Posts Tagged ‘Beyonce’

I try to write about musicians who aren’t so mainstream, but this post covers those that I’m sure you’ve heard.

I’ve noticed that the past few years have been a favorable time for female musicians in popular culture. Being one, I say “more power to them.” Their underlying themes are very similar but universal–usually about love. This isn’t surprising. Love or the loss of love have been felt by everyone. Songs about love can become popular because the listener identifies with these words of a person they’ve never met. ‘Hey, I’ve felt like that before.’ ‘I’ve been in that situation before.’ The listener then wants to learn the lyrics and sing-along because, secretly, they’re expressing it to someone. A connection like that is pretty powerful.

that's permanent marker on my hand. thank god because that treble clef is backwards and really a cursive 'S'. Unfortunately, if you google musical heart tattoo a lot of people have this backwards treble clef engrained into their skin. FOREVER.

Here are a few songs by female artists singing about love (some of which I’ve had sing-alongs). I’ve included some lyrics for each song which you will find run the love gamut.

Adele “Someone Like You”
Old friend, why are you so shy?
Ain’t like you to hold back or hide from the light.

Sara Bareilles “Gonna Get Over You”
Maybe is a vicious little word that can slay me
Keep me when I’m hurting and make me,
Hang from your hands

Regina Spektor “Rejazz”
Thought I’d see your face in my mind for all time
But I don’t even remember what your ears looked like

Beyonce “Countdown”
Oh, killing softly and I’m still falling
Still the one I need, I will always be with you

Florence + The Machine “Cosmic Love”
A falling star fell from your heart and landed in my eyes
I screamed aloud, as it tore through them, and now it’s left me blind

Ingrid Michaelson “Die Alone”
I’m just a stranger, even to myself.
A re-arranger of the proverbial bookshelf.
Don’t be a fool girl, tell him you love him.

Jazmine Sullivan “Bust Your Windows”
I bust the windows out your car
And no, it didn’t mend my broken heart
I’ll probably always have these ugly scars
But right now, I don’t care about that part

La Roux “In For the Kill”
Let’s go to war
To make peace
Let’s be cold
To create heat
I hope in darkness
We can see
And you’re not blinded by the light from me

Lauryn Hill “I Used to Love Him”
I chose the road of passion and pain
Sacrificed too much and waited in vain
Gave up my power, ceased being queen
Addicted to love like the drug of,drug of a fiend

Lykke Li “I Follow Rivers”
Be the ocean where I unravel
Be my only, be the water where I’m wading
You’re my river running high, run deep run wild

Nicki Minaj “Save Me”
I drove for miles
Just to find
You and find myself
All these screams
All these voices
In my head
You gave me strength
Gave me hope
For a lifetime
I never was satisfied

Stolen from
Q: Why do people steal ideas from other people?
A: People steal ideas because they are lazy, uncreative, and lack the aptitude to dream and act on their own dreams. It is much easier to copy that to rationally think of something on their own.

“I object!” –that’s the lawyer in me speaking.

Did you see Beyonce’s performance of ‘Who Run The World Girls’ at the Billboards? Old news. (But, I’m just getting around to writing about it. It’s been a busy couple weeks.) It was a pretty crazy cool performance, though, right? I know some people are up in arms about her copying off of this 2010 performance by a woman named Lorella Cuccarini, but I’m arguing that it goes back further than that (see below)! Okay, I’m not arguing. I don’t really care to argue about where someone gets their inspiration from; after all, “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” (cliche vomit). C’mon folks…it’s not like there is any unprecedented form of art left. We are mimicking others (that we admire); more importantly, we collage multiple artists, add a twist and ‘voila!’ our recipe for fame and the wow-factor (a.k.a Beyonce at the Billboards). The most important part of “stealing” is grabbing the entire concept fully, so that you can mold it into something that you believe is better.
You may not like them as much as “the original,” but here are are some famous copy-cats:
Mr. Brainwash copies Banksy
Shakespeare copies commonly told stories
Windows Vista copies Mac OS
John Williams copies Stravinsky, Holst, etc…

T.S Eliot says it best:

One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest. “Philip Massinger,” The Sacred Wood

The original…or maybe not.
Fred Astaire

Lorella Cuccarini

Beyonce (OMG. She not only stole from Fred Astaire but also a major part of the song is Major Lazer’s!!)

Gasp! The Italians do it, too. Stealing it and taking it to another level

p.s I didn’t write this post. I stole it. ;]