This is more like it. “To Be With You” is about the average quality of the songs I usually wake up with in my head. Any of my friends following this blog expecting songs more to my personal taste will likely be disappointed. If you’re a stranger reading this blog, then I have a lot of questions for you.
For some inexplicable reason, Mr. Big is huge in Japan. I mentioned in a previous post that there’s a little bit of an age gap with my usual karaoke crew, so imagine my surprise when one of my then 23-year-old friends said she loved this song and offered to sing along with me. This track is barely relevant to my generation—Mr. Big is a quintessential one-hit-wonder—but in Japan they are still revered. Their newer songs are featured in popular anime, they sell out month-long tours across the country, and kids fresh out of university can sing the hits with weird foreign guys.
As for the song itself, it’s… okay. The lyrics are okay as far as pop pablum goes, though I cringe every time he sings “little girl.” The melody is rote but made for sing-a-longs and you know how much I love handclaps. The most glaring offense in this song, however, is the totally unnecessary key change where they slide from E to G in the last chorus. Why? The best key changes all propel the song forward, reinforce the message, or add emotional depth. This one just happens and then the song ends. I should try to catch them on their next Japan tour just for a laugh.
“Who cares about little boys that talk too much?”