HAIM: XO (Beyonce cover live)
My Favorite Albums of 2013, in no particular order except for my absolute favorite of the year being HAIM’s ‘Days Are Gone’.
Other Favorite Albums, but ones that don’t get played as much as those top ten:
Albums I’m just getting into and could potentially be favorites:
At the end of my interview the other day, my manager asked one final question, “What did you do to prepare for this interview?” I thought for a moment about what I really did and decided to just go with it. I mean at this point what was there to lose beside the position.
"I read through the handbook, repeated to myself that I was the best candidate for this position, and listened to a song on repeat."
"Diva by Beyoncé.”
In the height of year-end-list, Time-naming-the-pope–“Person of the Year” season, Beyoncé released a surprise, self-titled album in the middle of the night, with 14 tracks, 17 videos, and end credits. The scene in my trifold world (real life, Twitter, group text) was one of hysteria between the hours of 1 and 4 a.m. ET. It was simply too much to take in at once, her Netflixian diva roll-out.
When I woke up the next morning, terrifically thrilled it wasn’t all a dream, I started writing about said album. And then I deleted it all, because none of those words had any merit. This isn’t the time to parse out the socioecofeminist ramifications of “Yoncé.” This isn’t the time for reviews. Or critical analysis. It’s barely a time for decipherable words. Not today. Not tomorrow, either.
All that matters right now is being a fan. Above all, this is a celebration. How often do true surprises happen? Hell, if I did a quick Google search I could find out what I’m getting for Christmas in 2015. That’s the world we live in now.
But, because we are blessed, the surprise isn’t even the best part. Each song and video from Beyoncé is an event. And to think, there were people out there who thought she was slipping."
My top two most played iTunes songs really say a lot about my emotions.
Beyonce: I Miss You
Thank you, Frank Ocean, for writing this joint.
I remember listening to this song for the first time and having a dying need to figure out who wrote it with her. Stripping down a song to synths and drums, and then layering Beyonce’s lower and upper registers was such a simplified yet fresh take on that 80’s Genesis sound. Plus, these damn lyrics:
Words don’t ever seem to come out right
But I still mean them, why is that?
It hurts my pride to tell you how I feel
But I still need to, why is that?
I miss you, like everyday
Wanna be with you, but you’re away
I said I miss you, missing you insane
But if I got with you, could it feel the same?
Here’s a tip (that I’m not sure will work): Play this song before you go into an interview to get your mind in a “number one diva in this game” kind of place.
Beyonce: Ex-Factor, Live in Atlantic City (Originally by Lauryn Hill)