AFN (Armed Forces Network) just aired NBC’s Live @ Rockefeller Center Special this evening. My favorite performance was by Beyonce as she sang a rendition, with added parts it seemed, of Ave Maria. As I was listening the song rang a memory bell in my head. Parts of the song sounded a lot like a Madonna tune from her Like a Prayer album. It was a beautiful song and tribute to her mother called Promise To Try. Now I don’t know if you will hear the similarities too but luckily YouTube had both songs available. Let me know what you think!
Over the years Britney Spears and Beyonce have had huge hits, sold tons of albums and performed all over the world, but it wasn’t until recently that I started taking them both seriously as artists. Now it’s a given that Beyonce can sing her ass off but the music she was putting out wasn’t showing that off until she worked on Dream Girls and was able to really sing. I am so glad that Beyonce had the opportunity to act and sing in both Dream Girls and the upcoming theatrical release of Cadillac Records, where Beyonce plays the great Etta James, because the vocal training that she had to go through in order to sing those songs has obviously carried over to her own recording career and singing style. Beyonce’s latest album, “I am… Sasha Fierce,” is the first one of her solo or Destiny’s Child albums that I have purchased. The whole album is wonderful, all of the songs are singable and range from the melancholy ballad to the empowering and fun as hell single, “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It).” The song “If I Were A Boy” is so rich and beautiful that I never tire of listening to it or of watching the video. Other tracks that stood out on first listen were “Save The Hero”, “Diva” and “Satellites.”
Britney Spears’ new album, Circus, just “dropped” (Hubby would like to know when that term became the norm for when a record is released) this week. Though I have purchased almost all of her previous pop soaked, candy coated CD’s in the past, this one, in my opinion, is her best one yet. I can’t get enough of “Womanizer” and I have started to drive Hubby crazy by singing the chorus over and over again since I finally mastered the rhythm. The video is fun and sharp too. I listened to the whole album last night after downloading it on iTunes and just about every song is catchy, enjoyable, danceable and the lyrics and melodies are reflective and singable too. I especially liked “Unusual You”, “Out From Under”, “Lace and Leather” and “My Baby.”
Is my new found adoration and respect for these two pop sensations a surprise to me? Yes, and I have decided it’s because both Beyonce and Britney are getting older, experiencing more of life (be it good or bad) and expanding their musical and artistic horizons which makes it easier for me to relate to their music and listen as a fan and not just because their music is the hot thing on the charts at the moment.
Well, unfortunately YouTube isn’t coorporating with me today. I am unable to post music videos for “Womanizer,” “If I Were A Boy” and “Single Ladies.” I was able to post a clip from Cadillac Records though.