“Kinetic” by Hilary, from the album Kinetic
Second week of January, 1983
Listening once again to Hilary’s “Kinetic”, I’m reminded of the time my cousin introduced me to his programmable keyboard. This was the instrument that blazed the trail for musical wannabes that steered clear of the blood, sweat and tears it took to become a competent guitarist or a bearable drummer. Simply create a catchy two or three key loop, throw in some lyrics and repeat it until your ears start to bleed. So I can relate to Hilary and her style of song. Her big hit was “Kinetic”. Mine was “I Want a Spider Man Web-Shooter Gun”. Both of our songs employed that same skill less and repetitive synth beat and a chorus that just wouldn’t quit. Quit repeating itself that is. I mean, we’d vary the lyrics in our respective songs, both Hilary and I, but the chorus was the real draw. She spoke of her preference to be kinetic and the underlying feelings driving her to that conclusion and my song extolled the virtues of my mother purchasing me a Spiderman web-shooter gun. Likewise, when our tedious cycle of beats were over, the listener is slightly sad. It’s like when someone runs their fingers through your hair and you don’t realize how good it feels until they stop. The tingling goes away but it takes a few minutes.
Best part: The end when the tingling ensues.