See how he is playing with his puppet? In the same way as a child plays with his toys. He holds it very gently like a real baby, and then, after a while, leaves it lie somewhere, usually on a floor or on a chair. I like his charming, boyish side. It’s an adorable part of his personality. I love watching vlogs when he is really excited about some new things, he sounds like a happy child.
Treasuring one’s inner child must be important for a creative person. Children see the world in a different way than adults. They see more surprising things around them and they have a suitable solution for every problem.
Mika has talked about aging and growing older in some interviews, how he can’t see himself performing his old songs after ten years time etc. He still seems to think, like everyone at his age (twenty something), that growing older /maturing/ aging means that years will change you into a new, different person. It doesn’t happen, I’m sorry to tell. I’m afraid aging means only that at some point you realize you will never change/become that new person you were hoping to and start to accept yourself as you are. Our style evolves during years, of course. And as unfair it is, most men look just better when they age (so Mika has nothing to worry about). His songs are based on everything he has ever seen and experienced and he learns something new every day – like we all do – so aging can inevitably be seen in his new songs. It’s a good thing.
Toy Boy is his most analyzed song, there’s nothing new or really clever I can say. I don’t think it’s necessary either. It’s all in the lyrics. Toy Boy tells a story with some cruel facts about the world, maybe from the time when he was younger (maybe it’s the reality in today’s world too). Expectations and rules tell people how they should live their lives. He has combined the lyrics with a playful melody, as he likes to do.
I don’t always film Toy Boy at gigs. I like it, but it’s one of those songs I skip if I’m afraid I don’t have enough memory card in my camera for every song. Now I feel bad. I feel I didn’t appreciate it enough during the 2010 tours. I even miss the weird puppet. See two vids below, one from Vienna and one from the second Bercy night (European and Arena Tours, March/April 2010).
An average music lover values good music, an entertaining show and a relaxed atmosphere. Mika show can offer all that. I have seen him performing when he is a bit tired, in a flu or with some technical problems, and his shows meet my expectations every single time. I’m sure everyone who ever bought a ticket thinks it was totally worth the money.
Not sure how critics and reviewers define a good show. Sometimes they seem to combine too little knowledge with too many prejudices. I love well-written reviews. I appreciate it that a reviewer is obviously interested in the issue and has done his/her homework properly.
When fans talk about “a brilliant Mika gig” there’s usually one common denominator. We want to see him happy. We love his voice and style and we know he can do a great performance in every situation, but to call a gig brilliant, spectacular or even legendary we need to see him happy.
It can happen in a new country and in front of a new audience. He has no idea how the audience will react and suddenly he realizes they know all his lyrics, sing along every song and have a good time (Vienna and Baltic cities 2010, priceless!). It can also happen in a situation with more pressure than usually and it’s important for him to do a good show. The happiness when he can do it (Little Noise 2009).
Sometimes he just seems to enjoy singing and performing so much it simply makes him happy. Those times it genuinely looks he would rather do nothing else than be there on stage – doing his show, singing, even chatting a bit to the audience. Those are the best gigs ever. The Acoustic Tour Milan show at Franco Parenti (June 6th, 2009) was one of those gigs. I can’t remember any details, I’m sorry, and I don’t think any picture or video can describe it. He was relaxed, he was on fire and he looked perfectly happy to be on stage. It was a magical night. Legendary.
Blame It On The Girls:
I was organizing my archives and uploaded a few videos from the acoustic Paris gigs (on June 11th and 12th, 2009). Two fantastic shows. Many people say the second night was even better than the first one, but personally I enjoyed the first Paris gig more (I was probably simply too tired on the second night). He performed well both nights and I really miss these acoustic shows.
The play list for the first night is here, I added Good Gone Girl, Lady Jane, Big Girl, Lollipop and a small clip of Lonely Alcoholic. Good Gone Girl:
And the videos for the second night are here. I added two vids, Love Today with a little girl dancing on stage and Over My Shoulder. I didn’t know the girl but I was next to her both nights, and she was adorable! She seemed to be a huge fan and Mika noticed her immediately and gave her smiles and a lot of attention and asked her on stage during Love Today. In the end of the evening Mika asked one of his fans to play piano during Relax. He did really well and it made the audience just go wild. Love Today:
There was a small newspaper article in the paper I found from my hotel lobby in the morning after the shows. And look, it’s me standing in the audience! Hilarious. It’s always a pleasure to be in Paris, France appreciates him, there is Mika-love in the air.