It’s great having Ian Somerhalder on television again. He’s awesome on the Vampire Diaries as Damon Salvatore. Back when he was first starting out he was on the Dawson’s Creek spinoff, “Young Americans.” I remember he was playing a private school student interested in another guy (who was actually was a girl dressed as a guy so she could go to the school). It was ridiculous in every way and he stood out even then. It also wasn’t the most absurd storyline of the show. That belongs to Kate Bosworth. I have to Youtube it and relieve its awfulness in all its glory. Point being, I’m glad he’s on a decent show on the CW network (the former WB.) And I totally had to babble. I think I have another TV boyfriend.
Katy Perry makes every day a special occasion for her boyfriend in the kittenish “Birthday.”
Teasing synths open the single, setting a mischievous tone. On her lunch, she calls her boyfriend to see how he’s doing. As she was in traffic on the way to work, her boyfriend kept texting her “ugh!” and telling her that the problems around his house are piling up. When he answers the phone, he groans and says his credit card isn’t working to pay the plumber and he has to talk to the bank. She asks him she could come over and help him forget his rotten day. They could find something fun to do. (“I heard you're feeling nothing's going right/Why don't you let me stop by?/The clock is ticking, running out of time/So we should party all night.”)
In the pre-chorus, she says she’ll guarantee him a good time and she hopes he’s hungry for her body. (“So cover your eyes, I have a surprise/I hope you got a healthy appetite/If you wanna dance, if you want it all/You know that I'm the girl that you should call.”)
In the chorus, she wants to show him she cares and make him feel better. Today, especially, he needs her and it’s his night, They’ll do whatever he wants. (“But when you're with me, I'll give you a taste/Make it like your birthday every day/I know you like it sweet, so you can have your cake/Give you something good to celebrate/So make, a wish/I'll make it like your birthday every day/I'll be, your gift/Give you something good to celebrate.”)
An empy bottle of Dom Perignon is on the kitchen counter. A trail of their clothes lead to his bedroom. (“Pop your confetti, pop your Pérignon/So hot and heavy till dawn/I got you spinning like a disco ball/I'll have them playing your song.”)
In the pre-chorus, she says they are a serious couple. She’ll be moving into his place soon. He gets along with her parents, coming over to help with any chores if needed. The intimacy between them won’t ever be extinguished. (“We're living the life, we're doing it right/You're never gonna be unsatisfied/If you wanna dance, if you want it all/You know that I'm the girl that you should call.”)
The chorus is sung again.
In the bridge, she does her best Marilyn Monroe impersonation and says it’s time to have sex. (“Happy birthday/So let me get you in your birthday suit/It's time to bring out the big balloons/So let me get you in your birthday suit/It's time to bring out the big, big, big, big, big, big balloons.”)
The first part of the chorus is sung twice. (“But when you're with me, I'll give you a taste...give you something good to celebrate.”)
The latter half of the chorus is sung again. (“So make, a wish… Give you something good to celebrate.”)
She says “happy birthday” to end the single.
Perry’s randy vocals only have one thing on her mind. She and her boyfriend have been in a long-term relationship. They are both homebodies and stay in watching movies than going out. For her it’s about her love for him rather than the sex itself.
The jovial “Birthday” is a memorable “just because” present.