“How am I supposed to breathe with no air?”

“No Air” by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown | Last week I turned 30, and I gave myself an extra week off. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now it feels weird that I was off for three whole weeks and am starting in the middle of the month. (But then, I totally forgot to take my customary August break.) So, well, hello there – let’s kick off a whole new year with a week of musicians who are also turning 30 this year, eh? Perhaps to make me feel inadequate about not having accomplished much (relatively, you’d argue) at the same age, but then again, I never made myself out as a singer. If I did, I would’ve joined those audition shows really early on. Jordin Sparks was just 16 when she first auditioned for American Idol – I remember the angle was her really young age when she finally became winner at the end of the sixth season. She did all right – she was all over the radio; she was kinda close to Kelly Clarkson-level success – but it’s been a while since we heard new music from her, because all we seemed to be preoccupied with were her relationships (she was engaged to Jason Derulo – also born in 1989 – which led to… this) and now I read she’s got a baby. But at least I remember her fondly, even if “No Air” didn’t age that well because it’s just sappy. Unlike the other guy in this song, well… [NB]

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