Saturday, November 22, 2008

My Ode to Adele - No Homo

People may not notice you
Because you are not a size two
And you don't prance around the stage half clothed.

But I see you, Adele
Not only do I see your beautiful face
But I hear you
I hear you in every soulful note that you sing
With the instrument that is your voice.

Your '19' album
Portrays different emotions felt by women
From a Confused Woman in 'Chasing Pavements'
To a Patriotic Woman in 'Hometown Glory
The Loyal Woman begging for a chance in 'Make you feel my Love'
You were able to be the Scorned Woman in 'Cold Shoulder'
Yet told Him off with just your voice and a bass in 'Best for Last'.

Thank you for the gift that is your music :)

Feel free to check out Adele's album - '19' (no I am not getting paid, lol). The listed songs are my favorite from the album.

If there are any other Adele lovers, what are your favorite songs?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Here's to the SongWriters

In good times and bad times, Music is always there, we listen to it when we are sad, happy, just for fun and even while cleaning. One of the beautiful things about it too is the fact that there are so many different genres to pick from so there is something for everyone no matter your mood. Everyone knows how important lyrics are and going through "matters of the heart" issues, I am pleasantly surprised when I find songs that capture exactly how I am feeling. Sometimes it's hard to put into words what you are feeling and these songwriters do this for you, it's also very comforting to know that even if it's just one person(ie the songwriter), you are not alone in whatever you emotion you are feeling. There are two songs that I remember feeling strongly about the first time I heard them.

1) Kelly Clarkson's 'Because of You' - The first time I heard this song, I was like "wow! I couldn't have said it any better". The song resonated with me except the 'You' for me had to do with my parents not an ex. Imagine my surprise when a couple of months later, I hear Kelly Clarkson say on the MTV awards red carpet that she wrote the song when she was younger and it was about her parents. I could have hugged her :)

2)Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' - For anyone who has ever had self esteem issues, this song is a powerful song and even for those that don't it is a beautiful message. Everyone needs to be reminded that they are a beautiful in their own way both inside and out. Add that to Ms Aguilera's voice and that's a song right thurr! :D

Anyways, over the years I have come across so many songs that have spoken to me in different ways(that includes Backstreet Boys :p), but I just wanted to give kudos to those songwriters, who put in words the many thoughts and feelings that we have in our heads. We appreciate ya!

You have any songs you want to share?:)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

All about Ms B (...or Sasha Fierce)

Ah, it's that time again. You know, the time where Beyonce releases a cd and attacks all our senses by being there everywhere you turn and don't think it's coincidence when a movie happens to be opening whenever she has a cd coming out, it's all part of B's world domination plan. To celebrate her oncoming Media Blitz against the Poor Masses(MBPM), I decided to write my thoughts on her.

I was a HUGE Beyonce fan, not during her Destiny Child days, but when she went solo. I remember where I was the first time I heard and saw the video for "Crazy in Love". It was summer 2003 and I was on my way to class, which I was eventually late for cuz I plopped myself on my bed and was in awe of Beyonce. I don't even know why sef but the video was different to me at the time and so refreshing. The day the cd came out, I headed straight from work to Best Buy and bought me my copy of "Dangerously in Love". She did the regular press junkets and promotion required by entertainers when a new project comes out, then I began to notice that B's was a little more than usual, didn't help that Fighting Temptations came out months after too (beginning of the B trend - cd first then as media attention fades reignite with movie release or recently deluxe edition of cd)so there was more to be seen of Ms B.

Ok, don't get me wrong, I think Beyonce is a very talented human being who was born to be a star, she also works very hard and is driven by her ambition, whether it's attainable or not (think : her dream to win an Oscar), she is also one of the most beautiful celebs out there to me with a FANTASTIC bod to boot she has also mastered the art of keeping your name in the public's mouth while not really giving anything out about herself. Let me give examples of her well oiled machine besides the cd-movie trend.

1. Quite outlandish, but it was some award show I don't remember which one and the only person's applause that rivaled B's was Shakira's, she had done her usual hip shaking, waist twisting sexy stuff. So, in my head Beyonce could not be outdone and she got a duet cracking with Shakira to show that she could keep up with the latin queen, let's ignore the fact that the camera was focused on Ms B working that ass on the wall in the video , with Shakira trynna tone down her twisting,lol...ok she really did the duet to gather an audience for her spanish cd but my theory was more fun :D

2. Beyonce's Bday opened at #1 and was knocked off by my baby daddy - Justin Timberlake and everyone was on the Jt's tip talking about how his sound was different. What does Ms B do? call on the phone and hook up a duet.

3. Chic knows her audience, she is all married and happy, but in a world where majority of women keep getting hurt and done wrong by men, she sings the songs that they can relate to, not necessarily what she is going through. Check: If i was a boy (which I love), Single ladies(which I detest), Me, Myself and I etc

4. Name another singer who made the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue... That's black..That's not a stick figure...That wasn't a model......Anyone? I thought so, but B made it happen. decide but personally, I think she can sing,most people think she screams - which she does but it is not terrible. She sounds awesome live, which most singers can't pull off while dancing in high heels. Her acting still sucks tho, because just like her dancing (which is better than her acting), it just always seems forced and it doesn't flow.

But of late my question is why does B feel she has to constantly have herself out there as if she is a new artist? She has established herself and has reached the artist status where regardless of what she sings everyone will say it's the greatest thing ( other artists in this category are :Outkast, U2, Alicia Keys etc). While most celebrities have their little controversies blown out of proportion,B is able to have hers swept under the rug in 5 seconds, B was able to be the most successful DC child depsite not having the "Hollywood body", (if I would have picked anyone I would have said Kelly would have been the one to blow up). Anyways B was born to be a star as I have mentioned earlier, so no matter how much hating she gets, she will still be that star that she was meant to be and admit it no matter how many times you say "damn, I am tired of seeing Beyonce everywhere", when you are flicking through your tv and you see her, you know your ass will stop and watch lol.

Kudos Ms B, wishing you longevity in your career, not that you need it.

What are your thoughts on Ms B, people?

PS I didn't write much on DC and the member rotation on purpose, because they are the only ones that know what happened and I wanted to focus more on solo Beyonce.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Bad Luck Oscar?

Just had a random thought. I noticed that whenever a female wins an oscar, a breakup with their significant other is imminent. Off the top of my head, these actresses came to me:

Elizabeth Taylor
Halle Berry
Julia Roberts
Jennifer Hudson
Reese Witherspoon
Hillary Swank I tripping or am I on to something?lol..Have a good week ahead people!