In the aftermath of the Orlando attack, people of all backgrounds congregated together to show their love and support. Christina Aguilera did her part by writing a song in honor of the incident titled “Change”. This single of hers not only reveals a lot about her condolences, but it pedestals her emotional mentality that this world can always change.
Her elegant song evolves from a steady trickling of drums and lightly sounding bells to Aguilera’s reflective message about her innocent ignorance “before learning that the world could be harsher.” Aguilera then proceeds to express that people are being judged for who they are, when they should be judged for what they did to impact the world. Her lyrics, “We’re all the same when everybody’s breathing,” highlight her sincerity toward human beings who are constantly discriminated against, as well as transition the song to its central theme.
The chorus is the most integral and beautiful part of “Change”. Aguilera’s vocal power increases tenfold and amazingly, the music remains at its constant rate, which allows her vocals to emphasize her main message (“Waiting for a change to set us free/Waiting for the day when you can be you and I can be me/ Waiting for a hope to come around/ Waiting for a day when hate is lost and love is found”). Her emotional intensity is stunning and powerful, having the capability to get so many others involved. The last vital message that she wants to get across, “And maybe one day we won’t have to sing this chorus,” spotlights that anyone can make a difference in someone else’s world and united is how we all need to stand.
A few elements of this single are contradicting and could arouse some confusion. For such a pure message, the music is quite the opposite. As far as I am aware, she is using a synthesizer in this song, which is a major contrast to pure music. A lot of bands today use them in their music, but for this type of emotional song, it just seems wrong to have fake elements in such a virtuous and heartfelt song. Next, “Change” is all about uniting with one another to make a positive impact in our world while waiting for the negative change to disappear. If that is the case, then why wait to have the united chorus until the very end of the piece? Shouldn’t they be with her throughout instead of only in the last minute? My last issue of this song dovetails off of the last comment. The chorus does not finish the song with Aguilera. It doesn’t have a harmony or underscoring or anything. Again, this was an artistic choice of Aguilera’s but nonetheless it certainly feels odd.
Everyone on this planet has a song or an instrumental piece that helps them feel better during rough times and this song is perfect for that category. Aguilera’s positive intentions of vowing to donate the proceedings of the song and her vocal runs make “Change” the hopeful and special song that it is. Just like communities across the U.S. who held moments of silence and Greg Zanis who drove across the country to deliver crosses, Aguilera dedicated a quality song to Orlando and the rest of the world to remind all of us that no man or woman is alone and that together everyone can make a positive change.
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