This week’s song selection was hard to decide on. I feel like I’ve been jumping around between albums and artists; it was difficult to connect them to a larger meaning. But, eventually, I decided to focus on some of my favorite songs, from some of my favorite ladies. The male-dominated music business is dull, and it’s ladies like these that keep the playing field leveled. Of course, it’s unfair to dwindle down such a talented group of women, but I think my wide variety covers the bases, allowing exploration of other talented woman. So, make the change. Support the ladies!
1. “Birds” – Kate Nash
Love, love, blah, blah. Although the subject matter consists of the typical “lover’s reunion,” it’s different in the way it’s presented. It’s not some fairytale, wanna-be romance. It’s honest. It’s about being broke and in love. It’s love in connection to reality. It’s about accepting the shit and creating the good. It’s just an example of what relationships can be – lovely.
2. “Samson” – Regina Spektor
This is the polar opposite from the former, and hurts much worse. It’s a narrative of the aftermath of love, something familiar and relatable. It’s a recollection of memories, but mostly the oddities of things. It’s the little things that continue to break your heart. It’s the worse. But, my god, is it beautiful.
3. “Bottle It Up” – Sara Bareilles
My interpretation of this song may be off, but in general, it’s empowering. I get this “girl power” vibe, and the positives of loving yourself. It’s promotions of self-improvement and development are sensible. Societal contradictions are called into focus, and belittled, which opens up the message even further. You don’t have to strive to be what everyone says you should. What’s wrong with just growing for yourself? Answer – nothing. Making yourself for the purpose of yourself comes highly recommended.