Locked Out of Heaven, #501

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There is no question that I am a Bruno Mars fan. He is a talented singer/songwriter who has dance moves that rivals the best of Motown. He is suave with his infectious smile, and he frankly makes me swoon. Yes, Bruno Mars is super cool and is a true lady’s man.

That said, I have mixed feelings about his most recent song, “Locked Out of Heaven.” Technically, it is well written and is an easy hit just as his other songs are, but one measure of music into it, and it is obvious that you are listening to a riff that comes straight from The Police. My husband shared it with me with an initial reaction of, “He completely ripped them off!”

As we started reading about the comparison online, we actually found interviews with Bruno Mars where he talked about the obvious similarities. He stated that though he did not set out to write a song that sounds like The Police, he was not surprised that he had done it either. He explained that he has always been a fan of their music and has always been influenced by them. He even went as far as to say that he has strived to be like them.

So…you all be the judge. Is “Locked Out of Heaven” too close for comfort? Or, is it just a song that was heavily influenced by a fan of The Police? Click here to go to YouTube to check it out.

Feel free to comment on this blog today. I’m curious to know what y’all think.

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About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

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