those songs that I can play and will instantly improve my mood. Not just because the song is fun and energetic, but because I remember the video from the 2012 Summer Olympics and how, even when people are in serious places to do serious business and have the weight of the world's expectations on their shoulders... it's still okay to have a little fun and enjoy yourself. Honestly, that's a lesson I've needed to remind myself of a few times over the years.