'Holler If Ya Hear Me' closed after only one month and 55 performances. The musical's lead thinks he knows why
"The idea of having a play that centers around, How do you stop the cycles of gun violence in our community? It’s weird to hear someone feel like the story is generic when it’s the front page of every fucking paper to date. And when you look at the reviews and compare them to everything from Do the Right Thing to Menace II Society, it’s always the same fucking review. There’s actually a generic response when I don’t think critics realize they’re playing into the hands of something that runs deeper than how this made you feel. I am speaking to that American race psyche; that thing that Harry Belafonte said to me after he saw the play, which is, ‘You took an afrocentric-themed play and placed it on a eurocentric stage. The problems you’ll face are larger than you think.’ ”
Okay so everyone knows that Bey can sing but not enough people know what she’s truly capable of vocally so I’ve compiled what I think are some of her best bg vocals and harmonies. She came up with most of [if not all] these arrangements by herself. It’s a little over 10 minutes long but it’s worth the listen.
0:00 - 0:20: Naughty Girl, 0:21- 0:30: Baby Boy, 0:31 - 0:52: Me, Myself & I, 0:53 - 1:10: Deja Vu, 1:11 - 1:31: Get Me Bodied, 1:32 - 1:40 - Move Your Body, 1:41 - 1:54: Upgrade U, 1:55 - 2:04: Freakum Dress, 2:05 - 2:10: Green Light, 2:11 - 2:34: Irreplaceable, 2:35 - 2:47: Disappear, 2:48 - 3:07: Smash Into You, 3:08 - 3:42: Halo, 3:43 - 4:05: That’s Why You’re Beautiful, 4:06 - 4:30: Single Ladies, 4:31 - 4:37: Ego, 4:39 - 4:54: Telephone, 4:55 - 5:13: I Care, 5:14 - 5:19: Best Thing I Never Had, 5:20 - 5:34: Party, 5:35 - 6:16: Love On Top, 6:17 - 6:32: End Of Time, 6:33 - 7:02: Run The World (Girls), 7:03 - 7:17: Dance For You, 7:18 - 7:36: Schoolin’ Life, 7:37 - 7:47: I Been On, 7:48 - 8:00: God Made You Beautiful, 8:01 - 8:12: Rise Up, 8:13 - 8:36: Pretty Hurts, 8:37 - 9:18: ***Flawless, 9:18 - 9:23: Superpower, 9:24 - 10:02 - Standing On The Sun (my personal favorite), 10:03 - 10:19: Part II (On The Run), 10:20 - 10:50: Grown Woman
“Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.”—
Monica Sjoo, The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (via thewaking)
Literally the most important thing you will read today.
“It’s not that people can’t love you if you don’t love yourself. It’s that you won’t feel it because it’ll always seem like you don’t deserve it.”—But It’s Not a Matter of Deserving (#53: January 11, 2014)