Digging Deeper into the Shallows of Top 40: “Cups”
Once a week I review Billboards top 40 across all genres just to get a feel for what the mass majority is responding to. While I’m thrilled to see Royals by Lorde at #1 for reasons I still have yet to come to terms with; I have to say I stopped at # 24 to go back and watch the video. This is cups as seen in Pitch Perfect by Ana Kendrick, which is a cover of a 1928 song by The Original Carter Family called “Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone?” Vulture.com elaborates: “The first generation of Carters — A.P., his wife Sara, and Maybelle — wrote the song that would originally become “You’re Gonna Miss Me.” Most of the lyrics are different (as in, it is about dying). … In 1937… J.E. Mainer, a fiddler from North Carolina, reworked the Carter original into the strummy version with a chorus that you’ll recognize from Pitch Perfect….“ (for full story complete with videos please visit: www.vulture.com/2013/08/comprehensive-history-of-the-cups-phenomenon.html)
While the rich history behind this song as well the resurgence of the “cup game” are reason enough to be endeared to this little ditty, I actually have to say that it’s the pleasant state of mind this simple song promotes that draws me in. Its accompanying video shows many different types of people in a restaurant smiling, having a good time with nothing more then their family, friends and a game of cups. In a world where songs that do not touch on or in many cases glorify drugs, sex and a “rock star life” get little attention, the success of “Cups” is a breath of fresh air. Not to mention that at any given time “Cups” seems to have the ability to bring a smile to my face and remind me of a simpler time in my life.