Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Beyonce - Bow Down/I Been On

Beyonce has come out with a new song, or a mesh of two new songs. It seems as if with each new album, Beyonce is pushing the envelope more and more. I think with this song she has gone too far. If you have not heard the song, do a search for it on YouTube and listen to it just once so you will have an understanding of what I am talking about. Not that I want to encourage anyone to support this song, but I think people need to be aware of the reality that we are living in today. That is, music is not music anymore. Music used to make you feel good. I would attach a song to a certain memory so that when I heard the song, all the wonderful feelings associated with  that memory would come flooding back. Music no longer has that feel good vibe. You know that feeling that makes you want to love someone hard, makes you want to help someone, makes you want to appreciate the small things about someone. 

So the song is supposed to be addressing Beyonce’s haters, telling them to “bow down” to the Queen Bey, Mrs. Carter.  Bow Down as in worship? Bow Down as in show respect? I am still  trying to understand why someone would make a song asking a person or people to bow down to them. What happened to humility? What happened to being the best at something but never saying it because your work, your art, your earnings, your fan base, your business ventures, etc., all speak for themselves? If you are one of the greatest, please believe people will know without you broadcasting how great you are in a song and reminding people about how when they were young they wanted the life you live now.

Some people really love the song and that is fine. We are all entitled to our own opinion. I just personally believe there are more creative ways to reinvent yourself besides losing your humility and class and replacing it with pride and arrogance. This is the world we live in and my prayer is that things with take a turn for the better for the sake of our children and their children.

"It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels." -Saint Augustine

"Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real." -Thomas Merton

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