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Wesley has made his decide for track of the 12 months: “Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo. This record-breaking track makes him nostalgic for his favourite a part of a track — the bridge.
Bridges was once a core function of common music, however they’ve turn into an endangered species, proper subsequent to the sitcom giggle observe.
With in the present day’s pop songs more and more devoid of bridges, how can we type emotional, heart-swelling connections to pop songs? For Jenna, the reply lies within the earthquake that hit the world in 2018: TikTok.
Today, we pay attention again to iconic bridges and look forward to the brand new methods TikTok permits us to expertise the perfect a part of the track.
On in the present day’s episode
A bridge at its finest
Wesley thinks that “Drivers License,” the debut single from an 18-year-old Disney actress, might be track of the 12 months for one key cause: It’s acquired a bridge!
“What I love about some bridges is you are dropped into the middle of a totally different song,” Wesley mentioned. “And the bridge on ‘Drivers License’ basically does that.”
The bridge begins across the two-and-a-half-minute mark, when Olivia Rodrigo begins belting, “Red lights / stop signs / I still see your face in the white cars.”
Writing songs for TikTok-ification
In an episode of “Diary of a Song,” Olivia Rodrigo advised the tradition reporter Joe Coscarelli that she wrote “Drivers License” with TikTok in thoughts. Her imaginative and prescient has held up, as swarms of TikTokers have captured the track’s transition into the bridge. “They’re really just playing into the cathartic release that the bridge offers,” Jenna mentioned. “Like, here are the contents of my heart emptied out.”
“I think what a lot of artists have done, and have really enjoyed doing, is seeing not just where these songs live in people’s bodies,” Jenna mentioned, “but what their bodies do with them and what their minds do with them.” She added, “It is such a vehicle for creative expression, unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my lifetime.”
Jenna and Wesley’s favourite bridges
In the episode, the co-hosts deal with us to a few of their most treasured bridges — just like the breakdown in Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and the well-earned apex of “I’m Your Baby Tonight” by Whitney Houston.
Hosted by: Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris
Produced by: Elyssa Dudley and Hans Buetow
Edited by: Sara Sarasohn
Engineered by: Marion Lozano
Executive Editor, Newsroom Audio: Wendy Dorr
Assistant Managing Editor: Sam Dolnick
Special thanks: Nora Keller, Julia Simon, Mahima Chablani and Desiree Ibekwe.
Wesley Morris is a critic at massive. He was awarded the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for his criticism whereas on the Boston Globe. He has additionally labored at Grantland, The San Francisco Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner. @wesley_morris
Jenna Wortham is a workers author for The Times Magazine and co-editor of the e-book “Black Futures” with Kimberly Drew. @jennydeluxe