Saturday, May 22, 2021

Guest Poster Cassidy: Rihanna - 'Disturbia

We would like to welcome guest poster Cassidy to the blog.  Born in 1996, from time to time she may choose to regale us with her unique "Zillenial" musical point of view.  

Today, she talks about Rihanna's monster smash 'Disturbia:' 

In 2008,  'Disturbia' by Rihanna came out. It seems impossible that it has been 13 years since this club hit was released, and as we all know time passes us by, and it passes us by quickly

As I have gotten older, I have started to appreciate the early to mid 00’s hits that defined my childhood; namely, staying with my big brother at his apartment and watching MTV Hits and Fuse (when it was still a thing).

I vividly remember staying up during all hours of the night, my tween brain addicted to recognizing songs that I had grown up on and newer songs that were airing at the time. It seems like yesterday when I remember hearing the the hook in Rihanna’s 'Disturbia' at 2 a.m., and entertaining the fix to watch the music video.

'Disturbia' was a radio hit that year, and it was always played at the pool I went to as a kid. When I think back to that year, I can remember how badly I wanted to be in my mid-twenties, going to the club and being able to "adult" (I know - very self aware).  I am almost 25 years old now, and every time I hear 'Disturbia' it takes me back to being 12 years old, the warm sun on my skin at the pool and not a care in the world. It actually makes me want to go back to being a kid (it’s funny how things change). 

While 'Disturbia' was the focus of this post, I do want to give a huge shoutout to the other hits that came out in 2008. During that year, and other years while he lived there, I vividly remember hanging out at my older brother’s apartment and just enjoying the music. Every time I hear Rihanna, T-Pain, or Akon, it truly takes me back to a great time in my life, specifically, getting to hangout with my big brother. 

Steve's Response:  Cassidy:  Thank-you for the guest post.  'Disturbia' was definitely a monster MTV Video Hit when it was released.  I still remember the live performance on the 2008 MTV VMAs.  It is definitely a part of the popular music canon today.  

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