For my Remix project I’m re-interpreting a song I’ve liked for years. Every time I listen to it images play out in my mind, and here I’ve sampled them for you along with my thoughts.
Madison – Chris Merritt
Wes’s little sister
This song tells the story of the singer’s innocent childhood crush on his best friend’s sister, Madison. The song perfectly embodies the lightweight fun feeling of childhood, with the clumsy feeling of an elementary school love.
Goin’ to jam
Chris Merritt is a musician, and he actually kind of looks like Schroder from Peanuts. The piano and bassline are also very Schulz-esque, so I thought it was a fitting theme. I’d always thought the line was “going to gym / sleeping only seven feet away from your mattress”, like at a sleep-away school camp or something.
Maddie you and me and Wes should get a movie or somethn’
Throughout the song Chris attempts to get Madison alone by suggesting they go see a movie. Kind of like a date – but with your brother Wes there also of course…
Drive to your house, and walk in the front door
This line has always reminded me of this illustration from “I’ll Love Your For Always” by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw. It’s possible to interpret this song imagining that eventually Chris grew up, and was able to drive to her house. In my mind his mom drives him over, but he still says it this way because it sounds cool and mature.
I think I’m hearing some / Ben Folds from your room / You’ve locked yourself away / with the dog and nobody else
Ben Folds is a pop piano musician that creates music very similar to Chris Merritt. Is he jealous of her listening to Ben Folds? Did he introduce her to his music? What does Ben have that Chris doesn’t have? Does he create similar music to impress Madison and win her heart? We’ll never know.
I wish I hadn’t looked up the lyrics for the completion of this assignment.. Now I’ll know forever that the second line is “and I still had a rat tail” rather than “and I still haven’t rapped him”.
The last, puzzling line is “Madison you’re better off alone”, which I couldn’t bring myself to illustrate, sacrificing what could be a happy ending to a happy song. Maybe it means that if he can’t have her, no one should.