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"Temporary Life (Ordinary Girl)" (CD single)
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this song from a former Olympic gymnast is about dissatisfaction and finding the strength to change an unhappy situation. The lyrics are a bit on the heavy side and unexpectedly deep for a pop dance song, but teens dealing with issues of identity and change will be able to relate to the heartfelt sentiments.
What's the story?
The summer of 2008 is all about the Olympics. And the ripples of the Games can be felt in every area of entertainment, including music. Now, former Olympic sweetheart Carly Patterson is taking her chance at going for the gold -- gold record, that is. The retired 20-year old gymnast began her singing career on the TV show Celebrity Duets, and she's set to make her music debut with a pop album scheduled for release shortly after the end of the Summer Games. The first single, "TEMPORARY LIFE," is a song that frankly addresses sadness and the need for change.
Is it any good?
With vocals a tiny bit similar to older Britney Spears and slower dance jams straight from Mariah Carey, it's surprising to find that this single actually incorporates genuine emotion into its pop conventions. Lines like "It's like I'm walking under ladders/all the mirrors about to break/like a black cat's walking next to me that I can't seem to shake," score points for creativity and tackling often overlooked emotions. "Temporary Life" might not be a perfect "10," but the single definitely sticks the landing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about capitalizing on the Olympics. Why do you think that sports stars choose to move into the entertainment business? Are there any similarities to performing gymnastics and performing on stage? Can you think of any other athletes who have made the leap from competitive sports to the entertainment industry? Do you think Olympic athletes are well suited to this career change?