Well here we are, we knew the day was coming. One of our (and most definitely MY) favorite teen idols is no longer a teen himself. What else can I say that I haven’t said before but, Joe Jonas, you’re the MOST!!
It’s a big milestone, putting one’s teen years in the rearview (I’m just gearing up to put my twenties in the same place *gulp*). So to celebrate this momentous occasion, I have cobbled together a little musical tour of just what it all means, this crossing of the threshold into twentyishness.
I decided to look into who was making aged-20-themed tunes out there. And to be sure, it’s hard to find what must be the experience of being a Jonas at twenty well-captured in song…but we’ll leave that craft to Joe himself, I think (I’m sure they could come up with a wonderfully universal take on the idea). In the meantime, here’s how some others are dealing musically with being in their twenties. Each song is literally named “Twentysomething” – the first four that came up when it was searched on YouTube – thanks to the draw of lazy YouTube conceits.
Clearly not a guaranteed easy row to hoe, Joe. Brace for it. [For the record: I had never heard of any of these people before making this post, expect varying results.]
Moral: The twenties might be the new status-quo-paranoid adolescence? Hmmm.
A Hip Hop “Twenty Something” by Chase Phoenix [1 F-bomb WARNING!]
Moral: Fame & fortune is on the to-do list for many in their twenties & well…OK, Joe can probably go ahead and cross that one off, ahead of the game here.
Those tracks were fine-to-iffy…these last two I like the most:
Moral: Being a twentysomething is the same beautiful struggle as the rest of it. No?
I really quite like that last one!! And last but not least…
A Jazzy, popular Englishman’s “Twentysomething” by Jamie Cullum:
Moral: For starters…Joe should count himself lucky to have so far saved himself the trouble of a useless BA in this economy…?
Not bad, not bad. That Mr. Cullum is ubercharming.
OK then, all well and good, all this introspection and…whatnot.
But really, Joe has plenty of time ahead to worry (and write) about this whole twentysomething-finding-yourself thing, I think.
So in fact, there’s really only one song truly called for under the circumstances, if we just want Joe to have a joyous, funky birthday (course we do):
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