I was listening to some music and decided to briefly explore the core concepts and messages being sent through the songs and also the music video. What story is being told, what information being sent, what questions are being asked. In addition how do different songs communicate among each other. What are the intersecting stories and how can they be used in correlation to each other. I chose a few songs and music videos that I think anyone who would read this blog would be interested in listening to and exploring. I included my own personal brief notes.
Selena Gomez- Hands to Myself
What is the message that is being sent about not being able to keep your hands to yourself?
Is this person being possessive or aggressive?
Is this interaction consensual prior to not being able to keep your hands to yourself?
Does the time commitment pose some form of deception? Was this person being led on?
Why are you trying to keep your hands to yourself? Do you recognize this as a problem behavior to the other person, nervousness, practicing self control or just flirting?
Asking questions and providing dialogue in a literate discussion/community.
Noticing body language and behavior that showcases a message has been well received.
Providing an acknowledgment about the other persons feelings if they are offended by what is being expressed
Steve Aoki- Why Are We So Broken
What makes this person broken or this situation a disaster? From whose lens?
What is the definition of broken in this context?
Why do you want to know about this person? What are the next steps?
If you didn't have the time would this person still be a priority?
Mona Haydar- Barbarian
Discussion of name calling and labeling
Celebrating and claiming identity and culture
Calling out people who aim to "pass" with skin color to receive goods and privileges specified for "their" community
Humor and honesty
Viewing life through the proper lens and not the lens of the colonizer (maybe there is some infiltration/ the need for trash talking as a response)
Calls to action
Recognizable language for the demographic being spoken to
Decolonizing beauty standards
Questioning whether these are ones actual thoughts and feelings or ones that come from being colonized
Cardi B and Bruno Mars- Please Me
Positive asks and responses
Teaching what words to use to move forward and honor with the request
Celebrating healthy sexual relations and communication that may have been perverted by other entities
Lil Debbie- Michelle Obama
Freedom of speech
Celebrating unity across race and style of expression
Able to spread a message to a wider audience
Remy Ma- Melanin Magic
Celebrating skin and complexion that may have been dismissed due to migration, integration and merging of cultures, or being overtaken in times of war
Positive content about body image and physical features
Announcing who and what you are positively
Teyana Taylor- Undercover
Deciphering friends input on relationships. Is this jealousy or ill informed
Is this condoning cheating or discussing an open relationship that someone wants to conclude
Beyonce- Grown Woman
Reaching goals and dreams
Moving through the next stages of development
Speaking up for oneself
The ability to make choices