Michael Bublé: Translating The Crooner’s Comments
Michael Bublé is a great singer and an odd duck. I don’t mean odd because he’s Canadian. I mean he’s odd regardless of his nationality. Don’t get me wrong. He’s a great performer, and I never miss the chance to procure Michael Bublé tickets, but I wouldn’t want to be alone with him in an elevator.
I remember watching him perform on American Idol a few years back. The way he looked and carried himself he was either drunk, high, or had a tremendously low blood sugar level. He didn’t say or do anything to really embarrass himself, but the dude looked off.
Just recently, some pictures were released of a long-ago-night of debauchery Bublé had with a couple of friends. The pictures showed Bublé and his buddies posing provocatively with a woman (really provocatively). Then there was that time in 2010 that he did the unthinkable. He imitated Justin Bieber in a music video! Cue the dramatic organ music.
Adding to Bublé’s resume of peculiarity are some recent comments he made to the British media. These statements need further attention. In fact, they need translation, dissection, and a little qualification. I know there’s been worse things said by far worse musicians, but I’m sure you’ll agree that some of his comments are real noodle scratchers.
To ease into the crazy world of Bublé, let’s start with one of his more innocuous comments…
"’You Make Me Feel So Young’ is surely one of the happiest songs I've ever recorded.”
On Dec. 2, Bublé will release the fourth single from his latest album, To Be Loved. The single is the old Frank Sinatra classic “You Make Me Feel So Young.” The song, as well as the album, is produced by the inappropriately named Bob Rock. Now, when an artist says their song is “happy” they actually mean it’s “filler.” Unless you’re a clown or a character from one of those lame kids’ shows the government forces the major networks to air on Saturday mornings, no singer, not even one like Bublé, ever aspires to be “happy.”
You’ll definitely hear “You Make Me Feel So Young” during Bublé’s “To Be Loved Tour.” The trek kicked off June 30 in London with a 10-show stand at The O2 Arena. The crooner will stay in North America through Nov. 30 (Oakland). After another leg in Europe, and a round of shows in Oceania, Bublé returns to North America on June 19 for eight more concerts—all taking place in the Great White North.
That June 19 show has Michael Bublé singing in Vancouver, B.C. at Rogers Arena. On June 28, Michael Bublé will be in Toronto for a concert at the Air Canada Centre. On the second day of June, Ottawa welcomes Michael Bublé to the Canadian Tire Center. “To Be Loved Tour” concludes July 4 (just another day in Canada) when Michael Bublé strolls into Montreal for a gig at the Bell Centre.
"In any relationship people fall in and out of love, you know, but it's just a matter of hoping that you don't fall out of love at the same time."
Yikes! If I was Mrs. Michael Bublé (model Luisana Lopilato) I might have to sit him down and ask him exactly what he meant by that. You “fall in and out of love” with Vietnamese food, John Mayer music, and paisley prints. You don’t, or at least shouldn’t, fall in and out of love with the person you marry.
I know not every night of a relationship can be spent in fancy dress sipping champagne and cutting a rug to “Come Dance with Me” (which Bublé covers on To Be Loved). Some nights it’s sweatpants, Thai food, and the bloats. That’s especially true if you and your wife have kids. If you remember, Bublé and his 26-year-old wife had a son, Noah, a few months ago.
So maybe he met “romance” or even “like.” If he did, then he’s absolutely right. If you’re in a good relationship you should never fall out of love. Oh yeah, and you shouldn’t be falling in and out love with someone that you’ve only been married to for TWO YEARS, which is how long Michael and Luisana have been hitched. Gee, he acts like they’ve been hitched since Sting was still called Gordon Sumner.
“[Fatherhood] really wasn’t what I thought it would be. Everyone told me it would be this life changing, massive, you know… but it was very surreal.”
Gee, thanks dad. I’m glad I didn’t slow your roll. Am I wrong or did Bublé just say becoming a father wasn’t life changing? I get the surreal part. When you’ve been a womanizing bachelor for as long as he has I can see how suddenly being responsible for another person’s life would be surreal, but shouldn’t “life changing” be the first thing out of his mouth?” At the very least, shouldn’t he acknowledge that becoming a father has affected his sleep schedule?
Either he has a team of nannies taking care of the kid 24-7 or he has yet to bond with his child. After all, his son was born Aug. 27 and he was back performing on Sept. 7. Maybe Bublé should start working the song “Cats in the Cradle” into his set list. From other comments he made, I have no doubts that Bublé loves his kid. But judging from the comment that started this section, I have serious doubts about whether he realizes the seriousness of being a dad.
"You know, security-wise, I can be very secure or very insecure depending on what week you talk to me and I can feel like I'm up and down, I can feel like I'm very popular and trending upwards one week and the next I can feel like I'm holding on and scrapping to stay relevant."
Welcome to adulthood Michael. Everyone feels like that. Then again not everyone has experienced your hardships of winning three Grammy Awards, formerly co-owning a professional hockey team, sending four albums to the top of the charts, and being married to a super model. I can totally see why you’re “holding on” and “scrapping.”
My favorite part of the above comment is the “scrapping to stay relevant” part. He mainly sings big band numbers, jazz tunes, and standards. Those genres haven’t been relevant in years. The thrust of Bublé’s appeal is he sounds old and sings antiquated songs. Even if you blow this off as a typical case of celebrity insecurity you still have a hard time feeling sorry for someone who is financially set for the rest of his life.
“…the record business is not great, people aren't selling the same amount of records, the economy is tough.”
In 2013, only one artist, Justin Timberlake, sold 300,000 copies of an album in multiple weeks. In 1977, KISS’ Love Gun sold a million copies in two weeks and never charted higher than fourth. Record sales have nothing to do with the economy. Recorded music is practically worthless and no one is buying it (except little girls). Bublé knows this. He’s complaining because he’s lazy. Instead of going into the studio, making an album, and then laughing all the way to the bank, poor old Bublé has to go out on a grueling, multi-city tour and sell a bunch of concert tickets. Nowadays, touring is where the real money is made. That’s fine by me because Bublé is one of the few singers who sound better live than on a recording.