“I’m not a fan of self-indulgence. For me, music is ‘I want to feel good’ or ‘I want to dance,’ as opposed to me singing about me growing up in Hawaii and ‘my struggle to relate.’ Ain’t nobody trying to hear that. I’m not even trying to hear that, and that’s my story!”—Singer-songwriter Bruno Mars quoted in Brian Hiatt, “The Golden Child: The Secret Origin of Bruno Mars, Natural-Born Pop Star,” Rolling Stone, May 9, 2013
My close following of pop music ended at, oh, about 1982. But over the last several months, whenever I heard snippets of popmaster Bruno Mars on the radio or TV, I became interested in his music, and even, to an extent, himself. Brian Hiatt’s Rolling Stone interview supplied some details on the latter. I’ll continue to hunt out the former.
As far as I’m concerned, few things will inspire the thought “I want to dance” like this YouTube performance, live in Paris, of “Locked Out of Heaven.”
As for “I want to feel good”: I submit, for your consideration, this brief but joy-filled cover of the Spiral Staircase’s 1969 pop hit, “More Today Than Yesterday,” from a session at 95.95 WPLJ’s “The Big Show.” (Oh, would that it were longer!)