I Know Where I Came From

By: Gabriela Yareliz Jennifer Lopez gave us good club music, like “Waiting for Tonight.” (WHO CAN FORGET THE GREEN LIGHTS IN THE MUSIC VIDEO?) A classic. But she has another side to her music that is all about honor. One of the keys we see in J.Lo’s music is she is proud of being PuertoContinue reading “I Know Where I Came From”

Cause I’m Real

By: Gabriela Yareliz This song really brings serious nostalgia with it. I was like 11, it was 2001, and I was living in Charleston, South Carolina. I was deep in a friendship/youth group that thrived off of pettiness, jealousy, watermelon lip gloss and gum (the good kind). Typical when you are a tween. This songContinue reading “Cause I’m Real”

Unafraid

By: Gabriela Yareliz Welcome to the Jennifer Lopez mini series. She has been in the spotlight lately after another relationship went south. (A-Rod was bad news). It all starts in 1999 for me, just after the Selena movie. 1999. Take me back. My first memory of Jennifer Lopez was her duet with Marc Anthony calledContinue reading “Unafraid”

The Beyoncé Series

By: Gabriela Yareliz Our Beyoncé series is up. I am putting the songs we looked at in each post here for easy access and tabs. “Crazy In Love“: Dangerously In Love (looking at Beyoncé’s debut album, Jay-Z’s presence since the beginning, and infatuation). “Irreplaceable“: You Must Not Know ‘Bout Me (looking at Beyoncé’s brand of feminism,Continue reading “The Beyoncé Series”

Raw and Real

By: Gabriela Yareliz Part I: I Almost Loved You Okay, so we are back for our last post in the Beyoncé series, looking at a mélange of songs by Beyoncé, starting with “Best Thing I Never Had.” A song that made it to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart according to Wiki. There isContinue reading “Raw and Real”

A Ray Of Sun

By: Gabriela Yareliz Mature love. Beyoncé’s “Halo” is not about first love, in fact, the protagonist of the video sings, “I swore I’d never fall again, but this don’t even feel like falling.” We see a woman whose walls have come down (we all have those walls). I love when Beyoncé sings, “I found aContinue reading “A Ray Of Sun”

You Must Not Know ‘Bout Me

By: Gabriela Yareliz Today, we are heading into Beyoncé’s B’day album– “Irreplaceable.” It’s a favorite that would always come on the radio when I was driving in my Drivers Ed class; a class which thoroughly traumatized me. This was the song I parallel parked to for the first time. Memories. “Irreplaceable” remains one of myContinue reading “You Must Not Know ‘Bout Me”

Dangerously In Love

By: Gabriela Yareliz Our next artist mini-series is based on a woman we don’t know much about. She barely gives interviews, and to be honest, what we do know about her (or speculate about her) is through her music. Beyoncé. She appeared out of nowhere, it felt like, after her career with Destiny’s Child, solo,Continue reading “Dangerously In Love”

The Gwen Stefani Series

By: Gabriela Yareliz I am so overwhelmed with gratitude to everyone who followed and loved our Gwen Stefani/No Doubt music series where we looked at lyrics and life together. As requested, I am putting all the post links in one spot for easy finding and reading. Keep the tabs open; keep your hearts open. xxContinue reading “The Gwen Stefani Series”

Figuring It Out and the Talented Triplet

“The joy of writing. A chance to make things stay. A revenge of a mortal hand.” Wistawa Szymborska, “The Joy of Writing” [That quote has nothing to do with this post. I just liked it a lot. Sue me. (Not literally– but if you do, joke is on you).] By: Gabriela Yareliz Here we are,Continue reading “Figuring It Out and the Talented Triplet”