A song you need to get
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
This week, I’m not going write about an amorphous, emotional thing. This isn’t about longing or boredom or feeling unfulfilled. No, today all I have is a suggestion, and it goes something like this.
That’s just about all there is to the chorus of O-Zone’s “Dragostea din tei,” the most amazing Moldavian pop song I’ve ever heard (and the only one). It’s also the next song you should download. It has this infectious, techno beat, a mess of unintelligible lyrics and a pleasing mix of effeminate male voices. In short, it sounds like something you’d hear in an Eastern European gay disco bar. It’s been four years since I first started listening to it, and it still makes me bust out a smile. OK, so I sing along, too.
It came into my life in 2004, during a school exchange in Italy. At first, it was just a whisper, a rumor. My classmates were talking about “that song,” but I hadn’t heard it. Once I finally did, it was everywhere. It was in the Chinese grocer’s, on the radio, in gelato shops. Even then, it intrigued me. As I traveled, it was ever-present. I remember sitting in a pizzeria in Slovenia and watching a pair of teenage girls harmonize to it. Here were two, young Slovenians, belting out a song with Romanian lyrics, made famous by a group from Moldova. Now, that’s global impact.
Later, when I came back home to the States, I was watching the Olympics. Blaring behind a volleyball tournament was none other than “Numa numa.” It was around that time that I started sharing the tune with everyone I knew.
If you’re a young, straight man, there’s a good chance this won’t be your cup of tea. But for everyone else, it’s a crowd pleaser. A few months ago, I was dancing to it with my friends in a Carbondale living room. Months before, I was singing along to it with my mother in the car. There’s something lovable and goofy and so incredibly right about this bumping little single. For whatever reason, it brings people together. Really, I’ve seen it.
But enough explaining. As with all great music ” novelty or otherwise ” you’ve got to listen to understand. And you know you’re curious.
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