I can’t stop with this performance. Come March 19th, album release day - this will be out, and I’ll be seeing P!nk.
The Truth About Love
2 weeks until this show.
The LA Times pop music writer, Gerrick Kennedy, released his Best of 2012 Pop Music: Albums list today (linked above) and he is spot on. When I think about the last year in popular music, all of these albums are still playing through my speakers to this day.
Give the list a look over, and I encourage ya’ll to check out each and every album on that list if you haven’t.
This past weekend, P!nk, performed at the I Heart Radio Festival in Vegas, and she again proved that she is one of the most dynamic performers in music today. With live vocals that put almost everyone in pop music to shame, and one of the most amazing live shows, I am continually in awe of her.
Her new album, “The Truth About Love” just came out, and my first listen, I was disappointed. I couldn’t pin point why, but I just wasn’t feeling any of the songs. And after that, I was disappointed, because I didn’t love it, and I wanted to so bad. The next day, I watched her performance at the iTunes Festival in London, and completely did a 180. The live renditions of her new material, as well as a conversation with a friend who had recently interviewed P!nk, I wanted to give it another spin, and give myself that time to grow with the album. No joke - the second spin of the album and I was hooked. I don’t know what it was, if it was the mood I was in the first time, the environment, but whatever it was that didn’t click, definitely clicked the second time. After thinking about it this morning - it’s her live presence. In the most simple way of saying it, she is just so good live.
I saw her with Justin Timberlake back in 2007, and honestly, she was very, very close to upstaging him, and she was the opener. I can’t even describe her live presence, the best way is to show you (her I Heart Radio performance is above, and I encourage to you to watch all 25 minutes, but if you need the proof I’m talking about, see the last song, or her Grammy performance of “Glitter In The Air” from a couple years back.)
All in all, I haven’t stopped listening to her new album, and I’m glad my cloud of confusion cleared after the first time hearing it.
Every morning on my way into work, I put the music on that fits my mood - as most people do. Sometimes it’s obvious, others it takes a bit more thought. Usually I take my 15 minute drive to listen to something that I like to sing along to embarrassingly in my car, while driving towards downtown. And the other times, I choose a CD or artist I haven’t listened to in a while, or much at all. This morning was one of the other times.
I’m a huge P!nk fan, I have been ever since she came out. I love her voice, attitude, and willingness to speak up. Her fourth album, “I’m Not Dead,” is my favorite from her. She layered the album with diverse music and lyrical honesty - two of my favorite qualities. So this morning, I put that album on for my drive, and all of the love I have for her and her music just came flooding back.
There is one song in particular from that album that is pretty groundbreaking - “Dear Mr. President.” She wrote it in the heart of President Bush’s presidency, and caused quite a stir. Check out the video above from her world tour performing this song.
P!nk’s “F*cking Perfect”
One of my favorite women in music never ceases to ruffle feathers or send a message. The latest single from P!nk’s newest CD, “Greatest Hits…So Far!!” just got the video treatment.
With the recent teen suicides coming into the media light, P!nk’s powerful (and at times difficult to watch) video paints an all to real picture of issues that people go through every day.
I’ve always been amazed and her vocals, lyrics, and her all around attitude. She is a breath of fresh air, and this video is beautiful in the most difficult way.
Definitely check it out.