Isn’t that the kind of music you just want to frolic in a grassy meadow to? That fabulous little tune was performed by none other than Mika, one of my favorite artists. Like many of the other singers that I have profiled, he has spent a significant amount of his life in England. (I wonder if there’s a pattern?)
I enjoy Mika because his music is just so happy and colorful, just like his album covers. When I think of London and the time I spent there, I remember it being a fantastic place, but also quite gray and muggy. In fact, I feel like that tone is taken on by many of my favorite Londoner artists, such as Duffy, Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen.
Fortunately, while darkness and dankness are a part of life, so are rainbows and sunshine! Enter Mika, with his beautifully composed music, who has brought comparisons to artists such as David Bowie, Prince and Freddie Mercury. (I’m not completely sold on the first two, but I can definitely see the Freddie comparison.)
Here’s some more information about Mika, courtesy of his Wikipedia page:
Mika was born in Beirut, the third of five children born to a Lebanese mother and an American father. When he was a year old his family was forced to leave war-torn Lebanon and moved to Paris. After listening to Nirvana’s “Heart-Shaped Box”, he wrote his first song, which he describes as an “awful” piano instrumental called “Angry”. The first piano piece he learned to play was “Les Champs-Élysées” from Joe Dassin. The family moved to London when he was nine years old. There, he attended the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, where he experienced severe bullying. He also had problems with dyslexia. In response to these experiences, Mika was home-schooled by his mother at the age of 12, for six to eight months. He then attended St Philip’s School in Kensington where he was the head of the Schola Cantorum (the St Philip’s Choir). Later he attended Westminster School and the Royal College of Music, which he left to record his first album at Casablanca Records. He has also slightly altered his given name, Mica, changing the “c” to a “k” because he was frustrated by how often people would mispronounce it.
Mika has released two albums so far, Life in Cartoon Motion in 2007 and The Boy Who Knew Too Much in 2008. Both come highly recommended from me, and are available where music is generally sold. You can also find Mika at his official website.
What are you listening to this Monday? Let me know in the comments!