Chris Merritt, “Dance Karate”
Unlike many in Provo, I’m not a huge Chris Merritt fan. Don’t get me wrong: he’s a fine musician and certainly listenable. But he’s not phenomenal, his live shows sometimes get a little long in the tooth and his style can become abrasive at times. Ultimately, Merritt makes enjoyable (if still largely disposable) pop music. This is not a crime and I do not condemn him for it. (Hey, it’s 80 million times better than what Nickelback does.)
However, Merritt does have one great song that outshines all others and single-handedly legitimizes him in my mind: “Dance Karate.” This song is pure energy. It’s like injecting Red Bull into your veins, only if Red Bull also contained “magic dancing juice.” Written for a songwriting class when he attended BYU, the artist claims “Dance Karate” was hastily composed right before a deadline, due to procrastination. To his surprise, the song received an “A” from the professor, who hadn’t awarded Merritt above a “C” up to that point. I concur wholeheartedly with the assessment and think you probably will as well. So take a listen to the track below and shake your groove thing right into this holiday weekend. You won’t regret kicking things off right.
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