Talk Tuesday: Beyonce Year of 4

beyonce at Ireland's Oxegen Festival.

Most of us have had the pleasure of watching Beyonce, the artist grow up before our eyes. She first hit us with that powerful voice as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child in the late 1990s and continued to shake us up with her music as solo songstress after the group’s disbandment years after.  I’ve been a fan from day one, but not the devoted type.  Just a fan who liked the music Beyonce created, admired story telling in her music videos and purchased the albums only listening to selected songs over and over again.  Then the playbacks became less frequent and I would eventually move on, not being aware of the journey Beyonce took to get to those creative places resulting in her lyrics and her original videos.

After watching Beyonce- Year of 4 , it just goes to show the best narrator of an artist should be the artist him or herself.  The video shows Beyonce as an independent woman, no longer under her father’s management, and taking control of her career. Beyonce gives us an insider’s view of making a personal album unlike anything she has done before, plus clips of her life leading up to her new album release.

It takes a lot from within, as an artist, to put what you’ve envisioned, the way of expressing yourself, out there for others to judge and comment on.  So Beyonce, I applaud you for leaving your stamp on the world your way.

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