Songstresses with Powerful Lyrics

Give me a song with lyrics about real life, pain and sorrow, and I’ll play the record incessantly. Music has the power to make you feel emotions and desire situations that are probably foreign to you. You ever notice how you’ll listen to a sad song, totally happy about your place in life mind you, and it has the power to completely shift your mood? I consider myself a happy sad person. I love sadness. I love it because to be sad, you have to dig deep within you to reveal emotion. When you’re sad, your thoughts and conversations cannot be shallow. So whether it’s a good sad song or one of inspiration and longing, I rock with it because it’s meaningful.

There are four albums in particular that I can literally listen to from beginning to end without skipping once. These albums belong to artists that all happen to be women with unique voices. What do these they all have in common besides their beautiful voices? Powerful lyrics.

Songstresses with powerful lyrics

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Beyonce :: Self-Titled

It’s actually pretty sickening how much I actually talk about Beyonce on this blog and with friends. I’m not talking about, “Oh, Bey real cute on the streets today.” kinda talking but complete dissertations of every song since 4 came out. Because really, that’s when Beyonce finally came into her own. Over at Pledge to […]

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Weekend at a Glance: Verb is My Favorite #80

You know those days when there’s so much to do that you don’t really want to do anything? That’s pretty much how I felt this weekend. We had our annual Halloween party at work with the kids. This was probably the largest turnout. The kids and parents alike had a lot of fun.

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Weekend at a Glance: One Music Fest 2013 #76

With only an hour to spare, I purchased my discounted ticket to Atlanta’s annual One Music Fest. Last year, I saw A LOT of my favorite musical artists. This year, I passed on the opportunity to see some in the name of “saving” money. I regret it just a bit. I was going back and […]

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Sounds of the times

I follow this pretty dope guy on Instagram named Darien Birks. From his pictures, I knew that he was a talented designer and had a fondness for classic tunes but I didn’t know that he actually produced music. After downloading one of his mixes a while ago, I was sold on his skills. A few […]

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Jazz in the park

Gretchen Parlato Before the jazz festival this past weekend, I’d never heard of this woman. All of my friends were excited to see her perform and here I was embarrassed because I should have known who she is! I love jazz. So anyway, I’ve been listening to some of her music since then and I’m […]

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Respect the Queen

It was right before bed when I first heard Janelle Monae’s song, Q.U.E.E.N. I thought to myself, “what is this noise that I am I listening to right now?” By the second and third listen the next day, I finally realized how perfect it actually was. Oh yes, Miss Monae brought it with the funky […]

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The sweetness of sadness

Have you ever been so happy that it made you sad? Okay so, random. I’m in love with sadness. Like, I’m immensely intrigued by it… I try to understand what makes people sad. Why they do certain things when they’re sad. I try to figure out the stories behind brilliant songs that are created from […]

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A case of you

Have you ever been in that space where you just feel weird? Not bad, not necessarily good either. Maybe like you’re not exactly sure how to feel. Or maybe you feel everything at once and you’re unsure of what to do with all of those emotions so you just sit with them. Let them play […]

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Fela!

In another place and time, I was a dancer. Specifically, a ballerina. Last Sunday, I got the chance to be an African dancer extraordinaire! From my seat, anyway. I’m embarrassed to admit that I never did my research on Fela Kuti before going to see the show. I knew of him and of his music […]

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