I once disliked modern radio pop music, from Puff Daddy to Taylor Swift. But now that I have two young daughters, I think of that iHeartRadio junkfood music as made for kids, and suddenly it seems benevolent. Little girls, like my four and nine year olds, need their own music! And in that respect, I believe Katy Perry does a good job being a sort of kids-strength Beyonce.
My older daughter Cleopatra loves Katy Perry. So, I thought it appropriate to interview this 9-year-old expert, who’s already seen her fav live in concert once, last year at the Smoothie King Center.
Cleo and I first watched some live concert videos, which looked pretty amazing, stage wise even though Perry seemed to sing only half the words to her songs. After the videos, I asked Cleo what Perry’s fans should expect from her at Jazz Fest, and what fuels Cleo’s own love for “Kitty Purry.”
What can people expect from Katy Perry at Jazz Fest?
The costumes are amazing, and her songs are so good. And sometimes she picks people from the crowd, and they like, play giant basketball.
Her stage show was very cool. But she only sings half the words…
At my concert she sang ALL the words! And she had three or four costume changes, but the [stage setup] changed like every song. When she sang “Firework,” she had a long white and black dress. And I also loved the performance: this giant inflatable hand came out of the stage, and it had stairs going up into the palm, and she like walked up there, did a few dance moves, then the hand deflated—it was cool.
What does Katy Perry like, mean to you?
If it weren’t for Katy Perry and her song named “Roar,” I would probably like dogs more than cats. Instead I like cats. Because of her.
Wow. That’s not nothing! Now, Jazz Fest is different. I don’t think she’ll be able to do all those stage changes and stuff. I think she might go the other way, and do like an acoustic set because it’s Jazz Fest.
I would like that. But I wouldn’t like that as much.
I have to ask one last time though: you really think her dancing and singing were as good as her stage show?
She was good at the dance moves, but her singing was amazing. You feel the way you do because you’re a 45 year old. And I’m a nine year old.