25 June 2010


While I was in the Philippines, I watched the music video channel quite a few times, and there was something I found bizarrely amusing. Well, previously, I mentioned about how the Philippines is being invaded by Korean pop. Another fact is that the Philippines is also being put under a Justin Bieber spell.

Why do I say this? It's because the Philippines Top Ten charts are currently being conquered by either Korean pop or Justin Bieber. So once, I actually sat down and watched a Justin Bieber music video. What I saw was rather interesting, yet incomprehensible.

So I saw the music video for Never Let You Go. This is a video that features Bieber singing inside an aquarium, singing about love, directed at this girl who apparently is his love interest. There are also scenes where he is at this balcony, singing and dancing moves similar to Michael Jackson's.

Now what I find most surprising is the fact that the song is rather strong in the love department, and yet I find it cognitively dissonant that Justin Bieber is just 16. They say that he himself wrote this song, but really? You talk about this stuff at 16?

I find it most disturbing that a 16-year old can say that this life's too long and this love's too strong. Really, at 16? You think that life is too long at 16? Boy, you have a lot more to experience, don't throw it away by saying things you might regret later. Are you sure that you've already found true love at the age of 16 that you're willing to end your life there and then? I don't think so.

See, I do believe that the world is an awesome place. There are plenty of things to discover, plenty of people to meet, plenty of places to visit. I seriously doubt that at 16, you're already sure of what you want to do for the rest of your life, and that you're already sure of who you want to be with for the rest of your life. Heck, even the undergrads that I teach aren't decided what major they want to take, as life is awesome and yet complicated as well.

I don't know what's in the head of Justin Bieber, but seriously, that song is disturbing at some level. Sorry, but I think I have to perform a Bieberectomy in my music selection.

(The Surrounding View, from my Moray Series)


  1. Bieber annoys me to no end. I just want to slap in the face - and I'm not a violent person!

    He is just a kid trying to act all grown-up...

  2. Zhu,

    My thoughts exactly! If this is his pace, maybe by the time he hits 21 he feels too old he would want to retire and spend some time in a retirement facility.